American Women Take Down 10-Year Old American Record in 200 Free Relay Final

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 2

December 07th, 2014 National, News

The American women, in a silver-medal effort on Sunday at the 2014 World Short Course Championships in Doha, Qatar, broke a ten-year old National Record in the 200 short course meter free relay, swimming a 1:34.61 in finals.

The quartet:

  • Madison Kennedy – 24.06
  • Abbey Weitzeil – 23.40
  • Natalie Coughlin – 23.39
  • Amy Bilquist – 23.76

They broke the old record done by the Georgia Bulldogs at the 2004 NCAA (collegiate) Championship meet in College Station, Texas – one of a few years in the early part of that decade where the NCAA switched to short course meters in preparation for the Olympics.

That relay was made up of:

  • Kara Lynn Joyce – 24.24
  • Neka Mabry – 24.45
  • Paige Kearns – 24.34
  • Andrea Georoff – 24.24

This one is a very different relay than the still-impressive Georgia one who had that record, in that Team USA was able to pull from across the country, not just from one college program.

This record would’ve likely been broken much sooner, but 2004 was effectively the last time that any serious American relay swam the event – the NCAA stopped short course meters meets after 2004, and the event hasn’t been included on the Short Course Worlds schedule until now. That Georgia relay will still be the U.S. Open Record holders (as the fastest relay on American soil).

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6 years ago

Wow! All Cal swimmers, two graduates and two incoming high school recruits.

6 years ago


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