Cal Wins 200 Free Relay w/ New NCAA Record, Farida Osman Splits Sub-21


The Cal Bears smashed the NCAA and U.S. Open records tonight in the 200 free relay, winning the event in 1:25.59.

Their performance was boosted by a huge sub-21 split from senior Egyptian Olympian Farida Osman, who went 20.91 to anchor the team. Teaming up with her were 50 free American record-holder Abbey Weitzeil (flat-start 21.59), Maddie Murphy (21.83), and Amy Bilquist (21.26).

The NCAA record that California took down was a very fresh mark set this morning. In prelims, Simone Manuel, Lia Neal, Janet Hu, and Ally Howe put together a 1:26.15 to outswim the previous record by .05 to add another big swim to their 800 free relay mark last night. This morning’s swim was also a championship, and U.S. Open Record.

But tonight, Cal downed that mark by half a second.

Stanford 3/16/17 Prelims  Cal 3/16/17 Finals
Simone Manuel: 21.44   Abbey Weitzeil: 21.59
Lia Neal: 21.30  Maddie Murphy: 21.83
Janet Hu: 21.78  Amy Bilquist: 21.26
Ally Howe: 21.63 (1:26.15)  Farida Osman: 20.91 (1:25.59)

“It was really cool,” said Osman after the race. “I mean, I believe in each one of these girls and we exceeded my expectations.”

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Coach Mike 1952

Quite a race! Anyone have knowledge if there have been other sub-21’s & by whom & what was their time? Thanks in advance.


Simone Manuel – 20.78
Ariana Vanderpool-Wallace – 20.80
Kelsi Worrell – 20.84
Abbey Weitzeil – 20.92
Ivy Martin – 20.96
Margo Geer – 20.98
Megan Romano – 20.99

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