In Final NCAA Swim, Neal Anchors Stanford to 400 FR Relay American Record


Simone Manuel rocketed to the 2nd fastest performance of all time, putting up a 46.02 leadoff split as the Stanford Cardinal set a new NCAA and American Record to win the 400 free relay. Manuel teamed up with Katie Ledecky (47.52), Janet Hu (47.63), and Lia Neal.

In the final swim of her NCAA career, U.S. Olympian Lia Neal anchored with a blistering 46.37 to seal the deal for her team. Their historic combined time of 3:07.61 took nearly a full second off the former record of 3:08.51 set by the same team at last month’s Pac-12 Championships.

Splits Comparison By 100:

Team 1st 100 Split 2nd 100 Split 3rd 100 Split 4th 100 Split Final Time
 Stanford (2017 NCAAs)  Simone Mauel- 46.02  Katie Ledecky– 47.52  Janet Hu– 47.63  Lia Neal– 46.37  3:07.61
Stanford (2017 Pac-12s) Simone Manuel– 46.47 Katie Ledecky– 48.10 Janet Hu– 47.49 Lia Neal– 46.45 3:08.51

With that, Stanford won the meet with a final score of 526.5. Their margin of victory was in the triple digits, as Cal finished 2nd with 366 points.

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4 years ago


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4 years ago

Overall team races were close in the top ten! Only half point between 4&5, Georgia and Texas and a half point between 6&7, Louisville and NC STATE. Congratulations teams!

1. Stanford 526.5 2. California 366
3. Texas A&M 292.5 4. Georgia 252.5
5. Texas 252 6. Louisville 194.5
7. NC State 194 8. Indiana 185
9. Southern Cali 176 10. Minnesota 168

4 years ago

Even when I am not personally invested, I find myself experiencing certain emotions after a meet that are unrivaled by other entertainment events. Congrats to Stanford, the athletes, coaches, staff, and the fans at the venue! Way to go in as the favorites, perform, and win in a dominating fashion.

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