Produced by Coleman Hodges.
Reported by Stephen Parsons.
200 MEDLEY RELAY – FINALS
- NCAA Record – 1:34.15, Stanford, 2016 Pac-12s
- American Record – 1:34.15, Stanford, 2016 Pac-12s
- U.S. Open Record – 1:34.15, Stanford, 2016 Pac-12s
- Championship Record – 1:34.24, Cal, 2012 NCAAs
- Pool Record – 1:35.59, Stanford, 2016 NCAAs
- Defending Champion – 1:35.15, Cal
- Stanford – 1:34.81
- California – 1:35.11
- Louisville – 1:35.36
The American record-holders coming into the NCAA Championships, Stanford played things a little safer at the national championships after DQing their 200 free relay. Luckily for the Cardinal, they were still good enough to win by three tenths even with three relatively slow relay exchanges (0.40, 0.27 and 0.31).
Stanford went 1:34.81, about seven tenths off their American record. Sarah Haase was the key difference-maker, splitting 26.38 for the best breaststroke leg of the A final with 100 breast champ Lilly King of Indiana relegated to the B heat. (King split 26.05 there).
Stanford was near the top of the pack in every other split: Ally Howe was 24.16 on backstroke, Janet Hu 22.79 on fly and Lia Neal 21.48 on freestyle.
California jumped out to an early lead on Rachel Bootsma‘s 23.36 backstroke leg, a time that appears to be the fastest known 50 backstroke split in history. They lost a lot of ground on breaststroke, but Noemie Thomas‘s 22.68 on fly and Farida Osman‘s field-best 21.12 anchor job pulled the Bears back into second with a 1:35.11.
Louisville took third on a 22.55 fly leg from Kelsi Worrell. That’s not as fast as her 21.9 from last year, which was the fastest fly split in history, but still bettered the field in that stroke. Louisville was 1:35.36, beating out ACC rivals Virginia, who went 1:35.80 on a 23.9 backstroke slit from Courtney Bartholomew.
Texas A&M was 1:36.37, getting a 22.7 on fly from Sarah Gibson. Behind them were the teams from Arizona (1:36.44), Georgia (1:36.48) and Missouri (1:36.82).
USC rolled to a big B final win in 1:35.94, getting a 22.79 fly split from Kendyl Stewart to take the lead and never give it back.