An intense battle for the first individual title of the 2014 NCAA championships saw two swimmers blast the old NCAA record. Though Cal’s Missy Franklin powered out to a lead through the middle of the race, Georgia’s Brittany MacLean made a late charge to steal the title and the NCAA record from her cross-country rival.
MacLean went 4:32.53, closing in an amazing 25.81 to bull her way past the record. The Bulldog sophomore was out in 1:48.54 at the 200 and actually accelerated from there – her final 100 was 52.98. That broke the record held by MacLean’s former Georgia teammate Allison Schmitt, set back in 2011.
Franklin also got under that mark, going 4:32.66 and nearly holding off MacLean. Franklin was out a bit faster early, but couldn’t handle MacLean’s closing speed.