NCAA and American records fall to Stanford’s 400 Medley Relay

Stanford came from behind to win the NCAA title in the 400 medley relay, shattering the NCAA and American records in the process.

Clutch in that effort was anchor leg Lia Neal who split 47.0 in passing up Texas A&M, the top seed which led most of the way. Some stressful moments followed the event as officials deliberated over disqualifications, but when results finally went official, Stanford got their record-breaking swim. Joining Neal were Maya DiRado, Katie Olsen and Felicia Lee.

The time was 3:27.51, breaking 4 records simultaneously. The NCAA, meet and U.S. Open records were all held by the 2012 California team that went 3:28.10, and the American record stood at 3:28.31 by the 2009 Arizona team.

The splits were outstanding across the board for a Stanford team that has come up huge on day 1. DiRado was 51.42 leading off, Olsen 58.27 on breaststroke and Lee split 50.82 on fly leg in addition to Neal’s 47.00. As it turned out, those deliberations by officials shouldn’t have scared Stanford much; they didn’t even push their exchanges much at all. Olsen was .46 and Lee .35 on their reaction times.

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Good job... but

The girls record for 4 medley is less impressive than the guys record… now before everyone freaks out… the guy’s record includes splits that are faster than the respective flat start 100 records whereas for each of the splits above someone has been faster with just a flat start.

samuel huntington

most surprising is that Stanford is in second place overall, ahead of Cal!! WOW

aswimfan

with Janet Hu and Simone Manuel next year, Stanford could be unbeatable for the next couple of years.

I’m still hoping that somehow CAL will pull a miracle.

DutchWomen

50.8 breast split is pretty quick!

Ben

too bad no one did that

aswimfan

Felicia Lee did.

aswimfan

Oops my bad, I misread it thought it was fly.

Yeah, LOL.. 50.8 split for women is fantastical

Actually.

Felicia Lee did 50.8 for her FLY leg which is still a really great time.

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Jared Anderson just can’t stay away from the pool. A competitive career of almost two decades wasn’t enough for this Minnesotan, who continues to get his daily chlorine fix. A lifelong lover of writing, Jared now combines the two passions as Senior Reporter for SwimSwam.com, covering swimming at every level. He’s an …

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