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.