Osman and Baker: “Redemption felt pretty sweet tonight” (Video)

Reported by Lauren Neidigh.


  • NCAA record: Kelsi Worrell (2016)- 49.43
  • American record: Kelsi Worrell (2016)- 49.43
  • U.S. Open record: Kelsi Worrell (2016)- 49.43
  • Championship Record: Kelsi Worrell (2016)- 49.43
  • 2016 NCAA Champion: Kelsi Worrell (Louisville), 49.43
  1. Farida Osman (Cal)- 50.05
  2. Hellen Moffitt (UNC)- 50.37
  3. Louise Hansson (USC)- 50.45

USC freshman Louise Hansson got out to the early lead, but Cal’s Farida Osman hammered it home on the final 25 to win the race in 50.05. That makes Osman the 3rd fastest performer in history. Hansson held on for 3rd, but UNC’s Hellen Moffitt just ran her down at the finish for 2nd place.

Texas A&M’s Sarah Gibson (50.63) threw down a 26.74 split on the 2nd 50 to out-touch Cal’s Noemie Thomas (50.65). Stanford’s Janet Hu was also sub-51, clocking in at 50.81 for 6th place.

Auburn’s Haley Black put up a blistering 51.08 in the B final to set a new Auburn school record, finishing 9th ahead of Cal’s Maddie Murphy (51.15).


  • NCAA record: Ally Howe (2017)- 49.69
  • American record: Ally Howe (2017)- 49.69
  • U.S. Open record: Ally Howe (2017)- 49.69
  • Championship Record: Kathleen Baker (2017)- 49.80
  • 2016 NCAA Champion: Rachel Bootsma (Cal)- 50.28
  1. Kathleen Baker (Cal)- 49.84
  2. Olivia Smoliga (Georgia)- 50.04
  3. Hannah Stevens (Missouri)- 50.57

Cal’s Kathleen Baker roared to a 23.97 split en route to a 49.84 victory, putting up the 3rd fastest performance of all time. Georgia’s Olivia Smoliga touched in 50.04, making her the 6th fastest performer of all time to take the runner-up spot ahead of Missouri’s Hannah Stevens.

Stanford’s Ally Howe, the American Record holder, touched 4th in 50.58 ahead of teammate Janet Hu (50.73). Texas freshman Claire Adams cleared the 51-barrier for the first time, clocking in at 50.95 for 6th place.

Cal’s Amy Bilquist had the 6th fastest swim of the night, touching in 50.86 to win the B final.


  • NCAA record: Stanford (2016)- 1:34.15
  • American record: Stanford (2016)- 1:34.15
  • U.S. Open record: Stanford (2016)- 1:34.15
  • Championship Record: Cal (2012)- 1:34.24
  • 2016 NCAA Champion: Stanford (Howe, Haase, Hu, Neal)-1:34.81
  1. Cal- 1:34.10
  2. Texas A&M- 1:34.85
  3. Stanford- 1:34.90

Cal got their medley relay redemption in tonight’s 200 medley relay final, roaring to a new NCAA and U.S. Open Record time of 1:34.10. Abbey Weitzeil was almost second faster than she’s been all season with a 26.67 on the breast leg, while Farida Osman brought them from behind to win it with a 21.11 free split. Stanford’s relay from last year retains the American Record as Osman represents Egypt internationally and butterflier Noemie Thomas represents Canada.

Texas A&M’s Sarah Gibson put up the fastest fly split of the field, posting a 22.43 to help her team take 2nd ahead of Stanford, who got a 20.95 anchor split from Simone Manuel. The fastest breast split came from Indiana’s Lilly King (25.62)

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bobo gigi
5 years ago

Kathleen Baker is on fire this season. So much confidence since Rio.

5 years ago

What did Auburn get DQ’ed for? it doesn’t look like a false start

Reply to  Cartman
5 years ago

15m violation on backstroke

5 years ago

Not to be nitpicky (jk this is very nitpicky) but Cal set the NCAA record, not American record in the short byline

bobo gigi
Reply to  Sparkle
5 years ago

Yes. Farida is Egyptian. However I didn’t know until today she was born in USA in Indianapolis.

Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

And noemie is Canadian…only half their relay was american

bobo gigi
Reply to  Splash
5 years ago

You’re right. I forgot Noemie Thomas!

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Sparkle
5 years ago

Dear SwimSwam, please change the description on the main loading page as well as here to be accurate about it being an NCAA & US Open meet record, NOT American record please.

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