Queens women break NCAA Division II 400 free relay record to close title run, Drury women also top mark

The women of Queens University took down one final NCAA Division II record to cap off their national title run, going 3:18.75 to get under the old record by exactly one second.

That was powered by a 49.08 leadoff leg from Patricia Castro, who etched her name into the record books plenty over the course of this week. Also on the squad were Lillian Gordy, Alexandra Marshall and Caroline Arakelian, with Gordy putting up a nice 49.50 split.

Drury, who previously owned the national record, also got under the old mark. Wen Xu led off in 49.96 and Janet Yu had the field’s fastest overall split with a 48.42 to help Drury go 2:19.24.

Here’s a look at the splits between both record-breaking relays and the previous record-holders, Drury’s team from 2011:

Queens 2015 Old Record: Drury 2012 Drury 2015
Patricia Castro 49.08 Li Tao 49.84 Wen Xu 49.96
Lillian Gordy 49.50 Ekaterina Alyabyeva 50.19 Leah Reed 50.81
Alexandra Marshall 50.21 Tiffany van Dongen 49.76 Katya Rudenko 50.05
Caroline Arakelian 49.96 Kelsey Ward 49.96 Janet Yu 48.42
3:18.75 3:19.75 3:19.25

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