Queens women smash NCAA Division II 800 free relay record by 5 seconds

Queens University has been on a tear through the record books at the 2015 Division II NCAA Championships, and they closed Friday night by obliterating the 800 free relay record by over 5 seconds.

Patricia Castro, Lillian Gordon, McKenzie Stevens and Caroline Arakelian went 7:14.69 to blow out the field, breaking the old national record of 7:20.08 set last year by Drury.

That featured a 1:46.70 leadoff leg from Castro, who set the individual 200 free national record earlier in the meet. The rest of the relay all got under 1:50 to smash the record. Here’s a splits comparison:

Queens 2015 Drury 2014
Patricia Castro 1:46.70 Tinsley Andrews 1:48.87
Lillian Gordy 1:48.43 Kaylan Gieseke 1:52.00
McKenzie Stevens 1:49.89 Leah Reed 1:50.44
Caroline Arakelian 1:49.67 Sarah Pullen 1:48.77
7:14.67 7:20.08

That record sets Queens atop Drury in team points by 66 as the Royals look to steal the NCAA title from defending champs Drury.

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