The Stanford Cardinal closed the meet with a bang, breaking the American record in the 400 freestyle relay by 2 seconds and the US Open/NCAA Record by a full second. The team of Lia Neal, Janet Hu, Lindsey Engel, and Simone Manuel combined to post the fastest time in history at 3:08.54.
California was also under the previous American record with a time of 3:09.76 to finish second. The most significant split from California’s relay was Missy Franklin’s lead off. She was 46.66 to open the relay.
With Missy Franklin by her side, Lia Neal also had a great lead off leg. She dropped 3 tenths of a second and broke 47 for the first time, leading her relay off with a time of 46.84.
Stanford Splits: 3:08.54
- Neal – 46.84
- Hu – 47.98
- Engel – 47.93
- Manuel – 45.79