Stanford Clocks 3:25.15 for 400 Medley Relay American, NCAA Record


Stanford closed out night 3 of the 2018 Women’s Pac-12 Championships with a new American and NCAA Record in the 400 medley relay as they battled with rival Cal. They were practically in a dead heat after backstroke, as Ally Howe touched in 50.21 to Kathleen Baker‘s 50.24. On the breast leg, Kim Williams gave the Cardinal the lead as she put up a 58.61 to Ali Harrison‘s 59.06. Cal outsplit them slightly on the fly leg with Noemie Thomas‘ 50.20 to Janet Hu‘s 50.38, but Simone Manuel threw down a 45.95 anchor leg to seal the deal as Cal’s Abbey Weitzeil swam a 46.00 to give the Bears silver.

Both teams were well under the former American Record and NCAA Record of 3:26.14, which was set by the Cardinal at Pac-12s back in 2016. Hu and Howe returned from that record-setting relay. Howe has made huge improvements since then, as she’s now the American Record holder in the 100 back and split over a second and a half faster tonight than she did in 2016.


Team Back Split Breast Split Fly Split Free Split Final Time
Stanford (2018) Ally Howe– 50.21 Kim Williams– 58.61 Janet Hu– 50.38 Simone Manuel– 45.95 3:25.15
Cal (2018) Kathleen Baker– 50.24 Ali Harrison– 59.06 Noemie Thomas– 50.20 Abbe Weitzeil- 46.00 3:25.50
Stanford (2016) Ally Howe– 51.89 Sarah Haase- 57.02 Janet Hu– 50.65 Lia Neal- 46.58 3:26.14

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Sarah Haase was a breaststroke stud for Standford, too bad it never translated to LCM. Congrats to Stanford!


She got down to a 1:06-low in the 100 Breast LC at a Grand Priz Meet, if I recall correctly; however she had like a weird concussion leading up to trials that kept her from ideal training. It was too bad.

Bearly Breathing

Can’t wait for the rematch at NCAAs


It has been happening typically in IM competition: not those win who have better strongest stroke but those loose who have weaker weakest stroke. But that’s what exactly has happened in this relay.
Stanford vs Cal:
FR: +0.05
BK: +0.03
BU: -0.18
BR: +0.45

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