United States Women Crush 14 Year-Old American Record In 4×50 Medley Relay

Just like the American men shattered the 4×50 medley relay record yesterday, the women followed in suit by taking down a 14 year-old record held by the Arizona Wildcats from the 2000 NCAA Div. 1 Championships. The foursome of Felicia LeeEmma ReaneyClaire Donahue, and Amanda Weir combined to post a 1:46.82 to post the 2nd fastest time in preliminary action.

Comparative splits for the old and new records:

2000 – Arizona Cardinals – Beth Bothford (27.64), Amanda Beard (30.77), Amy Bouta (26.52), Denali Knapp (24.78) – 1:49.71

2014 – United States – Felicia Lee (26.83), Emma Reaney (30.61), Claire Donahue (25.34), Amanda Weir (24.04) – 1:46.82

There are two things we can immediately take away from this:

  1. Amanda Beard’s split from 2000 was exceptional in its own right, and really could hold up on its own against many competitors today.
  2. The fact that the record persisted since 2000 really shows how infrequently the Americans have competed in this event since those NCAA championships.

Regardless, the swim this morning has got to have the ladies feeling good for tonight’s finals. Similar to the men’s race yesterday, national and world records can be absolutely crushed when teams put their optimal line-up in for finals. In this case, the United States has the opportunity to use Natalie Coughlin on either the back or free legs if necessary, while Abbey Weitzeil, Kathleen Baker, and Shannon Vreeland are amongst the possible replacements that could be used.


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DC Guy

Did you mean the Arizona Wildcats? I don’t think that the AZ Cardinals could do that well in the pool though they are pretty good on the football field!

DC Guy

That was an incredible swim by these ladies.

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Varun Shivakumar hails from Hoffman Estates, IL and swam competitively for 16 years. He swam both backstroke events at Northwestern University, and ranks fifth in the school’s All-time performances list in the 200 yard backstroke. Representing NASA Wildcat Aquatics, he also competed in the 2012 Olympic Trials in Omaha, NE …

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