2016 USA COLLEGE CHALLENGE
- Saturday, Nov 12 – Sunday, Nov 13, 2016
- Indiana University Natatorium, IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN
- Short course yards format
- Start times: Saturday: 4:30 PM Eastern, Sunday: 11:30 AM Eastern
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- Day 1 Heat Sheet
The USA National Team relay of Ali DeLoof, Andee Cottrell, Kelsi Worrell, and Amanda Weir have combined to swim a 3:25.60 and break the American and U.S. Open Records of 3:26.14.
While the USA Swimming National Team frequently gets to compete as an all-star relay in short course meters and long course meters during international meets, they almost never get to do so in short course yards. Thus most of the American and U.S. Open Records in short course yards are held by college teams.
As was the case in this relay, where a Stanford quartet of Ally Howe, Sarah Haase, Janet Hu, and Lia Neal combined for a 3:26.14 at the 2016 NCAA Championships.
|2016 USA National Team||2016 Stanford|
|Back||DeLoof – 50.59||Howe – 51.89|
|Breast||Cottrell – 57.61||Haase – 57.02|
|Fly||Worrell – 49.36||Hu – 50.65|
|Free||Weir – 48.04||Neal – 46.58|
Even mid-season, the ability for the U.S. National Team to put together an all-star relay, highlighted by Worrell’s 49.3 fly split, was enough to overcome Stanford’s record (which still is an NCAA Record). Worrell is half-a-second better in yards than any other butterflier in history, but has never swum with as complete of a relay as this one, and that’s the difference-maker.
Stanford still has a chance at taking that record back at this year’s NCAA Championship now that Olympic Champion and the all-time fastest in the 100 yard free Simone Manuel has returned from her redshirt season.
Incidentally, the swim by the Michigan post-grad DeLoof is a lifetime best for her and ranks her as the 8th-fastest 100 yard backstroker in history.