USA National Team Breaks American Record in 400 Medley Relay

2016 USA COLLEGE CHALLENGE

The USA National Team relay of Ali DeLoofAndee CottrellKelsi 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.

Comparative splits:

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
3:25.60 3:26.14

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.

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That freestyle difference though.

Votehillary

Worrell’s split is amazing

Looks like the strokes for the split breakdown are in IM order 🙂

Back breast fly free I wish that was IM order

The back end would hurt so much more 🙂 I have a friend who’s always saying he’d be a great IMer if the fly was last lol

Eutaw Street Sprinters

The strokes are wrong

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