2019 W. NCAAs: Watch Stanford’s Pool Record 800 Free Relay – Plus Forde’s Bonus 50


The Stanford Cardinal picked up their first event win of the 2019 Women’s Division I NCAA Championships Wednesday night, throwing down a new pool record in 6:47.22.

Katie Drabot led off in 1:43.99, followed by Ella Eastin with a stellar 1:41.03, then Taylor Ruck – in her first NCAA Championship swim – broke the race open in a blazing fast 1:39.83, and Brooke Forde anchored in 1:42.37.

However, Forde’s time was “to the foot,” as she accidentally tacked an extra 50 onto the end of her swim. Luckily, she was anchoring and Stanford had a multi-second lead, so it didn’t affect the race outcome. Impressively, however, Forde’s best time in a (flat start) 200 freestyle is 1:44.68, and her relay split last year was 1:42.94. Even with the relay start, the fact that she was over two seconds under her best time – to the foot – bodes well for her performance this week. Her splits were 24.06/25.35/25.94/27.02/27.58 (the final one being from our watch).

“I’d like to say it was a victory lap,” Forde said in a post-race interview.

The team laughed it off right away – we’ve all been there, or at least been nervous about being there.

Watch the relay, plus the bonus 50, below:

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3 years ago

Hilarious photo of the reaction to Forde from the Stanford sideline:


3 years ago

is that not a DQ?

Eddie Rowe
Reply to  leo
3 years ago

The only thing you could call her on would be delay of meet, and since it was the final heat, that’s not going to happen.

Reply to  leo
3 years ago

IIRC, freestyle doesn’t specify a body part that has to hit the wall first, unlike the other strokes.

3 years ago

WR 250 split?

3 years ago

I am always blown away at how tall ruck is. That picture makes her look like a senior group swimmer in a relay with age groupers.
I am excited to see her that fast, NCAAs are always so exciting

3 years ago

Will you guys be recording all of the finals race videos this week?

3 years ago

Uh oh for Tennessee

Reply to  Meeeeeee
3 years ago

Why dump on Tennessee? Tennessee is really good and almost scored. It is an honor just to compete at NCAAs.

Reply to  Meeeeeee
3 years ago

Clearly the stress of two big emotional meets in a 4 week span was detrimental to the Lady Vols. Can’t expect them to get emotionally ready for two big meets so close together.

Big Chedder
3 years ago

Victory Lap!

3 years ago

Ruck looks like she’s in amazing form here. I’m excited for this week.

Reply to  AvidSwimFan
3 years ago

Yea, it looks like she brought her “A” game. If so, it should be fun to watch.

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Torrey Hart

Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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