AUBURN, Alabama, February 18. WHILE there were a few close calls throughout the nation as conference championship swimmers have been obliterating their conference records, Auburn's women's 800-yard freestyle relay was the first to take down an NCAA Division I record this weekend. They did so at the Southeastern Conference Championships held in front of a partisan crowd.
The foursome of Ava Ohlgren (1:42.99), Caitlin Geary (1:43.18), Melissa Marik (1:44.69) and Maggie Bird (1:43.16) blasted a time of 6:54.02. That effort crushed the American and NCAA Division I standard time that Auburn's Ohlgren, Geary, Marik and Emily Kukors with a 6:57.28 at the SEC Championships last year.
The Georgia quartet of Allison Schmitt (1:42.90), Chelsea Nauta (1:43.65), Alek Putra (N/A) and Morgan Scroggy (N/A) also beat the previous NCAA Division I record with a second-place 6:55.80.
Both Ohlgren and Schmitt threatened the 200-yard freestyle NCAA record of 1:42.65 set by Natalie Coughlin back in 2002.