Georgia’s Brittany MacLean Smokes NCAA Record With Third-Fastest Time Ever in 1650 Free

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, March 22. THERE was little doubt who was going to win the women’s 1650-yard freestyle as Georgia’s Brittany MacLean took off early and left the rest of the field in the dust at the NCAA Division I Women’s Championships. The only question was whether she’d take down a record.

Boy, did she ever do it. MacLean smashed the NCAA record with a sterling time of 15:27.84, beating Stephanie Peacock’s record of 15:37.06 by nearly 10 seconds. MacLean’s swim vaulted her to third all time in the event’s history behind only Katie Ledecky (15:15.17) and Katie Hoff (15:24.35).

MacLean doubled up after winning the 500-yard freestyle on night one, and gave Georgia its sixth victory in the event all time, matching Florida. She joined Erika Hansen (1989), Julie Varozza (1999), and Wendy Trott (2009, 2010, 2011) as Bulldog winners in the event.

Meanwhile, MacLean’s teammate Amber McDermott took second in 15:40.27 to move to seventh all time, while Virginia’s Leah Smith snared third in 15:42.04 for 12th all time.

Texas A&M’s Sarah Henry (15:42.44), Indiana’s Lindsay Vrooman (15:44.45), Arizona’s Tjasa Oder (15:56.38), Minnesota’s Kiera Janzen (15:57.38) and Florida’s Alicia Mathieu (15:58.46) comprised the rest of the top eight in the timed final event.

Splits
1 MacLean, Britta SO Georgia 15:40.77 15:27.84N 20
r:+0.74 25.79 53.73 (27.94)
1:22.08 (28.35) 1:50.63 (28.55)
2:19.29 (28.66) 2:47.84 (28.55)
3:16.18 (28.34) 3:44.69 (28.51)
4:13.28 (28.59) 4:41.82 (28.54)
5:10.28 (28.46) 5:38.47 (28.19)
6:06.50 (28.03) 6:34.64 (28.14)
7:02.96 (28.32) 7:31.18 (28.22)
7:59.30 (28.12) 8:27.66 (28.36)
8:55.75 (28.09) 9:23.78 (28.03)
9:51.87 (28.09) 10:20.02 (28.15)
10:48.14 (28.12) 11:15.95 (27.81)
11:44.02 (28.07) 12:12.22 (28.20)
12:40.36 (28.14) 13:08.50 (28.14)
13:36.75 (28.25) 14:04.96 (28.21)
14:33.22 (28.26) 15:01.23 (28.01) 15:27.84 (26.61)
2 McDermott, Ambe JR Georgia 15:50.45 15:40.27 17
r:+0.95 25.91 53.95 (28.04)
1:22.47 (28.52) 1:51.08 (28.61)
2:19.82 (28.74) 2:48.81 (28.99)
3:17.46 (28.65) 3:46.29 (28.83)
4:15.03 (28.74) 4:43.81 (28.78)
5:12.41 (28.60) 5:41.12 (28.71)
6:09.89 (28.77) 6:38.64 (28.75)
7:07.39 (28.75) 7:36.06 (28.67)
8:04.71 (28.65) 8:33.34 (28.63)
9:01.99 (28.65) 9:30.50 (28.51)
9:59.20 (28.70) 10:27.75 (28.55)
10:56.33 (28.58) 11:24.94 (28.61)
11:53.56 (28.62) 12:22.05 (28.49)
12:50.58 (28.53) 13:19.15 (28.57)
13:47.73 (28.58) 14:16.22 (28.49)
14:44.68 (28.46) 15:12.97 (28.29) 15:40.27 (27.30)

Team Standings
1. Georgia 409
2. Stanford 297
3. California 285
4. Texas A&M 241.5
5. USC 189
6. Florida 165
7. Tennessee 155
8. Texas 119
9. Minnesota 108.5
10. Virginia 101

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Author: Jason Marsteller

Jason Marsteller is the general manager of digital properties at Swimming World. He joined Swimming World in June 2006 as the managing editor after previous stints as a media relations professional at Indiana University, the University of Tennessee, Southern Utah University and the Utah Summer Games.

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