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AUBURN, Alabama, March 17. IN what had the entire crowd on its feet cheering on a record-setting performance, North Carolina's Stephanie Peacock shot down the oldest NCAA record in the books 22 years to the day from when Janet Evans first set it in the 1650 free.
Peacock clipped three-time defending champion Wendy Trott of Georgia, 15:38.79 to 15:38.94, to take down Evans' legendary time of 15:39.14 set back in 1990 in Austin, also on March 17. Peacock jumped up to third-fastest all time behind only Katie Hoff (15:24.35) and Kate Ziegler (15:29.15) with the win to give North Carolina only its 11th team title of all time.
Trott, meanwhile, had been looking to become the 12th person ever to sweep an event during their career. She broke her lifetime best of 15:40.32 that claimed the title last year, and also moved her past Evans into fourth all time in the event's history.
Southern California's Haley Anderson placed third in 15:43.44, two seconds off her personal best of 15:41.52 that now ranks her seventh all time. Minnesota's Ashley Steenvoorden claimed fourth out of early heats with a 15:44.56, while Georgia's Amber McDermott placed fifth in 15:51.49. Indiana's Lindsay Vrooman (15:56.85), Texas A&M's Maureen McLaine (15:57.08) and Arizona State's Tristin Baxter (16:02.60) rounded out the top eight.
California remained in the lead with 311 points, while Georgia held second with 278 points. Southern California (242), Arizona (226) and Stanford (222) made up the rest of the top five.
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