(Race Highlight) Stanford Clips NCAA, American Record in Women’s 200 Yard Medley Relay at Pac 12s

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If you aren’t watching the first night of the women’s Pac 12 Championships each year, you could be missing something big.  Tonight, Stanford took down the NCAA and American record in the women’s 200-yard medley relay.

The foursome of Ally Howe (23.62), Sarah Haase (26.20), Janet Hu (22.82) and Lia Neal (21.51) unleashed a sizzling 1:34.15 in the finale.

That swim eclipsed the 2012 record set by California when Cindy Tran, Caitlin Leverenz, Colleen Fotsch and Liv Jensen put up a 1:34.24 at the NCAA Championships held in Auburn, Ala.

The Stanford foursome had an interesting year last year.  At the 2015 NCAA Women’s Championships, Stanford had a subpar preliminary session in the 200-yard medley relay and missed the A final.  The team, swimming in the same order, put up a 1:35.10 to set the pool record with the fastest time of the night out of the B final, ahead of event champion California’s 1:35.15 in the A final.

California’s Rachel Bootsma (23.46), Marina Garcia Urzainqui (27.62), Janet Hu (23.26) and Farida Osman (21.11) took second in 1:35.45.  USC’s Hannah Weiss (24.63), Riley Scott (26.80), Kendyl Stewart (22.72) and Katarzyna Wilk (21.75) finished third in 1:35.90.

15 Second Highlight:

  1 STAN-PC  'A'                        1:35.92    1:34.15   64  
     1) Howe, Ally SO                 2) Haase, Sarah SR              
     3) Hu, Janet SO                  4) Neal, Lia JR                 
       23.62    26.20    22.82    21.51
  2 CAL-PC  'A'                         1:39.92    1:35.45   56  
     1) Bootsma, Rachel SR            2) Garcia Urzainqui, Marina JR  
     3) Thomas, Noemie SO             4) Osman, Farida JR             
       23.46    27.62    23.26    21.11
  3 USC-CA  'A'                         1:38.27    1:35.90   54  
     1) Weiss, Hannah SO              2) Scott, Riley FR              
     3) Stewart, Kendyl SR            4) Wilk, Katarzyna SR           
       24.63    26.80    22.72    21.75
  4 UTAH-UT  'A'                        1:41.52    1:38.61   52  
     1) Kawaguchi, Megan SO           2) Robertson, Genevieve FR      
     3) Marsh, Jenna SO               4) St. John, Gillian FR         
       24.93    27.84    23.64    22.20
  5 UCLA-CA  'A'                        1:38.60    1:38.92   50  
     1) Mack, Linnea JR               2) Schanz, Emma FR              
     3) Grover, Katie SO              4) McTaggart, Caroline FR       
       23.62    27.99    24.04    23.27
  6 WSU-IE  'A'                         1:40.82    1:39.13   48  
     1) Love, Haley JR                2) Hall, Frederikke SR          
     3) Brolin, Anna SO               4) Bruggman, Hannah SO          
       25.54    28.24    23.27    22.08
  7 ASU-AZ  'A'                         1:40.06    1:39.96   46  
     1) Jonsdottir, Ingibjorg JR      2) Ross, Marlies FR             
     3) Spadoni, Marina SR            4) Bush, Alysha JR              
       24.90    28.19    24.37    22.50
  8 ORGU-OR  'A'                        1:42.65    1:44.48   44  
     1) Amr, Amani SR                 2) Isleta, Czsarina JR          
     3) Young, Andrea JR              4) McLaggan, Claire SR          
       26.63    29.34    24.76    23.75

Meanwhile, USC’s Kirsten Vose (1:43.20), Anika Apostalon (1:43.97), Chelsea Chenault (1:42.98) and Allie Wooden (1:45.02) won the 800-yard free relay title with a 6:55.17.

California’s Rachael Acker (1:46.55), Kathleen Baker (1:43.04), Elizabeth Pelton (1:44.82) and Amy Bilquist (1:43.23) placed second in 6:57.64.

Stanford, coming off the 200 medley relay record, took third as Nicole Stafford (1:45.58), Ella Eastin (1:42.96), Julia Ama (1:46.35) and Lindsey Engel (1:45.64) finished in 7:00.53.

Katie McLaughlin also shook off an injury that held her out of competition most of this semester by clocking a 1:46.75 leadoff for California’s B squad relay.

Earlier in the day, UCLA grabbed a bunch of points in the one-meter diving event with three A finalists.  UCLA’s Maria Polyakova (324.80) and Eloise Belanger (295.30) went 1-3.  Stanford’s Alex Clay took second with 297.05 points.

Team Points

1. UCLA, 214.5
2. Stanford, 202
3. USC, 154.5
4. California, 154
5. Utah, 125
6. Arizona, 108
7. Arizona State, 96
8. Washington State, 92
9. Oregon State, 86

1 Comment

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  1. John Razi

    Great stuff ! -. Jmr

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