Stanford Now Three-For-Three After Winning 200 Medley Relay

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, March 21. STANFORD just can’t lose when it comes to relays as the Cardinal are now three-for-three following the 200-yard medley relay at the NCAA Division I Women’s Championships.

After a relay sweep last night that included wins in the 200 free relay and 400 medley relay, the Cardinal swept the medley relays tonight as Felicia Lee (23.56), Sarah Haase (26.77), Nicole Stafford (23.32) and Maddy Schaefer (21.30) raced their way to a 1:34.95 for the win.

That’s Stanford’s record 12th win in the event, but first since 2002. The Cardinal previously won the event in 1983, 1984, 1986, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2002, but ended more than a decade drought tonight.

Defending champion Tennessee’s Lauren Solernou (24.11), Molly Hannis (26.40), Harper Bruens (23.34) and Faith Johnson (21.47) powered their way to second-place honors, while Florida’s Sinead Russell (24.38), Hilda Luthersdottir (27.04), Ellese Zalewski (22.71) and Natalie Hinds (21.29) claimed third in 1:35.42.

Texas A&M (1:35.59), Georgia (1:35.98), Texas (1:36.69), Virginia (1:37.21) and NC State (1:37.73) also vied for the championship title this evening.

USC powered their way to victory in the consolation heat as Henriette Stenkvist (25.07), Kasey Carlson (25.78), Kendyl Stewart (23.20) and Eva Swenson (22.15) topped the B final in a swift 1:36.20. Indiana (1:37.30) and Arizona (1:37.39) finished second and third in the consolation finale.

Michigan (1:37.49), Wisconsin (1:37.53), Missouri (1:37.84), North Carolina (1:38.06) and Penn State (1:38.17) also competed in the B final.

This morning, California drew a disqualification for a -.05 relay takeover from their breat to fly leg, costing the Golden Bears some huge team points in the event.

Team Standings
1. Georgia 217
2. Stanford 176
3. California 126
4. USC 121
5. Texas A&M 116.5
6. Tennessee 108
7. Florida 89
8. Arizona 80
9. Texas 62
10. Minnesota 51.5

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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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