Women’s NCAAS, Day 3: Kalyn Keller Breaks 21 Year-Old American Record in the 1500m Freestyle

By Phillip Whitten

1500 meter freestyle
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 20. THE team race is all but decided. It would take an act of God to deprive the Auburn Tigers of their third straight national collegiate crown. At a team meeting before this evening’s finals, the team and coaches had an emotional bonding session then marched out ready to “have fun.”

Tonight’s first final is the 1500 meters freestyle. In an earlier heat, Georgia sophomore Laura Conway busted a move, hitting the pads in 16:00.70 – a new NCAA record, breaking Cara Lane’s 16:03.59 from 2000.

But the final heat has some tough milers contending for the crown. USC freshman Kalyn Keller has to be considered the favorite. Other contenders: Florida’s Sara McLarty, Auburn’sAdrienne Binder and Virginia’s Rachael Burke and Kimi Kelly, Keller is shooting for the win as well as the 21 year-old American record of 15:50.96 by Kim Linehan.

Keller takes off and swims consistently just under Linehan’s record pace right from the start, splitting 1:03s for every 100 except the first (1:01.53), 14th (1:04.01) and last (1:02.67). At the wall, Keller – the younger sister of 2000 Olympian Klete Keller –the scoreboard reads 15:49.14 – a new American record and the second fastest time in history.

Burke is second in 15:55.27, and McLarty third in 16:01.29. But Conway’s time from the previous heat is faster and she takes the bronze.

Official Results: 1,500-Meter Freestyle Finals

EVENT: 15 WOMEN's 1500 Meter Freestyle

NCAA Record: 16:03.59 Cara Lane Virginia 2000
World Record: 15:43.31 Petra Schneider GDR 1982
American Record: 15:50.96 Kim Linehan USA 1983
US Open Record: 15:43.31 Petra Schneider GDR 1982
QUALIFYING FOR "A" Cut: 16:23.54
QUALIFYING FOR This Meet: 16:33.31

RESULTS of FINALS

RANK NAME YEAR TEAM TIME

1) KELLER, KALYN FR SOUTHERN CAL. 15:49.14 **
1:01.53 1:03.50 1:03.99 1:03.57 1:03.29
1:03.28 1:03.38 1:03.32 1:03.11 1:03.55
1:02.97 1:03.29 1:03.68 1:04.01 1:02.67
** NCAA Record: American Record:
2) BURKE, RACHAEL SO VIRGINIA 15:55.27
1:01.82 1:03.66 1:03.53 1:03.76 1:03.83
1:03.63 1:03.77 1:03.93 1:03.89 1:03.94
1:03.94 1:04.10 1:03.74 1:03.92 1:03.81
3) CONWAY, LAURA SO GEORGIA 16:00.70
1:01.92 1:03.58 1:03.67 1:03.85 1:04.05
1:04.24 1:04.20 1:04.13 1:04.51 1:04.58
1:04.54 1:04.63 1:04.93 1:04.65 1:03.22
4) McLARTY, SARA SR FLORIDA 16:01.26
1:01.62 1:03.85 1:03.58 1:03.94 1:03.86
1:03.57 1:03.97 1:04.06 1:04.23 1:04.27
1:04.40 1:04.67 1:05.01 1:05.30 1:04.93
5) PEDDER, MARGIE SR SOUTHERN CAL. 16:02.02
1:02.47 1:04.32 1:04.58 1:04.51 1:04.60
1:04.40 1:04.91 1:04.49 1:04.51 1:04.40
1:04.19 1:04.35 1:04.47 1:03.76 1:02.06
6) KELLY, KIMI FR VIRGINIA 16:04.99
1:02.37 1:03.90 1:04.26 1:04.16 1:04.37
1:04.02 1:04.19 1:04.42 1:04.49 1:04.77
1:05.07 1:05.04 1:05.17 1:04.71 1:04.05
7) BINDER, ADRIENNE FR AUBURN 16:06.57
1:01.14 1:03.56 1:04.18 1:04.56 1:04.64
1:04.84 1:04.84 1:05.04 1:04.88 1:05.13
1:04.86 1:04.80 1:05.15 1:05.43 1:03.52
8) NELSON, KATIE FR UCLA 16:06.91
1:02.10 1:03.71 1:03.83 1:03.96 1:04.57
1:04.65 1:04.66 1:04.98 1:04.95 1:05.25
1:05.81 1:05.18 1:05.27 1:04.92 1:03.07
9) COSTELLA, LAUREN FR STANFORD 16:09.27
1:02.98 1:05.53 1:04.98 1:04.80 1:05.00
1:04.40 1:04.49 1:04.52 1:04.66 1:04.79
1:04.86 1:05.14 1:05.16 1:04.69 1:03.27
10) FENN, EMILY CLARE SR MICHIGAN 16:09.39
1:02.49 1:05.38 1:04.79 1:04.95 1:04.96
1:04.75 1:05.10 1:05.17 1:05.08 1:05.21
1:04.58 1:04.57 1:04.80 1:04.89 1:02.67
11) PIPER, CARLY JR WISCONSIN 16:10.55
1:01.22 1:04.32 1:04.67 1:04.59 1:04.86
1:04.77 1:05.15 1:05.09 1:05.14 1:05.53
1:05.69 1:05.73 1:05.74 1:05.07 1:02.98
12) KEEFE, MARGARET FR PENN STATE 16:10.59
1:03.55 1:05.01 1:05.07 1:05.09 1:05.28
1:05.13 1:04.90 1:04.85 1:04.89 1:04.76
1:04.86 1:04.81 1:04.82 1:04.41 1:03.16
13) GILLIAM, SUSAN FR MICHIGAN 16:11.57
1:02.27 1:04.32 1:04.03 1:03.91 1:04.44
1:04.70 1:04.95 1:05.10 1:05.70 1:05.72
1:06.06 1:05.94 1:06.00 1:05.62 1:02.81
14) REILLY, ERIN FR CALIFORNIA 16:12.96
1:04.41 1:05.72 1:04.58 1:05.04 1:04.87
1:04.09 1:04.35 1:04.85 1:05.00 1:05.40
1:05.16 1:05.62 1:04.90 1:05.62 1:03.35
15) ROUTH, KIM SO CLEMSON 16:15.19
1:03.64 1:05.73 1:05.49 1:05.26 1:05.74
1:05.70 1:06.18 1:04.92 1:05.00 1:05.24
1:04.89 1:05.21 1:04.94 1:04.31 1:02.94
16) PEIRSOL, HAYLEY FR AUBURN 16:15.75
1:02.74 1:05.00 1:04.98 1:04.86 1:04.98
1:04.83 1:04.97 1:05.15 1:05.07 1:05.29
1:05.18 1:05.33 1:05.52 1:06.14 1:05.71
17) HENTZEN, MORGAN FR STANFORD 16:18.89
1:03.28 1:05.22 1:04.92 1:05.46 1:05.46
1:05.24 1:05.47 1:05.82 1:05.66 1:05.52
1:05.55 1:05.45 1:05.22 1:05.20 1:05.42
18) GREEN, MEREDITH JR FLORIDA 16:22.59
1:03.11 1:05.31 1:05.53 1:05.49 1:05.78
1:05.85 1:05.77 1:05.77 1:05.68 1:05.85
1:05.79 1:05.81 1:05.83 1:05.80 1:05.22
19) ATKINSON, JANELLE JR FLORIDA 16:24.57
1:04.32 1:06.77 1:06.65 1:06.06 1:05.88
1:05.62 1:05.56 1:05.53 1:06.04 1:06.32
1:05.47 1:05.48 1:05.79 1:05.25 1:03.83
20) PALERA, MEGAN FR PENN STATE 16:26.17
1:04.19 1:06.09 1:06.13 1:06.49 1:06.12
1:06.31 1:06.06 1:06.09 1:06.01 1:06.22
1:06.23 1:05.87 1:04.97 1:05.19 1:04.20
21) FIDEN, SARAH SR INDIANA 16:28.62
1:02.60 1:05.50 1:05.33 1:05.23 1:05.44
1:05.53 1:05.53 1:05.50 1:06.58 1:06.80
1:06.95 1:06.82 1:07.33 1:07.56 1:05.92
22) HARDT, JULIE SR GEORGIA 16:29.35
1:04.06 1:06.04 1:05.96 1:05.75 1:05.76
1:06.04 1:06.57 1:06.01 1:05.93 1:06.13
1:06.46 1:06.33 1:06.23 1:06.79 1:05.29
23) IMAGANE, JANE FR UCLA 16:29.43
1:04.09 1:06.40 1:06.18 1:05.32 1:04.84
1:04.82 1:05.94 1:06.61 1:07.04 1:06.59
1:06.80 1:06.66 1:06.62 1:06.56 1:04.96
24) MAUST, CLAIRE FR GEORGIA 16:30.31
1:03.69 1:06.45 1:06.22 1:06.36 1:06.49
1:06.43 1:05.86 1:06.69 1:06.17 1:06.31
1:06.45 1:06.62 1:06.28 1:06.36 1:03.93
25) BALL, KATIE FR FLORIDA 16:30.51
1:04.40 1:07.14 1:06.25 1:06.05 1:05.51
1:05.43 1:05.60 1:05.73 1:06.05 1:06.23
1:06.30 1:06.84 1:06.55 1:06.60 1:05.83
26) SMITH, STEPHANIE SR LOUISIANA STATE 16:31.18
1:03.84 1:05.75 1:05.32 1:05.45 1:05.69
1:06.14 1:06.31 1:06.47 1:06.63 1:06.91
1:06.65 1:06.64 1:06.80 1:06.67 1:05.91
27) DALY, SARAH FR SOUTHERN METHOD. 16:32.01
1:02.31 1:05.28 1:05.47 1:06.06 1:06.38
1:06.44 1:06.49 1:06.72 1:06.98 1:07.23
1:07.25 1:06.69 1:06.92 1:06.99 1:04.80
28) TIEDEMAN, KATE SO CALIFORNIA 16:35.05
1:03.31 1:05.80 1:05.64 1:05.40 1:05.98
1:05.91 1:06.42 1:06.60 1:06.85 1:07.15
1:07.69 1:07.37 1:07.34 1:07.68 1:05.91
29) SCHMIDT, RORY FR VIRGINIA 16:37.30
1:04.29 1:06.12 1:06*** 1:05.15 1:05.81
1:05.65 1:05.81 1:05.97 1:06.17 1:06.80
1:07.16 1:07.25 1:06.90 1:08.23 1:09.99
30) ANDERSON, SALLY SR PENN STATE 16:39.26
1:04.83 1:07.09 1:06.91 1:06.98 1:06.76
1:06.75 1:06.58 1:07.04 1:06.82 1:06.97
1:06.92 1:07.31 1:07.05 1:06.36 1:04.89
31) LAVELL, ELIZABETH JR MARYLAND 16:40.52
1:03.43 1:05.73 1:06.32 1:07.83 1:06.92
1:06.72 1:07.27 1:07.26 1:07.50 1:07.13
1:06.93 1:06.81 1:06.55 1:07.90 1:06.22
32) FRAUMANN, SARAH SR PRINCETON 16:40.60
1:03.99 1:07.00 1:06.85 1:06.48 1:06.57
1:06.43 1:06.75 1:06.56 1:06.58 1:07.05
1:07.14 1:07.76 1:07.58 1:07.85 1:06.01
33) BAILEY, LAUREN FR NEBRASKA 16:43.66
1:04.03 1:06.93 1:06.37 1:06.07 1:06.69
1:06.30 1:06.76 1:07.17 1:07.22 1:08.22
1:08.15 1:08.13 1:08.55 1:08.07 1:05.00
34) KOCH, BECKY SR VILLANOVA 16:44.55
1:03.88 1:05.24 1:05.39 1:05.12 1:05.99
1:06.12 1:06.75 1:07.43 1:07.53 1:08.34
1:08.81 1:08.32 1:08.57 1:08.72 1:08.34
35) JOHNSON, MELISSA FR ARIZONA 16:46.23
1:05.12 1:08.31 1:07.19 1:07.49 1:07.20
1:06.93 1:07.06 1:07.08 1:06.97 1:07.00
1:06.83 1:07.20 1:07.31 1:07.41 1:07.13
36) CHANDLER, ASHLEY SO CALIFORNIA 16:46.42
1:01.76 1:05.28 1:05.45 1:05.69 1:06.41
1:07.68 1:07.90 1:08.17 1:08.24 1:08.24
1:08.70 1:09.05 1:08.53 1:08.15 1:07.17
37) KIMBERLY, COBER SR CLEMSON 16:48.28
1:04.44 1:07.12 1:07.05 1:07.19 1:07.37
1:07.25 1:07.67 1:08.12 1:07.36 1:07.75
1:07.11 1:07.55 1:08.06 1:07.09 1:07.15
38) SMITH, WHITNEY SR NORTH CAROLINA 17:04.77
1:05.23 1:07.91 1:07.72 1:07.95 1:08.53
1:08.84 1:08.92 1:08.95 1:09.67 1:09.60
1:09.17 1:08.67 1:09.16 1:08.01 1:06.44
39) OLSON, SHARON SO WASHINGTON 17:19.25
1:05.19 1:08.19 1:08.12 1:08.47 1:08.89
1:09.64 1:10.52 1:10.46 1:10.11 1:10.57
1:09.19 1:10.35 1:11.44 1:10.22 1:07.89

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