2016 NCAA Division I Women’s Championships: Georgia Wins NCAA Record-Tying 8th 800 Free Relay Title

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The women’s 800-yard freestyle relay kicked off the 2016 NCAA Division I Women’s Championships with Georgia winning its NCAA record-tying 8th team title in the event.

Georgia’s Hali Flickinger (1:42.80), Kylie Stewart (1:43.95), Meaghan Raab (1:43.59) and Brittany MacLean (1:41.46) raced their way to victory in 6:51.80.

That performance lowered the pool record of 6:58.83 that Texas A&M had just set the previous heat.  A&M had downed the 2015 mark of 7:00.93 set by Virginia.

That’s Georgia’s eighth team title in the event, tying them with Stanford at the top of the event’s history.

Georgia’s Previous Wins:

2001 Georgia (Stefanie Williams, Kim Black, Julie Hardt, Maritza Correia), 7:06.48
2005 Georgia (Mary DeScenza, Kara Lynn Joyce, Elizabeth Hill, Amanda Weir), 7:01.03
2006 Georgia (Mary DeScenza, Jessica Cole, Claire Maust, Kara Lynn Joyce), 7:03.75
2010 Georgia (Morgan Scroggy, Megan Romano, Chelsea Nauta, Allison Schmitt), 6:55.61
2011 Georgia (Morgan Scroggy, Megan Romano, Shannon Vreeland, Allison Schmitt), 6:55.40
2012 Georgia (Shannon Vreeland, Jordan Mattern, Amber McDermott, Megan Romano), 6:55.96
2013 Georgia (Shannon Vreeland, Megan Romano, Brittany MacLean, Allison Schmitt), 6:54.43

Stanford’s Previous Wins:

1982 Stanford (Stephanie Elkins, Anne Tweedy, Sherri Hanna, Marybeth Linzmeier), 7:16.10
1983 Stanford (Isabel Reuss, Diana Zock, Sherri Hanna, Marybeth Linzmeier), 7:16.50
1990 Stanford (Karen Kraemer, Janel Jorgensen, Jody Smith, Janet Evans), 7:07.58
1991 Stanford (Janel Jorgensen, Karen Kraemer, Eva Mortensen, Janet Evans), 7:09.48
1992 Stanford (Karen Kraemer, Lea Loveless, Janel Jorgensen, Jenny Thompson), 7:04.06
1993 Stanford (Lisa Jacob, Jane Skillman, Janel Jorgensen, Jenny Thompson), 7:07.47
1996 Stanford (Michelle Jesperson, Lisa Jacob, Amy Oberhelman, Elin Austevoll), 7:11.28
1999 Stanford (Misty Hyman, Gabrielle Rose, Sylvia Bereknyei, Catherine Fox), 7:06.22

Tonight’s victory for Georgia is its fifth win in the last seven years after California broke UGA’s four-year streak with a pair of wins.

USC’s Kirsten Vose (1:43.08), Anika Apostalon (1:44.34), Chelsea Chenault (1:42.69) and Kasia Wilk (1:43.73) picked up second overall in 6:53.84 as the team was in place to compete with Georgia before MacLean unleashed her anchor leg.

Although a two-second victory is a pretty wide margin, it’s not the biggest ever in the event at NCAAs.  Florida owns that NCAA record with a 7.96-second win in 1984 against Southern California (7:06.98 to 7:14.94).

California’s Kathleen Baker (1:43.99), Elizabeth Pelton (1:44.07), Rachel Bootsma (1:44.23) and Amy Bilquist (1:42.89) claimed third tonight in the timed final event with a 6:55.18.

Virginia (6:55.25), Texas A&M (6:58.83), Stanford (6:59.19), Louisville (6:59.58) and Indiana (6:59.82) also made their way into the top eight in the event.

Georgia took the early team lead after the event:

                     Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 1                      
 
  1. Georgia                            40   2. Southern Cali                      34
  3. California                         32   4. Virginia                           30
  5. Texas A&M                          28   6. Stanford                           26
  7. Louisville                         24   8. Indiana                            22
  9. Arizona                            18  10. Texas                              14
 11. Michigan                           12  12. NC State                           10
 13. UNC                                 8  14. Penn St                             6
 15. Kentucky                            4  16. Florida                             2
 1 Georgia                       6:55.56    6:51.80P        40  
     1) Flickinger, Hali SR           2) r:0.26 Stewart, Kylie SO     
     3) r:0.29 Raab, Meaghan SO       4) r:0.27 MacLean, Brittany SR  
    r:+0.73  24.13        49.83 (49.83)
      1:16.35 (1:16.35)   1:42.80 (1:42.80)
        2:06.90 (24.10)     2:33.63 (50.83)
      3:00.45 (1:17.65)   3:26.75 (1:43.95)
        3:50.64 (23.89)     4:16.77 (50.02)
      4:43.53 (1:16.78)   5:10.34 (1:43.59)
        5:34.19 (23.85)     5:59.83 (49.49)
      6:25.91 (1:15.57)   6:51.80 (1:41.46)
  2 Southern Cal                  6:55.17    6:53.84P        34  
     1) Vose, Kirsten FR              2) r:0.37 Apostalon, Anika JR   
     3) r:0.24 Chenault, Chelsea JR   4) r:0.20 Wilk, Kasia FR        
    r:+0.79  24.10        50.14 (50.14)
      1:16.60 (1:16.60)   1:43.08 (1:43.08)
        2:06.93 (23.85)     2:33.68 (50.60)
      3:00.96 (1:17.88)   3:27.42 (1:44.34)
        3:50.86 (23.44)     4:16.80 (49.38)
      4:43.13 (1:15.71)   5:10.11 (1:42.69)
        5:33.59 (23.48)     5:59.80 (49.69)
      6:26.53 (1:16.42)   6:53.84 (1:43.73)
  3 California                    6:57.64    6:55.18P        32  
     1) Baker, Kathleen FR            2) r:0.40 Pelton, Elizabeth SR  
     3) r:0.49 Bootsma, Rachel SR     4) r:0.25 Bilquist, Amy FR      
    r:+0.72  23.85        50.02 (50.02)
      1:16.71 (1:16.71)   1:43.99 (1:43.99)
        2:07.69 (23.70)     2:33.85 (49.86)
      3:00.77 (1:16.78)   3:28.06 (1:44.07)
        3:51.14 (23.08)     4:17.03 (48.97)
      4:44.16 (1:16.10)   5:12.29 (1:44.23)
        5:35.73 (23.44)     6:01.75 (49.46)
      6:28.41 (1:16.12)   6:55.18 (1:42.89)
  4 Virginia                      6:59.69    6:55.25P        30  
     1) Smith, Leah JR                2) r:0.21 Moroney, Megan FR     
     3) r:0.32 Jones, Kaitlyn JR      4) r:0.25 Marrkand, Jen SO      
    r:+0.61  24.40        50.24 (50.24)
      1:16.28 (1:16.28)   1:42.87 (1:42.87)
        2:07.06 (24.19)     2:33.57 (50.70)
      3:00.03 (1:17.16)   3:26.70 (1:43.83)
        3:50.88 (24.18)     4:17.18 (50.48)
      4:43.60 (1:16.90)   5:11.52 (1:44.82)
        5:35.58 (24.06)     6:01.86 (50.34)
      6:28.27 (1:16.75)   6:55.25 (1:43.73)
  5 TXAM                          7:01.00    6:58.83P        28  
     1) Gibson, Sarah JR              2) r:0.33 Pickrem, Sydney FR    
     3) r:0.27 Malone, Kristin SO     4) r:0.33 Rasmus, Claire FR     
    r:+0.76  24.15        50.83 (50.83)
      1:17.58 (1:17.58)   1:43.41 (1:43.41)
        2:08.14 (24.73)     2:35.29 (51.88)
      3:02.42 (1:19.01)   3:29.01 (1:45.60)
        3:53.45 (24.44)     4:20.29 (51.28)
      4:47.43 (1:18.42)   5:14.72 (1:45.71)
        5:39.16 (24.44)     6:05.72 (51.00)
      6:32.46 (1:17.74)   6:58.83 (1:44.11)
  6 Stanford                      7:00.53    6:59.19P        26  
     1) Stafford, Nicole JR           2) r:0.14 Eastin, Ella FR       
     3) r:0.26 Ama, Julia SR          4) r:0.14 Engel, Lindsey SO     
    r:+0.71  24.98        51.49 (51.49)
      1:18.01 (1:18.01)   1:45.05 (1:45.05)
        2:08.85 (23.80)     2:34.81 (49.76)
      3:01.03 (1:15.98)   3:27.23 (1:42.18)
        3:51.51 (24.28)     4:18.47 (51.24)
      4:45.85 (1:18.62)   5:13.74 (1:46.51)
        5:37.67 (23.93)     6:04.19 (50.45)
      6:31.58 (1:17.84)   6:59.19 (1:45.45)
  7 Louisville                    7:01.01    6:59.58P        24  
     1) Kneppers, Andrea SR           2) r:0.17 Houck, Abbie JR       
     3) r:0.13 Comerford, Mallory FR  4) r:0.14 Pugh, Marah SO        
    r:+0.79  24.52        50.94 (50.94)
      1:17.74 (1:17.74)   1:45.01 (1:45.01)
        2:09.27 (24.26)     2:35.77 (50.76)
      3:02.79 (1:17.78)   3:29.77 (1:44.76)
        3:53.32 (23.55)     4:19.27 (49.50)
      4:45.66 (1:15.89)   5:12.49 (1:42.72)
        5:37.13 (24.64)     6:03.79 (51.30)
      6:31.43 (1:18.94)   6:59.58 (1:47.09)
  8 Indiana                       7:00.83    6:59.82P        22  
     1) Lips, Haley SR                2) r:0.34 Marchuk, Stephanie JR 
     3) r:0.40 Vertigans, Grace SO    4) r:0.31 Goss, Kennedy SO      
    r:+0.69  24.79        51.09 (51.09)
      1:17.49 (1:17.49)   1:43.52 (1:43.52)
        2:08.73 (25.21)     2:35.26 (51.74)
      3:02.48 (1:18.96)   3:29.35 (1:45.83)
        3:53.63 (24.28)     4:20.50 (51.15)
      4:48.09 (1:18.74)   5:16.66 (1:47.31)
        5:41.29 (24.63)     6:07.51 (50.85)
      6:33.96 (1:17.30)   6:59.82 (1:43.16)
  9 Arizona                       7:01.50    6:59.84P        18  
     1) Schick, Taylor SR             2) r:0.15 McHugh, Cameron SO    
     3) r:0.17 Brandon, Bonnie SR     4) r:0.33 McCarthy, Emma FR     
    r:+0.70  24.49        50.81 (50.81)
      1:18.13 (1:18.13)   1:45.52 (1:45.52)
        2:09.22 (23.70)     2:35.63 (50.11)
      3:02.84 (1:17.32)   3:30.01 (1:44.49)
        3:53.55 (23.54)     4:19.72 (49.71)
      4:46.95 (1:16.94)   5:14.36 (1:44.35)
        5:38.59 (24.23)     6:04.92 (50.56)
      6:32.07 (1:17.71)   6:59.84 (1:45.48)
 10 Texas                         7:00.41    7:00.21P        14  
     1) Cox, Madisyn JR               2) r:0.31 Carrozza, Quinn FR    
     3) r:0.24 McCullagh, Nora FR     4) r:0.17 Karosas, Tasija JR    
    r:+0.74  24.57        50.73 (50.73)
      1:17.49 (1:17.49)   1:44.61 (1:44.61)
        2:08.58 (23.97)     2:35.19 (50.58)
      3:02.18 (1:17.57)   3:29.54 (1:44.93)
        3:53.84 (24.30)     4:20.51 (50.97)
      4:48.00 (1:18.46)   5:16.21 (1:46.67)
        5:40.14 (23.93)     6:06.97 (50.76)
      6:33.64 (1:17.43)   7:00.21 (1:44.00)
 11 Michigan                      6:58.54    7:01.50         12  
     1) Deloof, Gabby SO              2) r:0.13 Haughey, Siobhan FR   
     3) r:0.12 Smiddy, Clara SO       4) r:0.28 Ryan, Gillian SO      
    r:+0.73  25.20        51.74 (51.74)
      1:18.43 (1:18.43)   1:45.71 (1:45.71)
        2:09.20 (23.49)     2:35.41 (49.70)
      3:02.05 (1:16.34)   3:28.34 (1:42.63)
        3:52.21 (23.87)     4:18.94 (50.60)
      4:46.81 (1:18.47)   5:15.86 (1:47.52)
        5:40.57 (24.71)     6:07.82 (51.96)
      6:34.88 (1:19.02)   7:01.50 (1:45.64)
 12 NC State                      7:00.53    7:03.01         10  
     1) Muller, Rachel JR             2) r:0.37 Zevnik, Alexia JR     
     3) r:0.29 Craddock, Michelle SR  4) r:0.29 Labonge, Natalie JR   
    r:+0.74  24.92        51.79 (51.79)
      1:18.50 (1:18.50)   1:44.92 (1:44.92)
        2:08.85 (23.93)     2:35.62 (50.70)
      3:02.91 (1:17.99)   3:29.88 (1:44.96)
        3:54.62 (24.74)     4:22.05 (52.17)
      4:49.73 (1:19.85)   5:17.16 (1:47.28)
        5:41.35 (24.19)     6:08.27 (51.11)
      6:35.66 (1:18.50)   7:03.01 (1:45.85)
 13 UNC                           7:05.23    7:04.41          8  
     1) Hardesty, Allyn SR            2) r:0.19 Earp, Lauren SR       
     3) r:0.25 Fields, Zhada FR       4) r:0.34 Nunn, Emma SR         
    r:+0.74  24.66        51.27 (51.27)
      1:17.99 (1:17.99)   1:45.38 (1:45.38)
        2:09.67 (24.29)     2:36.48 (51.10)
      3:03.78 (1:18.40)   3:30.84 (1:45.46)
        3:55.21 (24.37)     4:22.50 (51.66)
      4:49.66 (1:18.82)   5:17.93 (1:47.09)
        5:42.22 (24.29)     6:09.20 (51.27)
      6:36.85 (1:18.92)   7:04.41 (1:46.48)
 14 Penn St                       7:05.67    7:04.42          6  
     1) Ackman, Alyson SR             2) r:0.36 Price, Niki SO        
     3) r:0.28 Wujciak, Megan JR      4) r:0.26 Jones, Kaitlin SR     
    r:+0.71  24.66        51.08 (51.08)
      1:17.74 (1:17.74)   1:44.61 (1:44.61)
        2:08.65 (24.04)     2:35.50 (50.89)
      3:03.04 (1:18.43)   3:30.91 (1:46.30)
        3:54.77 (23.86)     4:21.33 (50.42)
      4:49.20 (1:18.29)   5:18.32 (1:47.41)
        5:43.14 (24.82)     6:09.61 (51.29)
      6:37.04 (1:18.72)   7:04.42 (1:46.10)
 15 Kentucky                      7:05.68    7:04.75          4  
     1) Freriks, Geena FR             2) r:0.20 Galyer, Danielle JR   
     3) r:0.25 McInerny, Haley FR     4) r:0.20 Casey, Kendal JR      
    r:+0.76  24.99        51.48 (51.48)
      1:18.82 (1:18.82)   1:46.39 (1:46.39)
        2:10.87 (24.48)     2:37.72 (51.33)
      3:04.98 (1:18.59)   3:32.09 (1:45.70)
        3:55.95 (23.86)     4:22.62 (50.53)
      4:50.29 (1:18.20)   5:18.16 (1:46.07)
        5:42.53 (24.37)     6:09.60 (51.44)
      6:37.16 (1:19.00)   7:04.75 (1:46.59)
 16 Florida                       7:01.95    7:04.79          2  
     1) Maughan, Amelia SO            2) r:0.35 Hinds, Natalie SR     
     3) r:0.39 Thielmann, Jessica SR  4) r:0.20 Linn, Ashlee SR       
    r:+0.72  25.16        52.00 (52.00)
      1:19.85 (1:19.85)   1:47.46 (1:47.46)
        2:11.16 (23.70)     2:37.66 (50.20)
      3:04.79 (1:17.33)   3:32.51 (1:45.05)
        3:57.34 (24.83)     4:24.24 (51.73)
      4:51.77 (1:19.26)   5:19.23 (1:46.72)
        5:43.65 (24.42)     6:10.34 (51.11)
      6:37.61 (1:18.38)   7:04.79 (1:45.56)
 17 Purdue                        7:05.05    7:05.32        
     1) Davis, Allie SR               2) r:0.50 Hernandez, Gracie JR  
     3) r:0.38 Petric, Nika Kalina SR 4) r:0.36 Meitz, Kaersten SO    
    r:+0.66  24.62        51.28 (51.28)
      1:18.50 (1:18.50)   1:45.65 (1:45.65)
        2:10.67 (25.02)     2:37.68 (52.03)
      3:05.34 (1:19.69)   3:33.00 (1:47.35)
        3:57.86 (24.86)     4:24.87 (51.87)
      4:52.17 (1:19.17)   5:19.22 (1:46.22)
        5:43.61 (24.39)     6:10.44 (51.22)
      6:37.79 (1:18.57)   7:05.32 (1:46.10)
 18 LSU                           7:04.77    7:05.33        
     1) Stirrat, Danielle SR          2) r:0.31 Cox, Megan SR         
     3) r:0.37 Kopcso, Kara JR        4) r:0.07 Troskot, Leah JR      
    r:+0.71  25.04        52.10 (52.10)
      1:19.19 (1:19.19)   1:45.91 (1:45.91)
        2:10.48 (24.57)     2:37.50 (51.59)
      3:04.96 (1:19.05)   3:32.58 (1:46.67)
        3:56.95 (24.37)     4:24.15 (51.57)
      4:51.42 (1:18.84)   5:18.72 (1:46.14)
        5:42.91 (24.19)     6:10.15 (51.43)
      6:37.96 (1:19.24)   7:05.33 (1:46.61)
 19 Tennessee                     7:04.89    7:05.88        
     1) Bohon, Micah SO               2) r:0.24 Bruens, Harper SR     
     3) r:0.23 Driscoll, Lauren SR    4) r:0.41 Griffith, Mary SR     
    r:+0.64  24.86        51.92 (51.92)
      1:19.62 (1:19.62)   1:47.26 (1:47.26)
        2:10.84 (23.58)     2:37.17 (49.91)
      3:04.40 (1:17.14)   3:31.76 (1:44.50)
        3:56.28 (24.52)     4:23.42 (51.66)
      4:51.02 (1:19.26)   5:19.08 (1:47.32)
        5:44.11 (25.03)     6:11.53 (52.45)
      6:38.92 (1:19.84)   7:05.88 (1:46.80)
 20 VT                            7:08.37    7:07.20        
     1) Hespeler, Jessica JR          2) r:0.41 Donnelly, Fiona JR    
     3) r:0.14 Boutant, Alice SO      4) r:0.07 Grabski, Adriana SO   
    r:+0.76  24.82        51.09 (51.09)
      1:18.08 (1:18.08)   1:45.02 (1:45.02)
        2:09.63 (24.61)     2:36.16 (51.14)
      3:03.66 (1:18.64)   3:31.70 (1:46.68)
        3:56.38 (24.68)     4:23.89 (52.19)
      4:51.82 (1:20.12)   5:19.79 (1:48.09)
        5:44.45 (24.66)     6:12.06 (52.27)
      6:39.60 (1:19.81)   7:07.20 (1:47.41)
 21 Auburn                        7:06.31    7:08.46        
     1) Falconer, Erin FR             2) r:0.24 Vitarius, Jillian SR  
     3) r:0.40 McKernan, Shannon FR   4) r:0.30 Thatcher, Zoe SO      
    r:+0.78  24.64        51.55 (51.55)
      1:18.63 (1:18.63)   1:45.91 (1:45.91)
        2:10.36 (24.45)     2:37.15 (51.24)
      3:04.88 (1:18.97)   3:33.13 (1:47.22)
        3:57.74 (24.61)     4:25.03 (51.90)
      4:53.30 (1:20.17)   5:21.54 (1:48.41)
        5:46.05 (24.51)     6:13.11 (51.57)
      6:40.68 (1:19.14)   7:08.46 (1:46.92)
 22 Boise St                      7:04.60    7:08.65        
     1) Chard, Emma SO                2) r:0.35 Aoyama, Brittany SR   
     3) r:0.48 Balogh, Blake SR       4) r:0.37 Cann, Felicity JR     
    r:+0.75  24.77        51.70 (51.70)
      1:18.55 (1:18.55)   1:45.57 (1:45.57)
        2:10.29 (24.72)     2:37.04 (51.47)
      3:04.34 (1:18.77)   3:32.25 (1:46.68)
        3:56.98 (24.73)     4:24.28 (52.03)
      4:52.42 (1:20.17)   5:20.90 (1:48.65)
        5:45.41 (24.51)     6:12.55 (51.65)
      6:40.66 (1:19.76)   7:08.65 (1:47.75)
 23 Alabama                       7:09.67    7:08.70        
     1) Saunders, Emma SR             2) r:0.23 Tomley, Temarie SO    
     3) r:0.14 Musser, Hannah SO      4) Nonnenberg, Mia SO           
    r:+0.74  25.04        51.84 (51.84)
      1:19.16 (1:19.16)   1:46.60 (1:46.60)
        2:10.54 (23.94)     2:37.47 (50.87)
      3:05.16 (1:18.56)   3:32.93 (1:46.33)
        3:57.73 (24.80)     4:25.69 (52.76)
      4:53.26 (1:20.33)   5:20.74 (1:47.81)
        5:46.18 (25.44)     6:13.75 (53.01)
      6:41.17 (1:20.43)   7:08.70 (1:47.96)
 24 Arkansas                      7:06.08    7:09.37        
     1) Mayfield, Anna SR             2) r:0.42 Monroe, Maddie SR     
     3) r:0.31 Tatlow, Chelsea SO     4) r:0.21 Drolc, Nina SR        
    r:+0.71  25.11        52.18 (52.18)
      1:19.42 (1:19.42)   1:46.55 (1:46.55)
        2:11.02 (24.47)     2:37.88 (51.33)
      3:05.38 (1:18.83)   3:33.34 (1:46.79)
        3:57.93 (24.59)     4:25.15 (51.81)
      4:53.42 (1:20.08)   5:21.61 (1:48.27)
        5:46.49 (24.88)     6:13.62 (52.01)
      6:41.90 (1:20.29)   7:09.37 (1:47.76)
 25 UCLA                          7:07.97    7:10.21        
     1) Grover, Katie SO              2) r:0.13 White, Madison JR     
     3) r:0.22 Mack, Linnea JR        4) r:0.24 McTaggart, Caroline FR
    r:+0.66  25.40        53.38 (53.38)
      1:21.22 (1:21.22)   1:48.42 (1:48.42)
        2:13.22 (24.80)     2:40.34 (51.92)
      3:07.92 (1:19.50)   3:35.26 (1:46.84)
        3:58.76 (23.50)     4:25.40 (50.14)
      4:53.71 (1:18.45)   5:22.52 (1:47.26)
        5:45.97 (23.45)     6:12.85 (50.33)
      6:40.79 (1:18.27)   7:10.21 (1:47.69)
 26 Nevada                        7:05.98    7:14.70        
     1) Baerens, Teresa JR            2) r:0.25 Murray, Rebecca FR    
     3) r:0.46 Kusserow, Sita JR      4) r:0.51 Richardson, Caitlyn FR
    r:+0.81  24.72        51.69 (51.69)
      1:19.60 (1:19.60)   1:48.68 (1:48.68)
        2:13.40 (24.72)     2:40.10 (51.42)
      3:07.51 (1:18.83)   3:35.32 (1:46.64)
        4:00.95 (25.63)     4:28.64 (53.32)
      4:56.66 (1:21.34)   5:25.54 (1:50.22)
        5:50.27 (24.73)     6:17.06 (51.52)
      6:44.82 (1:19.28)   7:14.70 (1:49.16)
 -- Missouri                      7:08.65        DFS        
     1) Zubar, Kira SO                2) Brady, Sharli SO             
     3) Hayden, Rachel SO             4) Jones, Iliana FR             

SCHEDULED EVENTS

  • Women’s 800 free relay