Cierra Runge Sets NCAA Record at Pac 12s

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

FEDERAL WAY – California’s Cierra Runge wasted little time to continue her epic meet as she took down the NCAA record in the 500-yard free at the Pac 12 Women’s Championships.

During the first night, Runge was part of a new American record in the 800-yard free relay alongside teammate Missy Franklin.

Tonight, she took down the NCAA record in the 500 free with a blazing time of 4:31.90.

That performance surpassed Brittany MacLean’s NCAA record of 4:32.53 set last year for Georgia and made Runge the fourth-fastest swimmer all time in the event.

All Time Top 500 Frees

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USC’s Chelsea Chenault took second tonight in a distant 4:37.55 with Arizona’s Bonnie Brandon placing third in 4:38.87.

Comparative Splits

                            === A - Final ===                            
  1 Runge, Cierra    FR CAL-PC            4:35.92    4:31.90NA       32  
    r:+0.79  24.91        51.63 (26.72)
        1:18.82 (27.19)     1:46.04 (27.22)
        2:13.64 (27.60)     2:41.33 (27.69)
        3:09.36 (28.03)     3:36.98 (27.62)
        4:04.80 (27.82)     4:31.90 (27.10)
                            === A - Final ===                            
  1 MacLean, Britta  SO Georgia           4:35.08    4:32.53         20  
    r:+0.76  25.71        53.08 (27.37)
        1:20.71 (27.63)     1:48.54 (27.83)
        2:16.30 (27.76)     2:44.25 (27.95)
        3:12.01 (27.76)     3:39.55 (27.54)
        4:06.72 (27.17)     4:32.53 (25.81)

Missy Franklin kept the ball rolling for the California Golden Bears as the squad threw down a 1-2-3 effort in the 200-yard IM.

Franklin clocked an NCAA A cut time of 1:53.47, while teammate Elizabeth Pelton also posted an A cut with a second-place 1:53.80.  Celina Li rounded out the top three with a 1:55.52.

Farida Osman then pulled off a stunning upset as the California swimmer put up a 21.65 to pick off Stanford’s Simone Manuel (21.81) for the victory in the 50-yard free.  The two both cleared the NCAA A cut and will now battle at NCAAs again, but Manuel was one of the biggest locks for a win this week.

UCLA’s Linnea Mack and Stanford’s Janet Hu tied for third with matching 22.13s.

Stanford’s Alexandra Clay then won the three-meter diving crown with 363.95 points.  Arizona’s Samantha Pickens took second with 352.95 points, while Arizona State’s Hailey Casper placed third with 343.35 points.

California completed a night that really could not have gone any better with a win in the 200-yard free relay.

Kaylin Bing (22.35), Missy Franklin (21.46), Rachel Bootsma (21.91) and Farida Osman (21.46) raced their way to a 1:27.18 for the win.

Stanford’s Simone Manuel (22.27), Lia Neal (21.81), Janet Hu (21.89) and Lindsey Engel (22.05) took second in 1:28.02, while Arizona State’s Juanita Barreto (23.02), Ingibjorg Jonsdottir (22.46), Marina Spadoni (22.45) and Melanie Busch (22.23) placed third in 1:30.16.

2015 Pac-12 Women’s Championships, Day Two – Results


  1. avatar
    john m. razi

    Excellent detailed article. Great stats. ‘To the point’ ! Exciting swimming ! – jmr –

  2. avatar

    What happened with the UCLA and ASU 4×200 relays. Both DQed, but I had seen at least the ASU team listed in “Live Results” at 7:08+ one day, just off the A cut, and listed as DQed the next. False starts; entry issues? Other? Your help would be useful. Thanks.