NCAA Division I Women’s Championships: Simone Manuel Anchors Stanford to American Record in 400 Free Relay

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Stanford’s Simone Manuel delivered another NCAA and American record with a scorching anchor during the 400-yard free relay at the NCAA Division I Women’s Championships.

Manuel threw down a 45.79 anchor as Lia Neal, Janet Hu, Lindsey Engel and Manuel turned in a stunning time of 3:08.54 for the NCAA and American record and the title.

That swim crushed the NCAA record of 3:09.40 set by Georgia in 2013 as well as the American record of 3:10.63 set by Arizona also in 2013.

That’s Stanford’s NCAA record 11th victory in the 400 free relay:

1982 Stanford (Marybeth Linzmeier, Isabel Reuss, Kelly Asplund, Barb Major), 3:20.98
1987 Stanford (Jenna Johnson, Laurie McLean, Susie Rapp, Aimee Berzins), 3:17.69
1992 Stanford (Mary Edwards, Summer Sanders, Janel Jorgensen, Jenny Thompson), 3:16.41
1994 Stanford (Michelle Jesperson, Mary Edwards, Jessica Tong, Jenny Thompson), 3:15.80
1995 Stanford (Claudia Franco, Becky Bicknell, Jessica Tong, Jenny Thompson), 3:17.17
1996 Stanford (Jessica Tong, Elin Austevoll, Lisa Jacob, Claudia Franco), 3:18.28
1997 Stanford (Gabrielle Rose, Jessica Amey, Claudia Franco, Catherine Fox), 3:16.72
2010 Stanford (Kate Dwelley, Samantha Woodward, Elizabeth Webb, Julia Smit), 3:12.32
2012 Stanford (Samantha Woodward, Madeline Schaefer, Andrea Murez, Elizabeth Webb) 3:10.77
2014 Stanford (Maddy Schaefer, Felicia Lee, Maya DiRado, Lia Neal) 3:10.83

California, with Missy Franklin swimming her final time collegiately, leadoff Cal with a 46.66 as Franklin, Rachel Bootsma, Camille Cheng and Farida Osman took second in 3:09.76.

Georgia’s Madeline Locus, Olivia Smoliga, Lauren Harrington and Chantal Van Landeghem placed third in 3:12.08.

  1 Stanford-PC  'A'              3:11.96    3:08.54ND1-A    40  
     1) Neal, Lia SO                  2) r:0.23 Hu, Janet FR          
     3) r:0.12 Engel, Lindsey FR      4) r:0.35 Manuel, Simone FR     
    r:+0.72  22.62        46.84 (46.84)
        1:09.44 (22.60)     1:34.82 (47.98)
        1:57.29 (22.47)     2:22.75 (47.93)
        2:44.50 (21.75)     3:08.54 (45.79)
  2 California-PC  'A'            3:12.98    3:09.76PD1-A    34  
     1) Franklin, Missy SO            2) r:0.29 Bootsma, Rachel JR    
     3) r:0.17 Cheng, Camille SR      4) r:0.21 Osman, Farida SO      
    r:+0.78  22.66        46.66 (46.66)
        1:09.00 (22.34)     1:34.05 (47.39)
        1:56.73 (22.68)     2:22.26 (48.21)
        2:44.66 (22.40)     3:09.76 (47.50)
  3 Georgia-GA  'A'               3:12.76    3:12.08 D1-A    32  
     1) Locus, Madeline SR            2) r:0.34 Smoliga, Olivia SO    
     3) r:0.43 Harrington, Lauren SR  4) r:0.17 Van Landeghem, ntal JR
    r:+0.74  23.08        48.23 (48.23)
        1:10.86 (22.63)     1:35.89 (47.66)
        1:59.06 (23.17)     2:24.24 (48.35)
        2:46.81 (22.57)     3:12.08 (47.84)
  4 Texas A&M-GU  'A'             3:14.41    3:13.20 D1-A    30  
     1) Gastaldello, Beryl FR         2) r:0.42 Ibanez, Lili SR       
     3) r:0.29 Malone, Kristin FR     4) r:0.09 Bosma, Sammie SR      
    r:+2.67  23.44        48.25 (48.25)
        1:11.59 (23.34)     1:36.73 (48.48)
        1:59.90 (23.17)     2:25.20 (48.47)
        2:47.78 (22.58)     3:13.20 (48.00)
  5 NC State-NC  'A'              3:13.87    3:13.21 D1-A    28  
     1) Zevnik, Alexia SO             2) r:0.42 Bonnema, Riki JR      
     3) r:0.37 Labonge, Natalie SO    4) r:0.24 Duffield, Krista FR   
    r:+0.73  23.28        48.14 (48.14)
        1:10.69 (22.55)     1:36.19 (48.05)
        1:59.57 (23.38)     2:24.89 (48.70)
        2:47.60 (22.71)     3:13.21 (48.32)
  6 Wisconsin-WI  'A'             3:13.00    3:13.84 D1-A    26  
     1) Martin, Ivy SR                2) r:0.20 Kinney, Chase SO      
     3) r:0.26 Van Hout, Aja SR       4) r:0.28 Tamblyn, Anne JR      
    r:+2.47  22.58        47.89 (47.89)
        1:10.68 (22.79)     1:36.16 (48.27)
        1:59.02 (22.86)     2:24.53 (48.37)
        2:47.88 (23.35)     3:13.84 (49.31)
  7 Florida-FL  'A'               3:13.53    3:14.27 D1-A    24  
     1) Maughan, Amelia FR            2) r:0.27 Hinds, Natalie JR     
     3) r:0.31 Linn, Ashlee JR        4) r:0.33 McKnight, Lindsey JR  
    r:+0.76  23.85        49.69 (49.69)
        1:11.70 (22.01)     1:36.63 (46.94)
        1:59.82 (23.19)     2:25.45 (48.82)
        2:48.43 (22.98)     3:14.27 (48.82)
  8 Auburn-SE  'A'                3:15.56    3:15.49 D1-A    22  
     1) Purcell, Allyx SO             2) r:0.20 Fonteno, Megan SR     
     3) r:0.42 Merritt, Alexandria JR 4) r:0.31 Hull, Valerie FR      
    r:+0.72  23.16        48.98 (48.98)
        1:11.84 (22.86)     1:37.72 (48.74)
        2:01.14 (23.42)     2:26.63 (48.91)
        2:49.60 (22.97)     3:15.49 (48.86)
  1. California                        513   2. Georgia                           452
  3. Stanford                          363   4. Texas A&M                         231
  5. Virginia                          229   6. Louisville                        197
  7. Texas                             164   8. Southern California               163
  9. Florida                           129  10. Indiana                           126
 11. Tennessee                         125  12. Minnesota                         118
 13. Wisconsin                         103  14. Missouri                          100
 15. Arizona                          99.5  16. Kentucky                           95
 17. NC State                           79  18. Auburn                             66
 19. UNC                              56.5  20. Penn State                         56
 21. Notre Dame                         55  22. Michigan                           49
 23. UCLA                               47  24. Florida State                      45
 25. University of Miami (Florida)      42  26. Florida Gulf Coast               37.5
 27. Virginia Tech                      36  28. Denver                             33
 29. Alabama                            31  30. Purdue                             29
 31. So. Methodist                      27  32. Miami University (Ohio)            24
 33. Nevada                             16  34. Lsu                                15
 34. Arizona St                         15  36. Oregon State                       12
 36. Illinois State University          12  38. Iowa                               10
 39. San Diego State                     9  40. Ohio State                          5
 41. Kansas                              4  41. Hawaii (W)                          4
 43. Umbc (W)                          2.5  44. Arkansas                            2
 44. Pittsburgh                          2  46. Cincinnati                          1

2015 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships, Day Three Results – Results

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