Stanford Becomes Third Women’s Team To Sweep NCAA Relays With 400 Free Relay Win

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The Stanford Cardinal had history on the line as they had a chance to become only the third team to win all five relays at an NCAA Championships, as well as become the third school to win 13 total titles in a single NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships.

Stanford joins 2005 Georgia and 2008 Arizona as winners of all five relays, and joins Florida (1982-1988) and Stanford (1993) to win 13 total titles in a single meet.

The Stanford Cardinal capped off the historic meet with a 3:07.94 and a 45.47 anchor from Simone Manuel. They were a little off the record they set last year at 3:07.61. Janet Hu (47.49), Ella Eastin (47.13), Katie Drabot (47.85) and Manuel (45.47) swam for the Cardinal.

It wasn’t easy though as Cal gave them everything they could handle as they were second at 3:08.05.

Amy Bilquist (47.59), Abbey Weitzeil (46.37), Kathleen Baker (47.21) and Katie McLaughlin (46.88) swam for the Golden Bears.

There was a big race for third in the relay that eventually went to Virginia at 3:10.50. They out-touched Louisville (3:10.53) and Michigan (3:10.73) in the end.

Tennessee (3:11.89), Texas (3:12.50) and Texas A&M (3:13.10) also swam in the championship final.

The fastest splits in the field came from Manuel, Weitzeil, McLaughlin and Mallory Comerford (46.67).

 Event 21  Women 400 Yard Freestyle Relay
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         NCAA: N 3:07.61  3/18/2017 Stanford
                          S Manuel, K Ledecky, J Hu, L Neal
     American: A 3:07.61  3/18/2017 Stanford
                          S Manuel, K Ledecky, J Hu, L Neal
    U.S. Open: O 3:07.61  3/18/2017 Stanford
                          S Manuel, K Ledecky, J Hu, L Neal
         Meet: C 3:07.61  3/17/2017 Stanford
                          S Manuel, K Ledecky, J Hu, L Neal
         Pool: P 3:10.96  2/17/2018 Michigan
                          C Deloof, S Haughey, D Pyshnenko, G Deloof
                 3:15.43  AUTO NCAA A Standard
                 3:16.93  CONS NCAA B Standard
    School                        Prelims     Finals       Points 
==================================================================================
                                === A - Final ===                                 
 
  1 Stanford                      3:11.15    3:07.94P        40  
     1) Janet Hu SR                   2) r:0.12 Ella Eastin JR        
     3) r:0.27 Katie Drabot SO        4) r:0.39 Simone Manuel SR      
    r:+0.57  22.75        47.49 (47.49)
        1:10.14 (22.65)     1:34.62 (47.13)
        1:57.57 (22.95)     2:22.47 (47.85)
        2:44.09 (21.62)     3:07.94 (45.47)
  2 California                    3:11.23    3:08.05P        34  
     1) Amy Bilquist JR               2) r:0.26 Abbey Weitzeil SO     
     3) r:0.25 Kathleen Baker JR      4) r:0.26 Katie McLaughlin JR   
    r:+0.67  22.68        47.59 (47.59)
        1:09.09 (21.50)     1:33.96 (46.37)
        1:56.32 (22.36)     2:21.17 (47.21)
        2:43.23 (22.06)     3:08.05 (46.88)
  3 Virginia                      3:12.41    3:10.50P        32  
     1) Morgan Hill SO                2) r:0.42 Laine Reed SR         
     3) r:0.15 Kyla Valls FR          4) r:0.02 Caitlin Cooper SR     
    r:+0.65  23.23        48.23 (48.23)
        1:11.00 (22.77)     1:35.63 (47.40)
        1:58.08 (22.45)     2:23.10 (47.47)
        2:45.30 (22.20)     3:10.50 (47.40)
  4 Louisville                    3:11.51    3:10.53P        30  
     1) Mallory Comerford JR          2) r:0.11 Lainey Visscher SO    
     3) r:0.10 Arina Openysheva FR    4) r:0.33 Casey Fanz SO         
    r:+0.65  22.53        46.67 (46.67)
        1:09.15 (22.48)     1:34.81 (48.14)
        1:57.38 (22.57)     2:22.60 (47.79)
        2:45.38 (22.78)     3:10.53 (47.93)
  5 Michigan                      3:11.88    3:10.73P        28  
     1) Gabby Deloof SR               2) r:0.30 Catie Deloof JR       
     3) r:0.44 Siobhan Haughey JR     4) r:0.34 Daria Pyshnenko FR    
    r:+0.70  23.01        47.91 (47.91)
        1:10.74 (22.83)     1:35.66 (47.75)
        1:58.30 (22.64)     2:22.72 (47.06)
        2:45.27 (22.55)     3:10.73 (48.01)
  6 Tennessee                     3:12.46    3:11.89         26  
     1) Erika Brown SO                2) r:0.28 Meghan Small SO       
     3) r:0.30 Bailey Grinter FR      4) r:0.37 Stanzi Moseley SO     
    r:+0.68  22.85        47.79 (47.79)
        1:10.44 (22.65)     1:35.61 (47.82)
        1:58.73 (23.12)     2:23.99 (48.38)
        2:46.99 (23.00)     3:11.89 (47.90)
  7 Texas                         3:12.63    3:12.50         24  
     1) Claire Adams SO               2) r:0.14 Rebecca Millard SR    
     3) r:0.24 Brooke Hansen JR       4) r:0.32 Anelise Diener JR     
    r:+0.74  23.00        47.67 (47.67)
        1:10.05 (22.38)     1:35.36 (47.69)
        1:58.45 (23.09)     2:23.99 (48.63)
        2:46.80 (22.81)     3:12.50 (48.51)
  8 Texas A&M                     3:12.66    3:13.10         22  
     1) Beryl Gastaldello SR          2) r:0.26 Claire Rasmus JR      
     3) r:0.42 Katie Portz SO         4) r:0.26 Kristin Malone SR     
    r:+0.64  22.80        47.11 (47.11)
        1:10.43 (23.32)     1:35.42 (48.31)
        1:59.01 (23.59)     2:24.49 (49.07)
        2:47.36 (22.87)     3:13.10 (48.61)
      Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 21                     
 
  1. Stanford                          593   2. California                        373
  3. Texas A&M                         299   4. Michigan                          267
  5. Louisville                        232   6. Texas                           221.5
  7. Tennessee                       180.5   8. Indiana                           169
  9. Virginia                          161  10. Minnesota                         157
 11. Georgia                           135  12. Southern Cal                      127
 13. Ohio St                           123  14. Kentucky                           97
 15. Missouri                           86  16. Auburn                           82.5
 17. Wisconsin                          78  18. NC State                           70
 19. Purdue                             51  20. Arizona                            46
 20. South Carolina                     46  22. Northwestern                       40
 23. Arizona St                         34  24. University of Nevada               33
 25. UNC                                32  26. UCLA                               31
 27. Arkansas                           30  28. Hawaii                           29.5
 29. Penn St                            26  30. Alabama                            23
 31. Denver                             20  32. Eastern Mich                       18
 33. Virginia Tech                      14  33. Miami University                   14
 35. Nebraska                           11  35. Florida                            11
 37. Wyoming                             9  38. Louisiana State University          8
 39. Akron                               6  39. Rutgers                             6
 41. Notre Dame                          4  42. Duke                                3
 42. Florida St                          3  44. West Virginia                       2
 44. University of Miami                 2
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  1. Steve Schaffer

    I didn’t realize that Great Britain was competing at NCAAs. 😉

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