Stanford Wins Fifth Straight NCAA Title in 400 Medley Relay; Lilly King Splits 56.0 Breaststroke

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For the fifth straight year, the Stanford Cardinal have won the 400 medley at the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships. The Cardinal won the title with a new American and NCAA Record in the process at 3:25.09. Stanford remains undefeated in the swimming pool as the team has won every single swimming event through Thursday night.

Ally Howe (50.34), Kim Williams (58.59), Janet Hu (50.36) and Simone Manuel (45.80) broke the NCAA Record at 3:25.09 as they got everything they could handle from Indiana in the race, who placed second at 3:26.09. The Hoosiers were second thanks to Ally Rockett (51.31), Lilly King (56.02), Christie Jensen (51.13) and Kennedy Goss (47.63). King’s split is the fastest breaststroke split ever.

California (3:26.86), Louisville (3:26.93), Minnesota (3:28.34), Texas (3:30.61) and Texas A&M (3:30.80) placed in the top eight.

The top splits were from Howe, King, Noemie Thomas (50.25) and Mallory Comerford (45.74).

Tennessee was originally sixth with a 3:29.17, but was disqualified for their freestyle leg kicking on her back.

There were also some solid splits from Beata Nelson (49.83) and Louise Hansson (49.24) in the B-Final as Nelson swam backstroke and Hansson swam butterfly.

This is Stanford’s fifth straight NCAA title in the event as Howe and Hu have been on the last four of the winning relays. It is also Stanford’s 14th overall title in the event. They previously won the relay at NCAA’s in 1987, 1990-1993, 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2002.

 Event 7  Women 400 Yard Medley Relay
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         NCAA: N 3:25.15  2/24/2018 Stanford
                          A Howe, K Williams, J Hu, S Manuel
     American: A 3:25.15  2/24/2018 Stanford
                          A Howe, K Williams, J Hu, S Manuel
    U.S. Open: O 3:25.15  2/24/2018 Stanford
                          A Howe, K Williams, J Hu, S Manuel
         Meet: C 3:26.14  3/17/2016 Stanford
                          A Howe, S Haase, J Hu, L Neal
         Pool: P 3:27.81  2/15/2018 Indiana University
                          A Rockett, L King, C Jensen, G Haskett
                 3:32.67  AUTO NCAA A Standard
                 3:34.48  CONS NCAA B Standard
    School                        Prelims     Finals       Points 
==================================================================================
                                === A - Final ===                                 
 
  1 Stanford                      3:27.58    3:25.09N        40  
     1) Ally Howe SR                  2) r:0.19 Kim Williams JR       
     3) r:0.29 Janet Hu SR            4) r:0.21 Simone Manuel SR      
    r:+0.68  24.45        50.34 (50.34)
        1:17.59 (27.25)     1:48.93 (58.59)
        2:11.82 (22.89)     2:39.29 (50.36)
        3:01.07 (21.78)     3:25.09 (45.80)
  2 Indiana                       3:28.19    3:26.09C        34  
     1) Ally Rockett SR               2) r:0.28 Lilly King JR         
     3) r:0.17 Christie Jensen JR     4) r:0.16 Kennedy Goss SR       
    r:+0.75  24.90        51.31 (51.31)
        1:17.19 (25.88)     1:47.33 (56.02)
        2:11.08 (23.75)     2:38.46 (51.13)
        3:01.31 (22.85)     3:26.09 (47.63)
  3 California                    3:30.25    3:26.86P        32  
     1) Kathleen Baker JR             2) r:0.31 Ali Harrison FR       
     3) r:0.17 Noemie Thomas SR       4) r:0.20 Abbey Weitzeil SO     
    r:+0.60  24.46        50.66 (50.66)
        1:17.96 (27.30)     1:49.55 (58.89)
        2:12.52 (22.97)     2:39.80 (50.25)
        3:01.81 (22.01)     3:26.86 (47.06)
  4 Louisville                    3:28.50    3:26.93P        30  
     1) Alina Kendzior JR             2) r:0.03 Mariia Astashkina FR  
     3) r:0.00 Grace Oglesby SO       4) r:0.11 Mallory Comerford JR  
    r:+0.66  25.06        52.11 (52.11)
        1:19.33 (27.22)     1:50.53 (58.42)
        2:14.10 (23.57)     2:41.19 (50.66)
        3:03.06 (21.87)     3:26.93 (45.74)
  5 Minnesota                     3:28.81    3:28.34         28  
     1) Tevyn Waddell SO              2) r:0.16 Lindsey Kozelsky SO   
     3) r:0.37 Danielle Nack SR       4) r:0.31 Zoe Avestruz JR       
    r:+0.65  25.01        51.76 (51.76)
        1:18.35 (26.59)     1:49.25 (57.49)
        2:12.74 (23.49)     2:40.58 (51.33)
        3:03.33 (22.75)     3:28.34 (47.76)
  6 Texas                         3:30.60    3:30.61         26  
     1) Claire Adams SO               2) r:0.19 Kennedy Lohman SO     
     3) r:0.17 Lauren Case SO         4) r:0.33 Rebecca Millard SR    
    r:+0.66  24.89        51.40 (51.40)
        1:19.01 (27.61)     1:50.62 (59.22)
        2:14.95 (24.33)     2:42.72 (52.10)
        3:05.59 (22.87)     3:30.61 (47.89)
  7 TAMU                          3:28.92    3:30.80         24  
     1) Lisa Bratton SR               2) r:0.20 Jorie Caneta SR       
     3) r:0.38 Jing Quah FR           4) r:0.38 Beryl Gastaldello SR  
    r:+0.68  25.38        52.01 (52.01)
        1:19.58 (27.57)     1:50.73 (58.72)
        2:14.76 (24.03)     2:42.99 (52.26)
        3:05.72 (22.73)     3:30.80 (47.81)
 -- Tennessee                     3:28.49         DQ        
      Stroke Infraction swimmer #4: Other - Misc
     1) Meghan Small SO               2) r:0.30 Katie Armitage SR     
     3) r:0.20 Maddie Banic JR        4) r:0.23 Stanzi Moseley SO     
    r:+0.72  24.76        51.43 (51.43)
        1:18.95 (27.52)     1:50.24 (58.81)
        2:13.26 (23.02)     2:41.67 (51.43)
        3:04.22 (22.55)          DQ (47.50)
      Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 7                      
 
  1. Stanford                          211   2. California                        147
  3. Texas                             109   4. Tennessee                       108.5
  5. Michigan                          101   6. Louisville                         99
  7. Texas A&M                          89   8. Virginia                           86
  9. Minnesota                          70  10. Indiana                            46
 11. Georgia                            45  11. Arizona                            45
 13. Ohio St                            40  14. Auburn                           34.5
 15. Wisconsin                          33  16. Kentucky                           32
 17. Southern Cal                       30  18. UNC                                25
 19. South Carolina                     23  20. Purdue                             18
 20. NC State                           18  22. University of Nevada               16
 23. Missouri                           15  24. Arizona St                         14
 25. Northwestern                       11  25. Denver                             11
 27. Arkansas                            9  27. Penn St                             9
 29. UCLA                                6  29. Rutgers                             6
 31. Louisiana State University          5  32. Alabama                             4
 32. Florida                             4  32. Virginia Tech                       4
 35. University of Miami                 2
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