Team USA Overturns 400 Medley Relay American Record at USA College Challenge

Photo Courtesy: Griffin Scott

The USA College Challenge got off to a quick start with the Team USA ‘B’ relay delivering a new American record in the 400 medley relay.

Ali Deloof jumped to an early lead for the Team USA women with a 50.59 backstroke split, before handing off to Andee Cottrell for the breaststroke leg.

Cottrell was able to hold off both Kirsten Vose (58.82) and Lilly King (56.85) with a split of 57.61 to maintain a lead for Team USA.

Kelsi Worrell, the American record holder in the 100-yard fly, slipped past the 50-second mark with a 49.36 split, giving Amanda Wier (48.04) plenty of room to bring it home resulting in an American record time of 3:25.60.

Their time overturns the previous American record of 3:26.14 set at last year’s NCAA D1 Championships by Stanford’s Ally Howe, Sarah Haase, Janet Hu, and Lia Neal.

Comparing splits:

Team USA (2016): 50.59/57.61/49.36/48.04 = 3:25.60

Stanford (2016): 51.89/57.02/50.65/46.58 = 3:26.14

The differences in the relay stand with the backstroke and butterfly legs as both Deloof and Worrell posted times over a second faster than Stanford’s Howe and Hu, making up for the difference in the freestyle splits.

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Author: Taylor Brien

Taylor Brien is the Assistant Operations Manager and a staff writer at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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