Tennessee Smashes 200 Medley Relay Field, Weitzeil Ties Fastest Split Ever

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The Tennessee Volunteers have not had the best meet at the 2019 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships but showed up in a big way on Friday night with a national title in the 200 medley relay. The Volunteers won with a 1:34.10. The team was comprised of Meghan Small (24.03), Nikol Popov (26.51), Maddy Banic (22.58) and Erika Brown (20.98) as the Volunteers won with a 1:34.10.

Tennessee won the final ahead of Cal (1:34.43) and NC State (1:34.80). Cal’s Abbey Weitzeil (20.45) split the fastest 50 free ever on the anchor leg, tying her with Simone Manuel for the fastest ever split.

Cal swam the relay with Izzy Ivey (24.07), Ema Rajic (27.28), Maddie Murphy (22.63) and Weitzeil (20.45) as Weitzeil’s anchor leg was not enough to catch Tennessee.

NC State finished in third place with Elise Haan (23.90), Sophie Hansson (26.64), Kylee Alons (22.94) and Ky-lee Perry (21.32) swimming for the Wolfpack.

The fastest splits outside the top three came from Virginia’s Caroline Gmelich (23.85), Indiana’s Lilly King (25.62), Michigan’s Maggie MacNeil (22.73) and Michigan’s Catie DeLoof (21.43).

Indiana (1:35.18), Louisville (1:35.57), Michigan (1:35.85), Stanford (1:36.13) and Virginia (1:36.16) also swam in the A-Final.

Tennessee now has four NCAA relay titles in its history. The previous three all came from the 2013 season when the Lady Vols won the 200 free, 400 medley and 200 medley relays.

 Event 14  Women 200 Yard Medley Relay
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         NCAA: I 1:33.11  16-Mar-18 Stanford
                          A. Howe, K. Williams, J. Hu, S. Manuel
         Meet: M 1:33.11  16-Mar-18 Stanford
                          A. Howe, K. Williams, J. Hu, S. Manuel
     American: A 1:33.11  16-Mar-18 Stanford
                          A. Howe, K. Williams, J. Hu, S. Manuel
      US Open: O 1:33.11  16-Mar-18 Stanford
                          A. Howe, K. Williams, J. Hu, S. Manuel
         Pool: P 1:34.63  30-Nov-16 Arizona
                          T Garcia, K Lohman, A Ochitwa, K Konopka
                 1:36.75  AUTO NCAA A Standard
                 1:37.39  CONS NCAA B Standard
    School                        Prelims     Finals       Points 
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                                === A - Final ===                                 
 
  1 Tennessee                     1:35.28    1:34.10P        40  
     1) Meghan Small JR               2) r:0.16 Nikol Popov SO        
     3) r:0.10 Madeline Banic SR      4) r:0.31 Erika Brown JR        
    r:+0.73  24.03        50.54 (26.51)
        1:13.12 (22.58)     1:34.10 (20.98)
  2 California                    1:35.67    1:34.43P        34  
     1) Izzy Ivey FR                  2) r:0.34 Ema Rajic FR          
     3) r:0.25 Maddie Murphy JR       4) r:0.12 Abbey Weitzeil JR     
    r:+0.84  24.07        51.35 (27.28)
        1:13.98 (22.63)     1:34.43 (20.45)
  3 NC State                      1:35.32    1:34.80         32  
     1) Elise Haan SR                 2) r:0.17 *Sophie Hansson FR    
     3) r:0.18 Kylee Alons FR         4) r:0.23 Ky-lee Perry JR       
    r:+0.73  23.90        50.54 (26.64)
        1:13.48 (22.94)     1:34.80 (21.32)
  4 Indiana                       1:36.28    1:35.18         30  
     1) Morgan Scott FR               2) r:0.28 Lilly King SR         
     3) r:0.26 Christie Jensen SR     4) r:0.23 Shelby Koontz JR      
    r:+0.69  24.11        49.73 (25.62)
        1:13.21 (23.48)     1:35.18 (21.97)
  5 Louisville                    1:36.16    1:35.57         28  
     1) *Alina Kendzior SR            2) r:0.17 Kaylee Wheeler FR     
     3) r:0.14 Grace Oglesby JR       4) r:0.30 Lainey Visscher JR    
    r:+0.66  24.07        50.97 (26.90)
        1:13.83 (22.86)     1:35.57 (21.74)
  6 Michigan                      1:36.18    1:35.85         26  
     1) Taylor Garcia SR              2) r:0.32 Miranda Tucker JR     
     3) r:0.48 *Maggie MacNeil FR     4) r:0.20 Catie DeLoof SR       
    r:+0.58  24.64        51.69 (27.05)
        1:14.42 (22.73)     1:35.85 (21.43)
  7 Stanford                      1:36.41    1:36.13         24  
     1) Lucie Nordmann FR             2) r:0.27 Grace Zhao SO         
     3) r:0.35 Amalie Fackenthal FR   4) r:0.19 Anya Goeders FR       
    r:+0.70  24.38        51.55 (27.17)
        1:14.60 (23.05)     1:36.13 (21.53)
  8 Virginia                      1:36.27    1:36.16         22  
     1) Caroline Gmelich SO           2) r:0.16 Alexis Wenger FR      
     3) r:0.20 *Anna Pang SO          4) r:0.31 Kyla Valls SO         
    r:+0.65  23.85        50.73 (26.88)
        1:13.87 (23.14)     1:36.16 (22.29)
Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 14                     
 
  1. California                        328   2. Stanford                        299.5
  3. Michigan                          233   4. Louisville                        163
  5. NC State                          141   6. Tennessee                         138
  7. Minnesota                         131   8. Virginia                          128
  9. Texas                           127.5  10. Indiana                           122
 11. Southern Cali                     103  12. Auburn                             93
 13. Arizona                          86.5  14. Texas A&M                        72.5
 15. Wisconsin                          70  16. UCLA                               66
 17. Kentucky                         49.5  18. Arkansas                           46
 19. Florida                            44  20. Missouri                           42
 21. Arizona St                         35  21. Duke                               35
 23. Georgia                            34  24. South Carolina                   27.5
 25. Kansas                             22  26. Ohio St                            21
 27. Lsu                                20  28. University of Miami                19
 29. Eastern Mich                       17  30. Northwestern                       15
 31. Florida St                         14  32. San Diego St                        9
 33. Purdue                              7  33. Penn St                             7
 35. Akron                               6  36. Virginia Tech                       5
 37. Nebraska                            2  37. Alabama                             2
 37. UNC                                 2  37. Notre Dame                          2
 41. Univeristy of Conneticut            1

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