Stanford’s Manuel, Neal, Eastin & Ledecky Tear Up Script In 4x200y NCAA Opener

Kathleen Ledecky, who brought Stanford's quartet home with a roar to a record on day 1 of her NCAA Championship debut - by Patrick B. Kraemer

So it begins. The 4x200y freestyle. In the book of swimming history there is a list of the first and last yards world records that stood from an age of transition to metric standardisation in global swimming. There’s all sorts of stuff there, including a 3x100y medley relay from a time before butterfly. No 4x200y for women, though, the ‘fairer sex’ deemed to have been too gentle to go the distances that men went. They hadn’t heard of Katie Ledecky and Co, of course. Stanford’s quartet set the NCAA and American record at 6:49 last month. Now, the mark stands at 6:45.9

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Mallory Comerford emerged from this race with the fastest split of all and has indicated that the individual 200 free will not just be a Stanford affair. She’s having a very good season.

Craig Lord

Thanks v. much, Ger: can’t see the names on the sheet, so hard to tell who clocked that without digging more deeply than the moment merits (forgive me, yards doesn’t set the blood running … live in the venue is a different, of course, but not one for the remote thrill of deeper/broader meaning 🙂 Added a line on Mallory.

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