Stanford's 400 free relay team capped an outstanding NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championship for the Cardinal, winning the final event of the meet in Minnesota on Saturday to clinch a second-place finish.
"It's pretty rewarding," said Meehan. "I think mostly for our seniors. For them to go out like this, with a second-place finish and winning four of five relays is just really special."
Stanford also received second-place showings from Lia Neal (100 free, 47.17), Maya DiRado (200 fly, 1:52.99) and Katie Olsen (200 breast, 2:05.88) on the final night of action. Neal and Olsen both smashed school records in the process.
Neal also played a huge part in the final 400 free relay, as she swam the final leg. She split a 47.14 in the ending 100 to turn a virtual tie into another Cardinal victory. Joining Neal on the relay were Maddy Schaefer, Felicia Lee and DiRado as the foursome clocked 3:10.83 for the No. 2 time in school history.
Stanford entered the event 8 1/2 points ahead of California, which finished third.
The Cardinal, led by seven All-America efforts from Lee and Neal and six more from DiRado, earned its best finish since 2010 and its 17th overall top-three finish at the NCAA meet.
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