Cardinal women set another American record at Pac-12 swim


The Stanford women's swimming and diving team set its second American record at the Pac-12 championships Friday in Federal Way, Wash.

The Cardinal owns the fastest time in American history in two relays, including Friday's 400 medley relay team of Ally Howe, Sarah Haase, Janet Hu and Lia Neal, which swam the event in 3:26.25.

Heading into Saturday's final day of competition, Stanford is in second place with 946 points, five behind USC. Cal is third with 890.5 points.

Of the five individual events at Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, Stanford won four of them.

Freshman Ella Eastin claimed her second individual conference title with a sub-four-minute finish in the 400 individual medley. She blistered the field with a career-best effort of 3:59.30, and was more than seven seconds faster than the runner-up.

Neal tacked on to her many career accolades with another Pac-12 individual title, and Haase continued her dominance in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Neal led the 200 free from start-to-finish and won by nearly two full seconds at 1:42.50, while Haase also won comfortably with a career-best of 58.02 -- more than a second better than any other swimmer.

Meanwhile, in the 100-yard backstroke, Howe out-touched a pair of Cal swimmers to earn the top spot on the podium. She stopped the clock at 50.71, which was five-hundreths of a second faster than the runner-up and one-tenth of a second better than third place. It also was a school record, ranking her No. 2 in the nation this season and making her the No. 8 all-time world performer and No. 6 all-time U.S. performer.

— Stanford Athletics

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