Cal is the Team to Beat in Women’s 200 Free Relay:

Last year, Cal set not only an NCAA record in the Women’s 200 Free Relay, but a U.S. Open record of 1:25.59. Even though they lost one of those relay swimmers, Farida Osman, to graduation, Katie McLaughlin has filled her shoes, and the Golden Bears have not missed a beat. Your text to link…

At the Pac-12 Championships, Cal’s 200 Free Relay team placed first with a time of 1:25.87. That was a second better than Conference runner-up Stanford. While three of the swimmers for the Cardinal had splits of 21 seconds, their leadoff swimmer Janet Hu, had a split of 22.28. A quicker start at the national meet could help Stanford try and get by Cal.

But the two Pac-12 schools are not the only ones to watch out for in the Women’s 200 Free. Two other relays have come in at under 1:27, Virginia and Louisville at 1:26.67 and 1:26.92 respectively. Two other teams with a shot at knocking off Cal or Stanford, should they managed to shave off a few seconds from their best times, are Ohio State and Tennessee. The Buckeyes best time this season was 1:27.08, while the Lady Vols’ season best was 1:27.26. The dark horses for the title would be Michigan (1:28.00) and Texas A&M (1:28.37).

The NCAA National Meet runs March 14-17 in Columbus, Ohio.

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