Freshmen Women Lead Cardinal Win Against Oregon State Beavers

by Sarah Webb 10

October 25th, 2014 College, Pac-12, Previews & Recaps

The Stanford Cardinal took on the Oregon State University women at home at the Avery Aquatic Center, winning 13 of 14 events. The underclassmen charge was led by standout 2014 top recruit Simone Manuel‘s set of four wins, helping to take down the Beavers 134 to 117.

Manuel started off her wins anchoring the winning 200 Medley Relay for the Stanford ‘B’ Team (1:41.99) ahead of the Stanford ‘A’ Relay (1:43.29). The Stanford ‘C’ Team (1:45.71) followed up for a 1-2-3 Cardinal sweep.

Oregon State Junior Sammy Harrison took home the Beavers’ only win of the meet in the 1000 Free (10:03.93). Harrison, last year’s PAC-12 Champion in the 1650 Free, finished almost 8 seconds ahead of Sophomore Cardinal Tara Halsted (10:11.44).

Manuel’s second win of the meet came in the 200 Free (1:45.26) ahead of 1000 Free winner Harrison (1:50.02). The 200 Free was the start of some exhibition swims for the Stanford Cardinal, with Sophomore Cardinals Lia Neal (1:50.19) and Grace Carlson (1:53.80) officially taking third and fourth but foregoing points.

Freshman Cardinal Ally Howe took her first win with a top-ten time in the 100 Back (54.22), and followed it up with a first in the 200 Back (1:58.27). Oregon State’s Amani Amr placed second behind Howe in both events, swimming a 58.07 and 2:06.49, respectively.

Five-time NCAA All-American and Cardinal Senior Katie Olsen took the 100 Breast (1:02.97) ahead of Freshman Beaver Allie Kilroy (1:05.81).

Freshman Janet Hu added some firsts to the start of her collegiate career with a win in the 200 Fly (2:00.04), over eight seconds ahead of Sophomore Brooke Meyer (2:08.58). Hu went on to take the 100 Free in 51.04 ahead of Oregon State Junior and PAC-12 Academic First Team member Constance Toulemonde (53.71).

Manuel claimed her third win of the night in the 500 Free (4:48.50), out-touching Oregon State’s Harrison by just over four-tenths of a second (4:48.95). Manuel and Harrison’s times were over 30 seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Their times place them in the top eight in the country in the event.

Seniors Cardinal Mackenzie Stein and Maddy Schaefer shined for the upperclassmen with wins in the 100 Fly (55.83) and 50 Free (22.67) respectively. Schaefer took second in the 100 Fly with an exhibition swim behind Stein (56.49), followed closely by Cardinal Sophomore Neal (56.51) with another exhibition swim.

Manuel’s fourth and final win came in the 200 IM (2:03.31) ahead of Oregon State Sophomore Andrea Young (2:09.62).

“She’s incredibly talented,” Stanford Head Coach Greg Meehan said in a statement to Stanford Athletics about Freshman Simone Manuel. “What you see there in the meets is what we see every day in training. She’s very consistent.”

The Cardinal topped off a 12-event winning streak with the underclassmen-heavy ‘A’ Team taking first in the 400 Free Relay (3:26.85), nine seconds ahead of the Oregon State ‘A’ Team (3:35.86).

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bobo gigi
6 years ago

Already 1.45 from Miss Manuel? 😯
And 4.48 in the 500 free? For a sprinter!
It sounds goooooooood for the rest of the season. 🙂

21 low/1.41 high/46 low at NCAA championships? 😆

Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

Simone Manuel is a beast! I can see her taking the 50/100/200 title in March. Very impressive from the freshman class overall. Very happy here! ❤️ Oh and for you Bears detractors, let’s compare some results shall we. Duals against the same opponent, OSU. Within a day of each other. Apples to apples. 500 fr: Simone Manuel(4:48.50), Breed (4:55.15) Cal = 7 sec slower!!!! 200 br: Sarah Haase (2:15.48), Roses (2:20.39) Cal = 5 sec slower!!! 200 fr: Simone Manuel (1:45.26), Franklin (1:48.24) Cal = 3 sec slower!! 200 fly: Janet Hu (2:00.04), Bootsma (2:01.14) Cal = 1+ sec slower! 100 bk: Ally Howe (54.22), Mau (55.67) Cal = 1+ sec slower! 200 bk: Ally Howe (1:58.27), Klaren (1:58.54) Cal… Read more »

Reply to  SWIMNERD
6 years ago

There are no Bear detractors, SwimNerd. That’s the thing. It’s just you criticizing Berkley bc you’re intimidated by the talent on the squad.

Cal fans don’t bring down other squads here. Thats a very special role you play quite handsomely.

6 years ago

For some reason I feel like SwimNerd is a Cal guy pretending to be a Stanford guy to make Stanford fans seem annoying toward Cal. SwimNerd is just staying the facts tho – Stanford better than Cal right now

Reply to  Swam
6 years ago

SWAM your right. I must be a shameless Cal fan tryin to bash all those Card fans!

This is yet one more example of the unsportsmanlike conduct of the Cal bandwagon.

Facts are facts like what you said. Stanford is swimming better than Cal or anyone else right now!

peter davis
6 years ago

swimnerd – I don’t really follow women’s NCAA swimming that closely, but I do follow the men. Since they’re not that different, I went ahead and spent a few minutes running some very unscientific numbers for this year’s women’s meet, based on my own algorithm, which I use for the men’s meet, and which is the only model I have found, or created, which consistently outperforms my ability to score up/downs by feel. For returning swimmers, what I call the near-upper-limit scoring potential( = 2σ of mean projected result for each individual, based on my predictive model…aka there is only a 2.1% chance that each individual will outperform the final placing granted to them within my algorithm, in this defined… Read more »

Reply to  peter davis
6 years ago

Hey I respect you’ve developed an algorithm which’s worked for the men.

But you yourself admitted these’re v unscientific numbers, no?

You also anwered the question when you conceded the Card’s freshman class’s way superior to Cal or Georgia’s!

There’s not been that amazing a gap between the numero uno class (Card) and the runner ups in ages! That’s what tilts the balance so strongly in Nerd Nation’s favor, and it’ll widen further with next year’s recruits.

Simone Manuel, Janet Hu and the gang are really that stompin good 🙂

peter davis
Reply to  SWIMNERD
6 years ago

Very unscientific. Opposite of science. Statistics.

Didn’t concede that.

As to the rest of your argument…..Oh…It…I…have no response. It was perfect.