Ledecky Blasts 1:43.4 200 Free as Stanford Downs UCLA


  • Results 
  • Friday, January 27th
  • Hosted by Stanford
  • 25 yards
  • Dual meet format


  • STANFORD- 127
  • UCLA- 104

The Stanford women stayed perfect against Pac-12 rival UCLA on Friday, winning with a score of 127-104. Freshman Katie Ledecky and junior Janet Hu each pulled off a successful double to lead the Cardinal to victory.

Olympic champ Ledecky got the ball rolling with a blazing swim in the 200 free. She charged to a 1:43.48, winning by over 3 seconds over teammate Ella Eastin (1:47.00). Ledecky returned for the 100 free, chasing down UCLA’s Linnea Mack to win in 49.33 to Mack’s 49.81.

Stanford’s Hu took her 1st win of the day in the 50 free, clocking a 22.46 to out-touch teammate Lia Neal (22.60). She made her next appearance in the 200 fly. Hu and teammate Allie Szekely were close through the front half, with Hu turning in 57.39 and Szekely turning in 57.77. Hu broke away on the back half, however, dominating with a 1:55.75 ahead of Szekely’s 1:59.51.

Olympic sprint champ Simone Manuel took a swing at the 500 free for the Cardinal, winning with a 4:47.19. She also put up the fastest 50 free and 100 free relay splits of the day, clocking a 21.50 in the 50 free to anchor Stanford’s 200 medley relay and a 47.76 in the 100 free as the 3rd leg of their 400 free relay.


STANFORD, Calif. – Junior Janet Hu and freshman Katie Ledecky each won twice as No. 2 Stanford women’s swimming and diving topped No. 19 UCLA, 127-104, on Friday at Avery Aquatic Center.

Stanford won its 13th consecutive dual meet and improved to 6-0 in this season and 5-0 against the Pac-12. This marks the final home weekend for four Stanford seniors, who will all be honored prior to tomorrow’s meet against No. 4 USC (noon on Pac-12 Network).

“We will have our Senior Day ceremony before the meet tomorrow, but it was important to the team to make sure our seniors have a great experience all weekend,” said head coach Greg Meehan. “They did that by racing really hard and putting on a great performance today.”

Stanford won all but one event on the afternoon. Ledecky claimed two of those victories, including a pool record in the 200-yard freestyle. She touched the wall at 1:43.48 and broke her own Avery Aquatic Center standard by about a second. She also won the 100 free with a time of 49.33.

Hu won multiple events for the fourth time in the last five meets. She was first in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:55.75 and just out-touched senior teammate Lia Neal (22.60) with a finish of 22.46 in the 50 free.

The Cardinal also won both diving events. Freshman Haley Farnsworth was tops on the 3-meter (311.48), while junior Kassidy Cook earned her third win in the last eight days on the 1-meter (300.08).

A pair of Stanford freshmen were side-by-side in the 1,000 free as Katie Drabot edged Megan Byrnes with a career-best finish of 9:45.05. Byrnes was just off another career best with her time of 9:45.86.

Junior Ally Howe won the 200 individual medley (1:59.28), while classmate Simone Manuel ventured into distance swimming and finished first in the 500 free at 4:47.19. Sophomore Kim Williams came from behind in the final 25 yards to earn a win in the 200 breaststroke (2:14.20) over UCLA’s Kenisha Liu.

Stanford also swept the relays once again. The Cardinal has not lost a relay in a dual meet this season. Engel, Poppe, Hu and Manuel won the 200 medley relay (1:39.22), and Eastin, Engel, Manuel and Ledecky had the top time in the 400 free relay (3:26.67).

Senior Day is tomorrow at Avery Aquatic Center. The Cardinal welcomes No. 4 USC at noon, and will honor seniors Bridget Boushka, Tara Halsted, Lia Neal and Nicole Stafford prior to the meet. For those that can’t make it to The Farm, the meet can be seen on the Pac-12 Network.

Stanford women’s swimming and diving can be found on instagram, twitter and snapchat at StanfordWSwim.


STANFORD — No. 19 UCLA dropped Friday’s meet to No. 2 Stanford, 127-104, in its first Pac-12 dual meet setback since October.

200 Medley
Relay The UCLA C team of junior Natalie Amberg, senior Brigette Winkler, junior Marie-Pierre Delisle and freshman Cali Raukar finished fourth with a time of 1:47.72. The Stanford A team picked up the win, as it clocked in at 1:39.22.

1000 Freestyle
Margaux Verger Gourson gave the Bruins their first top-three finish of the day, as the junior finished with a time of 10:01.16. Sophomore Sandra Soe earned UCLA another point with a fifth-place finish at 10:08.22.

200 Freestyle
Stanford freshman Katie Ledecky swam to a time of 1:43.48 to take first, while freshman Kenisha Liu (1:50.40) and junior Carly Reid (1:51.55) finished fifth and sixth, respectively, for the Bruins.

50 Freestyle
UCLA senior Linnea Mack challenged for the win with a time of 22.83, but could not quite catch Stanford junior Janet Hu, who finished with a winning time of 22.46. Freshman Maisie Jameson finished fifth for the Bruins, with a time of 24.00.

200 IM
Bruins finished 3-4-5, as Isabella Goldsmith clocked in with the top time for UCLA. The freshman led after the first 50 yards, while sophomore Emma Schanz, who finished fourth with a time of 2:03.80, led after 100. Junior Sarah Kaunitz added a time of 2:05.14 to pick up a point for the Bruins and finish fifth.

3m Diving
In the first diving event of the day, Bruins finished 3-4-5. Junior Ciara Monahan had the high score for UCLA at 304.35, while sophomores Kat Friese (299.10) and Eloise Belanger rounded out the top five. Stanford freshman Haley Farnsworth, with a score of 311.48, took first place.

200 Butterfly
Hu picked up another win for the Cardinal, while Bruin junior Katie Grover finished second (2:00.77) and freshman Amy Okada added a third-place time of 2:02.07.

100 Freestyle
UCLA senior Linnea Mack took Ledecky down to the wire with a time of 49.81, less than a half second behind the Cardinal freshman. The first-year pair of Liu (51.14) and Goldsmith (51.38) finished third and fourth.

200 Backstroke
Senior Madison White recorded the first Bruin win of the day, a 1:55.77 finish just ahead of Stanford sophomore Ella Eastin. Delisle clocked in at third for UCLA with a time of 2:01.80, while Amberg added a fourth-place time of 2:02.64.

500 Freestyle
Bruin freshman Lisa Kaunitz, with a time of 4:57.36, finished second to Stanford sophomore Simone Manuel (4:47.19). Verger Gourson and Soe added times of 4:58.68 and 4:59.97, respectively, to round out the top four.

1m Diving
Monahan again finished tops among Bruin divers with a score of 284.93 to finish second to Stanford senior Kassidy Cook. Belanger (280.20) and senior Annika Lenz (273.53) finished third and fourth.

200 Breaststroke
Liu posted the top non-exhibition time of the event at 2:14.36, while Winkler (2:18.01) and Schanz (2:20.64) also added points to the overall Bruin total.

400 Freestyle Relay
The Bruin A team of Goldsmith, Grover, Jameson and Sarah Kaunitz posted the best non-exhibition time of the event at 3:26.67, while the B team of Raukar, Okada, senior Savannah Steffen and Reid timed in at 3:31.02.

The No. 19 Bruins will head to Berkeley tomorrow for a noon showdown with No. 6 California at the Spieker Aquatics Center.

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3 years ago

Simone Manuel won the 500! XD What?!

E Gamble
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3 years ago

She also swam a 1:42.72 the next day in the 200 free for a new pool record. That 800 free relay is gonna be something special.

bobo gigi
3 years ago

Not sure KL beats SM in the 200 free in yards at NCAAs. While in long course there’s at least a margin of 3 seconds between both girls. It’s a sprint event in yards. The race will be close. And fun to watch.

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