Ledecky Drops Back-to-Back Pool Records as Stanford Beats Cal


  • Results
  • Saturday, February 11th
  • Hosted by Cal
  • 25 yards
  • Dual meet format


  • STANFORD- 177
  • CAL- 123

The highly anticipated dual meet matchup between the Cal and Stanford saw no fewer than 8 Pool Records fall at the Spieker Aquatics Complex on Saturday. Stanford freshman Katie Ledecky stayed perfect with 3 wins and 3 Pool Records on the day to lead the Cardinal to their 177-123 victory over the Bears.

Ledecky started off with a back-to-back double, winning the 1000 free in a new record of 9:20.41. She returned to the pool immediately after for the 200 free, putting up a blistering 1:43.09 to outpace teammate Simone Manuel (1:44.04). Ledecky’s final record-setting win came in the 500 free, as she clocked in at 4:35.89 to sweep the distance races.

Manuel went on to set a Pool Record of her own. She blasted a 21.97 to win the 50 free ahead of American Record holder Abbey Weitzeil, who took 2nd in 22.15. Manuel then clocked a 48.17 in the 100 free to lead a 1-2 charge with teammate Lia Neal (48.49) over Weitzeil (48.89).

The Golden Bears also took down a couple of Pool Records thanks to their relay performances. To open the meet, the 200 meldey relay squad of Amy Bilquist (24.57), Abbey Weitzeil (27.56), Noemie Thomas (23.16), and Farida Osman (21.38) put up a speedy 1:36.67 to win the race and lower the record. They closed the meet on another record-setting note, as Katie McLaughlin (49.02), Bilquist (48.01), Weitzeil (48.13), and Osman (47.83) won the 400 free relay in 3:12.99.


BERKELEY, CALIF. — Five pool records launched the top-ranked Stanford women’s swimming and diving team to a 177-123 win over No. 2 Cal in front of a standing room only crowd at Spieker Aquatics Complex on Saturday afternoon.

Stanford (8-0, 7-0 Pac-12) capped a second straight undefeated season, and has won 15 straight dual meets dating back to its last visit to Cal on Feb. 14, 2015. It also marked Stanford’s 14th straight Pac-12 dual meet victory. Cal finished the season 7-2 overall and 6-1 against the Pac-12.

Freshman Katie Ledecky set three pool records. She began the day with an impressive double in the 1,000-yard freestyle and 200 free. As soon as she finished with a pool record in the 1000 in 9:20.41, Ledecky hopped back in the water and out-touched fellow Olympian and teammate Simone Manuel in the 200 with a facility record of 1:43.09.

Manuel set her own pool record in the 50 free. Right before the break, she hit the pad at 21.97 to top a field that will likely preview the Pac-12 and NCAA Championship finals. Then immediately after the break, Manuel and senior Lia Neal finished 1-2 in the 100 free. Manuel finished at 48.17, while Neal surged past Cal’s Abbey Weitzeil to finish second at 48.49.

HOWE AND HU: Junior Janet Hu won twice (again), and set her own pool record. Hu, who has won multiple events in four straight dual meets, broke the Cal facility record with a finish of 51.61 in the 100 backstroke, and also won the 100 butterfly at 51.93. Junior Ally Howe combined to sweep the backstroke with Hu as Howe won the 200 back with a finish of 1:53.98.

UNDEFEATED: Diver Kassidy Cook remained undefeated in five dual meets on the 1-meter. She earned her spot on top of the podium with a score of 309.68.

TIED UP: Sophomore Kim Williams and Cal’s Marina Garcia pulled off an impressive feat. The duo tied for first in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke. They simultaneously touched at 1:01.89 in the 100 and did it again at 2:12.16 in the 200.

CARDINAL DEPTH: Freshmen Megan Byrnes and Katie Drabot picked up some big points behind Ledecky in the distance events. Byrnes was second in the 1000 at 9:46.47, while Drabot was second in the 500 at 4:44.86. Senior Nicole Stafford helped the Cardinal sweep the podium in the 200 free with an impressive third-place finish of 1:48.21.

SENIOR FINALE: Saturday marked the final regular season meet for Stanford seniors Neal, Stafford, Tara Halsted and Bridget Boushka.

WHAT’S AHEAD: The Pac-12 Championships are on the horizon, and Stanford will be in search of its first conference crown since 2013 — the first season under head coach Greg Meehan. The Cardinal has finished second each of the last three years. The championships are Feb. 22-25 in Federal Way, Wash.

SOCIAL SCENE: You can follow Cardinal women’s swimming and diving all year long on instagram, twitter and snapchat (@StanfordwSwim).


BERKELEY – In perhaps the fastest dual meet in school history – one that saw eight pool records fall by the wayside – top-ranked Stanford emerged with a 177-123 victory over No. 2 California Saturday before a capacity crowd at Spieker Aquatics Complex.

The Golden Bears set two of the marks, starting with the opening 200-yard medley relay, as Amy Bilquist, Abbey Weitzeil, Noemie Thomas and Farida Osman sprinted to the finish in 1:36.67 to break to old pool and Cal dual-meet record by nearly two seconds.

The Bears also closed out the afternoon with another impressive swim in the 400 free relay. This time, Katie McLaughlin, Bilquist, Weitzeil and Osman touched the wall in 3:12.99, nearly three seconds ahead of the previous Cal dual-meet and pool record.

“I’m really proud of the girls,” head coach Teri McKeever said. “We knew it was going to be challenging. We talked about coming in and competing and taking care of our controllables. I thought we fought in close races, but got out-touched in some. I don’t think Marina Garcia‘s been better in a dual meet, and Katie McLaughlin had a really great day. Top to bottom, we saw a lot of good things. We just need to keep sharpening up and see what happens the rest of the way.”

Garcia, a senior swimming in her last home meet, and Stanford’s Kim Williams produced a pair of remarkable outcomes in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events. In the 100, the two tied for first in 1:01.89, and a short time later, they again tied for first in the 200 in 2:12.16.

McLaughlin led from the start in the 200 butterfly and outlasted Stanford’s Ella Easton, winning in 1:54.36, her fastest time of the season. In addition, sophomore Phoebe LaMay captured the 3-meter diving event with a score of 325.28, five points ahead of the Cardinal’s Haley Farnsworth.

Stanford freshman Katie Ledecky won all three of her individual races in pool-record form, taking the 200 free (1:43.09), 500 free (4:35.89) and 1000 free (9:20.41). Cal freshman Chenoa Devine was third in the 1000 free with a personal-best 9:51.47.

Other pool records set included Stanford’s Simone Manuel in the 50 free (21.97) and 100 free (48.17), while the Cardinal’s Janet Hu claimed the 100 back in 51.61. Cal’s Bilquist was second in the 100 back in a Cal dual-meet record 52.15.

The meet was Cal’s final dual of the year. Next up are the Pac-12 Championships Feb. 22-25 in Federal Way, Wash., followed by the NCAA Championships March 15-18 in Indianapolis.

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i love watching Ledecky on the world stage, but to me, moments like this are the absolute best for showing her true, utter dominance. Just look at the facts of what she did; in a meet with the #1 and #2 ranked teams in the country, she won the 1000 by 26 seconds, broke the pool record by 17 seconds, then got out and IMMEDIATELY stepped up to swim the 200, against the olympic champion in the 100m freestyle who hadn’t yet swam in the meet, and beat her (as well as crushing the rest of the field, along with setting another pool record. It’s just really stunning and we shouldn’t take it for granted


So, the Ledecky vs Manuel 200 free continues. Ledecky took it this time. This event is one I’m just not going to even try to predict. Manuel has a slight advantage because it’s SCY which requires more pure speed than the LCM version, but Ledecky won here by nearly a second and… well she kind of just does what she puts her mind to. Either way, if they both swim it then it’ll probably shape up to be one of the more exciting races in the postseason.


Ledecky was the best at 200m in Rio. Manuel won 100m. There is some point between 100m and 200m where their chances become equal. Even considering the fact that SC gives some advantage to sprinters the 200 yards distance (that is 180m) is still too far from 100m to consider it Simone’s zone.


Manuel has put down insane 200 free times my man


but until this meet, Manuel has been slightly ahead in the 200.

Yes, very exciting race to watch if they both race the 200 fee at Pac-12 and NCAA.


If you watch the video, Ledecky motored the last splits while Manuel eased off a lot – the kicking, the stroke, and she even had a lazy touch. It ended up not being a race. I don’t know why Manuel eased off. To save herself for the 50/100/400relay or to give the race to her teammate who wanted it more? It sure looked like Manuel had a lot to give but chose not to.

Jim C

Ledecky set the 200 pool record in Franklin’s home pool.

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