Ledecky, Manuel Take Down Pool Records As Stanford Beats WSU


  • Results
  • Hosted by Stanford University
  • Thursday, October 20th
  • 25 yards
  • Dual meet format


  • Stanford: 149
  • Washington State: 99

Full results and press releases will be added when they become available.

In the first home dual meet races of her collegiate career, Stanford distance star Katie Ledecky took down multiple pool records at the Avery Aquatic Center. First, she dominated the 200 free with her 1:44.18 to eclipse Simone Manuel‘s previous pool record of 1:44.34.

In her next event, the 500 free, she obliterated the previous record. Until today, no woman had broken 4:40 in the Stanford pool, as the pool record stood at Julia Smit’s 4:41.74 from 2008. Ledecky was over 5 seconds faster than that, touching the wall in 4:36.43.

Manuel may have seen one of her pool records fall today, but she wasted no time getting her name back on the board. The 2016 Olympic 100 free champion threw down a 48.00 to set a new pool record in the yards version of that event. She now owns the Avery Aquatics Center records in the 50 and 100 free.

Manuel also swam some events that we don’t usually see her in. She and Ella Eastin, the reigning NCAA 200 and 400 IM champ, battled closely in the women’s 100 breast. Eastin edged her out at the wall in 1:03.29 to Manuel’s 1:03.64.

Both swimmers returned to the pool for the 200 IM, a race in which Eastin currently holds the American Record, but Manuel was certainly up to the challenge. They were neck-and-neck down the final stretch, with less than 2-tenths separating them at the touch. It was Manuel who got there first that time, winning in 1:58.74 to Eastin’s 1:58.93.


STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford earned a 149-99 victory over Washington State on Thursday afternoon in front of an energetic home crowd at Avery Aquatic Center.

The Cardinal (2-0, 2-0 Pac-12) posted the top time in all 14 events and finished 1-2 in nearly every race while showcasing a roster loaded with Olympians, All-Americans and national champions.

The first of four highly-anticipated home meets produced three Avery Aquatic Center records, two by freshman Katie Ledecky and another by junior Simone Manuel.

Ledecky set the facility standard in the 200-yard freestyle at 1:44.18 to eclipse Manuel’s mark of 1:44.34 from 2015. Manuel, however, found another spot in the facility record book as she finished the 100-yard freestyle in 48.00, and topped the 48.47-mark set by Lia Neal last year.

Not long after, Ledecky stopped the clock at 4:36.43 in the 500-yard freestyle. In her first home meet, she displaced an eight-year-old record set by two-time Olympian Julia Smit — by more than five seconds. Smit had held the standard at 4:41.74 since 2008. Ledecky’s finish is the second-fastest all-time at Stanford, trailing only distance superstar Janet Evans, who set the school record 26 years ago at 4:34.49.

Stanford, which has won nine straight dual meets and eight in a row at home, began the meet with the top three times in the 200-yard medley relay. Ally Howe, Ella Eastin, Lindsey Engel and Ledecky were first for the Cardinal at 1:42.09.

That relay also excelled individually. Howe was the first to touch the wall in the 100-yard butterfly (53.93) and 200 fly (1:58.27), Eastin was tops in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:03.29), and Engel won the 100-yard backstroke (55.30).

Junior Janet Hu won a pair of events. She secured the top spot in the 50-yard freestyle at 22.69, and then bested the field in the 200-yard backstroke at 1:54.81.

Sophomore Kim Williams once again was first in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:16.61), and freshman Katie Drabot was impressive in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a winning time of 10:03.04.

Following its annual Alumni Meet on Friday afternoon, Stanford returns to action on Nov. 12, hosting Texas at noon at Avery Aquatic Center. There is free admission, and the meet will be live streamed atGoStanford.com.


STANFORD, Calif. – The Washington State swim team fell in its first road dual meet of the year to last season’s NCAA Championship runner-up, No. 8 Stanford, 149-99.

“The Cougs were solid today,” Cougar Head Coach Tom Jager said. “There was some good and some not so good. We will need to be more consistent throughout this year if we are going to reach our goals. But we have a really focused team and we will be up for the challenge.”

Angela Mavrantza continued her strong start to her freshman campaign by finishing third in the 100 breast with a time of 1:04.41, the best time of her young career. She then clocked another personal best time in the 200 breast after she finished in 2:20.24 to place third in the 200 breast.

Senior Elise Locke earned a third place finish in the 200 fly touching the wall in 2:02.32. SophomoreJasmine Margetts followed her at 2:05.23.

Senior Kendra Griffin picked up three points for Washington State in the 1000 free with a time of 10:26.30. Sophomore Hannah Bruggman also tallied three points for the Cougars after placing third in the 100 free with a 52.42.

WSU junior Anna Brolin finished third in the 100 fly touching the wall in 56.63, just three seconds off her career best.

The Cougars are back in the water tomorrow with a dual meet against No. 9 California beginning at 4 p.m.

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6 years ago

Ledecky needs to work on her underwater. Janet Hu has a great underwater for her 200 Bk. Every time when she got out of her turn, she improved her lead. However, she needed to work on her turnover rate. Ally Howe had great races too. This year she will do wonder. Stanford still needs someone to swim breaststroke. The graduation of Hasse left a big hole. Right now it seems either Kim Williams or Ella Eastin can fill the hole but that would give up 3-4 seconds on the relays.

I am wondering whatever happened to Heidi Poppe. She has yet to swim this year.

Cynthia mae Curran
Reply to  ADSF
6 years ago

Good idea, Eastin on breaststroke improves that stroke. Eastin missed out on the Olympics because her breast was not as good as Margalis or Catlin L.

Cynthia mae Curran
Reply to  ADSF
6 years ago

Good idea, Eastin on breaststroke improves that stroke. Eastin missed out on the Olympics because her breast was not as good as Margalis or Catlin L.

The Grand Inquisitor
Reply to  ADSF
6 years ago

Poppe recovering from a medical issue. Was on deck yesterday and is awaiting clearance to compete.

Reply to  The Grand Inquisitor
6 years ago

Great to hear about Heidi. Hope she is back in full strength soon.

Joel Lin
6 years ago

Unreal. Which is the more spectacular team, the Stanford women or the Texas men?

Both are shaped like all-time great women’s & men’s NCAA teams. This Stanford team takes me back to those Florida teams during the Tracy Caulkins era.

Reply to  Joel Lin
6 years ago

Currently i think texas edge them a little bit but stanford women have much higher ceiling

6 years ago

Stanford is going to be ridiculous hard to beat at NCAAs, not to mention the amount of Top 20 recruits they have committed for next year. It will be like it was back in the early 90s when Quick had Jenny Thompson, Summer Sanders and Dara Torres training there.

Joe Carrol
6 years ago

Just a totally shocking result. I was expecting a one or two point meet. I bet Stanford loses a meet in 2023….

6 years ago

Honestly shocked, how did Stanford get the W?

6 years ago

I can’t imagine being on the opposing team and having to swim against Ledecky or Manuel at a dual meet. It would be so distracting and intimidating!

Reply to  CareBear
6 years ago

Definitely. If I was the opposing, I would totally be fangirling entire time.

Sean Justice
Reply to  Lauren Neidigh
6 years ago

I was next to my idol one time, got lapped in front of 8,000 people and it was televised. But….I went a PR so it was pretty cool.

6 years ago

Crazy fast. When you’re on, you’re on.

Tom from Chicago
6 years ago

Simone Manuel beats Eastin in the 200IM. That girl is full of surprises. I loved her Olympics.

bobo gigi
Reply to  Tom from Chicago
6 years ago

I love her too. She amazed me in Rio. Can’t still believe today she won the 100 free. Great personality. Charming person. Smart. Great role model.

Cynthia mae Curran
Reply to  Tom from Chicago
6 years ago

Sprinters are fast in every stroke, not just freestyle.So, I not surprise she was closed to Eastin in the 100 yard breaststroke.

Cynthia mae Curran
Reply to  Tom from Chicago
6 years ago

Sprinters are fast in every stroke, not just freestyle.So, I not surprise she was closed to Eastin in the 100 yard breaststroke.

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