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The #2 Stanford women dominated #14 USC on the Cardinal’s senior day, as they won every swimming event but the 500 free until the remaining two events, in which Stanford swum in exhibition. Simone Manuel and company swam very well, showing no signs of disarray after elite sprinter Maddy Schaefer left the team, as they won with a final score of 182-110.
Freshman standout Manuel led Stanford 1-2-3 finishes in the 50 and 200 freestyle. She touched at 1:44.34 to absolutely crush the competition in the 200 free, as Grace Carlson finished 2nd in 1:48.73 and Alexandra Meyers was third in 1:50.18. To put Manuel’s insane dual meet swim in perspective, she was merely four hundredths from hitting the time that would have made the A final at last year’s NCAA Champs. Manuel was back in the 50 free, swimming to a 22.24 victory, and was followed by Lia Neal (22.97) and Julia Ama (23.15).
The Cardinal’s breaststroke trifecta of Katie Olsen, Sarah Haase, and freshman Heidi Poppe put on a clinic, finishing 1-2-3, respectively, in both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes. Olsen and Haase both got under the 1:01 barrier in the 100, with Olsen winning it in 1:00.66 and Haase touching at 1:00.81, followed by Poppe in 1:01.42. Olsen later owned the 200 version of that race, with a 2:12.58 to take the event. Haase finished in 2:13.40 followed by a 2:15.39 from Poppe. While Olsen might have the edge as the favorite for the medley relays, Haase and Poppe will be big in the individual 100 and 200 breaststrokes to try to make up for some significant point deficits following the loss of Schaefer in the sprint freestyles.
The Trojans, coming off of a tough loss against #3 Cal yesterday, put together some gutsy swims of their own. Their sole win, before Stanford started swimming in exhibition, came from sophomore Chelsea Chenault, who clocked an impressive 4:47.53 to take down Manuel, who led at the 250 mark but fell to a finish of 4:49.86 for 2nd.
Trojan freshman Hannah Weiss, whose addition has certainly help free up Kendyl Stewart (the 2014 US National Champion in the 100 fly) so that she can swim more fly, raced well against the Cardinal backstrokers. Ally Howe and Janet Hu touched at 53.50 and 53.56, followed closely behind by Weiss (53.94). Howe hit her 2nd win of the day after taking the 200 back (1:56.91), followed by Carlson (1:57.70) and Weiss right behind her (1:57.80).
Stewart and Chenault, in the 100 and 200 fly, respectively, came up just short. Stewart was out slightly ahead of Hu in the 100 fly, but Hu powered back for the big win of 53.36 to Stewart’s 53.43. Chenault led Stanford freshman Lindsey Engel at the 150 mark of the 200 fly, but Engel out split Chenault by .35 on the final 50 to take the win in 1:59.56. Chenault was 2nd in 1:59.63.
Haley Ishimatsu came through for the Trojans again, winning both 1 and 3 meter diving after sweeping those events against Cal yesterday. Stanford dominated the rest of the meet, though, with Allison Brown taking the 1000 (10:07.68) and Neal winning the 100 free (49.26). The Stanford A 200 medley relay cracked 1:40, touching at 1:39.65 for the win, and they would have won in the 400 IM and 200 free relay had they not swum them in exhibition.
The Stanford women will travel to Berkeley to take on Bay Area rivals Cal on February 14th for their final dual meet of the season. This should be a hugely impactful meet before the teams meet again at Pac-12s and NCAAs, as they will be vying for a conference title as well as a national title if Georgia slips at the big meet.