Stanford Freshman Brooke Forde Wins Triple Against UCLA


  • Results
  • Hosted by UCLA
  • Friday, January 26th
  • 25 Yards
  • Dual Meet Format


  • STANFORD: 182
  • UCLA: 110

Freshman Brooke Forde was a major player in Stanford’s victory over UCLA last weekend, winning 3 individual events. Forde got the ball rolling in the 200 free, battling closely with UCLA’s Kenisha Liu (1:46.99) as she hit the wall in 1:46.78 to win it. She came back shortly after with just the 100 back between her swims in the 200 free and 100 breast. Forde topped the 100 breast field by a second in 1:02.36. Her final win came in the 500 free, where she touched in 4:46.69 to outpace teammate Erin Voss (4:48.56).

Distance ace Katie Ledecky took on some events we aren’t used to seeing her swim. She first stepped up for the 200 fly, racing to 2nd place in 1:57.49 behind teammate Janet Hu (1:57.00). Ledecky returned for the 200 back, dominating in 1:58.37. Sprint freestyler Simone Manuel also took on backstroke, winning the 100 back in 53.62. Ledecky picked up another win in the 200 IM to close out her schedule. She was once again the only swimmer to break 2:00, touching over 3 seconds ahead of the field as she won in 1:57.94.


STANFORD, Calif. – Freshman Brooke Fordewon three individual events to lead No. 3 Stanford women’s swimming and diving to a 182-110 win at UCLA on Friday afternoon.

Sophomore Katie Ledecky was also tops in multiple events as Stanford (6-0, 5-0 Pac-12) won its 21st straight dual meet and 19th consecutive Pac-12 dual.

Forde began the afternoon with a close victory in the 200-yard freestyle. A collegiate-best finish of 1:46.78 was just enough to top UCLA’s Kenisha Liu (1:46.99), and freshman teammate Lauren Green (1:47.52). Just minutes later, Forde won the 100 breaststroke (1:02.36), and then capped the meet with a 10-second victory in the 500 free (4:46.69).

Ledecky won the 200 backstroke and the 200 individual medley — she was the only swimmer to break two minutes in both events. In the backstroke, Ledecky finished in 1:58.37 to edge UCLA’s Jennifer Lathrop and sophomore teammate Megan Byrnes (2:02.57). In the IM, Ledecky touched the wall at 1:57.94, and classmate Katie Drabot finished second at 2:00.98.

Drabot, though, was victorious in a tight finish of the 1,000 freestyle. She raced to stop the clock at 9:45.48, and out-touched Lauren Pitzer by about a half-second. Pitzer finished with the best time of her freshman season at 9:45.93.

On the boards, senior Kassidy Cook was impressive at three meters. She finished with a winning score of 310.28, while sophomore teammate Haley Farnsworth took bronze at 289.50. Cook was also the runner up on the 1-meter (285.23), where freshman Mia Paulsentook third (276.75) and freshman Abby Gardner was fourth (270.90).

Similar to Ledecky, senior freestyler Simone Manuel also swam and won the backstroke on Friday. She was tops in the 100 with a finish of 53.62. Meanwhile, Green kept the Cardinal on top in the 50 free with her first-place finish of 22.94.

Janet Hu topped two teammates in the 200 butterfly with a winning time of 1:57.00. Ledecky (1:57.49) and Ally Howe (1:57.58) rounded out the podium.

Howe won the 100 fly (53.86) and Eastin took the win in the 200 breast (2:13.53).

The Cardinal won both relays as Hu, Eastin, Ashley Volpenhein and Grace Zhao topped their teammates by one-tenth in the 200 medley relay (1:41.24), and Lindsey Engel, Hu, Manuel and Alex Meyers combined to win the 200 free relay at 1:31.20.

The Cardinal is back in the pool at noon on Saturday at No. 13 USC.


LOS ANGELES – The UCLA swimming and diving team fell to visiting No. 3 Stanford, 182-110, Friday at Spieker Aquatics Center. Kenisha Liu and Ciara Monahan each posted a win for the Bruin cause, while a number of other UCLA participants registered second-place finishes.

The Bruins and Cardinal began the dual meet—UCLA’s first at home since October—with diving. UCLA senior Ciara Monahan continued her standout senior campaign with a meet-record score of 301.58 in the 1-Meter and held off Kassidy Cook of Stanford (285.23).

UCLA’s “A” team of Emma SchanzSarah KaunitzAmy Okada and Carly Reid (1:42.78) challenged in the 200 Medley Relay, but the Cardinal “B” squad of Janet Hu, Ella Eastin, Ashley Volpenhein and Grace Zhao (1:41.24) prevailed in the first swimming event of the afternoon. The Bruins finished third. Cardinal swimmers Katie Drabot (9:45.48) and Lauren Pitzer (9:45.93) went 1-2 in a tight finish to the 1000 Free, while Sandra Soe was the top finishing Bruin with a fourth-place time. Margaux Verger Gourson finished fifth.

Kenisha Liu finished just 21 hundredths of a second back of Stanford’s Brooke Ford in a close 200 Free race. Schanz followed her teammate’s effort with a strong finish of her own, notching a second-place showing in the 100 Back, back of winner Simone Manuel of Stanford.

Bruins went 3-4-5 in the 100 Breast, as Sarah Kaunitz (1:04.35), Emma Cain (1:04.86) and Emily Honng (1:05.23) added points to the Bruin total. Katie Grover and Allison Goldblatt did, as well, securing fourth- and sixth-place finishes in the 200 Fly. Liu (23.21) and Amy Okada (23.41) picked up second- and third-place results, respectively, in the 50 Free.

During a short break from swimming, Monahan nearly won her second event of the day, placing second behind Cook in the 3-Meter event with a score of 302.33. Alice Yanovsky‘s 286.73 was good for fourth and two more Bruin points.

Liu gave the Bruins their lone swimming win of the day with the only sub-50-second time of the 100 Free race. The sophomore clocked in at 49.76 to hold off the Cardinal’s Lauren Green (50.19).

Stanford’s Katie Ledecky earned the 200 Back win, clocking in at 1:58.37. Bruin freshman Jennifer Lathrop posed a challenge to the Olympian, though, notching a time of 2:00.61 for a second-place finish.

Schanz and Eastin were neck and neck coming down the wire in the 200 Breast. The Cardinal swimmer topped the field at 2:13.53, while the Bruin junior finished second (2:14.04). Cain clocked in third (2:18.61).

Bruins went 2-3-4 in the 500 Free and 100 Fly after Stanford registered exhibition swims. They also picked up points in the 200 IM. The meet wrapped with the 200 Free Relay, where the UCLA “A” team was its top-performing entry. Bruins Grover, Liu, Okada and Sarah Kaunitz teamed for a time of 1:33.30, behind only the Stanford “A” quartet of Lindsey Engel, Hu, Manuel and Alex Meyers (1:31.20).

The Bruins will return to the pool Saturday, when No. 5 California pays a visit to Spieker Aquatics Center. Diving will begin at 11:15 a.m., while swimming will commence at 12:00 p.m.

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