Stanford’s Star-Studded Women’s Team Delivers in Season-Opener


  • Complete results
  • Hosted by Oregon State (Osborn Aquatic Center)
  • October 14, 2016
  • 25 yards, dual meet (women’s only)
  • Team’s Record: Stanford (1-0), Oregon State (0-4)


The Oregon State Beavers hosted the Stanford Cardinal this afternoon. The pool was filled with some of swimming’s most recognizable names, including Katie Ledecky, whose first collegiate swim has been long awaited after redshirting last season. Stanford won by a score of 141 to 109, while swimming the last four events as exhibition.

The Cardinal are bursting at the seams with talent. They have three Olympic gold medalists in Katie Ledecky, Simone Manuel and Lia Neal. They also have tw0-time individual NCAA Champion Ella Eastin. Combine those athletes with NCAA individual finalists Janet Hu and Ally Howe, not mention freshman recruits who were ranked 6th (Katie Drabot), 8th (Allie Szekely), 11th (Erin Voss) and 14th (Megan Byrnes) in SwimSwam’s high school class of 2016, and you have a group that looks destined for the NCAA team title on paper. Put simply, the Stanford women’s team is young and fast.

Stanford swept the podium in the 200 medley relay, 200 free, 200 fly, 500 free (exhibition), 100 fly (exhibition), 200 IM (exhibition) and 400 IM (exhibition).

In a meet full of fast in-season times, the most impressive were Ally Howe in the 100 back (52.85), Janut Hu in the 200 fly (1:57.96) and Katie Drabot in the 200 free (1:47.95).

Olympic Gold Medalist and World Record Holder Katie Ledecky got her first collegiate win in the 100 free (50.10). She also picked up a second place finish in the 200 fly (1:58.77). In addition to Ledecky and Drabot in the 200 free, three other freshman picked up their first collegiate wins in competition. Allie Szekely won the 200 back (1:57.41), Hannah Boyd won the 500 free (5:00.79) and Megan Byrnes won the 1000 free (9:58.25).

Oregon State did pick up several second place finishes (in races that were not swum as exhibition) with Czsarina Isleta in the 100 breast (1:05.44), Andrea Young in the 50 free (24.22) and Felicia Anderson in the 200 back (2:02.17).

Up next, Stanford will host its first meet of the season against Washington State on Thursday, October 20th. For Oregon State, they will compete in UCLA’s Pink Meet on October 22nd, which will also be attended by San Diego, UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara.


Courtesy of Stanford Athletics:

STANFORD, Calif. – In a one-day trip to Corvallis and back, the Stanford women’s swimming and diving team opened the season with a 141-109 victory over Oregon State at a soldout Osborn Aquatic Center.

Stanford (1-0, 1-0) had the fastest time in all 14 events to win its eighth straight dual meet dating back to the 2014 season finale.

“This is a really fun group and it was a good first trip for us,” said head coach Greg Meehan. “It was nice having our entire team back together, and I think we are all excited for the season ahead.”

In the first event of the year, Janet Hu, Allie Szekely, Simone Manuel and Katie Ledecky won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:42.92. It marked the first collegiate race for Szekely and Ledecky, who also earned their first individual wins of their careers in the 200-yard backstroke (1:57.41) and 100-yard freestyle (50.10), respectively.

In all, Stanford’s freshmen posted four wins as Megan Byrnes and Katie Drabot also earned their first victories. Byrnes touched the wall first in the 1,000-yard freestyle at 9:58.25, and Drabot stopped the clock at 1:47.95 to edge teammate Ella Eastin in the 200-yard freestyle. In addition, Hannah Boyd had the fastest finish in the 500-yard freestyle (5:00.79) in a non-scoring event for the Cardinal.

“I think our freshmen did a great job today,” Meehan said. “But this first trip was more about the experience with their teammates. They probably won’t remember the time from their first race, but they’ll remember the travel and time spent with friends.”

Sophomore Kim Williams swept the breaststroke with a victory in the 100 and 200. She finished in 1:03.57 and 2:17.09, respectively.

Stanford’s upperclassmen excelled in the opening meet as well. Ally Howe topped the field in the 100-yard backstroke in 52.85, Lindsey Engel was first in the 50-yard freestyle and Hu won the 200-yard butterfly (1:57.96). Manuel swam in the 100-yard butterfly and finished with the top time of 54.47, and Howe also bested the field in the 200-yard individual medley (2:02.24).

UP NEXT: Its the home opener for the Cardinal against Washington State on Thursday at 2 p.m. There is free admission to Avery Aquatic Center. For those unable to attend, the meet can be seen here.

Courtesy of Oregon State Athletics:

CORVALLIS, Ore. — The Oregon State swim team suffered a 141-109 loss to Stanford on Friday at Osborn Aquatic Center in front of a sellout crowd of 515 people.

Freshman, Felicia Anderson continued to shave off time in the 100-yard backstroke as she recorded a third place finish with a mark of 56.21 eight-tenths off her previous best. In the 200-yard backstroke, she again set a new high with a time of 2:02.17 over two second fasters than her pervious for a second place finish.

Senior, Czsarina Isleta finished in second in the 100-yard breaststroke with a touch of 1:05.44, nearly tying her season best by one-hundredth of a second.

Senior, Andrea Young posted good times in both the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events. Young came in just under a second behind the first-place swimmer in the 50 with a mark of 24.22 and finished in third in the 100 with a time of 52.86.

Oregon State will hit the road next weekend as it heads to Westwood, California for the annual Pink Meet where the Beavers will face UCLA, UC-Santa Barbra, San Diego, UC-Davis and FGCU.

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Joel Lin
7 years ago

Not fair.

7 years ago

Grats on being 31 Megan Byrnes

7 years ago

Solid statement to begin the season …..OUCH for the others

7 years ago

If those splits are right, Ms. Hu negative-split her 200 fly.

tea rex
Reply to  Caleb
7 years ago

That’s insane!

bobo gigi
7 years ago

Simone Manuel, Katie Ledecky, Allie Szekely….
3 of my favorite American female swimmers in the same team.
A few words about the less known, Miss Szekely. I don’t give up easily my first impressions. I’ve thought “wow” the first time I’ve watched her swim 5 or 6 years ago. Same impression about Mr Lasco. Maybe Szekely hasn’t made headlines in the last few years but I still believe very strong in her potential. Her first season at Stanford could be a big breakthrough season. I think her 3 best events are the 200 IM, 400 IM and 200 back. A Maya DiRado-like schedule. She must improve a lot her freestyle to close much better her IM races but… Read more »

Reply to  bobo gigi
7 years ago

Szekely could be the next Maya Dirado. Stanford has always had great IM’er like Summer Sanders, Julia Smit and Maya Dirado. Now Ella Eastin. Hope the next one would be Szekely.

Bobo, what do you think of Drabot? She could be great as well since she is so versatile.

I am still waiting for Hu to have a breakout year by winning an individual NCAA this year.

7 years ago

The time wasn’t so bad for the first meet of the season and many of the swimmers swam their off-strokes.
I was wondering where Heidi Poppe was. She wasn’t swimming at this meet. I hope that her Breaststroke time this year would be sub-minute like when she was her best in high school.

7 years ago

I forgot they got Szekely and Drabot this year too along with getting Ledecky and Manuel back, plus Eastin and Hu and Neal and Howe and others. This team is gonna be Texas men 2015 level of dominant, at worst.