Taylor Ruck won a pair of individual events in her Stanford debut against Utah.
Ella Eastin and Brooke Forde will both be key members of the two-time defending National Champion Stanford Cardinal this season.
This afternoon will bring 6 heats each of the women’s 800 free and men’s 1500 free, while the 7th and fastest heat will swim with finals.
Leah Smith is the presumed runner-up in the women’s 1500, but with a handful of talented open water swimmers taking to the pool in Irvine, her position is in danger.
Cierra Runge and Ashley Twichell are among those that will vie for a podium spot.
Among the stars to swim tonight are Chase Kalisz, Ryan Lochte, Caeleb Dressel, Katie Ledecky, Melanie Margalis, Ryan Murphy, Kylie Masse, Ryosuke Irie.
Ashley Neidigh won the women’s 1500 on Day 1 of the Santa Clara Pro Series in a new best time.
Katie Ledecky will hunt down another world record tonight in the women’s 800 freestyle.
Stanford’s Katie Ledecky (500 free), Simone Manuel (50 free), and Ella Eastin (200 IM) are chasing their own records today as the Cardinal swimmers hold the NCAA Records in all 3 individual races.
Mallory Comerford is one of four 4:35’s coming into the 2018 NCAA Championships in the 500 free, behind Katie Ledecky’s 4:26.
Khalil Fonder, an Arizona State recruit, blasted 47s in the 100 fly and back to win and break state records.
Freshman Mackenzie McConagha won both the 100 fly and 100 back.
Katie Ledecky became the first woman to break 9:00 in the 1000 last year, and she’s poised to make history yet again in the 1650.
We’ll see 3 reigning NCAA champions compete in their events tonight between Stanford’s Simone Manuel (100 free), Cal’s Kathleen Baker (200 back), and Stanford’s Ella Eastin (200 fly).
The reigning NCAA champions are featured in each of tonight’s individual races: Stanford’s Katie Ledecky (500 free), Cal’s Kathleen Baker (200 IM), and Stanford’s Simone Manuel (50 free).