Weitzeil Downs Manuel for 50 Free Pool Record in Rivalry Dual Meet


  • Results
  • Hosted by Stanford
  • Saturday, February 10th
  • 25 Yards
  • Dual Meet Format


  • STANFORD: 186
  • CAL: 110

The Stanford Cardinal capped off an undefeated dual meet season on Saturday as they defeated Pac-12 rival Cal at home. Several Pool Records fell throughout the meet. Stanford got the ball rolling with a Pool Record in the 200 medley relay, with Simone Manuel anchoring in a blazing 21.45 to make up a half-second deficit and clock the Cardinal in at 1:37.18. The Bears also picked up a relay Pool Record, with Abbey Weitzeil throwing down a 21.29 split to help the 200 free relay to a 1:28.36 win.

Individually, Ally Howe and Janet Hu each snagged Pool Records for Stanford. Hu took down her own record in the 100 back, touching in 51.63 ahead of American Record holder Howe (51.92) and Cal’s reigning NCAA champ Kathleen Baker (52.68). Howe, on the other hand, took down the 200 back Pool Record, winning by over a second in 1:53.67. Cal’s Weitzeil nabbed an individual Pool Record as well, giving the Bears a win in the 50 free as she out-touched Manuel 22.04 to 22.13.

Stanford’s Katie Ledecky impressed as she won back-to-back races. In the 1000 free, Ledecky lapped the field to win in 9:13.74. The majority of her rest before her next event, the 200 free, came from her margin of victory in the event. Ledecky got right back up on the blocks and raced to a 1:43.00 to win that race, marking her fastest ever swim in the event on the back end of the 1000 free/200 free double at a dual meet. She closed out her schedule with another dominant victory, turning in a 4:34.54 in the 500 free.


STANFORD, Calif. – Seniors left their mark with a trio of pool records on Senior Day at Avery Aquatic Center as No. 1 Stanford women’s swimming and diving topped No. 4 Cal, 186-110, on Saturday.

More importantly, outside of the pool, the Pac-12 rivals teamed up to raise more than $1,800 for Stanford University’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, thanks to donations from the 2,018 energized fans in attendance, and several online donations. You can make a donation here.

Stanford (8-0, 7-0) finished the dual meet season unbeaten for the third straight season. The Cardinal has won 23 straight dual meets dating back to Feb. 14, 2015 against Cal – which also marks a string of 21 straight Pac-12 dual meet victories, and 16 consecutive wins at home.

Prior to the meet, the Cardinal celebrated the contributions of eight seniors—Kassidy CookSammy GallagherGracia Leydon Mahoney, Alex Meyers, Simone ManuelJanet HuAlly Howe and Lindsey Engel. As a group, the Senior Class of 2018 has combined for nine Pac-12 All-Academic selections, 59 All-America honors and led the Cardinal to the program’s first national championship in 19 years.

“It was an amazing way for our seniors to go out,” Paul A. Violich Director of Women’s Swimming Greg Meehan said. “They were a class that put this program on their shoulders and carried us to this point. They have come in and delivered for four years through performance, character and leadership. I’m so proud of them.”

The large and loud crowd was on its feet for the finish of the first race. Each of the first four teams in the 200-yard medley relay were under the pool record and within seven-tenths of a second. In the end, three Stanford seniors — Howe, Hu and Manuel — and freshman Grace Zhao set the new standard at 1:37.18. Manuel took the anchor leg and made up a deficit in a dramatic finish that broke a six-year-old pool record.

Howe and Hu each celebrated their final home meet with individual facility records, while Manuel added another victory. Hu, who also won the 100 butterfly at 51.93, broke her pool record in the 100 backstroke. She hit the wall at 51.63, just ahead of Howe (51.92), and her old mark of 51.83. Meanwhile, Howe ends her career as the Avery record holder in the 200 back. She tapped the wall at 1:53.67 and broke the standard held by Cal’s Amy Bilquist (1:53.80) since 2016. And in the 100 free, Manuel won with a finish of 48.45, and still holds the pool record in that event at 47.38.

Not lost among a day for the seniors, sophomore Katie Ledecky pulled off another incredible double in the 1000 and 200 free. She raced to a 30-second victory and stopped the clock at 9:13.74 in the distance event. She was followed by classmate Megan Byrnes(9:47.42) and junior Leah Stevens (9:49.68) as the Cardinal swept the podium. Ledecky jumped right back in the water for the next event and won the sprint in similarly dominating fashion — her time of 1:43.00 was more than two seconds better than the rest of the field.

Ledecky also claimed a substantial victory in the 500 free. She led a group of four straight Cardinal finishers with a winning time of 4:34.54. Sophomore Katie Drabot was second (4:48.02), followed by Stevens (4:50.09) and Byrnes (4:50.76).

On the boards, sophomore Haley Farnsworth swept both events. She won the 1-meter with a score of 303.00 and was tops on the 3-meter with a score of 336.75. Freshman Mia Paulsen was the runner-up on the lower board with a score of 326.55 — they were the only two divers to score over 300.

A pair of Stanford freshmen swept the breaststroke. Zhao edged Kim Williams (1:01.72) and won her third straight in the 100 with a finish of 1:01.27, while Brooke Forde edged Zhao in the 200 with a winning time of 2:12.07.

Junior Ella Eastin won a pair of events. She battled with Drabot (1:54.17) in the 200 butterfly once again, but eged out her teammate with a time of 1:53.79. Eastin also won the 200 individual medley at 1:56.84.

Saturday’s win marked the end of the regular season and the beginning of the postseason. First up, the Pac-12 Championships are slated for Feb. 21-24 in Federal Way, Washington. The NCAA Championships are in Columbus, Ohio, March 14-17.


STANFORD – Abbey Weitzeil won the 50-yard freestyle and helped Cal’s 200 free relay to a closing victory, but the No. 4 Golden Bears fell to top-rated Stanford, 186-110, in the teams’ annual dual meet Saturday.

Weitzeil, a sophomore who owns the American record in the 50 free, touched out Stanford’s Simone Manuel, 22.04 to 22.13, to claim the event. Her time established both an Avery Aquatic Center record and a Cal dual-meet record, breaking her mark of 22.09 set against the Cardinal in Berkeley last year.

In the 200 free relay, the foursome of Maddie Murphy, Weitzeil, Katie McLaughlin and Amy Bilquist crushed the Cal dual record in the event, finishing in 1:28.36, which was also a Stanford pool record. The former Cal dual mark was 1:31.49 set back in 2009.

“I think there are some really good things to build on,” head coach Teri McKeever said. “The first thing is you have to acknowledge is where Stanford is as a program, a team that is top to bottom so deep. I thought some of our swimmers did a nice job of responding to that. Our growth as a team is to use that in a way that lifts us. We’ve had moments today and I think we can do it. The relays are definitely moments where we rise to the occasion. We’re going to need to be better at the end of the month going into Pac-12s. Overall, I thought we had a solid effort.”

In total, the meet featured five pool records with Stanford picking up the other three. A number of Golden Bear swimmers posted their fastest times in dual meets this season, including McLaughlin with a 1:45.69 in the 200 free and Kathleen Baker‘s 52.68 in the 100 back.

Cal wraps up its dual-meet season with a 9-1 overall record and 6-1 in the Pac-12. Next up are the Pac-12 Championships Feb. 21-24 and the NCAA Championships March 14.17.

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Abby Weitzeil bouncing back and developing lcm could really put the women’s 4x100m free relay out of Australia’s reach if C1 and C2 aren’t able to come back.


Uh, C1 has already been 52.3 this year so I think she has come back.


Not an exaggeration to say C1 will split 51 mid. That will make up the deficit.


Not an exaggeration to say the Aussies wont will win the 4×100 Free relay even at full strength, Its entirely possible. A US team at full strength will be right there with them…both teams would challenge the WR.


Watch for the Canadian youngsters in Tokyo. Ruck and Oleksiak are 52 + flat-start and with some develolment from Smith and Sanchez… they could surely enter the conversation


Totally agree…I would not rule out Oleksiak and Ruck finding very low 52’s this summer combined with Smith and Sanchez finding very low 53’s…and all four would be 18U. After seeing footage of these girls at 2017 World Juniors, they are all business and it looks like they have a blast together at the same time.


Have to agree— the Canadian women will be the most dangerous Relays come Tokyo. Netherlands won’t be there. Want to see how the CAN junior sprint breaststroker develops. And then who will be the Penny Oleksiak of Tokyo, coming out of ‘nowhere’? We already see Regan Smith and Rikako Ikee and Taylor Rick coming!


Conversely, if Bronte returns as good as Cate has, the Aussies will be brutally hard to beat with three 52s flat start women and a raft between 53mid-54low.


I’ll wait to hear what commonwombat has to say. C2 likely about done and will be the female equivalent of Magnusson chasing past glory


If Abbey comes back in LCM, the US will have 4 girls that have split 52…including one that doesn’t choke


OHHH! Someone call the burn unit


Worth remembering; Shayna Jack is younger than all the Americans, and just as fast as Weitzeil was in 2016. Unpredictable how she will continue to swim, but IF Bronte returns, Australia certainly wont have a weak leg. If you had both teams turning up at best performances; You get something like… USA – 52.27 – 52.09 – 52.64 – 52.78 = 3.29.78 AUS – 52.06 – 51.77 – 52.48 – 52.90 = 3.29.21 USA based on: Manuel’s PB, take-over allowance (0.5) for Comerford & Weitzeils PB, and Ledecky’s best split (as we all know she was ‘off’ last year). AUS based on: Campbell PB, Bronte best split (as again we all know she was off last year), and McKeon &… Read more »


You are not accurate with the best splits of American swimmers.
Ledecky was faster than 52.78 in prelim race in Rio (52.64)
Weitzeil’s split in final race in Rio was 52.56


I gave 52.64 for Ledecky. The 52.78 for Weitzel is her PB (53.28) with take-over allowance (0.5).

The only athletes I used split bests for were Ledecky and Bronte, as they’re kind of the bigger unknowns at this point, and we don’t know what we’ll get from them (their flat starts have tended to be well off what they split on relays).


Got it. I was confused because Ledecky was the last one listed and her split in final was 52.79 – very closed to your 52.78.
Anyway your comparison of two teams possible best suggests actually that the winner will be the team that is better with the exchange part of relay. Don’t know about Australians but Americans are not good with that.


As long as Cate is healthy and flying Australia will be favorites in the short term. Further down the road much depends on the continued development of Jack. But just looking at it from the perspective of simplistic vacuum hypotheticals, adding in form Cate and adding in form AW to last year’s relay performances it would be advantage Australia.


This is a 4×100 relay correct? Abbey is along way from being competitive in the 100 vs the Australians! This meet didn’t convince me otherwise! 49 yards don’t even qualify for the big dance I don’t think. Certainly no indication that Abbey has bounced back!


a long way from challenging the Aussies (right now) – sure. No indication she’s bounced back? Uh…. have you been watching this season?

Steve Nolan

The Weitzeil over Manuel headline made me go instinctively go “nice!” if only b/c idk, underdogs? Though now that I think about it, Weitzeil’s definitely finished ahead of Manuel a bunch of times. “In the 1000 free, Ledecky lapped the field to win in 9:13.74. The majority of her rest before her next event, the 200 free, came from her margin of victory in the event. Ledecky got right back up on the blocks and raced to a 1:43.00 to win that race, marking her fastest ever swim in the event on the back end of the 1000 free/200 free double at a dual meet.” That “majority of her rest” thing made me lol. And I think what, only two… Read more »


STEVE NOLAN….I think Abbey has only beaten Simone Manuel three times. I think she beat her twice at Olympic Trials in the 50 and 100 free and last Saturday. A total of three times. That’s including all the Area Pro Series meets over the years as well. I would not bet against Simone at NCs. The longer the race the more it favors Simone. She comes home like a freight train. If Abbey were to win a race verses Simone, her best shot is in the 50 free. And we can’t forget Abbey is still the American record holder in the 50 SCY free. I’m pretty sure that Saturday’s win increased her confidence. Both the 50 and 100 free will… Read more »

Steve Nolan

Yeah I mostly was thinking of OTs in terms of head-to-head races, but was also counting Weitzel’s scy record. Switching “a bunch” to “a couple” makes more sense.

Either way I’m definitely not really rooting for or against either one, just want errbody to go fast.


Playing devil’s advocate here, but a few minutes after her 50 win she lost the 100 to Simone. Could that have neutralized any boosts to her confidence? Or could she regain some by outsplitting her in the 200 free relay? Or has she grown enough that she has enough confidence already with or without these victories? We’ll probably never know, but I do hope to see the highest level of competition at NCAAs as possible.

Tom from Chicago

Baker was a little slow. It will be interesting to see if she is working hard or having a post-Olympic funk.


that would have been last year…im more worried shes injured.


I really hope not. But even so– this gives her time to recoup looking towards Tokyo. Although Women’s backstroke is no joke right now and trials this year is really big, covering 2019 too. US alone is uber competitive with Regan Smith coming on.


I want Claire Adams back in LC, she’s a fun racer to watch


Agreed. Backstroke is so deep right now. Just at US trials it could be Bilquist, Baker, Smoliga, Smith, Claire Adams, Deloof, a healthy Missy and whatever upstart emerges between now and then. Throw in Masse, Houzzu and Seabom internationally.


Baker has been kind of (relatively) slow since xmas break, although she has been getting faster the last few meets. She could be suffering from some sort of crohn’s related flare-up. She missed the winter invite because she was sick, and since crohn’s is an autoimmune disease it can take much, much, longer than usual to get over a virus that might make the average person feel sick for a week or so. I don’t know any details, but with this terrible flu season i wouldn’t be surprised if she’s had a rough winter health-wise. Hope she is feeling better by championship season.

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