The Conference of Champions showed, once again, why it has been bestowed that lofty moniker.
On Saturday afternoon, the Stanford womens swim and dive team added to a lengthy list of Pac-12 swimming National Championships
when it sealed up another victory.
It marks the Cardinal’s second consecutive national title, and its tenth total, three more than Georgia’s seven.
Saturday’s events were almost a formality for Stanford, which took control of the pool on day two, when it swept
all five events, three of which — Ella Eastin, the 200-yard freestyle relay and 400 medley relay — came in American
record-setting fashion. Stanford is just the third school in NCAA swimming history to sweep all five relays.
Katie Ledecky, the most dominant female swimmer in the world, won the 500-freestyle for the second consecutive year, and
followed that up on Saturday with a 15:07.57 in the 1,600-freestyle. Her time was nearly 30 seconds faster than the silver
medalist, a margin of victory that is, startlingly enough, routine for the 21-year-old.
Ledecky is most famous for her five Olympic gold medals, holding the world records in the 400-, 800- and 1500-meter freestyle.
She has been named the World Swimmer of the Year four times.
Simone Manuel, a senior and three-time Olympic medalist, won three national titles on Thursday alone, winning her third
consecutive gold medal in the 50-freestyle.
The win marks Stanford’s 116th National Championship, and the Cardinal are now two ahead of second-place UCLA, and
12 ahead of USC.