Stanford women’s swim team wins National Championship

Stanford swim-Simone Manuel

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.

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