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Stanford freshman sets the pace at U.S. national championships

Stanford incoming freshman Simone Manuel swam the sixth-fastest time in the world this season for the top qualifying time in the women's 100 free at the Phillips 66 National Championships in Irvine on Wednesday.

California sophomore and Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin recorded the second-fastest time in 53.76, swimming in a different heat.

Cardinal sophomore and Olympian Lia Neal did swim in Manuel's heat, posting a 54.34 for the fifth-best qualifying time.

Overall, six past, present and future Stanford swimmers finished among the top 17 in the morning preliminaries.

Katie Ledecky, who gave Stanford her verbal commitment and will be a senior in high school this fall, recorded the 13th-fastest time (54.96), followed by Stanford grad Andi Murez (14th in 54.97), Cardinal senior Maddy Schaefer (15th in 54.98) and grad Felicia Lee (17th in 55.14).

Stanford grad Maya DiRado swam the ninth-fastest time in the 200 fly, finishing her heat in 2:11.98 and earning a spot in the 'B' final.

Stanford grad Bobby Bollier earned a spot in the finals of the men's 200 fly. He swam a 1:57.63, sixth-fastest time among qualifiers.

Ledecky, an Olympic gold medalist, will swim in the 800 free finals later Wednesday, an event, along with the 1,500 free, in which she holds the world record.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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