Stanford's Manuel is Pac-12 Swimmer of the Month


Stanford freshman Simone Manuel was named Pac-12 Women's Swimmer of the Month, the conference office announced this week following her sensational performances in November.

Manuel, a Sugar Land, Texas, native, got her collegiate swimming career off to a hot start, setting Stanford program records in the 50-, 100- and 200-yard freestyle at the Art Adamson Invitational in her home state. All three are the nation's best times in 2014-15 and NCAA A-cut marks, while the 100 free established an American record.

The newcomer's most impressive performance of the fall may have been a 45.81 100-yard freestyle split set as part of the 400-yard medley relay at the Adamson meet. It is believed to be the first sub-46 split by a woman in history.

Manuel has won 11 of 12 individual events she has entered this year.

Stanford tied California with its 12th overall swimmer of the month award. Felicia Lee won last year's November and December Pac-12 Swimmer of the Month honors.

Men's basketball

Senior Chasson Randle has been named to the 2015 Naismith Trophy Top 50 Watch list, as announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors.

The Naismith Trophy is awarded annually to the men's and women's college basketball players of the year, with a voting panel of journalists, coaches and administrators from around the country determining the winner.

The candidate pool will be pared to a Midseason Top 30 in February and 10 semifinalists in March.

Meanwhile, Randle is also on watch lists for the John R. Wooden Award and Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award.


Henry Anderson was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America second team, it was announced Thursday. Anderson becomes Stanford's sixth Academic All-American in the past six seasons.

Anderson, a fifth-year senior defensive end, became eligible for selection after being awarded with Capital One Academic All-District VIII first-team honors earlier this season. The political science major carries a 3.54 grade-point average and was named to the Pac-12 All-Academic first team for the third straight year on Monday.

A starter for all 12 games at defensive end in 2014, Anderson is one of the top linemen in the nation. The 6-foot-6, 287-pound Atlanta, Ga., native leads Stanford with 14.0 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks, while the Cardinal defense has limited opponents to 16.0 points per game, the second-best mark in the country.

Anderson is one of 50 players on this season's first- or second-team Academic All-America squads and one of eight defensive linemen. He is the 46th Stanford student-athlete to earn the honor.

Directors' Cup

In the first set of fall Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings, Syracuse has scored a high of 215 points, finishing second in women's field hockey, fifth in men's cross country and 24th in women's cross country.

Stanford is in second place with 211.5 points after a second-place finish in men's cross country, a fifth-place finish in women's field hockey and 14th-place finish in women's cross country.

North Carolina is third with 199.5 points, Colorado is fourth with 172, Michigan State is fifth with 150 and Oregon is sixth.

— Stanford Athletics

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