Stanford's Manuel wins 50 free at Arena Pro Series


Stanford sophomore Simone Manuel, who won the 50-meter free Saturday at the Arena Pro Series at the George F. Haines International Swim Center in Santa Clara, has grown up a lot in the past year. She's a lot more confident about her abilities, which are world class.

"It feels good," said Manuel, who won in 24.75. "I'm still trying to get used to the race. I'm trying to think about spinning my hands as fast as possible."

Stanford junior Lia Neal was eighth in the event with a 25.52.

Stanford sophomore Ally Howe finished eighth in the 200 fly in 2:13.23, while Cardinal grad Bobby Bollier was ninth in the men's 200 fly in 2:01.16.

The star-studded Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics Club women's 800 free relay team swam to victory in the final event, winning in 8:17.36.

Gunn grad Jennifer Campbell, a multiple Central Coast Section swimming champion who will compete for defending NCAA champions California in the fall, swam the first leg.

She was followed by former Texas All-American Karlee Bispo and Duke sophomore Leah Goldman, who prepped at Burlingame High.

Castilleja's Isabelle Henig, who just completed her freshman year, swam anchor.

Manuel swam in Santa Clara last year and shyly went about beating Olympian Missy Franklin in the 100 free.

"I'm a little more confident and more cognizant of what I'm doing in the water," Manuel said. "I learned a lot from my college coaches and the amazing athletes. Greg (Meehan) taught me not to focus on time but to focus on the process. It's made it more fun."

Manuel is coming off a spectacular NCAA performance in which she won national titles in the 50 free, setting a pool record in the process, and the 100 free in an American record time of 46.09.

She was second, to Missy Franklin, in the 200 free and swam on two NCAA relay championships, and was part of the national runner-up 200 free relay.

Several of her Stanford teammates made appearances at Santa Clara, including Neal and Howe.

At the NCAA meet, Neal was second to Manuel in the 100 free, third in the 200 free and shared the 200 and 400 free relays.

Howe swam with Manuel on the 200 free relay and the national champion 400 medley relay.

Stanford grad Eugene Godsoe finished seventh in the 100 back with a time of 55.79, Cardinal grad Geoff Cheah was seventh in the 50 fly in 24.31, and the PASA 800 free relay team of Benjamin Ho, Joe Molinari, Alex Liang and Andrew Cho finished fifth in 7:42.15.

Elsewhere on the women's side, Stanford senior Sarah Haase placed sixth in the 200 breast, swimming a 2:31.37.

In the 50 fly, Cardinal grad Felicia Lee was sixth in 26.98, while Manuel was eighth in 27.39 and Neal was ninth in 27.45.

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