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Swimmers conclude Olympic Trials tuneups in Santa Clara

 

Olympic hopefuls Simone Manuel and Maya DiRado from Stanford will lead a large local contigent in this week's Arena Pro Swim Series at the George F. Haines International Swim Center in Santa Clara.

Manuel, who redshirted this past season, is the top seed in the women's 50- and 100-meter freestyles with times of 24.47 and 53.25, respectively. DiRado, a Cardinal graduate, leads the field in the women's 200 IM in 2:08.99.


Bay Area-based Olympic gold medalists Nathan Adrian, Natalie Coughlin and Dana Vollmer (all from California Aquatics) also are among the top swimmers in one of the final tuneups ahead of this summer's U.S. Olympic trials, set for June 26-July 3 in Omaha, Neb.

The meet runs Thursday through Sunday with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

Television coverage of June 4-5 finals will air on NBC Sports Network, and NBC Sports Live Extra will stream June 4-5 finals live. NBC Sports Network coverage from June 4 will air on next-day delay at 3:30 p.m. PDT on June 5, while June 5 finals will be televised live at 5 p.m.

A live webcast of the entire meet also will be available at usaswimming.org.

The Stanford men's and women's swim teams will be represented with current and former members, as will Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics.

Palo Alto High junior Grace Zhao, who just helped the Vikings finish second at the CIF State Championships, has the No. 7 seed time in the women's 200 breast (2:31.00) and is No. 9 in the 100 breast (1:10.51).

The Stanford women, meanwhile, are probably best represented in the 100 fly with Felicia Lee No. 6 (58.14), DiRado No. 8 (59.39), Ella Eastin No. 10 (59.80), Ally Howe No. 11 (1:00.16), Janet Hu No. 14 (1:00.34), Lindsey Engel No. 15 (1:00.36) and Manuel No. 18 (1:00.95).

Also in the fields are former Gunn standouts Jennifer Campbell and Rachael Acker, former Sacred Heart Prep and Stanford swimmer Tom Kremer, Stanford grad and NCAA champ Sarah Haase (No. 4 in the 100 breast), Cardinal All-American Lia Neal, B.J. Johnson of PASA (No. 2 in the 200 breast), Stanford's Curtis Ogren, Max Williamson and Andrew Liang, Cardinal grad Bobby Bollier, plus 2016 CCS champs Izzi Henig (Menlo-Atherton) and Alex Liang (Palo Alto) of PASA.

The Arena Pro Swim Series at Santa Clara is one of seven stops of the 2015-16 Arena Pro Swim Series. As part of USA Swimming's partnership with swimwear leader Arena, the circuit will feature a record $350,000 in overall prize money.

Swimmers may earn awards for top-three finishes in all individual Olympic events across the series. At each meet, $1,000 will be provided for a first-place finish, $600 for second and $200 for third. In addition to the single-event prize money, the overall male and female winners of the season-long Series will earn a $10,000 bonus.

Male and female overall Arena Pro Swim Series champions will be honored at the conclusion of the 2015-16 series based on the number of points accumulated throughout the seven meets. Participants will be awarded points in each individual Olympic event throughout the duration of the Series (Five points for first, three for second, one point for third place).

Incoming Stanford freshman Katie Ledecky currently leads the women's Arena Pro Swim Series standings with 55 points, while Conor Dwyer tops the men's standings with 45 points.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/USA Swimming

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