Newcomers hold their own in Stanford swimming victory


Olympic gold medalists Katie Ledecky and Simone Manuel may be the main draw but the Stanford women's swimming and diving team showed itself to be a complete team, opening the season with a 141-109 victory over host Oregon State at a sold out Osborn Aquatic Center.

Stanford recorded the fastest time in all 14 events to win its eighth straight dual meet dating to the 2014 season finale.

"This is a really fun group and it was a good first trip for us," said head coach Greg Meehan. "It was nice having our entire team back together, and I think we are all excited for the season ahead."

In the first event of the year, Janet Hu, Allie Szekely, Manuel and Ledecky won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:42.92. It marked the first collegiate race for Szekely and Ledecky, who also earned their first individual wins of their careers in the 200-yard backstroke (1:57.41) and 100-yard freestyle (50.10), respectively.

In all, Stanford's freshmen posted four wins as Megan Byrnes and Katie Drabot also earned their first victories. Byrnes touched the wall first in the 1,000-yard freestyle at 9:58.25, and Drabot stopped the clock at 1:47.95 to edge teammate Ella Eastin in the 200-yard freestyle. In addition, Hannah Boyd had the fastest finish in the 500-yard freestyle (5:00.79) in a non-scoring event for the Cardinal.

"I think our freshmen did a great job," Meehan said. "But this first trip was more about the experience with their teammates. They probably won't remember the time from their first race, but they'll remember the travel and time spent with friends."

Sophomore Kim Williams swept the breaststroke with a victory in the 100 and 200. She finished in 1:03.57 and 2:17.09, respectively.

Stanford's upperclassmen excelled in the opening meet as well. Ally Howe topped the field in the 100-yard backstroke in 52.85, Lindsey Engel was first in the 50-yard freestyle and Hu won the 200-yard butterfly (1:57.96).

Manuel swam in the 100-yard butterfly and finished with the top time of 54.47, and Howe also bested the field in the 200-yard individual medley (2:02.24).

— Stanford Athletics

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