Stanford's Ledecky, Manuel open season with pool records


Sacred Heart Prep grad Ally Howe swam the fastest times in the 100 and 200 fly and swam the opening leg of the 200 medley relay team and Stanford cruised to a 149-99 victory over Washington State on Thursday afternoon in front of approximately 500 fans at Avery Aquatic Center.

The Cardinal (2-0, 2-0 Pac-12) posted victories in all 16 events, finishing 1-2 in nearly every race while showcasing a roster loaded with Olympians, All-Americans and national champions.

Ally Howe
The first of four highly-anticipated home meets produced three Avery Aquatic Center records, two by freshman Katie Ledecky (1:44.18 in the 200-yard freestyle, 4:36.43 in the 500-yard freestyle) and another by junior Simone Manuel (48.00 in the 100-yard freestyle).

Ledecky set the facility standard in the 200-yard freestyle at 1:44.18 to eclipse Manuel's mark of 1:44.34 from 2015.

Manuel, however, found another spot in the facility record book as she finished the 100-yard freestyle in 48.00, and topped the 48.47-mark set by Lia Neal last year.

Not long after, Ledecky stopped the clock at 4:36.43 in the 500-yard freestyle. In her first home meet, she displaced an eight-year-old record set by two-time Olympian Julia Smit by more than five seconds. Smit had held the standard at 4:41.74 since 2008.

Ledecky's finish is the second-fastest all-time at Stanford, trailing only distance superstar Janet Evans, who set the school record 26 years ago at 4:34.49.

Stanford, which has won nine straight dual meets and eight in a row at home, began the meet with the top three times in the 200-yard medley relay. Ally Howe, Ella Eastin, Lindsey Engel and Ledecky were first for the Cardinal at 1:42.09.

That relay also excelled individually. Howe was the first to touch the wall in the 100-yard butterfly (53.93) and 200 fly (1:58.27), Eastin was tops in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:03.29), and Engel won the 100-yard backstroke (55.30).

Junior Janet Hu won a pair of events. She secured the top spot in the 50-yard freestyle at 22.69, and then bested the field in the 200-yard backstroke at 1:54.81.

Sophomore Kim Williams once again was first in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:16.61), and freshman Katie Drabot was impressive in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a winning time of 10:03.04.

Following its annual Alumni Meet on Friday afternoon, Stanford returns to action on Nov. 12, hosting Texas at noon at Avery Aquatic Center.

Women's soccer

Second-half goals by Jordan DiBiasi and Averie Collins guided No. 3 Stanford to a convincing 2-0 victory over No. 22 Colorado on Thursday night.

The win moves the Cardinal (13-1-1, 6-1 Pac-12) into a three-way tie atop the Pac-12 standings with the Buffaloes (12-4, 6-1 Pac-12) and No. 5 USC (12-3, 6-1 Pac-12). Stanford improves to 8-0 all-time against Colorado.

It was an impressive performance by Stanford, which was playing without two starters, midfielder Andi Sullivan and goalkeeper Jane Campbell, who are training with the full U.S. women’s national team this week.

Despite the key roles to fill, Stanford did not appear to miss a beat, dominating possession and the run of play throughout the contest. The Cardinal finished with advantages in shots (18-7), shots on goal (9-3) and corner kicks (7-1).

“It was a great team performance,” said Stanford head coach Paul Ratcliffe. “The entire group stepped up with the absence of Jane and Andi. I was really impressed with how they played. Two high-quality goals and overall I’m very excited about the future of this group.”

DiBiasi continued her clutch play for the Cardinal, scoring her second game-winning goal on the season in the 49th minute. Six of her 12 career goals have been game-winners. She leads the team with seven goals this year.

Collins provided an insurance goal in the 60th minute with her third tally in the past two games. She has scored each of her five goals this season in the past seven games.

“Averie is our inspirational leader and she finds ways to score goals,” said Ratcliffe. “No one works harder than her and I’m really proud of her.”

The Cardinal got contributions from all over the field with defender Tegan McGrady, midfielder Tierna Davidson and forward Michelle Xiao all registering an assist apiece.

Alison Jahansouz got the start in goal in place of Campbell and made three saves to earn the first shutout of her career. She has contributed to or earned a shutout in six of her eight collegiate appearances.

Maddie Bauer and Alana Cook continued to anchor Stanford’s backline and dominated the center of the field. The duo kept Colorado’s attack out wide and helped Stanford secure its sixth shutout of the year.

McGrady was active offensively from the left defender position and made a couple nice defensive stops. Carly Malatskey made her first collegiate start at right defender and played well.

Megan Turner stepped in to the Sullivan’s spot in the midfield after playing forward a majority of the year and did well to maintain possession, distribute and track back on defense.

Stanford came out strong early and never let up. After Colorado recorded the match’s first shot in the sixth minute, the Cardinal reeled off seven consecutive shots, capped by a chance by DiBiasi that ringed off the right post.

The Cardinal continued its momentum in the second half and nearly broke through in the 47th minute when DiBiasi dribbled through two defenders and sent a cross to Xiao who headed a shot of frame but was blocked by Colorado’s goalkeeper.

Stanford continued to press forward and was rewarded at 48:05 when McGrady sent a cross with pace into the box. DiBiasi was making a near-post run and finished the opportunity with a glancing header to the far post.

The Cardinal doubled its lead less than 12 minutes later. Davidson sent a terrific long ball from the right side of the field to the left edge of the penalty box where Xiao was making a run. Xiao slipped a pass through the center of the box toward the penalty spot where Collins buried the chance with a shot to the top-right corner of the goal.

Stanford will look to extend its three-game winning streak Sunday at 1 p.m. against Utah. The Cardinal will honor its seniors in a pregame ceremony and fans are encouraged to arrive early to participate in the celebration.

Men's soccer

Bryce Marion scored his first career goal in the second half and No. 12 Stanford earned a point with a 1-1 draw at San Diego State on Thursday night.

The Cardinal (8-2-4, 5-0-1 Pac-12) is unbeaten through its first six conference games and atop the Pac-12 table with four to play. Stanford 16 points are seven clear of two teams side for second place in Washington (9-4-0, 3-2-0 Pac-12) and UCLA. The Cardinal is at the No. 24 Bruins (7-5-1, 3-3-0 Pac-12) Sunday at 5 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks.

Fifteen minutes into the second half a long ball was sent to the top left corner of the 18 where Adrian Alabi chested it down to fellow forward Corey Baird, who took a touch and used his left to feed the ball through the box.

San Diego State (7-3-4, 2-2-2 Pac-12) keeper Adam Allmaras expected the shot to come from the center of the field, but a Stanford attacker ran off the ball and Marion was waiting at the other end. He finished back across the goal to the left post to level the score in the 61st minute.

Marion, who had only appeared in nine games his first two seasons at Stanford, has started all 14 this year and also has three assists to go along with his one goal. The assist was the second of Alabi’s career, while Baird notched his fourth in the last three games.

Stanford found itself in a hole despite handling the run of play in the first half. The Cardinal got off five shots in the game’s first 15 minutes, but it was SDSU’s first attempt that pushed the Aztecs in front.

Matt Callahan launched a long throw in front of goal in the 19th minute, which Kyle Adams headed down to Casey Macias. Macias poked it to the left post past Andrew Epstein for his first of the season.

Stanford finished up in shots, 15-10, and corners, 8-3. The Aztecs didn’t earn their first corner until there were six minutes remaining in regulation.

Men's water polo

No. 5 Stanford returns to action this weekend with a pair of road matches in Southern California. The Cardinal faces No. 7 UC Santa Barbara on Saturday at noon and goes to No. 8 Pepperdine on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Winners of five straight, Stanford enters the weekend 11-2 overall. The Cardinal last competed on Oct. 9 at home against San Jose State, posting a 15-3 win over the Spartans. Stanford has also defeated Pepperdine (11-9), Santa Clara, and Long Beach State twice (8-6 and 10-9) during its current winning streak.

The Cardinal’s victory over the Waves came in the Mountain Pacific Invitational in Berkeley, California, on Sept. 24.

The sophomore duo of Blake Parrish (35) and Mitchell Mendoza (25) have combined for 60 goals already this season to lead the Cardinal offensively. Junior Cody Smith has added 23 scores on the year. Parrish has scored in all but one match this year, with multiple scores in 11 contests.

Junior goalie Oliver Lewis is averaging 10.6 saves per match in the cage, to go along with a 6.54 goals-against average.

The Cardinal will play four of its final five matches of the season on the road, beginning with its pair in Southern California this weekend. Stanford will host Pacific in its final home match of the season on Saturday, Nov. 5, at Avery Aquatic Center.

— Stanford Athletics

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