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Manuel, Ledecky each swim to a title at Pro Series event

 
Katie Ledecky (left) won the 200 free and placed third in the 400 IM, just behind Ella Eastin (right). Photo courtesy of Stanford Athletics.

Stanford senior Simone Manuel and sophomore Katie Ledecky, both Olympic gold medalists, each won an event at the TYR Pro Swim Series in Indianapolis on Friday.

It's their first meet as professionals and both were shining examples to a group of Stanford swimmers competing unattached in the meet.


Simone Manuel/USA Swimming

Katie Ledecky/USA swimming

Ella Eastin/Stanford Athletics
Manuel added a second-place showing and Ledecky swam third in another event, finishing behind Cardinal Ella Eastin.

Manuel won the 50 free in 24.59. Stanford's Lauren Pitzer was 13th in 25.98.

Ledecky won the 200 free in 1:55.42, finishing about 2 1/2 seconds ahead of Manuel, who was timed in 1:58.06. She's won three events in as many days.

The 200 freestyle was loaded with Stanford swimmers, with Katie Drabot taking fourth in 1:58.86. Brooke Forde swam second in the 'B' final (10th overall) in 2:00.15. Pitzer (2:02.22), Megan Byrnes (2:03.04), Erin Voss (2:04.05) and Hannah Kukurugya (2:04.46) also competed.

Eastin finished second in the 400 individual medley with a time 4:38.88, less than a half-second quicker than Ledecky (4:38.88). Allie Szekely and Forde also swam in the 'A' final, finishing seventh and eight, respectively. Kukurugya was 17th in 4:51.02.

Voss swam third in the 200 back. Timed in 2:11.05, she was 2.56 out of first. Szekely was seventh in 2:14.40.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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