Ledecky swims fastest 200 free of the year; Eastin also wins

Ella Eastin (left) talks things over with Leah Smith in a television capture

Stanford sophomore Katie Ledecky celebrated her sponsorship deal with TYR Sports by swimming the fastest 200 free, in 1:54.56, in the world on Friday at the TYR Pro Swim Series in Santa Clara, winning the event by over three seconds.

Cardinal junior Ella Eastin also turned in a winning effort at the George Haines International Swim Center, holding off hard-driving Leah Smith to win the 400 long courese meters individual medley.

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Eastin won the race in 4:38.99, about four-tenths of a second over Smith, who made up a second over the final 100 meters.

"We both push each other at different parts of the race," Eastin said. "I always swim better when I'm next to her."

Several other Stanford swimmers competed in a championship final, including Palo Alto grad Grace Zhao, who finished eighth in the 200 breast with a time of 2:35.05. Stanford's Leah Stevens swam 4:53.05 to place seventh in the 400 IM.

Abrahm DeVine swam in a pair of championship finals and future Cardinal swimmers Jack LaVant and Daniel Roy each posted a runner-up finish. LaVant went 1:49.49 in the 200 free and Roy swam 2:11.08 in the 200 breast.

DeVine was seventh in the 400 IM (4:27.24) and ninth in the 200 back, though he swam much faster in the prelims. Stanford's Johannes Calloni was sixth in the 200 back prelims (2:02.09) and did not participate in the final.

Stanford's Grant Shoults swam the seventh-fastest time in the prelims of the 200 free (1:50.25) but scratched from the finals.

Stanford's Simone Manuel swam a 1:59.59 in the preliminaries of the 200 free, the fourth best time. She did not compete in the finals. Teammates Katie Drabot and Lia Neal also swam qualifying times in the prelims but did not take part in the finals.

Manuel was also Stanford's highest finisher in the 100 fly, placing 15th overall with a time of 1:02.10.

Stanford's Erin Voss and Allie Szekely each competed in the championship final of the 200 back. Voss was fifth in 2:12.12 and Szekely was eighth in 2:13.28.

TYR Sport officially made its announcement on the signing of Ledecky on Friday, ely reported Thursday.

"I am excited to partner with TYR as I take this important step in my career," Ledecky said. "We share a vision of growing the sport for current and future generations of swimmers, and we will build towards that goal together. I appreciate TYR's investment in me, and their commitment to technology that is critical to my ongoing quest to swim faster."

Ledecky, a five-tine Olympic gold medalist, 14-time World Champion and world record holder, has been recognized as "World Swimmer of the Year" four times.

Ledecky's agreement with TYR represents the most lucrative partnership in the history of the swim industry. As a member of team TYR she joins teammate Lia Neal amongf several other Olympians.

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