Ledecky, Manuel score free victories at TYR Pro Series


Katie Ledecky went long and Simone Manuel took the short route, each claiming a victory on Saturday at the TYR Pro Series Meet in Santa Clara.

Ledecky won the 800 long course meters in 8:11.08 and Manuel swam 53.85 in taking the 100 free.

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Stanford grad Lia Neal places second to Manuel with a time of 54.05 while Ledecky was fifth in the race in 55.23.

Gunn senior Sarah Snyder placed 25th overall in the 100 free, swimming 57.99 while representing PASA. Unattached Stanford swimmer Lauren Pitzer and Stanford Swimming's Ashley Volpenhein and Erin Voss qualified for a consolation final but did not compete. Voss also swam the 100 back.

Menlo-Atherton grad Izzi Henig, also of PASA, swam in a pair of events, including the 100 free (59.17) and 200 fly (2:20.34), in preliminaries but did not compete in the finals.

Stanford Swimming's Kim Williams also had a big day, finishing fourth in the 200 IM (2:15.98) and eighth in the 100 breast (1:10.94).

Palo Alto grad and Stanford sophomore Grace Zhao recorded the 12th best prelim time in the 100 breast (1:12.26) but chose not to advance. Castilleja grad Natalie Tuck (1:16.28) swam in a consolation final. Zhao also competed in the 200 IM (2:22.42) in prelims only.

Stanford's Megan Byrnes and Leah Stevens also finished among the top five of the 800 free. Byrnes was third in 8:31.58 and Stevens was fifth in 8:43.28.

Ledecky finished 15 seconds ahead of second-place Leah Smith. She also won the 200 free on Friday.

Manuel showed no ill effects from an accidental bump in the head from another swimmer on Friday.

"I was feeling a little rough after that," Manuel said. "So I decided to rest up for today."

Stanford's Allie Szekely swam in the prelims of the 200 fly (2:16.78), good enough to qualify, with Henig, for the 'B' final.

Gunn grad Jenna Campbell placed 22nd overall in the 200 fly (2:22.78). She also swam the 100 free.

PASA's Gabrielle Anderson, a Los Altos resident, swam in three events, including a consolation final in the 100 back (1:06.17).

On the men's side, unattached Stanford swimmers Johannes Calloni (8:01.88) and True Sweetser (8:02.16) finished fourth and fifth in the 800 free. Stanford's Matthew Hirschberger (15th in 8:23.09) and James Murphy (18th in 8:25.87) also swam.

Also swimming unattached from Stanford were Benjamin Ho (13th in the 100 back, 57.21), Brad Zdroik (2:06.52 in the 200 fly), Hank Poppe (1:03.55 in the 100 breast) and Jordan Greenburg (54.32 in the 100 free).

Stanford recruits Jack LaVant and Daniel Roy also competed. LaVant was 10th overall in the 200 fly (1:59.58) and Roy placed 13th in the 100 breast (1:02.96) and 19th in the 200 IM (2:06.56).

Special mention to Gunn grad Michael Lincoln, who swam in at least four events to date, and PASA's Lucas Walker, who may have swam in five events. PASA's Cyrus Morrison also swam.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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