Ledecky, Manuel add to Santa Clara medal collection

Stanford's Kim Williams followed her fourth-place showing in Saturday's 200 IM with a third-place in Sunday's 50 breast at the TYR Pro Series in Santa Clara. Photo by Adam Pardee.

Stanford's Katie Ledecky and Simon Manuel each added another title to their resumes on Sunday at the TYR Pro Series Swim Meet at Santa Clara's George Haines International Swim Center.

Ledecky, a five-time Olympic gold medalist, opened the proceedings with a victory in the 400 long-course meter freestyle, finishing in 4:00.51.

"I'm happy with my 400 free today and all my swims this weekend," Ledecky said. "It gives me a good indicator of where I am. It's good to get some racing in before Nationals and to take some things away to work on over the next six or seven weeks."

The Phillips 66 Nationals are in Irvine, July 25-29.

Manuel won the 50 free knockout round, finishing in 24.67. Stanford teammate Lia Neal was third in 25.32.

Stanford's Kim Williams reached the semifinals of the 50 breast knockout (with her best time of the day at 32.24) and finished third overall in 32.28. Stanford swimmer and Palo Alto grad Grace Zhao was sixth in 32.72.

The men's 400 free was also a big race for Stanford. Recruit Jack LaVant finished third in 3:51.47, less than a second behind winner Zane Grothe. True Sweetser swam sixth in 3:54.63 and Grant Shoults was ninth in 3:58.74.

Gunn grad Michael Lincoln swam in both the 400 free and 50 free. He went 4:10.00 to place 32nd overall in the 400 free.

Stanford's Benjamin Ho was 12th in the prelims of the 50 back in 26.59, Matt Anderson was 13th in the prelims of the 50 breast in 28.69 and Hank Poppe followed in 16th (28.89). James Murphy was 16th in the 400 free prelims in 4:01.75.

Stanford swimming's Katie Drabot qualified for a pair of finals but did compete in the finals. She went 4:14.58 for fifth in the 400 free and 27.40 for ninth in the 50 fly.

Ella Eastin swam the 11th fastest time in each the 50 fly (33.58), 50 breast (29.44) and 50 back (29.44). She did not swim in the finals.

Olympian Lilly King posted a TYR Pro Swim Series record in the 50-meter breaststroke, touching in an impressive 29.62 seconds on the final day of competition in Santa Clara.

“I got better as the week went on,” King said. “I’m kind of sad to go home and go back to the weather [in Indiana. It’s been a good week out here.”

The 2018 TYR Pro Swim Series concludes on July 5-8 in Columbus, Ohio at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/USA swimming


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