Stanford junior Katie Ledecky won her second national swimming title in as many days, taking the gold medal in the 200 meter freestyle with a time of 1:54.60 at the Phillips 66 National Championships in Irvine on Thursday.
Ledecky claimed her 15th national title overall, matching Missy Franklin and Nathan Adrian for most titles by an active swimmer.
"I know I can swim fast because I swim fast in practice," Ledecky said. "It is just a good challenge. When you get to big meets some things are going to happen. It's all just about adjusting and making sure you are prepared and leave enough time for anything to happen."
Simone Manuel finished fifth in the race with a time of 1:57.01. Allison Schmitt, on the comeback trail, finished second in 1:55.82.
The event was heavily populated with Stanford swimmers. Katie Drabot placed third in the B final with a 1:58.34 and teammate Brooke Forde was right behind in 1:58.69.
Olympic gold medalist Lia Neal qualified for the D final but did not race. Lauren Pitzer, a sophomore at Stanford and swimming for Lakeside, and Cardinal sophomore Katie Glavinovich also swam in the prelims.
Incoming Stanford freshman Jack LaVant placed a solid fifth in the 200 free, swimming 1:46.46, less than a half-second out of third place.
Fellow future Stanford swimmer Daniel Roy was sixth in the 200 breast in 2:09.76.
Cardinal junior Abrahm DeVine, a top butterfly competitor, was fourth in the B final in 1:47.78. Stanford junior Grant Shoults followed in 1:47.86. Gunn High grad and PASA swimmer Michael Lincoln also swam in the preliminaries.
The Stanford women also had top 10 finishes in the 200 breast and 200 back. Incoming Cardinal freshman Zoe Bartel, swimming with FAST, placed sixth in the 200 breast with a time of 2:25.67.
Incoming Cardinal freshman Allie Raab, swimming for NAC, finished sixth in the B final of the 200 breast after qulkaifying with the 10th best time.
Stanford sophomore and Palo Alto grad Grace Zhao won the C final in 2:29.26. Teammate Allie Szekely was fifth in the same race with a time of 2:30.43. Kim Williams qualified for the D finalo but did not race.
Cardinal sophomore Erin Voss completed the 200 back in 2:10.40 to place 10th in the event. Stanford's Katie Glavinovich also competed. Cardinal sophomore Lauren Green swam 28.03 in the preliminaries of the 50 fly.
Stanford's Hank Poppe made the D final in the 200 breast, swimming 2:14.66. Teammates Brennan Pastorek and Matt Anderson also competed.
Incoming Stanford freshman Alex Boratto qualified for the D final in the 200 back with a time of 2:01.65. Cardinal teammates Jack Walsh and Benjamin Ho also raced.