Stanford’s women’s swimming potential future achievements and past glory met in the present halfway around the world Thursday and shined the light of success on the top program in the nation the past three years.
Coach Greg Meehan was also on hand for the proceedings in Gwangju, South Korea, which produced an American record in the 4×200 meter free relay, which placed second to Australia’s world record time.
Katie Ledecky returned to the pool and joined fellow Stanford product Simone Manuel in helping the USA swim 7:41.87, .37 seconds off the Aussies’ record time.
“I think we always want to win very time we dive in the water,” Manuel told USA Swimming. “That’s what makes us so great. But that’s the best swim a set of four Americans have done, and it took them and us breaking a world record for that result. I think we’re really happy because we all swam our best, and we had fun and got to represent Team USA.”
Ledecky was back in the water after scratching from the prelims of the 200m freestyle and the finals of the 1,500 freestyle on Tuesday.
“I don’t know what caused this all, but I was feeling the effects of dehydration, loss of appetite, light headedness … just a bunch of different things,” Ledecky said. “It kind of created the perfect storm to pull me out. It’s one of those things where you have to put your health first, and I just put my trust in our great medical staff, and they did a tremendous job of doing everything they could to help me.
“I didn’t get back into the water until last night, and we kept it really easy,” she added. “We checked my heart rate nearly every 50, and doctors and the coaches felt that I was good to go if I felt that way. I slept on it and woke up and felt I was ready to race.”
Canada placed third in the relay, with Stanford sophomore Taylor Ruck swimming a leg and helping the Canadians clinch a spot for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Cardinal senior Katie Drabot also earned a spot in the podium, finishing third in the 200 fly in 2:07.04.
Manuel and Ruck qualified for the 100 freestyle final. Ruck was fourth and Manuel seventh in the semifinals. Manuel swam the preliminaries top time of 53.10 while Ruck went 53.04 in the semis.
Cardinal grad Abrahm DeVine was eighth in the men’s 200 individual medley, finishing in 1:57.66.
Ledecky finished second to American teammate Leah Smith in the prelims of the 800 free with a time of 8:17.42, .19 seconds behind Smith.
Men’s water polo
USC’s Hannes Daube scored in the final 36 seconds to lift USA past Montenegro 15-14 for ninth-place at the FINA World Championships on Thursday.
Stanford redshirt sophomore Ben Hallock added three goals and Cardinal grad Alex Bowen had for the U.S. (11-4, 4-2), which plays in the Pan Am Games in Lima beginning Sunday, Aug. 4. The Pan Am winner qualifies for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the U.S. is the defending champion.
Former Stanford All-Americans Alix Klineman and Kerri Walsh Jennings, with their teammates, each clinched spots in the elimination round of the FIVB Tokyo Olympic Qualification Tournament, winning their first two matches Thursday.
Klineman and April Ross, the top-ranked team in the world, opened with a sweep of a Japan pair and then needed three sets to get past a German team.
In the final match of pool play, the Americans went toe-to-toe with Canada’s ninth-ranked Heather Bansley and Brandie Wilkinson to win, 21-14, 15-21, 16-14.
Sweat and Walsh Jennings clinched Pool F with sweeps over teams from Germany and France. They have a match scheduled for later against a winless team from Japan.
Stanford grad Carly Wopat and her teammate Traci Callahan won three matches during the qualifying tournament Thursday at the Hermosa Beach Open to earn a spot in the main draw.
The 17th-seeded duo opens Friday at 9:15 a.m. against No. 16 Meghan Mannari and Taylor Nyquist. The winner advances to meet top-seeded Betsi Flint and Emily Day at 11:20 a.m.
Former Stanford standout Brittany Howard and teammate Alexa Strange are seeded sixth and open play in the second round.
On the men’s side, former Stanford All-American Curt Toppel and teammate Raffe Paulis are seeded 14th and open against No. 19 Myles Muagututia and Travis Mewhirter at 10:05 a.m. The winner advances to play third-seeded Casey Patterson and Chase Budinger at 12:25 p.m.
Collegiate Summer baseball
Palo Alto grad Max Jung-Goldberg, a sophomore at San Diego, was named the Most Valuable Player of the Prospect League All-Star game after going 3-for-3 with a run scored and three RBIs in the East’s 11-2 victory over the West on Tuesday at Corn Crib Stadium in Normal, Ill.
“We were talking about it in batting practice earlier, Jung-Goldberg told the Pantagraph. “It’s an All-Star game and we know guys are coming with their fastball so why not be aggressive?”
For a full report, including pictures, please visit Pantagraph’s website.
Jung-Goldberg was one of nine members from the Danville Dans named to the East all-star team
Babe Ruth baseball
Dominic Dec Feo and Warren Cook each had two hits and drove in a run but the Palo Alto 15U all-stars saw its season come to a close with a 12-5 setback to Oahu at the Southwest Regional at Taft High on Thursday.
Palo Alto had to win five straight in the state tournament to qualify for the regional and then had to add players for a full roster at the regional.
Jake Foster also had two hits and Diego Clarke drove in a run.
Also on the roster for the week: Colin Thibault, Andre Hyrkin, Matteo Romeo, Ben Gladstone, Brody Simison, Ben Szeto, Dante Black, JP Aguilar and De’aveon Roberts.
Stanford senior Andrea Lee takes a three-stroke lead into Friday’s final round of the Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship at Red Deer Golf and Country Club in Alberta.
Lee shot a 3-under 69 to move ahead of Jennifer Chang. Stanford sophomores Calista Reyes (40th) and Zizi Wang (54th) are also in the tournament.
Incoming Stanford freshmen Brooke Seay and Lei (Angelina) Ye face each other in match play Friday in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Girls Junior in Stevens Point, Wis. Seay and Ye won twice Thursday to advance.
High school senior Rachel Heck, a Stanford commit, qualified for match play but dropped a 1 up decision in the Round of 64.
High school junior Rose Zhang, who verbally committed to Stanford, also advanced into the quarterfinals.
On the LPGA Tour, Stanford grad Mariah Stackhouse shot a 2-under 69 on the first day of The Evian Championship in France and is currently in 18th place. Stanford senior Albane Valenzuela is also entered.
Stanford grad Isaiah Salinda is in 16th place entering Friday’s final round of the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship in Albuquerque. Cardinal sophomore Daulet Tuleubayev is in 63rd place.
Stanford’s Nikita Lilichenko and Peter Chatain helped the U.S. men’s coxed four boat gain a spot in the A final of the World Rowing U23 Championship in Sarasota, Fla. with a fourth-place finish in repechage Thursday with a time of 6:15.07.
In lightweight racing, Stanford’s Emily Molins helped the U.S. to the best time in a test race of the women’s pair (7:31.710) on Thursday. The final is slated for Saturday.
The women’s double sculls team of Stanford’s Emily Delleman and Elizabeth Sharis placed second in their heat Thursday, racing 7:13.220, and will race again in repechage on Friday.
Stanford’s Chase Shepley (bow) and Kaitlyn Kynast (stroke) helped send the U.S. women’s 4 directly into the finals with a victory (6:32.150) in its heat Thursday.
Spain, which features Cardinal sophomore Esther Briz Zamorano, won the second heat (6:39.130) and will next race in the final.