They Rule the Pool

Swimmers lead Cardinal to second straight title.

May 2018

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They Rule the Pool

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Ok, there is no reason to by coy about it: Stanford’s women’s swimming and diving team dominated the national championship meet in March. It is the second national title in a row for the team and the 117th for the school, an all-time NCAA record. The numbers speak for themselves:

3 individual titles won by junior Ella Eastin, who was named Swimmer of the Meet. Eastin also was a member of two winning relay teams.

5 new American records set by Stanford swimmers.

8 individual titles, including one in the 100 backstroke by senior Ally Howe, representing the first time in 20 years Stanford has won that event.

9 days later sophomore Katie Ledecky, a five-time Olympic gold medalist, announced she would turn pro to prepare for the 2020 Games. Ledecky was an eight-time national champion and set 11 American records while at Stanford.

593 overall points for Stanford.

373 overall points for Cal, which finished second.

1993—the last year a national champion in swimming and diving finished with a larger margin of victory.

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