Wins For Ledecky, Manuel, Eastin & Relay Keep NCAA Crown In Stanford’s Steely Grip

Stanford's victorious women's team celebrate an NCAA crown retained - courtesy of Stanford

The beginning of the end of Stanford’s 2018 NCAA women’s championship campaign – one that ended in the team title retained in dominant fashion – was a 15:07.57 from Katie Ledecky in the 1650y free in a different league to those who completed the top 3, Ally McHugh, Penn St, and 15:36.27, and Hannah Moore, NC State, on 15:40.68. Via another win for Ella Eastin, on her way to being declared swimmer of the meet and good for a 1:50.67 American record in the 200IM, the Cardinal campaign ended with the other big Olympic champion in the fray for Stanford, Simone Manuel, crushing those around her in similarly dominant style and highlighting the gulf between those who win in world waters and the rest of the best in college swimming: California led the 4x100y free relay by almost a second as Katie McLaughlin faced the chase of Manuel on a mission. By the close the clock screamed 3:07.94 to 3:08.05 in Stanford’s favour, Manuel’s 45.47 split delivering the relay crown and the championship title for the second straight season to Stanford. And then there was Lilly King – a triple double in the bag 2016-2018 unbeaten on breaststroke, a pioneering sub 2:03 in the 200y and a stunning record building … in the 2016-17 and 18 seasons, King has been queen of six NCAA titles, two Olympic gold medals, three world l/c crowns and four world records …

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The beginning of the end of Stanford’s 2018 NCAA women’s championship campaign – one that ended in the team title retained in dominant fashion – was a 15:07.57 from Katie Ledecky in the 1650y free in a different league to those who completed the top 3, Ally McHugh, Penn St, and 15:36.27, and Hannah Moore, NC State, on 15:40.68. Via another win for Ella Eastin, on her way to being declared swimmer of the meet and good for a 1:50.67 American record in the 200IM, the Cardinal campaign ended with the other big Olympic champion in the fray for Stanford, Simone Manuel, crushing those around her in similarly dominant style and highlighting the gulf between those who win in world waters and the rest of the best in college swimming: California led the 4x100y free relay by almost a second as Katie McLaughlin faced the chase of Manuel on a mission. By the close the clock screamed 3:07.94 to 3:08.05 in Stanford’s favour, Manuel’s 45.47 split delivering the relay crown and the championship title for the second straight season to Stanford. And then there was Lilly King – a triple double in the bag 2016-2018 unbeaten on breaststroke, a pioneering sub 2:03 in the 200y and a stunning record building … in the 2016-17 and 18 seasons, King has been queen of six NCAA titles, two Olympic gold medals, three world l/c crowns and four world records …

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