Katie Ledecky, Simone Manuel and True Sweetser lead a list of Stanford swimmers who were named to the United States National Team recently, an honor that comes with benefits.
Ledecky, a world record holder, swam top times in the 200 free, 400 free, 800 free and 1,500 free, all but the 800 (US Nationals) at the World Championships in Budapest. She was also one of three Stanford swimmers to qualify in the 100 free.
Ledecky swam the sixth-fastest time in the 100 free, behind Cardinal grad Lia Neal and Manuel, who swam the best time in the event. Manuel was the top swimmer in the 50 free and Neal was third.
Sweetser recorded the best time in the 1,500 free at the U.S. Nationals, breaking the 15-minute barrier.
Manuel also made the team in the 200 free, just ahead of Stanford sophomore Katie Drabot.
Ella Eastin made the national team in the 200 fly, the 200 IM and the 400 IM. Eastin won the World University Games 200 fly title with the second-fastest time by an American this year. Incoming Stanford freshman Brooke Forde also made the team in the 400 IM.
Grant Shoults joined Sweetser in the 800 free and also earned national status in the 400 free. Abrahm DeVine swam the second-fastest time by an American in the 200 IM this year.
Benefits offered to USA Swimming National Team members include reimbursement for travel to USA Swimming arena Pro Swim Series meets and training camp opportunities. Select athletes are eligible for monthly assistance and elite athlete health insurance.
Also in the news:
Palo Alto grads Alex Liang and Grace Zhao joined Gunn grad Michael Lincoln as Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics swimmers who entered the USA Swimming long course top 10 lists this year.
Woodside grad Karl Arvidsson also recorded a top 10 time.
Liang made the both the 18U and 17U list in the 200 fly, adding the 200 IM in 217. Arvidsson recorded top times in 18U 100 breast and 200 breast. Zhao, 17U, also made it in both beast events.
Lincoln is on the 18U 200 free list after swimming 1:50.87 to win the event at the La Mirada Sectionals in July.
Liang and Zhao are freshmen at Stanford, Lincoln is a freshman at Brown, along with fellow Gunn grad Maximilian Pokutta. and Arvidsson is a freshman at Califonria.