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Stanford swimmers help Pac-12 beat USA national team


Five Stanford swimmers -- Katie Drabot, Katie Ledecky, Janet Hu, Brooke Forde and Ella Eastin -- led the Pac-12 over Team USA, 326.5-286.5, in the second annual College Swimming Challenge in Los Angeles over the weekend.

In a two-day, season-opening meet that matches the USA national team against the current student-athletes in the Pac-12, Ledecky swept the 200, 500 and 1,000-yard freestyles, while Eastin swept the individual medleys and won the 200 butterfly.

Ella Eastin

Matt Anderson
Stanford's long distance Katies -- Ledecky and Drabot -- were first and third in the 500 free. Ledecky hit the wall at 4:28.75, while Drabot stopped the clock at 4:37.51. Ledecky also started the year with a fast finish of 9:11.68 in the 1,000 and posted a 1:41.60 in the 200.

Eastin and Forde also put together some fast season-opening times. The duo finished 1-2, respectively, in the 400 individual medley. Eastin nearly broke four minutes in her first competitive swim of the year at 4:00.02, while Forde opened her collegiate career with an impressive finish of 4:02.02.

Eastin bested the field in the 200 fly with a finish of 1:52.83, and then in a particularly entertaining 200 medley relay, the Stanford junior tied Cal standout Kathleen Baker -- both hit the pad at 1:53.24.

The unique meet format also paired Stanford swimmers alongside rival Cal. The two schools comprised the entire 800 free relay. Eastin and Ledecky took the final two swims and helped the Pac-12 to a win of 6:57.98.

Hu, who was third in the 100 and 200 backstrokes, was also part of the winning 200 mixed medley relay, and joined Ledecky on the winning 400 free relay team (3:11.68).

Stanford's Greg Meehan was co-head coach for the Pac-12, and former Cardinal Lia Neal competed for Team USA. Neal, a 26-time All-American at Stanford, was part of the national team's win in the 400 medley relay, and finished second in the 100 free.

Men's swimming

Stanford's Matt Anderson, Abrahm DeVine, Sam Perry, Grant Shoults and True Sweetser helped the Pac-12 All-Stars defeat Team USA this weekend at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center.

The short-course yards meet, which pitted the best current Pac-12 swimmers against Team USA, was held on Saturday and Sunday, with the victorious Pac-12 squad outscoring Team USA, 326.5-286.5.

Shoults swam the opening leg of the 800-yard freestyle, helping the Pac-12 (6:19.96) get the win. In the meet's final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay, Perry, along with Dylan Carter, Michael Jensen and Cameron Craig (2:51.58), helped the Pac-12 squad seal the win.

Perry and Anderson (3:10.06) swam the opening event of the meet, finishing fourth in the 400-yard medley relay. Grant Shoults (4:15.41) and True Sweetser each competed in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing third and sixth, respectively. Abrahm DeVine (1:44.33) placed sixth in the 200-yard backstroke before Anderson (1:59.46) took seventh in the 200-yard breaststroke.

Perry (43.61) tied for fifth in the 100-yard freestyle, and DeVine (3:52.37) took seventh in the 400-yard individual medley before Shoults helped win the 800 free relay to complete Day 1.

On Day 2, Sweetser (8:59.78) placed fourth in the 1000-yard freestyle with Shoults (9:11.62) in sixth. Anderson (53.42) logged a fifth-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke, and Perry (19.89) took third in the 50-yard freestyle.

DeVine (1:44.02) had his best swim of the meet with a runner-up finish in the 200-yard individual medley, an event he swam at the World Championships this past summer. Perry and the Pac-12 team wrapped up the meet in style, winning the 400 free relay.

Stanford returns to action next weekend when it travels to compete in the Pacific Invitational in Stockton.

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