Cardinal corner: Ledecky named Pac-12 swimmer of the month

Stanford sophomore Katie Ledecky was named Pac-12 Swimmer of the Month. Photo by Casey Valentine/

Stanford sophomore Katie Ledecky was named Pac-12 Swimmer of the Month by the conference office on Wednesday.

Ledecky won eight individual races in seven different events, which included an American record in the 1650-yard freestyle. Through the month of November, Ledecky owns the fastest time in the nation in the 200, 500, 1000 and 1650 free, and is the only swimmer to break four minutes in the 400 IM.

Ledecky's American record of 15:03.31 is nearly a full minute faster than any other swimmer in the nation this year, while her top time in the 1000 free is 20 seconds better than the next-best swimmer and her best time of 4:27.84 in the 500 free leads the country by almost 10 seconds.

Ledecky and Stanford went 3-0 in dual meets during the Fall and resume competition with a pair of home meets against Arizona (Jan. 19) and Arizona State (Jan. 20). The team will host an autograph session after the meet against Arizona State.

Men's soccer

In the College Cup for the third consecutive season and sixth time overall, two-time defending NCAA champion and No. 9 seed Stanford (17-2-2) heads to Philadelphia for a national semifinal against fifth-seeded Akron (18-3-2) at Talen Energy Stadium on Friday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m.

The Cardinal and Zips have met once before in an NCAA semifinal in 2015 when Andrew Epstein saved the 10th Akron penalty kick to enable Stanford to advance to the College Cup final in Kansas City.

Women's volleyball

Kathryn Plummer earned AVCA Pacific North Region Player of the Year honors and five other Stanford players earned all-region honors.

Joining Plummer on the 14-player team were redshirt senior Merete Lutz and sophomores Audriana Fitzmorris, Jenna Gray and Morgan Hentz. Additionally, junior Tami Alade earned all-region honorable mention honors. Stanford led all schools in the Pacific North Region with five selections to the first team.

Stanford has had at least four all-region players for five consecutive seasons. Players named to the all-region teams are now in contention to become AVCA All-Americans.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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