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Cardinal Adds Seven
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 11/15/2013

STANFORD, Calif -- The Stanford women's swimming and diving team received committments from seven recruits for 2014-15, head coach Greg Meehan announced today. The recruits consist of six swimmers and one diver, hailing from five states.

"We are really excited about the high school class we have signed this fall," said Meehan. "It's a wonderful group of young women that will walk in the door and be impactful in our program in a lot of different ways."

The multi-talented group includes American World Championship Team member Simone Manuel (Sugar Land, Texas) and 2012 AT&T National Diving champion Gracia Leydon-Mahoney (Newton, Mass.). 

Meehan and assistant coach Tracy Duchac have filled a number of spots in the Stanford lineup with the class. Manuel is joined by fellow freestyler Alexandra Meyers (Fox Point, Wis.) and breaststroke specialist Heidi Poppe (Danville, Calif.), while three recruits, Janet Hu (Vienna, Va.), Lindsey Engel (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) and Ally Howe (Portola Valley, Calif.), compete in various events.

Leydon-Mahoney will add to an already strong group of divers for the Cardinal and diving coach Dr. Rick Schavone.

"Gracia is a top U.S. diver," said Schavone. "She is equally accomplished on both springboard and platform and we are extremely excited to have her join our program. She will be a very strong addition to the Stanford swimming and diving team in the next four years."

The future Cardinal will join a Stanford team that finished eighth at last year's NCAA Championships. The 2013-14 Cardinal, ranked No. 7 in the country, is off to a 4-0 start in dual meets. 


Letter of Intent Signees


Lindsey Engel - Trabuco Canyon, Calif. | Orange County Waves
Broke CIF-Southern Section Division III 50 free record, previously held by Dara Torres ... Has freestyle bests of 22.24 and 48.96 in short course yards events ... Her 100 back best is 53.27 and 100 fly is 53.34. 

Ally Howe - Portola Valley, Calif. | Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics
A versatile swimmer that can contribute in many different strokes ... Personal bests are 22.81 and 49.59 in the 100 and 200 free, 53.19 in the 100 fly and 1:58.6 in the 200 IM ... A local product that swims for Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics club ... Swims free, back and fly, as well as IM. 

Janet Hu - Vienna, Va. | Nation's Capital Swim Club
Produced three top-14 finishes at the 2013 USA Swimming nationals (14th in 50 free, eighth in 50 fly, 13th in 100 fly) ... Freestyle personal bests are 22.13 and 48.6 on short course yards, while her backstroke bests are 52.07 and 1:53 and her fly top times are 23.87 and 1:55.72.

Gracia Leydon-Mahoney - Newton, Mass.
2012 US National Champion and Junior World Champion on three-meter boards ... Has won Junior National titles on one-meter, three-meter and platform ... Member of the USA Diving Junior Elite Performance Squad ...  Placed seventh on three-meter and 10th on platform at the 2012 Olympic trials. 

Simone Manuel - Sugar Land, Texas | First Colony Swim Team
Owns personal bests of 22.04/24.8 in the 50 free and 47.73/53.86 in the 100 free (SCY/LCM) ... Earned gold at the 2013 World Aquatics Championships in Barcelona by swimming in the prelims of the 4x100 free relay and finished seventh in the 50 free.

Alexandra Meyers - Fox Point, Wis. | Schroeder YMCA
A freestyle swimmer ... Member of last summer's USA Swimming Junior National Team ... Her top times in the 50/100/200 free in short course yards events are 23.21/49.86/1:46.9.

Heidi Poppe - Danville, Calif. | Walnut Creek Awaubears
A breaststroke swimmer ... Personal bests include 1:00.38 in the 100 breaststroke and 2:13.14 in the 200 breaststroke ... A two-time champion at the North Coast Section California Championship meet.


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