IRVINE, Calif. – Four representatives of the Stanford women’s swimming and diving team earned spots on the 2014 U.S. Pan Pacific Championships team during the Phillips 66 U.S. National Championships Aug. 6-10. Cardinal head coach Greg Meehan and swimmers Maya DiRado, Felicia Lee and Simone Manuel will travel to Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia Aug. 21-25 with the Red, White and Blue.
Manuel, an incoming freshman, highlighted Cardinal affiliates by winning the 50 free in record-breaking fashion to culminate the national championship meet Sunday evening. The Houston, Texas native cruised to a 17-18 National Age Group record in 24.56, to top Abbey Weitzel’s mark of 24.80 set one day earlier. Manuel, who will make the trip to Australia just weeks before her first class on The Farm, now holds both the 15-16 and 17-18 records in the 50 free.
Simone Manuel Breaks One-Day Old NAG Record in 50 Free to Close U.S. Nationals http://t.co/Tyi1vxZguc— SwimSwam (@swimswamnews) August 11, 2014
DiRado, a two-time IM NCAA champion, joined the Pan Pacs roster for both the 200 and 400 IMs after placing second in both races. She went for silver in the 200 in 2:10.57, behind Melanie Margalis’ 2:10.20, and finished second to Elizabeth Beisel’s 4:32.98 in the 400 with a 4:35.75.
Lee, the NCAA’s 100 fly champion, captured a roster spot in her marquee event. She took bronze in the 100 fly with a finals time of 58.14 to trail Kendyl Stewart’s 57.98 and Claire Donahue’s 58.03.
DiRado and Manuel also tied for ninth in overall individual points with 49 apiece. Olympians Missy Franklin (72), Beisel (62) and Katie Ledecky (60) finished in the top three. Lee tied for 26th with 34 points
Meehan will travel to Australia as an assistant coach on head coach Teri McKeever's staff.
20 current, former or future Cardinal swimmers competed at the event. To view the full meet results, follow the link at the top.