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Stanford women win NCAA swimming and diving championship

by ZwemZa on March 19th, 2017

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Katie Ledecky won the 500 free in 4:24.06, an NCAA record, on Thursday as Stanford took a 213-136 lead over California after two days of the NCAA championships. (Casey Valentine/isiphotos.com.)

Katie Ledecky won the 500 free in 4:24.06, an NCAA record, on Thursday as Stanford took a 213-136 lead over California after two days of the NCAA championships. (Casey Valentine/isiphotos.com.)

he Stanford women clinched the 2017 Division I swimming and diving championship in dominant fashion Saturday for their first title since 1998.

The Cardinal, who won nine of the 21 events on the weekend, finished with 526.5 points. California captured second with 366 points. Texas A&M netted 292.5 points for third place, its highest finish in school history. Georgia (252.5 points) and Texas (252) rounded out the top five.

It was a record-setting final day in Indianapolis. Stanford’s Simone Manuel, Katie Ledecky, Janet Hu and Lia Neal set an NCAA, American and championship record of 3:07.61 in the 400 freestyle relay, the weekend’s last event. Indiana’s Lilly King won the 200 breaststroke in 2:03.18, setting an NCAA, American and championship mark. Manuel was the first swimmer to go under 46 seconds, as she won the 100 free in 45.56 seconds for an NCAA, American and championship record, and Ledecky finished the 1,650 freestyle in 15:07.70 for a championship record.

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