It’s been nearly two decades since the Stanford Cardinals captured the Women’s NCAA Swimming Championships. The year was 1998. Misty Hyman was a freshman blasting fish kicks in people’s faces, Catherine Fox was already a two time Olympic gold medalist, and Will Smith was gettin’ jiggy with it. They finaled in almost every event and scored more points on relays than any other team, capturing 3 out of 5. Full results here.
The 2016-2017 Stanford Cardinal team has two very big superstars themselves in Simone Manuel and Katie Ledecky. And it seems very likely that they will sweep the freestyle events together. All of them. From the 50 to the 1650. Many, many NCAA records will be broken and barriers will be brought down.
Oh, they also have Lia Neal, Olympic gold medalist and sub 47 100 Freestyler. Ally Howe, the fastest 100 backstroker in human history. Some girl named Ella Eastin who I think won NCAA Swimmer of the Year last year. Janet Hu, an intricate part to most of their relays (sprinters rule the world) and ranked 2nd in the 100 Back & Fly. The Cardinals also have one of the best divers in Kassidy Cook and stud freshman like Katie Drabot and Megan Byrnes to help pile on the points.
Stanford’s only weakness is breaststroke but unless you have Lilly King on your team is it really anyone’s strength?
I’ll go out on a limb and suggest that Stanford absolutely dominates the 2017 Women’s NCAA Swimming Championships with 10 individual victories and 4 relay victories.