The Stanford synchronized swimming team won its seventh U.S. Collegiate National title, and first since 2008, Saturday, at the Avery Aquatics Center in Stanford, Calif.
"I could not be more proud of the Stanford synchro team today," said first-year head coach Sara Lowe. "The girls have worked so hard all year and it was so exciting to see all of their hard work pay off and culminate in a national championship."
Lowe was a member of the Cardinal squads that won four consecutive U.S. Collegiate National championships from 2005-08. Stanford also won the title in 1998 and 1999.
The Cardinal, which finished fourth in 2012, swept the team, trio and duet finals on Saturday to claim the title in its home pool.
Stanford dominated the team final as Madison Crocker, Morgan Fuller, Leigh Haldeman, Mariya Koroleva, Michelle Moore, Olivia Morgan and Evelyna Wang scored a 91.075.
Ohio State took second with an 89.362. Third through fifth place was decided by less than a point as the University of Incarnate Word was third with an 87.900, Lindenwood finished third with an 87.662 and Canisius College was fifth with an 87.012.
Fuller, Morgan and Megan Hansley won the trio title for the Cardinal with a score of 89.375. Stanford's Crocker, Koroleva and Moore took second with an 88.287.
Lindenwood's Reem Abdalazem, Anouk Eman and Mary Killman placed third with an 88.250. Rounding out the top 5 was Ohio State's Chelsea Aton, Lauren Nicholson and Paige Ramsey (85.962) and Incarnate Word's Brianne Andreychuk, Rosilyn Tegart and Katy Wiita (85.900).
In the duet, Hansley and Morgan collected another championship, scoring an 89.725.
Coming in second was Stanford's Crocker and Fuller with an 87.762. Taking third in the duet was Lindenwood's Abdalazem and Eman (87.062), while Ohio State's Yuliya Maryanko and Ramsey were fourth with an 87.000. Canisius College's Victoria Mintz and Svetlana Ponkratova were fifth with an 85.800.
Stanford's Morgan was the overall individual high point winner, a feat her coach also claimed while competing for the Cardinal.
Utah was held to one hit through the first seven innings of Saturday's Pac-12 Conference baseball contest against Stanford but forced a decisive 10th frame to pull out a 3-2 victory over the 17th-ranked Cardinal.
The Utes managed five hits in the final three innings, including three in the 10th, to even the series at Sunken Diamond.
Stanford (11-6 overall, 1-1 Pac-12) dropped its third game in four outings and now looks to take the series at 1 p.m. (PT) on Sunday. Live video, audio and stats will be available at GoStanford.com.
The Cardinal was held scoreless until tallying a pair of runs in the seventh. Brett Michael Doran drew a leadoff walk and trotted to second on an Austin Slater single. Danny Diekroeger singled home Doran and Slater hustled to third before scoring on a wild pitch to tie it at 2-2.
Slater had three hits for the second straight game with Justin Ringo and Diekroeger chipping in a pair apiece.
After a scoreless eighth and ninth inning, Utah received a Dallas Carroll single and Trey Nielsen RBI double in the final frame for the go-ahead run. The Utes (10-10, 1-4) managed to put three more runners on base which were stranded by Stanford reliever Garrett Hughes (2-1). Hughes suffered his first loss on the season after stepping in for David Schmidt in the ninth and gave up one earned run on three hits in the final 2.0 innings.
Bobby Zarubin started for the Cardinal and did not get out of the second. Zarubin walked four and gave up two earned runs in 1.1 innings. Utah scored a pair in the second without recording a hit.
Marcus Brakeman was excellent in his relief effort and allowed three hits in 6.1 scoreless innings. Brakeman hit a batter in the second but went on to strand three Utes in the frame and did not permit another runner to reach base until the fifth. The fifth-inning single by Braden Anderson was Utah's first hit on the day.
The Stanford bullpen combined to walk eight.
Ringo followed Slater's leadoff single in the first by drawing a walk from Utah starter Joe Pond. Both were left stranded when Pond retired the next three Cardinal.
Pond tossed the first 6.1 frames, scattering six hits for two earned runs and was on the mound for eight of Utah's 10 strikeouts.
Slater was good for a one-out single and booked it to third when Ringo ripped a single past a diving Trey Nielsen at first base in the third. Again, both were left stranded. All said and done, Stanford left nine runners on base.
Brant Whiting added a double for Stanford in the eighth.
Luke West (1-0) earned his first win after throwing the final 3.1 innings for Utah. West fanned two and allowed two hits in shutout relief and induced a game-ending double play in the 10th.
Six different Utes accounted for the team's six hits.
No. 15 Stanford dropped a 4-3 decision at No. 10 Oregon in the Pac-12 opener for both teams, Saturday, at Howe Field in Eugene, Ore. The Cardinal drops to 22-6 overall and 0-1 in the conference, while the Ducks move to 24-4 on the year and 1-0 in the Pac-12.
Senior pitcher Teagan Gerhart earned the start, throwing 3.1 innings. She allowed two runs on three hits in a no decision.
Freshman Kelsey Stevens took the loss, dropping to 9-3. She went 3.1 innings, giving up two runs on four hits with six strikeouts. Oregon freshman Cheridan Hawkins picked up the win, moving to 9-1.
Sophomore Cassandra Roulund led the team offensively with a double, a home run and two runs scored.
Freshman Jessica Plaza was 2-for-3 with an RBI, while freshman designated player Kayla Bonstrom tallied a hit and scored a run. Sophomore left fielder Leah White finished 2-for-3.
Stanford got on the board first as Bonstrom scored on a wild pitch by Moore in the top of the second. Roulund, who reached on a double to right centerfield, then scored on a single to right field by Plaza.
The Cardinal increased its lead to 3-0 in the top of the fourth as Roulund blasted a home run to right centerfield. It was the first long ball of the season for the right fielder.
Oregon cut the Cardinal lead to one in the bottom of the fourth. Second baseman Kaylan Howard hit a solo shot to left field. First baseman Kailee Cuico doubled to right centerfield to get into scoring position.
After a pitching change by Stanford, Cuico advanced to third and scored on illegal pitches by Stevens.
The Ducks tied it up at 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning. Centerfielder Janie Takeda hit an RBI single to score pinch runner Koral Costa.
With the score still tied heading into the bottom of the seventh, Takeda reached on a bunt single. She advanced to second as Cuico drew a walk with two outs.
Right fielder Sam Pappas hit a walk-off double to right field to win the game for the Ducks.
The Cardinal and Ducks will be back at it on Sunday, March 24 at 3 p.m. The game will be the first softball broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks.
Back on the court for the first time in 12 days, No. 15 Stanford posted its fourth straight shutout with a 7-0 victory over Colorado.
The Cardinal improves to 8-2 overall and 3-0 in Pac-12 play.
Leading 3-0, Kristie Ahn's 6-0, 6-0 victory at the No. 2 position clinched the match.