Stanford, California tied at the top after two relay events

Stanford took the early lead at the Pac-12 Conference women's swimming and diving championships Wednesday, winning the 200 medley relay in Federal Way, Wash.

Senior Felicia Lee, junior Katie Olsen, freshman Nicole Stafford and junior Maddy Schaefer combined to set a school record in the event, going 1:35.74. The time also is the second-fastest in the nation this season, trailing only Georgia's 1:35.52.

California, with Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin swimming the anchor leg, finished second in 1:36.06, while USC was third in 1:36.54. Palo Alto grad Jasmine Tosky swam the third leg of the race for the Trojans.

California came back to win the 800 free relay in 6:53.57, with Stanford finishing second in 6:58.23. USC was third in 7:01.65.

Sophomore Julia Anderson, senior Maya DiRado, Schaefer and freshmen Lia Neal swam the event for the Cardinal.

Gunn grad Rachael Acker swam the third leg for the Golden Bears and Tosky swam the anchor leg for the Trojans.

Thursday's schedule kicks off with preliminaries at 11 a.m. with the 500 free. Andie Taylor and Mackenzie Stein have been Stanford's top swimmers in the event. The finals start at 6 p.m.

DiRado, one of the national leaders for Stanford, will compete in the 200 IM and Schaefer, the national co-leader this season in the 50 free, will go in her specialty.

The 3-meter diving event and 200 free relay will also be contested, with senior Stephanie Phipps the top Cardinal diver.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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