DiRado races to the top of the 200 IM at conference final

Senior swimmer Maya DiRado won the 200 IM and senior diver Stephanie Phipps won the 1-meter event Thursday to help put the Stanford women in first place after the second day of the Pac-12 Conference's championship meet in Federal Way, WA.

DiRado's fifth conference title helped the Cardinal accumulate 507 points, 59 points ahead of USC and 106 1/2 ahead of Cal.

"We rebounded from a lackluster session this morning and had a great session tonight," said head coach Greg Meehan. "Mackenzie Stein got us started with a huge swim in the 500 free and we rolled from there. A special acknowledgement to Dr. Rick Schavone and our diving crew; they were awesome today."

Stein won the C final of the 500, one of two Cardinal swimmers to earn C finals along with Grace Carlson in the 200 IM.

DiRado edged Cal's Celina Li by .22 in the championship final of the 200 IM to claim the win. DiRado overcame a nearly half-second deficit to Li in the final 50.

Phipps took the one-meter championship with 332.25 points, while four Stanford divers finished among the top eight. Alex Clay was in fourth (309.20), Kassidy Cook was sixth (292.75) and Lilly Hinrichs earned eighth (284.95).

"All the girls dived great," expressed Schavone. "It was nice having Stephanie win a title her senior year but still more excited all are diving so well."

Phipps hopes for her second title in Friday's 3-meter event, in which she is the defending conference champion.

Julia Anderson was Stanford's top finisher in the 500 free (12th, 4:43.60) and Maddy Schaefer was third in the 50 free (22.10). Lia Neal finished fifth (22.25).

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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