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Nolan sets Pac-12 record at conference swim championship

David Nolan became the third Pac-12 Conference swimmer to win three consecutive titles in the 200 individual medley, breaking a league and meet record along the way.

Nolan went 1:41.49 and won by nearly two seconds Thursday evening at the Pac-12 men's swimming championships in Federal Way, Wash.

He replaces Cardinal grad Austin Staab, who held both marks until Nolan did him a little better.

The efforts of Nolan, the school recordholder in the event at 1:41.21, helped bump the Cardinal from fourth to second in the standings with 243 points behind first-place Cal (271). USC is in third with 208 points after the Trojans led at the end of day one.

"We did a good job of taking care of business this morning, and were a little off from that tonight" Stanford coach Ted Knapp said. "We're capable of a great prelims tomorrow to set us up for a competitive evening."

The event at the King County Aquatic Center continues Friday with preliminaries at 11 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.

Nolan was one of five Cardinal swimmers in the 200 IM finals. Stanford also earned points for fifth through eighth place, inclusive: Max Williamson (1:44.61), Gray Umbach (1:45.09), Tom Kremer (1:45.12) and Will Gunderson (1:45.84).

Women's basketball

Stanford senior forward Chiney Ogwumike was one of 15 women's basketball players named to the John R. Wooden Award Ballot, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Thursday.

Ogwumike and Baylor's Odyssey Sims return to the ballot after featuring on the organization's 2013 Wooden Award All-America Team. The winner of the 2014 John R. Wooden Award will be announced at the Wooden Award Gala from April 10-12.

Ogwumike also was named Pac-12 Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the conference announced Thursday just before the start of the Pac-12 Tournament in Seattle.

Ogwumike, a front-runner for national player of the year honors, becomes the third player to capture the honor since its inception in 2008. Previous Cardinal women's basketball players to take home the award were Jayne Appel (2010) and Kayla Pedersen (2011).

It is Ogwumike's second major academic honor of 2013-14, as the international relations major was named Capital One Academic All-American of the Year on February 20 by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The Cypress, Texas native will finish the coursework for her bachelor's degree at the end of the current quarter in two weeks, and owns a cumulative grade-point average of 3.46. As part of her major requirements, Ogwumike during the spring quarter of 2013 studied abroad in Nigeria, interning with the country's Ministry of Petroleum for over two months.

Softball

Kayla Bonstrom and Jessica Plaza each had two hits, including a double, and drove in a run as No. 22 Stanford downed visiting BYU, 5-3, as part of the Stanford Louisville Slugger Classic on Thursday.

Stanford (18-5) plays twice Friday, meeting Portland State at 2:30 p.m., followed by North Dakota State at 4:45 p.m.

Madi Schreyer (15-3) had a streak of 27 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run come to an end when the Cougars scored three times in the fifth to close within a run of the Cardinal.

Hannah Winter tripled and singled for the Cardinal, which won its second straight after losing five of its previous eight games.

Schreyer managed to fight her way through some wildness to earn the victory. She allowed seven hits, walked six and struck out six. She also threw a pair of wild pitches. BYU left 10 runners on base while Stanford stranded seven.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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