Three more national titles on the second day of the 2014 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships kept Stanford in second place with 297 points, behind only Georgia's 369 points.
Katie Olsen has swam for three winning relays thus far at the NCAA championships. Photo by Don Feria/stanfordphoto.com
"If it's possible, we out-did what we did last night, which is really hard to believe because last night was an amazing session," Cardinal coach Greg Meehan said. "It was pretty emotional to see Maya win another individual title and see Felicia win her first individual national title."
Stanford started by winning the 200 medley relay in a school record of 1:34.95. Lee started it off with a 23.56, before Katie Olsen, Nicole Stafford and Maddy Schaefer kept the Cardinal in front throughout to win by .37 seconds.
DiRado was next and kept the Cardinal rolling. The senior picked up her second career individual NCAA win, and second of the meet, in convincing fashion. She won by .77 seconds with a final time of 3:58.12. That lowered the previous school record of 3:58.23, set by Julia Smit in 2010.
"I have been racing Beisel for a while in the 400 IM, so it's always fun to come out on top," said DiRado. "She is such a great competitor and you know that when you are racing her it's going to be a good time. So, it was nice to get my hand on the wall first."
Lee came right back to swim a 50.89 in the 100 fly finals, winning her first individual NCAA title. She was .02 off of Olympic gold medalist Elaine Breeden's program record set in 2009.
"We were really building momentum and everyone was getting really excited. When I stepped up for the 100 fly, I could feel the energy from my team and I just went out there and had the best swim I could've had."
Even after three championships, perhaps Stanford's best event of the day was the 800 medley relay.
In an event the Cardinal was not favored to contend in, Stanford hung with Georgia during the first three swimmers of the relay. The race came down the final touch, when Cal's Missy Franklin sneaked past Stanford and Georgia to take the race.
Stanford finished in 6:55.62 with a squad that included Julia Anderson, DiRado, Stafford and Lia Neal, who had finished two 200 free swims on the day.
The Cardinal dropped more than two seconds from its time at the Pac-12 meet to set a school record.
"That was probably as impressive as anything we have done all weekend," Meehan added. "It just continues the momentum."