Nolan places third at NCAA swimming championships

David Nolan finished third in the 200 IM at the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday in Austin, Texas, highlighting the first day of action for Stanford.

Nolan was busy all day, also competing in both the 200 free relay and the 400 medley relay. He swam a 1:41.38 in the IM, .40 seconds behind winner Marcine Cieslak of Florida.

Stanford junior diver Kristian Ipsen finished second in the 1-meter event, with 436.55 points. Texas' Michael Hixson won the event with 443.50 points. Ipsen won the NCAA title in the event last year, recording a record score.

Sacred Heart Prep grad Tom Kremer also scored for the Cardinal, finishing 16th in the 200 IM with a time of 1:43.79.

Bradley Christensen advanced to the finals of diving, where he placed 15th with 319.20 points.

Stanford resides in ninth place overall, with 46 points. Texas holds a slim, one-point, lead over California, 146-145.

Men's volleyball

No. 6 Stanford improved its standing in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with a 25-21, 25-23, 22-25, 25-20 victory over visiting USC on Thursday night.

The Cardinal (12-7, 15-7) jumped ahead of the Trojans into a fifth-place tie with UCLA as the jockeying for positions in the MPSF tournament, which involves the top eight teams, continues.

"USC is a good team. We had spurts of doing each individual skills well, but we weren't consistent at any of it," Cardinal coach John Kosty said. "It is a tribute to our guys for staying focused. When we had opportunities to take care of them, which USC didn't give us many, we were efficient enough to get the job done."

Stanford hit .311 in the match and improved to 14-4 on the season when outhitting its opponents. USC finished with a .240 attack percentage. The Cardinal registered 11 blocks and 11 aces, marking the fourth match of the year with double-digit aces.

Stanford is one game behind co-third place Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara with five regular-season matches remaining, including Friday's 5 p.m. match with second-place Pepperdine (14-5, 14-5).

Brian Cook recorded 14 kills and Eric Mochalski added 13 for the Cardinal, which has won six straight. Steven Irvin added 10 kills with a hitting percentage of .438.

Setter James Shaw had 42 assists and added six aces to help Stanford.

"I think we have the ability to score points in a lot of different ways, and from the service line is one of them," added Kosty. "I was happy with our overall play and we need to just keep improving."

Women's water polo

Third-ranked Stanford hosts top-ranked USC on Sunday at 5 p.m., the schools' first meeting since the Trojans beat the Cardinal in overtime for the national title last year.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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