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Stanford clinches top seed at MPSF water polo tournament

The top-ranked Stanford women's water polo clinched the top seed at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship tournament, which gets underway April 25, by beating host Cal State Bakersfield, 19-6, in a conference contest Saturday.

Junior Kiley Neushul scored six goals, four in the first period, as the Cardinal scored the game's first 11 goals.

Stanford (19-1, 5-0 MPSF) completes the regular season next Saturday, hosting No. 4 California at Avery Aquatic Center for the Big Splash. The contest will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Network at 5 p.m.

As the No. 1 seed at the MPSF Championship in Los Angeles in two weeks, Stanford receives a bye into Saturday's semifinal round, where at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26 it will take on the winner of April 25's matchup between the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds.

Maggie Steffens and Ashley Grossman opened the scoring Saturday with goals in the opening 1:13 of the contest.

Neushul would register her hat trick with the Cardinal's next three goals over a span of 1:57 before younger sister Jamie Neushul scored the first of her two goals to make it 6-0 with 2:08 to go in the frame.

Kaley Dodson, who also posted a hat trick, scored her first goal just over a minute later before Kiley Neushul finished off the period's scoring nine seconds before the expiration.

Grossman and the Neushul sisters would account for three goals to get the Cardinal run to 11-0 with 2:45 to go in the first half before Janelle Shelby got the Roadrunners (12-19, 0-5 MPSF) on the board 13 seconds later.

Kiley Neushul, however, would net her sixth goal of the game 55 seconds before the break to give Stanford a 12-1 advantage.

Cardinal goalies Gabby Stone and Emily Dorst split the contest in the cage, as Stone made four saves over the opening half and Dorst stopped three shots over the third and fourth periods.

Dorst gave up her only goal 2:40 into the third period, but was a wall the rest of the way, while helping direct the Cardinal defense in holding the Roadrunners scoreless over the final 13:20.

Men's gymnastics

Five Stanford gymnasts combined for seven All-America honors Sunday at the NCAA Individual Event Finals.

Akash Modi finished second on parallel bars (15.600) and third on pommel horse (14.825) to earn All-America honors in both events. He finished the weekend with three awards after finishing second in the all-around finals on Saturday with an 89.200.

Sean Senters also garnered two awards, placing third on vault (15.100) and eighth on floor (14.950). After missing the first part of the season due to injury, Senters returned to the Stanford lineup and provided significant contributions.

Michael Levy also earned All-America honors on floor, finishing seventh with a 14.975. Brian Knott notched an award on parallel bars, scoring 15.000.

Dennis Zaremski earned All-America status on rings with a fifth-place finish (15.325). It is Zaremski's first honor on rings and second overall after finishing seventh on parallel bars at last year's finals.

Track and field

Stanford ended the 120th Big Meet on a high, winning the men's and women's 4x400 relays in dominating fashion on Saturday at Edwards Stadium.

However, it was Cal that collected the team victories, winning both the men's and women's competitions for the first time since 2000 at the annual track and field dual meet.

The Cardinal women had their three-year winning streak snapped, falling 97-66, and the Stanford men lost, 113-48. Cal leads 68-50-2 in a series that began in 1893, and Stanford leads the women's, which began in 1980, 23-12.

Stanford women won every non-barrier running event from 200 to 3,000, as well as the discus (Rebecca Hammar, 162-6), javelin (Brianna Bain, 178-1), and pole vault (Ellie McCardwell, 13-0 1/4).

Kristyn Williams won two individual events and ran the third leg on the winning 4x400 to lead the Cardinal effort. Williams on the 200 (24.16) and 400 (54.21), and gave the Stanford the lead on the relay, extending it throughout.

Her men's counterpart, Steven Solomon, cruised to victory in the 400, running 46.89. He followed by closing out the racing portion of the meet with a blazing 45.3 anchor through a human tunnel of Stanford and Cal athletes lining the inside lanes of the track.

Other individual Stanford highlights included Luke Lefebure's personal record 1:48.79 to win the men's 800, and Amy Weissenbach's dominating women's 800 victory in 2:08.15.

Aisling Cuffe won the 1,500 (4:19.79), edging teammate Jessica Tonn, who followed with a strong winning effort in the 3,000 (9:22.32). The 4x400 order was freshmen Malika Waschmann and Amabel Stokes, followed by Williams and Weissenbach. Together, they ran 3:42.46.

Stanford captured the top three spots in the men's 3,000, with Jim Rosa and twin brother Joe, conceding the race to Erik Olson in the final steps to recognize Olson's willingness to set the pace for most of the race. Olson ran 8:04.38.

Andrew Rondema's winning javelin throw of 205-2 was a personal record and made him No. 6 all-time at Stanford. The Cardinal also earned a victory in the pole vault from freshman Dylan Duvio (16-4 ), who is undefeated during his first collegiate outdoor season, in three meets.

The 1,600 lineup of Jackson Shumway, Lefebure, Scott Buttinger, and Solomon ran 3:12.07, despite losing perhaps a second on a botched handoff that nearly was disastrous.

Women's tennis

Seventh-ranked Stanford completed a sweep of its Pacific Northwest road swing, breezing past host Washington State, 4-0, in a Pac-12 Conference match Saturday.

Stanford (16-1, 8-1 Pac-12), which finished the regular season unbeaten in seven road matches, also notched its 11th shutout of the year.

The contest was shifted indoors because of rain midway through the second set of most matches.

The Cardinal stormed its way to a 1-0 advantage, claiming the doubles point after surrendering three games combined at the Nos. 2 and 3 spots.

Krista Hardebeck followed with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Elizaveta Luzina at the No. 1 spot for a 2-0 Stanford lead.

Taylor Davidson added a 6-2, 6-3 triumph at the No. 3 position before Carol Zhao provided the clincher with a 6-3, 6-2 win on court two.

Stanford wraps up the regular season on Saturday, April 19, hosting California at noon in the 15th annual ZOOM Marketing Spring Smash.

Men's tennis

Daniel Ho provided a fitting end to Senior Day, outlasting Kevin Farin 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 at the No. 2 spot to power Stanford past visiting Oregon 4-2 on Saturday afternoon at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

One of three seniors honored in their final weekend home match, Ho snapped an eight-match losing streak and sparked Stanford (12-4, 4-2 Pac-12) to yet another comeback victory.

For the fifth time this year and second match in a row, Stanford lost the doubles point before rallying to win the match. The most recent example came in a 4.5-hour marathon victory over Washington yesterday, when the Cardinal rebounded from deficits of 1-0 and 3-2.

Oregon (15-7, 1-5 Pac-12), which has dropped five of its last six following a 14-1 start, locked up the doubles point for a 1-0 lead. With the Cardinal making a late charge, the Ducks received a timely 8-7 (6) victory at the No. 3 spot to secure the early advantage.

Stanford then took control once singles play began, ripping off three consecutive wins for a 3-1 lead.

John Morrissey easily defeated Robin Cambier 6-3, 6-0 at the top spot of the lineup, with the No. 59 Cambier representing the highest-ranked opponent he has defeated this year.

Anthony Tsodikov notched his team-leading 19th win of the year at the No. 5 spot, putting away Joey Swaysland 6-0, 6-4.

Trey Strobel followed with a 7-5, 6-2 victory on court three, picking up his first victory in two weeks and putting Stanford on the brink of clinching the match.

Oregon received its second point from Daniel Sardu, who bested Nolan Paige 7-5, 6-3 at the No. 4 spot.

With the two remaining matches moving into a third set, Ho ran away from Farin late in the frame to provide the clincher.

Stanford has two matches remaining in the regular season, hosting Saint Mary's (Tuesday, April 15 at 1:30 p.m.) and visiting California (Saturday, April 19 at 1 p.m.).

Ho was joined by Jamin Ball and Fawaz Hourani in Senior Day tributes prior to singles play and after the match.

Women's crew

No. 7 Stanford put together one its best performances of the season Saturday on the first day of the Lake Natoma Invitational in Gold River.

Stanford swept three races against No. 4 USC and Sacramento State, the first time this spring they have swept the varsity four, second varsity eight and varsity eight races. U

SC was coming off wins in both eight races during the morning session as well as San Diego Crew Classic titles in the varsity four and varsity eight.

The afternoon run started with the varsity four. It has been a boat that has featured several different lineups this season, but has known success as it handed then ranked No. 3 Virginia its first loss of the year. Not only did it pick up a victory against USC and Sacramento State, but it also did so in impressive fashion, finishing nearly six seconds ahead of the Trojans with a time of 7:33.9.

"The morning gave us a good sense of what we really needed to do," Stanford senior coxswain Katie Lopez said. "This morning we struggled to lock into a good rhythm. We worked on it, dialed into each other and were able to execute our race."

Lopez, sophomore Ellie Parker and freshman Reilly Hayes have been constants in the four the last three weeks. Sophomore Meredith Fischer was in the boat for the second straight weekend.

New to the lineup this weekend was junior Alix Chrumka. She made her season debut in the morning session after being out with an injury since the end of the 2013 season.

The second varsity eight has raced very well the last two weekends, winning two of its four races. The wins have come against No. 2 Ohio State and No. 4 USC. The win last weekend over Ohio State snapped the Buckeye's 19-race winning streak. Even the two losses came by less than two seconds.

The 2V8 had become used to close races, but left no doubt this afternoon. Stanford put the race away well before the finish line and finished with an open water victory. Its time of 6:41.8 was over eight seconds faster than USC.

"We hadn't raced from behind yet this year, so we talked about how we could make that up after the morning race," Stanford senior Chierika Ukogu said. "We started down this afternoon, but didn't let that phase us and were able to move back and take the lead. We have a lot of experienced rowers in our lineup and a lot of cohesion."

The varsity eight has been steadily improving, but was still looking for its first win over a ranked opponent. The top group got just that as it clocked a 6:36.8 to win by over three seconds.

"This race gives us a lot of confidence moving forward," Cardinal senior Anna Dawson said. "We had some things to work on from the race this morning and have been working on our race plan. This afternoon and executed our plan to the best of our ability. We still have work to do, but it was a good win for us."

The final race of the day was the Grand Final of the second varsity four. The race was neck-and-neck between the four teams at the midway point, but Stanford dropped behind late to finish fourth.

In the team standings, the Cardinal sits tied for third with USC as each school has five points. Brown and Cal each sit atop the team standings with six points.

Sunday will be the final day of the Lake Natoma Invitational. Racing will start at 8 a.m. Stanford's first race will be the varsity four at 8:30 a.m. The Cardinal will be racing against No. 9 Notre Dame and No. 20 University of San Diego.

Baseball

Stanford fell behind early in its Pac-12 Conference game against Washington Saturday evening on its way to a 7-2 loss in front of 1,585 fans at Husky Ballpark.

Three Cardinal players had two hits, including Alex Blandino, Brett Michael Doran and Zach Hoffpauir, as Stanford totaled 10 for the game. The Cardinal stranded 11 base runners.

Stanford (11-16, 3-8 Pac-12) did rally back for runs in the third and fourth to cut the lead in half, but flashy defensive play by Washington limited the Cardinal's production.

Center fielder Braden Bishop turned an Alex Blandino home run into a sac fly by leaping above the wall in the third and second baseman Andrew Ely came up with a diving play to rob Drew Jackson with the bases loaded and save at least one run in the fourth.

Hoffpauir had Stanford's other RBI on a single a single to right field before Jackson's groundout. The sophomore outfielder has been on a tear of late, as he has multiple hits in six of the last nine games.

Men's crew

No. 12 Stanford squared off against No. 3 Washington in head-to-head action Saturday on the Montlake Cut in Seattle.

"I thought our guys came out and gave us a hopeful performance," said head coach Craig Amerkhanian. "We came out fast and Washington is a very good team. We are in a good place to keep improving and take that next step to build towards the end of the season."

The Cardinal's first race was the varsity eight. The Huskies got off to a clean start and Stanford was right with them through the first 500 meters of the race. Washington would end up pulling away as the race went on to win by 10 seconds. The Cardinal crossed the finish line in 5:48.26.

The second varsity eight could not keep up with Washington's boat. With a time of 6:15.39, Stanford would come in almost 22 seconds behind the Huskies.

Washington sent its freshmen eight up against Stanford's third varsity eight in the other race on Saturday. The Cardinal posted a time of 6:10.33, but the Huskies raced to victory in a time of 5:50.41.

Stanford travels to Vancouver, Wash. for more racing on Sunday. The Cardinal will have three races against No. 18 Oregon State starting at 8:30 a.m.

Sailing

Stanford is 2 for 2 after the first day of sailing competition, one on the east coast and once off the west coast.

At the PCCSC South 5 race near the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier in southern California, the Cardinal shrugged off an eight-place finish in its first race to finish second or better in 10 of the next 12 races to take the lead.

Stanford remained first through the last five races to hold a lead over host USC. Santa Clara is in third.

At the Thompson Trophy on the Thames, the Cardinal grabbed the top spot by the third race and continues its smooth sailing the rest of the way. The race was placed on hold for a few hours due to unstable weather conditions.

St. Mary's College of Maryland is in second place behind Stanford. South Florida ranks third.

— Stanford Athletics

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