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Stanford's McNealy shoots 74 in opening round of U.S. Open

The first round of the 114th U.S. Open Championships is over for a pair of Stanford golfers, who need to make some improvements if they wish to be playing in Sunday's final round.


Cardinal freshman Maverick McNealy and senior teammate Cameron Wilson both made their debuts on Thursday at the tough Pinehurst No. 2 Course in The Village of Pinehurst, N.C.

McNealy, with his father Scott as his caddie, did get off to a good start after teeing off on the 10th to start his round. He birdied the 385-yard, par-4 13th, but bogeyed the 17th and 18th holes to finish at 1-over 36.

On the front nine, McNealy was 2-over through 12 holes but suffered a double-bogey on the 497-yard, par-4 fourth. A bogey on the par-4 seventh dropped him to 5-over before McNealy birdied the 179-yard, par-3 ninth to finish 38-36-74.

He was six shots behind the early leaders.

Wilson, who last month won the NCAA individual title, was four shots behind his teammate after suffering though eight bogeys during an 8-over 78. He'll need a drastic improvement in order to make the cut.

Basketball

Stanford fans will have a unique opportunity to catch both defending NCAA champions in 2014-15, as Connecticut's men's and women's teams are scheduled to visit Maples Pavilion.

The women's matchup is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 17, tipping at 6 p.m. and televised on ESPN. The men's contest is slated for Saturday, Jan. 17, also airing on the ESPN network with a tip time to be announced.

One of the greatest rivalries currently in women's basketball, Stanford and two-time defending national champion Connecticut have met 10 times over the past seven seasons with four of those matchups occurring at the NCAA Final Four.

In one of the most significant moments in college basketball history, the Cardinal ended Connecticut's NCAA-record 90-game winning streak in front of a packed Maples Pavilion and a rapt national-TV audience on Dec. 30, 2010, as Jeanette Pohlen produced 31 points, nine rebounds and six assists in Stanford's 71-59 victory.

On the men's side, Stanford's 53-51 upset of No. 10/10 Connecticut last December in Hartford represented a signature victory for the Cardinal, which was the only nonconference opponent to defeat to the Huskies on their way to a national title.

Sailing

Six Stanford sailors earned All-America honors, marking the most in a single season in program history, as announced by the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association.

The Cardinal had two representatives in each of the three categories of All-Americans, including coed, crew and women.

Kieran Chung was named a coed All-American and was joined by Kevin Laube who received honorable mention honors.

The duo is coming off an impressive performance at the Gill Coed Championship where they helped Stanford earn its highest finish in program history, placing fourth among 18 teams.

Yuri Namikawa and Carolyn Ortel earned crew All-America honors. The award is the third of Ortel's career and is the first of Namikawa's.

The pair had a busy 10 days at nationals this spring with Namikawa competing in all three competitions and Ortel racing in the APS Team Race and Gill Coed Championship. Ortel and Namikawa helped Stanford earned its first podium finish at the team race championship since 1996.

Sarah Mace and Molly McKinney notched women's All-American honorable mention accolades. It is the second award for Mace, also earning recognition in 2012, and the first for McKinney.

The pair helped lead Stanford to a 12th-place finish at the Sperry Top-Sider Women's Nationals and their contributions throughout the season guided Stanford to a second-place result in the Fowle Trophy.

The ICSA All-America Team is selected by a committee of coaches who represent the seven conferences in the ICSA. The committee evaluates a competitor based on their competitive record in inter-conference competition as well as conference and national championships to select All-American skippers.

For All-American crew selections, the committee also considers demonstrated leadership, outstanding body mechanics and boat handling skills along with results.

Stanford earned a second-place finish in the Fowle Trophy, the Cardinal's best result in the point series competition in program history.

The Fowle Trophy is a competition based on teams' finishes at the six national championships throughout the year. The Cardinal finished with 76.67 points, trailing only Yale with 84.91 points. The second-place mark also ranks the highest of any Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference member all-time.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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