Uploaded: Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 7:36 PM
Updated: Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 8:37 PM
Stanford golfers finish fall season with strong showing
|The Stanford's men's golf team completed its fall schedule with a second-place finish at the Gifford Collegiate at CordeValle on Tuesday, carding rounds of 353-355-362 (1,070) on the way to its fourth top-five finish in five events. The Cardinal finished eight shots behind UCLA.
Cameron Wilson tied for second. The junior fired an opening round course-record 61 to go with consecutive rounds of 74 (209, -4) to close out the event.
Patrick Rodgers and David Boote tied for ninth, finishing one-over (214). Rodgers carded rounds of 72-70-72 and Boote 72-71-71 as the pair continued its strong first-half play.
Dominick Francks tied for 20th. The freshman posted rounds of 74-69-75 (218, +5) on the way to his best finish of the season.
Steve Kearney and Shane Lebow tied for 41st (223, +10).
Stanford tees off its spring season February 6 at the Amer Ami Invitational.
Patrick Grimes, competing as an individual, finished tied for 16th. The sophomore shot rounds of 76-66-75 (217, +4) in his best finish of the season.
Keegan English, also competing as an individual, carded rounds of 80-78-75 (233, +20) to finish 67th.
Junior Carly Wopat put down 12 kills while hitting .706 as top-ranked Stanford downed visiting Washington State, 25-19, 25-21, 25-15, in a Pac-12 Conference match Wednesday night.
Rachel Williams added 11 kills and recorded a hitting percentage of .429 as the Cardinal (15-0, 23-2) won its 22nd consecutive match.
Brittany Howard added 10 kills and 12 digs for Stanford, which hosts No. 5 Washington on Thursday night at 8 p.m.
The Cardinal is three matches up in the loss column on the rest of the conference with five remaining to play.
Stanford plays top 10 teams in each of its next three matches and finishes with Cal, which has a victory over Oregon.
Madi Bugg had 22 assists and Kyle Gilbert had 11 digs.
A refreshing midweek triple-distance meet between Stanford and Cal provided a bit of everything for racing enthusiasts Wednesday at the Avery Aquatic Center.
While there was no overall team score for the event, the Cardinal and Golden Bears split the six individual events and a pair of relays on the day.
Typically held the week of the Big Game between the two school's football programs, the competition did not lack any elements of the long-standing rivalry.
Stanford and Cal will go head-to-head later this season in a dual meet on Feb. 23 at the Golden Bears' Spieker Aquatics Complex.
"We had some things we wanted to focus on today and we wanted to swim fast while having fun," Stanford coach Ted Knapp said. "That's exactly what this triple-distance meet did for us. It's a very honest format.
"We got exactly what we wanted out of this meet. For the most part, everyone had four great races. There was no real strategy today except for racing hard. It was like a quality workout. All in all, it was a great opportunity for us to race at a very high level on short rest."
Because of the non-standard event schedule, the meet did not count towards either team's dual meet record.
The swimmers were divided into specialty groups and competed against one another in three races to determine a winner in each of swimming's six event domains: sprint (50, 100, 50 free), distance (200, 500, 1,000 free), fly (50, 100, 200), breast (50, 100, 200), back (50, 100, 200) and individual medley (100, 200, 400). The winners were recognized in each domain as the swimmer with the fast cumulative times from the three events.
The meet was sandwiched between last week's 184-104 handling of Wisconsin and served as a final tuneup for the upcoming Arena Invitational (Nov. 15-17) held in Long Beach, Calif. Stanford will send its divers to Tucson, Ariz., for the Arizona Diving Invite (Nov. 16-17).
"The Wisconsin meet was great for us," Knapp said. "They like to race fast when they travel. We saw that, and our guys stepped up and did a great job."
Jack Lane (2:59.95) won the fly portion with Chris Pickard (3:01.79) claiming the same honor in the fly.
Cal's Marcin Tarczynski (2:58.28) was the back champion with Matthew Swanston (2:58.70) taking second.
Trevor Hoyt (3:21.96) won the breast portion for Cal in front of Mason Shaw (3:25.07) and Sebastian Wigstrom (3:31.17).
Sprinter Aaron Wayne (2:44.60) led a trio of Cardinal freestylers to the top of the 50-100-200 standings. Andrew Saeta (2:45.29) was behind Wayne and less than a half second ahead of Sean Duggan (2:45.51).
Josh Prenot (6:34.99) won the IM portion for the Golden Bears as Gary Umbach (6:37.92) and Matt Thompson (6:40.13) were close behind.
Jeremy Bagshaw (15:18.00) won the 200-500-1,000 free. Stanford's highest finishers were third-place Drew Cosgarea (15:30.59) and fourth-place Danny Thompson (15:36.79).
Stanford won the 200 medley relay in 1:29.28 while finishing second in the 200 free relay (1:21.65).
— Stanford Athletics
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