Uploaded: Friday, February 1, 2013, 7:07 PM
Updated: Saturday, February 2, 2013, 12:25 AM
Pool records fall for Stanford women swimmers
|The second-ranked Stanford women's swimming team set a pair of pool records Friday en route to a 165-135 victory over visiting No. 12 UCLA in Pac-12 Conference action.
Maddy Schaefer, in the 50 free, and Felicia Lee, in the 100 back, set pool marks at the Avery Aquatic Center.
The win was the fourth straight, and the third against as many ranked opponents, for the Cardinal (6-1). Stanford closes out the home portion of its schedule Saturday against top-ranked USC at noon.
"We had some real nice performances from top to bottom," Stanford coach Greg Meehan said. "As a whole, we managed the meet really well and took care of our individual business to help the team come away with a victory. Now we shift our focus to be even better tomorrow."
Schaefer went 22.27 to set the pool's 50 free record, finishing over one second ahead of Julia Ama (23.57). Alex Whitford (23.62) shot through to complete the sweep for the Cardinal.
California's Liv Jensen, a Palo Alto High grad, held the previous pool record, which stood since 2008.
Lee broke her own record in the 100 back, going 52.99 in the 100 back. Andi Murez (55.09) was second. Lee and Schaefer also helped guide Stanford's 200 medley relay to a win in 1:39.08 to start the meet.
Emma Ivory-Ganja (285.38) won the 1-meter event, out-scoring Stanford's Stephanie Phipps (282.23) and Sloane Brazina (269.18). Phipps got back on top with 317.85 points to win the 3-meter battle.
Allison Brown (9:55.41) took second in the 1,000 free and came back after the first break to win the 500 free in 4:51.18. Maya DiRado (1:47.42) shouldered the load with a victory in the 200 free.
KC Moss (1:02.74) boosted the Cardinal with a 100 breast win and Sarah Haase added to the total by claiming gold in the 200 breast with a 2:13.92.
UCLA's Noelle Tarazona took the 200 fly by winning the event in 1:57.71 as Ting Quah (53.39) won the 100 fly to give the Bruins the sweep.
Andie Taylor (2:01.49) was second in the 200 individual medley with Anna Senko (2:01.37) winning the race for UCLA.
Murez, Schaefer, Ama and Whitford ended the meet with a win in the 200 free relay by going 1:31.38.
Steven Irvin recorded four of his career-high 27 kills and had a pair of service aces in Stanford's final eight points of a dramatic five-set victory over host Hawaii on Friday night.
The fourth-ranked Cardinal (4-2 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, 6-2 overall) needed to survive six set points to rally for a 33-31 victory in the third set.
Jake Kneller, who had 10 kills and 14 digs, and Irvin each recorded a kill to get Stanford to set point.
Stanford won 25-23, 22-25, 33-31, 20-25, 15-9, in a match that lasted well over three hours in front of a boisterous crowd at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu.
Irvin added eight blocks and recorded a hitting percentage of .548. Brian Cook added 20 kills and another eight digs while setter James Shaw had 53 assists and nine digs. Grant Delgado added 15 digs.
The same two teams get to do it all over again Saturday night at the same location.
Track and field
Victories by Katie Nelms, Kristyn Williams, and the men's distance medley relay highlighted the first day for Stanford athletes at the Armory Collegiate Invitational indoor track and field meet Friday inside the venerable Fort Washington Avenue Armory in uptown Manhattan.
Nelms captured the 60 meters in a personal best 7.61 seconds, the ninth-fastest time in school history.
Williams won the 500 in her first meet at that distance. Her time of 1:13.39 came out of the "college" section, but still was faster than anyone from the "championship" section, earning Williams the overall victory.
In the DMR, Michael Atchoo ran a 3:58.7 split over 1,600 meters to anchor Stanford to the title in a riveting duel. Stanford's team of Tyler Stutzman (1,200, 2:54.7), Spencer Chase (400, 48.1), Luke Lefebure (800, 1:52.3), and Atchoo clocked 9:34.20 to win. But Atchoo had to run down Oregon and Arkansas, and then hold them off, to carry out the victory.
"That was a great last lap," Stanford coach Chris Miltenberg said. "The team ran with a lot of maturity, composure, and toughness. We needed to get in a good race and compete really well."
Stanford, which has competed three times on University of Washington's 307-meter flat track this season, had to adjust to the tight 200-meter banked track at the Armory.
"It was old-school indoor track … rock and roll," Miltenberg said. "It was crowded and you had to be physical."
That was the case in the women's DMR. Stanford's team of Amy Weissenbach (3:20.0 for 1,200), Kori Carter (53.6), Joy O'Hare (2:10.6), and Jessica Tonn (4:42.5) waded through a bunched field to finish fourth in 11:06.46, the seventh-fastest time in Stanford history.
Carter was seventh in the 60 hurdles against a stacked field that featured Clemson's Briana Rollins, running her first hurdles race since setting her collegiate-record 7.78 three weeks ago, and 10 of the top 25 performers in the nation. Of those 11 top-25 hurdlers, seven were within the top 10, making for a potential indoor championships preview.
Rollins won in a meet record 7.93, but Carter, Stanford's school record holder, maintained her consistently high level, and Nelms' time of 8.37 in the prelims was faster than anyone besides the two have ever run at Stanford.
Stanford middle-distance runners will be in the spotlight on Saturday, on the final day of the two-day competition. The 'championship' mile events will include seven Cardinal men and six women.
No. 18 Stanford collected its second shutout of the season on Friday afternoon, beating No. 48 BYU, 7-0, at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
The Cardinal (3-1) swiftly captured the doubles point, dropping 10 games combined while sweeping all three courts.
Robert Stineman and John Morrissey followed with identical 6-1, 6-2 victories on courts five and one, respectively, to extend Stanford's lead to 3-0.
Maciek Romanowicz came through with the clincher, breezing past Keaton Cullimore 6-0, 6-3 at the No. 4 spot.
Stanford is back in action on Tuesday, hosting TCU at 11:30 a.m.
Stanford dropped an 18-15 decision to host Utah Valley in a nonconference meet Friday.
Stanford (5-13) and Utah Valley each won five bouts on the night, but the Wolverines scored bonus points in three of their five to capture the dual win.
Stanford redshirt freshman Evan Silver posted a come-from-behind win over Jade Rauser at 125 pounds. Stanford junior Kyle Meyer earned a 2-1 decision over Chase Cuthbertson at 157 pounds and
junior Bret Baumbach rode the momentum into his match, posting a 5-2 decision over Abner Cook at 165 pounds.
Stanford's Michael Sojka picked up a 3-2 overtime decision over David Prieto at 197 pounds and junior heavyweight Dan Scherer posted the final win for the Cardinal, a 3-2 decision over Adam Fager.
Stanford continues its road trip at Boise State on Sunday.
Stanford seniors Teagan Gerhart and Jenna Rich and sophomore Hanna Winter are among the 50 players named to the initial USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year award watch list.
Gerhart is a three-time All-Pac-12 Conference pick and a three-time All-West Region selection. She has won Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week honors five times and three-time National Player of the Week honoree. Gerhart is third all-time at Stanford in career wins (80) and strikeouts (628), fourth in career shutouts (23) and innings pitched (709.2) and ninth in career ERA (2.14).
Rich is a returning All-American for the Cardinal. She is a three-time All-Pac-12 pick and a two-time All-West Region first team selection.
Winter, one of eight sophomores named to the watch list, was a first team All-Pac-12 selection and second team All-West Region pick last season.
Stanford grad Ashley Hansen won the award two years ago.
The No. 20 The Cardinal opens the season on Thursday against Bradley in the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe.
— Stanford Athletics
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