Uploaded: Thursday, February 7, 2013, 4:26 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 7, 2013, 8:25 PM
National swim honor for Stanford's Felicia Lee
|Stanford junior Felicia Lee was named the Counsilman Hunsaker National Division I Women's Swimmer of the Week, as announced recently by CollegeSwimming.com.
A native of Wayne, N.J., Lee led the Stanford women's swimming and diving team to Pac-12 Conference dual meet wins last week over No. 1 USC and No. 12 UCLA.
Lee set an Avery Aquatic Center record in the 100-yard back (52.99) against UCLA while also claiming wins in the 200 back and the 200 medley relay.
One day after downing the Bruins, Lee reset her 100 back record with a 52.90 against top-ranked USC. Lee also won the 100 fly (52.23) and was part of a pair of winning relays. Lee posted a 53.17 split in the fly leg of the 400 medley relay to help set a pool record in 3:36.22 and went 22.66 in her portion of the 200 free relay.
Stanford returns to the water with a noon showdown on Feb. 16 at Cal. The meet will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks.
Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe announced the eight players who signed letters of intent to play for the Cardinal next fall, including 17-year-old goalkeeper Jane Campbell, currently in camp with the full U.S. national team.
The class also features seven Californians, five Bay Area products, three members of the U.S. under-18 player pool, and the reigning California player of the year.
The Stanford women's soccer class of 2017: Stephanie Amack (Pleasanton, Calif.), Maddie Bauer (Newport Beach, Calif.), Jane Campbell (Kennesaw, Ga.), Siobhan Cox (Los Altos Hills, Calif.), Nathalie Marie (Berkeley, Calif.), Carly Olszewski (Upland, Calif.), Megan Turner (Danville, Calif.), and Ryan Walker-Hartshorn (Oakland, Calif.).
The class will strengthen a program coming off its fifth consecutive NCAA College Cup appearance and fourth consecutive Pac-12 Conference championship.
"We are very excited to announce the addition of eight exceptional student-athletes to our program," Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe said. "They all have unique qualities which will help rebuild our team after graduating a strong senior class in 2012."
The Cardinal returns six starters and 19 players from a team that went 21-2-1, extended its conference winning streak to 42 and its home unbeaten streak to 67.
Stanford loses senior All-Americans Alina Garciadmendez, Mariah Nogueira, and Rachel Quon, but returns 2011 All-America goalkeeper Emily Oliver, as well as regulars in defense, midfield, and all of its starting forwards.
Stanford is in ninth place at four-under-par 572 Thursday heading into the final round of the Amer Ari Invitational at the Waikoloa Kings' Course on the Big Island.
Stanford had three even-par finishes and two comeback scores from sophomore Patrick Rodgers and junior Cameron Wilson for a two-under-par 285 second round.
Two early birdies and an eagle pushed Rodgers to a two-under-par 70 leading the team on the second day. Rodgers, who was overcome by bogeys at the start of the tournament, came back strong after an initial five-over-par finish.
"I was comfortable with my game [in the first round but things just didn't go my way," said Rodgers who is tied for 65th at three under par. "So in the second round, I just tried to continue feeling comfortable, hitting good shots, and capitalizing on the opportunities. I got off to a pretty shaky start, missed a few putts, but didn't hit the ball quite as well as I did yesterday, [although I did a much better job at managing my round and scoring better."
Wilson, who was facing a two-over-par deficit, finished one-under with four birdies on the front nine to tie him for 45th.
"My goal was to be very patient with myself," said Wilson. "The rounds were long and with the green grass around the green there's potential to get a few weird bounces. My goal was to be patient, accepting of the bounces good or bad, and take advantage of the par-5s."
Ten teams, including Stanford, shot under par today, mixing the leaderboard landscape. Washington (555) completed the second round with a 13-under-par first-place finish, overtaking UCLA by two strokes while the Cardinal held on.
"The guys battled hard and made a lot of nice pars," said The Knowles Family Director of Golf Conrad Ray. "We needed a little bit more offense today. I think they felt like they could have made a little bit more birdies while some other teams went lower than we did. I think it all evens out in the end."
Seniors Andrew Yun and Steve Kearney, along with freshman David Boote, kept their birdies and bogeys balanced for even-par finishes.
Kearney, who led the team yesterday, is tied for 16th and continues to be the team frontrunner at three-under. Following close behind is Yun tied for 30th at one-under. Also with two steady rounds, Boote tied for 45th at one-over.
"I had a couple of birdies early on and unfortunately could not finish it off in the end with a couple of silly bogies," said Boote. "But it was an improvement by one shot from yesterday so I'm fairly happy."
Individual Shane Lebow finished four-over for a second round of 76. The junior now ties 89th at six over par.
Heading into the final round, what they learned the first two days will play out.
"I think they managed their mental games in fashion today and hopefully they'll come out aggressive tomorrow with a lot of confidence," said Ray. "We haven't played our best round of the tournament yet and we're waiting for that tomorrow."
Nationally No. 5 Stanford put away No. 49 San Diego, 5-2, in nonconference action on Thursday night in the start of a two-game Southern California road swing.
The match was originally scheduled for Friday at noon, but was moved up one day due to expected rainy weather.
In a contest that lasted more than four hours, the Cardinal (2-0) locked up the doubles point and nabbed victories at the top four spots of the singles lineup.
The No. 3 duo of Natalie Dillon and Krista Hardebeck posted an 8-5 win at the No. 3 spot after the first two doubles matches split.
Kristie Ahn (6-2, 6-1 at No. 3) and Nicole Gibbs (6-2, 6-2 at No. 1) then cruised to easy victories, giving Stanford a 3-0 lead.
San Diego cut the deficit to 3-1 thanks to a 6-4, 7-6 (2) victory from Marta Stojanovic on court five.
Ellen Tsay provided the clincher, winning 6-0, 6-2 at the No. 4 spot.
Stanford next faces No. 33 Pepperdine on Saturday at noon.
— Stanford Athletics
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