Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - March 25, 2011

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CARDINAL CORNER . . . The Stanford women swam to a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships paced by freshman Maya DiRado's runnerup finish in the 200-yard individual medley and third-place showing in the 400 IM. At 1:54.66, DiRado trails only Julia Smit in Stanford history. DiRado's 4:01.20 time in the 400 IM bettered her No. 3 ranking. She was a four-time All-American overall. Kate Dwelley was a national runnerup in the 100 free on the final day, giving the senior seven top-16 finishes and 23 in her career. Liz Smith closed out her career as a four-time All-American in the 200 breast. Senior diver Meg Hostage earned All-American honors by finishing third in the one-meter and seventh in the platform . . . Stanford's wrestlers posted their best-ever showing at the NCAA Championships last weekend in Philadelphia, placing 11th. Junior Nick Amuchastegui (174 pounds) became just the second Cardinal wrestler to reach an NCAA final and earned his second career All-America honor with his second-place finish. Joining Amuchastegui as All-Americans were senior Zack Giesen (197 pounds) and sophomore Ryan Mango (125 pounds), each of whom placed sixth. It marks the first time in the 95-year history of wrestling at Stanford that the Cardinal has produced three All-Americans in the same season . . . The men's golf team is seeking its first tournament title this academic year and is expected to battle No. 3 Alabama this weekend at the Linger Longer Invitational in Eatonton, Ga. It will be Stanford's first action in three weeks. The field consists of 13 teams, and No. 16 Stanford is among five ranked among the Golfweek/Sagarin Top 50. Stanford has lost twice to Alabama during a pair of fall tournaments, at the Olympia Fields (Ill.) Fighting Illini Invitational and the Islesworth (Fla.) Collegiate Invitational, though the Cardinal did beat Georgia in the latter. Stanford's Andrew Yun, at No. 5, is the highest-ranked golfer in the field . . . Stanford has retained the overall lead in the first winter Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings with 674 points. The Cardinal placed fourth at the NCAA swimming championship;s, eighth in men's indoor track and field, 11th in wrestling and 15th in women's indoor track and field. Penn State moved into second place with 528.25 points while Florida State is third with 505.50.

COACHING CORNER . . . Sacred Heart Prep is seeking a girls' varsity basketball head coach for next season. All interested applicants should contact SHP Athletic Director Frank Rodriguez via email at frodriguez@shschools.org or by phone at (650) 473-4031 . . . Menlo-Atherton High School is looking for an assistant volleyball coach. Anyone interested should contact Mary Podesta at mpodesta@seq.org.

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