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Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - July 26, 2013

Stanford's Brown suffers another ACL tear

Cardinal basketball senior forward sustains his fourth knee injury and will miss his third season since arriving on The Farm

Senior forward Andy Brown will miss yet another basketball season due to an ACL tear; this time in his right knee. Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins made the announcement on Wednesday.

Brown sustained the injury during a team workout on Tuesday. Brown suffered his fourth ACL tear, and the third since arriving at Stanford in the fall of 2009. The first three injuries were to his left knee.

"Everyone associated with our program is saddened by Andy's latest injury," Dawkins said. "Nobody has worked harder to get back into playing shape, having already experienced three tears and waiting two full years before putting on a uniform. What makes this even more disappointing is Andy had already passed the initial test of getting back on the court."

The latest injury represents yet another setback for Brown, who has grown accustomed to working hard throughout the rehab process and successfully bouncing back. Brown was coming off the first full season of his college career, averaging 6.2 points and 2.8 rebounds while shooting a team-best 48.5 percent from the field.

"He was a highly productive player for our team last year and we were fully counting on him to be a key contributor again this season," Dawkins said. "More importantly, his presence and leadership will be extremely difficult to replace. Andy is a fighter, he will bounce back and has the full support of the Stanford basketball family."

He scored in double figures five times, totaling a career-high 17 points on three occasions while playing at least 25 minutes in 16 games. In addition to proving his durability by competing in 33 games and making 20 starts, Brown was even more valuable as an inspirational team leader for a young squad.

"I just want to thank all of my teammates and coaches during the past four years who have always been there to support and encourage me," said Brown. "I never would have been able to battle back through these injuries without their help. Even though this is a difficult way to end my career, I feel grateful to have been able to wear a Stanford uniform and contribute to such a great program and university. I will do everything I can to help the team from the sideline this year and am looking forward to all that we will accomplish."

Brown sat out his freshman year as a medical redshirt after tearing the ACL in his left knee on the Cardinal's first day of practice. That setback was the second in a 10-month span for Brown, who was already recovering from an ACL tear in the same knee back in January of 2009, cutting short his senior season at Mater Dei High.

The next year, Brown again tore his left ACL in an August team workout, forcing him to miss 2010-11.

Brown got on the court during the 2011-12 season and helped Stanford win the postseason NIT championship. In nine games, Brown totaled 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Brown has appeared in 42 career games with the Cardinal, including 20 starts. He averaged 5.1 points and 2.4 rebounds per game while shooting 48.8 percent (86-176) from the field, 35.0 percent (14-40) from three-point territory and 51.7 percent (30-58) from the foul line.

Golf

Stanford's Cameron Wilson and Andrew Yun were recognized for their work in the classroom this week, being named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars.

To be eligible for the honor, an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in three full years at the collegiate level, participate in 50 percent of his team's competitive rounds or at the NCAA Championships have a stroke average under 76.0 (for Division I candidates) and maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.2.

Wilson and Yun were among 152 Division I student-athletes honored. In 2012-13 Wilson led the Cardinal with a stroke average of 71.4 over 28 rounds and posted five top-10 finishes en route to being named to the PING All-Region West team. Yun recorded a stroke average of 72.1 over 22 rounds with a pair of top-10 finishes and was named Pac-12 Men's Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Swimming

Former Stanford All-American swimmer Geoff Cheah broke five Hong Kong records during last week's World University Games in Kazan, Russia.

Cheah, who completed his Stanford career in 2012, made it to the semifinals in each of his three individual events. He missed the finals of the 100-meter free by 0.10 seconds, finishing 11th with a lifetime-best and Hong Kong record 49.69.

In the 100 fly, Cheah posted a record 53.70 and broke the 50 fly Hong Kong record at the halfway mark in 24.60. Cheah went 53.95 in the finals for 15th.

Cheah went 22.76 in the 50 free for another lifetime best, missing the finals by 0.18 to take 13th.

Cheah's 57.28 in his backstroke leg of the 400 medley relay broke another Hong Kong record.

Cheah will be competing for Hong Kong in the 50 free at the upcoming FINA World Championships taking place in Barcelona, Spain. Cheah's race will be held Friday, Aug. 2.

Elsewhere:

The Stanford men and women will be among the nearly 1,000 entrants from around the world competing at the 2013 U.S. Open set for July 30-Aug. 3 at the William Woollett, Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine.

Two-time Olympians Cullen Jones and Amanda Weir will headline the event, which runs concurrently with the swimming portion of the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain.

Other Olympic medalists scheduled to swim include Tyler McGill, Stanford's Lia Neal and Haley Anderson, who is fresh off a gold medal in the 5K event at the FINA Open Water Championships.

The meet will also host more than 100 international swimmers, including South Africa's Roland Schoeman, Sebastian Rousseau and Darian Townsend and Japan's Noriko Inada.

The action begins Tuesday, July 30 with prelims at 9 a.m., followed by finals at 6 p.m.

A live webcast of the entire meet will be streamed online via usaswimming.org.

The U.S. Open, which is making its first-ever visit to California, was first held in 1985. In 2012, the meet was held in Indianapolis.

Upon the conclusion of the U.S. Open, the 2013 Speedo Junior National Championships will take over the same facility and run from Aug. 5-9.

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