Press earns national women's soccer honor

Swimmers dominate at Arena Invitational in Long Beach

Stanford senior forward Christen Press was named National Player of the Season by on Thursday. A co-winner with teammate Kelley O'Hara in 2009, Press becomes the first repeat winner.

As the season draws nearer to a conclusion, the accolades are starting to come in for Press, who already has been named Pac-10 Player of the Year.

Press has led Stanford to a 20-0-2 record and No. 1 ranking through the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinal plays host to Pac-10 rival UCLA on Friday night at 7 p.m.

Press leads the nation in goals (23) and points (53), and is within three goals of matching O'Hara's year-old school single-season record. It's one of the few records Press doesn't have yet.

Press is one of three Stanford players on's Team of the Season, joining sophomore outside back Rachel Quon and junior midfielder Teresa Noyola on the first team.

In addition, sophomore central defender Alina Garciamendez was named to the third team and junior forward Lindsay Taylor received honorable mention honors. In addition, goalkeeper Emily Oliver received honorable mention on the All-Rookie Team.

Women's swimming

Betsy Webb set individual meet records in the 50 free, the 200 free and was part of a mett record 400 medley relay as the Stanford women swept the first six events of the Arena Invitational on Thursday.

Freshman Andie Taylor broke the meet record in the 500 free with a 4:40.91. Fellow freshman Maya DiRado won the 200 IM in 1:56.28.

Webb time of 22.26 in the 50 free, beat three teammates in the finals and bettered her record mark of 22.34 last year. Webb finished ahead of Sam Woodward (22.44) and Kate Dwelley (22.54) in a sweep for Stanford.

The Stanford 200 free relay team opened up the night session with a meet record 1:29.07 with Webb, Woodward, Andi Murez and Dwelley beginning a fast night for the Cardinal.

Webb led off the final event of the night as she was joined by Liz Smith, Felicia Lee and Kate Dwelley in setting the meet record in the 400 medley relay with a 3:38.09.

Taylor swam a meet record in the 500 free style as one of three Cardinal in the A Final. Taylor swam 4:40.91, nearly a second ahead of Kelsey Ditto's 2009 record of 4:41.30. Ditto was third this year (4:47.99).

Men's swimming

Alex Coville was a part of two record setting sprints as the Stanford men won five of six events on the first of three days at the Arena Invitational at Belmont Plaza Pool on Thursday.

Coville led off the 200 free relay and then watched as Jake Allen touched the wall first with a meet record 1:18.80, breaking Stanford's previous best set in 2007 (1:19.71).

Coville continued his night by surpassing an 18-year-old meet record of 19.60, bettering UCLA's Brian Kurza 1992 record of 19.71.

Stanford also set the meet record in the 400 medley relay, with Matt Thompson swimming the first leg (back), followed by John Criste (breast), Bobby Bollier (fly) and Aaron Wayne (free) for a time of 3:12.57.

Bollier led the way in the 500 free with a time of 4:19.42.

Women's gymnastics

Stanford signed three-time junior national champion Samantha Shapiro and Pauline Hanset, a superb all-around competitor with international experience, to letters of intent to compete for the Cardinal in 2012, coach Kristen Smyth announced Thursday.

The signing class boosts the fortunes of an already strong program that has eight NCAA top 10 finishes since 2001, and has reached the Super Six finals three of the past four years.

"Sami and Pauline are going to be great additions to our program and to the Stanford community at large," Smyth said. "They are team players and natural leaders."

— PA Weekly Online Sports

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