Staab helps Stanford men outswim the Tigers


Senior Austin Staab picked up where he left off, winning two official events and recording the top time in an exhibition and the Stanford men's swimming team downed visiting Pacific, 159-92, Saturday in a nonconference meet.

Staab, the NCAA 100 fly champion in 2009 and school record holder in the 200 free and 100 fly, took a leave of absence from school last spring for personal reasons.

The 13-time All-American was welcomed back as he led the third-ranked Cardinal to the dual meet win.

Staab won the 200 free in a time of 1:40.67, two seconds ahead of teammate Aaron Wayne. He also won the 100 free in 45.42, five-tenths ahead of Cardinal swimmer Alex Coville (45.47). Staab went 50.40 in the 100 fly, the fastest time of the event but he did not score any points as he swam the event as an exhibition.

Robert Lovelace and Matthew Swanston each swam to a pair of victories against the Tigers.

Lovelace swept the breast with times of 56.73 in the 100 and 2:03.25 in the 200. Swanston won the 100 back with a time of 49.9, and then won the 200 back with a time of 1:47.45.

Stanford (2-0) travels to Tucson to meet Arizona in the Pac-10 opener on Jan. 21.

Women's swimming

Five different swimmers won two events and top ranked Stanford beat visiting Pacific, 143-105, Saturday in a nonconference meet.

Freshmen Andie Taylor and Felicia Lee, sophomore Andi Murez and seniors Kelsey Ditto and Liz Smith each recorded a pair of victories for the Cardinal.

Ditto won the 1,000 free with a time of 10:00.52 and then won the 500 free, passing freshman teammate Allison Arnold late in the race to win in 4:56.97.

Taylor twice pulled away from her Cardinal teammates down the stretch to pick up her wins. In the 200 free, Taylor and her freshman classmate, Maya DiRado were neck and neck until Taylor finished with a time of 1:48.99, .25 seconds ahead of DiRado. In the 200 fly, Taylor pulled away from Kaia Simmons and Jessie Hammes to finish in first with a time of 2:02.74.

Smith closed out the individual events with a win in the 200 IM, swimming 2:03.38 after winning the 100 breast with a mark of 1:03.01. Taylor was also second in the 200 IM.

Murez won the 100 back with a time of 56.19, and followed that with a win in the 100 free (49.89). Lee won the 200 back (1:59.14) and the 100 fly (54.01).

The Cardinal is in action at dual meets at Arizona and Arizona State on January 21 and 22.


Nick Amuchastegui, Timmy Boone, Kyle Meyer and Greg Alvarez each recorded a pin as Stanford downed host Menlo College, 39-1, in a nonconference meet Saturday.

Lenny Romero recorded a pin for the Oaks.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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