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Stanford senior women finish home swimming careers 22-0

 

Seniors Kate Dwelley and Meg Hostage helped their class finish their home careers on a high note as each won two events and the top-ranked Stanford women's swimming team beat visiting USC, 161 1/2-136 1/2, Saturday.

Dwelley won the 100 free and 200 free, anchored the winning 400 free relay team and finished second in the 50 free. Hostage won both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events. The five seniors have been involved in a sparkling 35-1 dual meet career thus far, including 22-0 at home.

Samantha Woodward just outtouched Dwelley to take the 50 free for the Cardinal (8-0), which travels to Berkeley for its final dual meet of the season against California in two weeks.

Freshman Maya DiRado also won two events, the 100 back (54.05) and leading a 1-2-3 sweep in the 200 back with a time of 1:56.85. She was also second in the 200 IM (1:59.72). In the 100 back, DiRado came from behind to beat Presley Bard (54.20) by making up four tenths of a second over the final 50 yards.

Felicia Lee was also a winner for the third time on the weekend. Lee held off a late charging Yumi So from lane two to win the 200 fly.

Track and field

Elliott Heath punched his ticket for the NCAA Indoor Championships and Amaechi Morton added another victory to his resume at the Razorback Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday.

Heath ran a personal-best 7:52.27 to win the 3,000 meters, ranking him No. 4 in the event in school history.

Morton improved his own school record in the indoor 400 meters, winning the event in 46.23 for one of the top marks in the country to date.

Elsewhere, Dylan Ferris finished fourth in the 800 in 1:49.11 and Carter Wells produced a throw of 60-5 to place third in the 325-pound weight throw.

Katerina Stefanidi paced the women with a second-place showing in the pole vault. She produced a mark of 14-1 1/4.

Jessica Tonn ran third in the 3,000 with a time of 9:27.24 and Whitney Liehr was fourth in the triple jump with a best of 42-11 3/4.

Stanford will send athletes to the New Mexico Lobo Classic next Saturday.

Men's tennis

Eighth-ranked Stanford beat Nebraska, 6-1, Saturday afternoon in the second round of the ITA Kickoff Weekend at the Taube Family Tennis Center.

The Cardinal (3-0) advances to the National Team Indoor Championships, which begin Feb. 18 in Seattle.

After winning the doubles point, Stanford's Greg Hirshman, Ryan Thatcher and Bradley Klahn each won their singles matches to clinch the win.

Stanford hosts Texas Tech at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in a nonconference contest.

Women's tennis

After dropping the doubles point, Stanford got serious and swept the singles matches to beat Oklahoma, 6-1, in the second round of the ITA Kickoff Weekend on Saturday.

The top-ranked Cardinal (3-0) advances to the National Team Indoor Championships Round of 16 at the Boar's Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va., beginning Friday, Feb.18.

Stanford and host Virginia are the only teams that have secured their spots in the championships. There are 14 other sites across the country from which other teams will qualify either Sunday or Monday.

Against the Sooners, Stanford won five of its six singles matches in straight sets. Stacey Tan won in three sets and was the clinching point.

The Cardinal has won 167 consecutive home dual matches dating to 1999. It is the longest active home winning streak among any sport in Division I athletics

Synchronized swimming

Stanford opened the season with a win over visiting Incarnate Word at the Avery Aquatic Center. The Cardinal placed first in three out of the four events Saturday.

Stanford's team of Wendy Lu, Corinne Smith and Koko Urata secured the top spot of the trio competition with a score of 86.00. The Cardinal's team of Alex Bollaidlaw, Madison Crocker and Morgan Fuller took second with 85.00 points.

Stanford juniors Maria Koroleva and Olivia Morgan won the duet competition with a score of 90.167 and the Cardinal finished the day with a victory in the team competition.

Stanford hosts Arizona in a meet at 2 p.m. on Feb. 12.

Men's volleyball

Second-ranked Stanford dropped a 25-21, 25-21, 25-13 decision to host Long Beach State in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match Saturday.

The 49ers moved ahead of the Cardinal (4-2, 5-2) in the conference standings heading into Wednesday's home match against Pacific at 7 p.m. in Burnham Pavilion.

Brad Lawson and Spencer McLachlin each recorded 10 kills to lead the Cardinal.

Diving

In a two-way meet between USC and Stanford men's diving teams, Trojan Harrison Jones won both the one and three meter competitions with Stanford's Brent Eichenseer finishing in second.

Jones tallied a score of 368.77 in the one-meter, as Eichenseer's score of 330.32 was sandwiched between Jones and Trojan Steven Starks' score of 323.47.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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