Seniors Kate Dwelley and Meg Hostage were joined in the winner's circle Saturday by freshman Maya DiRado as the Stanford women's swimming team rallied from a deficit to successfully defend its Pac-10 title, beating California, 1,567 1/2 to 1,545 1/2, in Federal Way, WA.
Depth once again proved vital for the Cardinal, which lost to Cal in the dual meet season. Stanford began the final day of competition looking up at the Bears but was able to overcome the deficit in large part due to the three wins, five swimmers each in the top 24 of the 200 back and 100 free and four more in the 200 breast, all scoring points.
Dwelley won the 100 free with a time of 48.14 one of four Cardinal swimmers in the A Finals. DiRado swam to victory in the 200 back in a time of 1:53.04, and Hostage scored a 322.65 in winning the platform diving event.
Zone Regional Diving Championships start March 10 in Minneapolis with the NCAA Championships beginning March 17 in Austin.
Top-ranked Stanford downed visiting Washington State, 7-0, in a Pac-10 contest Saturday afternoon.
The win extended Stanford's NCAA-record home winning streak to 171 consecutive matches, a streak that dates to 1999 and is recognized as the longest active home winning streak among all sports in Division I athletics.
After winning the doubles point, Nicole Gibbs and Carolyn McVeigh won their singles matches to set the stage for Mallory Burdette's match-clinching victory.
The Cardinal (2-0, 11-0) hosts USF Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in a nonconference match.
Brad Lawson recorded 25 kills, including two of the final four points as Stanford rallied from a two-set deficit to beat visiting UC Santa Barbara, 21-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-21, 15-10, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match Saturday night.
Spencer McLachlin added 14 kills, Evan Barry had 51 assists and Gus Ellis added six blocks for the Cardinal (9-4, 12-4), which travels to UC Irvine for a conference match Friday.
Women's water polo
The top-ranked Stanford women's water polo team won its two matches of the UC Irvine Invitational at Corona del Mar High on Saturday morning.
Melissa Seidemann and Kaley Dodson each scored three goals a 19-3 victory over Cal State Bakersfield in the first round.
Menlo School grad Kim Krueger and Alyssa Lo each had three in a 15-7 win over Arizona State in the second round.
Also against the Roadrunners, Sacred Heart Prep grad Vee Dunlevie, Monica Coughlin, Jillian Garton and Lo each added two goals for the Cardinal (11-0), which meets Hawaii in Sunday's semifinal match.
Menlo School grad Kim Krueger and Alyssa Lo each had three in a 15-7 win over Arizona State in the second round. Seidemann and Annika Dries each added two goals.
The Sun Devils beat San Jose State, 9-8, to advance. Sacred Heart Prep grad Adriana Vogt scored three goals for the Spartans.
USC and UCLA meet in the other semifinal, with the winners playing for the championship Sunday afternoon.
Stanford beat defending national champion Michigan, 351.250-346.200, Saturday in Ann Arbor.
The Cardinal had the higher score in five of the six events as Ryan Lieberman recorded an all-around score of 80.950, winning the parallel bars event.
Josh Dixon won the vault and floor exercise for the Cardinal while Tim Gentry won the rings competition.
Track and field
Stanford's Elliott Heath raced 4:00.52 to win the mile Saturday and the Stanford men won the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship in Seattle.
The Cardinal scored 107 1/2 points to edge Arizona, which had 102 points.
The Stanford women were third behind Oregon and Arizona.
Heath finished 1.67 ahead of teammate and second-place finished Andrew Berberick. Dylan Ferris was four in 4:03.37 and Michael Atchoo placed seventh in 4:07.78.
John Sullivan's second-place finish in the 3,000 helped Stanford hold a margin over the Wildcats.
Stanford's Jules Sharpe was third in the high jump with a best of 7 feet, one-quarter inch.
On the women's side, Whitney Liehr won the triple jump with a best of 40-9 1/2.
Katie Helms was sixth in 8.47 and Kori Carter was seventh in 8.5 in the 60 hurdles, giving the Cardinal five points in the event.
Katerina Stefandi went 13-11 3/4 to place second in the pole vault.
Jessica Tonn (9:19.77) and Stephanie Marcy (9:19.964) finished third and fourth in the 3,000 and Justine Fedronic (2:07.37) was fourth in the 800.