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Cardinal men claims Pac-10 swim title number 30

Dries scores three goals in women's water polo victory

Number 30 was just as sweet as number one.

Chad La Tourette successfully defended his title in the 1,650 free and the Stanford men's swimming team successfully defended its Pac-10 Conference title for the 29th consecutive time.

It was Stanford's 30th straight conference title, a streak unmatched by any NCAA team in any NCAA sport.

Austin Staab, Curtis Lovelace, Matthew Swanston and Matt Thompson all finished in the top three in their respective events as the Cardinal accumulated 911 points to Cal's 86 points.

La Tourette won the 1,650 free with a time of 14:38.13, leading three other Cardinal swimmers among the top eight. Michael Zoldos finished third in 14:58.38.

Swanston and Thompson finished second and third, respectively, in the 200 back. Bollier was the runner up in the 200 fly in the final individual event, swimming 1:41.60 in the finals. Staab was third in the 100 free, recording a time of 42.46.

Lovelace was third in the 200 breast with a time of 1:54.71. Lovelace joined John Criste in the championship finals.

Women's water polo

Sophomore Annika Dries scored three goals and top-ranked Stanford beat host San Diego State, 12-4, in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opener for both teams Saturday.

Stanford (1-0, 14-0) plays at Long Beach on Sunday at noon.

Sacred Heart Prep grad Vee Dunlevie, Victoria Kennedy and Melissa Seidemann each added a pair of goals. Senior Amber Oland made seven saves in the goal.

Stanford scored the first four goals of the game and never looked back.

Men's volleyball

Spencer McLachlin had 21 kills and Brad Lawson 17 to lead the No. 3 Stanford men's volleyball team to a 25-22, 22-25, 25-21, 25-17 victory at No. 13 UC San Diego on Saturday night.

Stanford (14-4 overall) completed its first weekend road sweep in conference play, improving to 11-4 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. The records match Stanford's marks during the same points of its 2010 NCAA championship season.

Junior setter Evan Barry matched his day-old career high in assists for a four-set match, with 55, and led the Cardinal to a .369 hitting percentage.

Men's tennis

Two Stanford doubles teams remain in the draw at the 122nd Pacific Coast Doubles tournament.

The pairings of Bradley Klahn and Ryan Thacher, along with Matt Kandath and Denis Lin will be in action Sunday in the semifinals.

Track and field

The Cardinal track teams ran in a pair of meets on Saturday as some athletes looked for season bests indoors at the UW Last Chance meet, while others began the outdoor season at the Cal Outdoor Opener. Stephanie Marcy highlighted the day, earning the NCAA auto standard in the 3,000 meters.

Marcy ran a career-best time of 9:13.00 to earn her trip to the NCAA Indoor Championships. The time hit the auto standard on the nail as Marcy placed fourth in a fast, competitive race. Jessica Tonn also ran extremely well with a time of 9:16.89 that was a career best. The time likely will fall just short of an NCAA berth, however.

Also earning a pr in the middle distances was Justine Fedronic in the 800 meters. Her time of 2:06.27 was an improvement, but will also likely fall just short of an NCAA qualifying time.

Other season bests were Joy O'Hare in the 400 meters as she ran 56.23 and Karynn Dunn who leaped 19-10 ¾ in the long jump.

The lone male competitor in Seattle was JT Sullivan in the mile. Sullivan ran an impressive time of 4:00.29, but it was just off the NCAA auto standard and his own personal best of 4:00.02.

In Berkeley the Cardinal got the outdoor season underway with some solid results.

Stanford had three of the top-five in the 100 meters as Mark Mueller, Colin Hepburn and Alex Lee places 3-4-5. Mueller led the way with a time of 10.88, while Hepburn ran 10.89 and Lee ran 11.07. The trio also doubled back in the 200 with Mueller winning the meet title with a time of 21.90.

Alfredo Corral also ran the 200, winning his heat in a time of 22.26. Corral was also second in the 400 with a time of 49.21.

The Cardinal men also got an event win in the middle distances as Michael Atchoo captured the 800 meters. Atchoo ran a time of 1:52.82 to just barely outlean Doug Bettisworth of Cal Poly. Also faring well in the middle distances was Marco Bertolotti in the 1,500 meters as he placed second with a time of 3:52.01.

In the field, Stanford was highlighted by Geoffrey Tabor who captured the meet title in the discus. Tabor threw 171-8 to easily capture the competition over teammate Carter Wells who was second with a toss of 155-0. Robert Hintz also added a meet title in the throws, capturing the javelin title with a toss of 202-1.

The Cardinal women had a solid showing in the 800 meters, taking spots 2-3-4. Madeline Duhon led the way with a time of 2:12.63, while Sarah McCurdy and Victoria Pennings were not far behind in times of 2:13.31 and 2:13.75.

In the field, the Cardinal were led by Eda Karesin who won the javelin competition with a toss of 162-2. Her teammate Elizabeth Minoofar was not far off, placing second with a toss of 147-8. Also faring well in the field were Alyssa Wisdom who was second in the shot put with a toss of 48-0 and Ellie McCardwell who was second in the pole vault, clearing a mark of 12-9 ½.

Fencing

Stanford's Jake Harbour snd Francesca Bassa each won a title at the NCAA West Regional in Colorado Springs on Saturday.

Harbour won the men's epee competition, with Kian Ameli placing third and Kevin Mo placing fourth.

Bassa won the women's epee, beating teammate Ashley Titan in a fenceoff. Bassa finished eighth at last year's NCAA championships.

Taylor Caldwell finished seconfd in men's foil, losing a fenceoff to champion Dan Cohen of Air Force. Max Murphy was third in men's sabre.

Suraga Omar finished fourth in women's sabre.

The NCAA championships will be contested in the French Fieldhouse and St. John's Arena in COlumbus, Ohio beginning March 24.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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Posted by Lori
a resident of Palo Verde
on Mar 7, 2011 at 8:47 pm

This is "a streak unmatched by any NCAA team in any NCAA sport" for NCAA Division I. In NCAA Division III, the Kenyon College men's swimming team won 43 straight conference titles from 1954-1996. They also have a current streak of 31 consecutive NCAA Division III titles. They will compete for their 32nd consecutive NCAA title in two weeks.


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