Stanford divers make a splash at NCAA zones


Stanford freshman Stephanie Phipps finished third in her first career Zone E Regional Diving Championship, scoring a 629.25 in the three-meter, leading a group of six Stanford divers in the finals Friday in Minneapolis.

Brent Eichenseer was the top finisher on the men's side, scoring a 641.70, to finish seventh in the one-meter and leading a group of four Cardinal in finishes from seventh to 10th. Taylor Sishc was eighth (622.05), followed by Dhruv Tyagi (611.25) and Noah Garcia (604.20).

Phipps scored 58 points or better on three straight dives in the finals. Her best was an average of 7.5's or better on a reverse 2 ½ somersault tuck (61.60 points). Phipps scored a majority of 7.0's or better from the seven judges throughout the six final dives.

Phipps was .15 points out of second following the preliminary round (297.50), scoring 54.00 points on 7.0 and above on a forward 2 ½ somersault pike and then going higher, averaging 7.5's and above nd a score of 61.60 on a back 2 ½ somersault tuck.

Eichenseer's best dives in the finals were back to back forward somersault tucks, each a 58.50. He averaged 7.5's or above on this first dive, which featured 2 ½ somersaults, before the extra somersault led to 6.5's or better but still a 58.50 on the second dive.

Tyagi and Garcia had the Cardinal's top score, a 63.00. Tyagi closed out the finals with 7.0 or better on a reverse 1 ½ somersault with a twist, while Garcia scored his best on his third dive, a reverse 2 ½ somersault tuck.

Meg Hostage reached the finals as well in the three-meter, finishing 18th (525.60) after scoring the 13th-best preliminary score (270.20).

Track and field

Stanford begins competition at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium on the campus of Texas A&M on Friday.

The 11th-ranked Stanford men will be well represented at the meet, while the unranked women will have three athletes set to compete.

The Cardinal men will be dominated by the distances where Elliott Heath will run the 3,000 and 5,000 meters, while teammates Chris Derrick and Miles Unterreiner will join Heath in the 5,000.

In addition, Stanford is one of the favorites in the distance medley relay. Representing the sprints will be Amaechi Morton in the 400 meters, while Jules Sharpe will be Stanford's lone field event representative in the high jump.

All-America pole-vaulter Katerina Stefanidi will lead the women as she attempts to capture her first NCAA title. Also in the field is Whitney Liehr in the triple jump, while Stephanie Marcy will be the lone female on the track as she competes in the 3,000 meters.


Stanford grad Jeremy Guthrie dicusses his latest spring outing with the Baltimore Orioles on Friday.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics


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