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Stanford gymnasts earn top seed at Ann Arbor Regional

 

The Stanford women's gymnastics team received a No. 1 seed into the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional and will compete for a spot in the NCAA championships on April 2 beginning at 3 p.m. (PT).

Stanford is joined by host Michigan, Ohio State, Iowa State, Minnesota and Kent State as the fourth-ranked Cardinal (20-4) reached its 28th consecutive NCAA regional competition. The top two advance to the NCAA championships in Cleveland, April 15-17.

The top 36 teams in the country, based on a Regional Qualifying Score formula calculated through scoring average, advanced to one of the six regional venues. The top two all-around competitors and event winners not on qualifying teams advance as well.

Stanford is looking to reach its fifth straight championship competition. The Cardinal finished fourth last year.

Women's tennis

Second-ranked Stanford swept the singles to beat visiting Utah, 6-0, Monday in a nonconference match.

The Cardinal (14-0) extended its NCAA record home winning streak to 174 matches as it prepares to play at Pepperdine on Wednesday.

Nicole Gibbs needed a tie-breaker to win at the fourth singles spot in straight sets. The five other singles players also won in straight sets.

Women's water polo

Stanford sophomore Annika Dries earned Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week honors Monday.

Dries, a member of the U.S. national team, scored five goals in a 14-3 conference win at Arizona State over the weekend.

The top-ranked Cardinal (16-0) hosts UCLA in an MPSF match this Saturday at 4 p.m.

Baseball

The Stanford baseball team may be more concerned with raindrops than opposing pitchers this week as the Cardinal attempts to get back to action for the first time in two weeks following tests and rain delays.

Tyler Gaffney hit a two-run home run and Jordan Pries threw five innings of relief and the Cardinal beat visiting UC Davis, 3-2, in a nonconference game Monday.

Kenny Diekroeger also drove in a run and Ben Clowe had two hits for Stanford.

Nationally No. 12-ranked Stanford (7-5) will play host to Santa Clara (7-9) on Tuesday at 1 p.m. The Broncos were added on Monday as both teams scrambled to fill rainout dates. The UC Davis game originally was scheduled in Davis.

Stanford also is scheduled to travel to Pacific (5-12) on Wednesday before hosting Long Beach State (10-9) this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Men's swimming

Stanford Athletics announced today that Marcia and John Goldman have made a gift to establish the Goldman Family Director of Men's Swimming.

Skip Kenney, who recently led the Cardinal to its 30th-straight Pac-10 title, is headed to the NCAA Championships starting on Thursday in Minneapolis.

"This is the biggest honor in my coaching career," said Kenney, whose teams have never finished lower than fourth at the NCAA meet. "This will not only honor all former Stanford swimmers, but protect all future Stanford swimmers. This is the ultimate meaning of the word 'team.' All of us wish to thank John and Marcia Goldman."

John Goldman is a 1975 graduate of Stanford's Graduate School of Business. Additionally, he is a long-time athletic department volunteer and is a past chairman of the Stanford Athletic Board.

Cross country

Stanford freshman Erik Olson suffered an injury during the race and was unable to finish in the Junior Men's 8K at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships on Saturday in Punta Umbria, Spain. The USA Junior Men finished eighth. The USA Senior Women finished third for the second straight year.

Track and field

The annual Stanford Invitational, set for Friday and Saturday at Cobb Track & Angell Field, once again will include special youth races.

The Kids Half-Lapper will get under way Saturday at 11:50 a.m. and is open to boys and girls ages 11 and under. Athletes interested in running 200 meters should meet coach Joy Margerum at the palm tree at the entrance to the track at 11:20 a.m., to be divided into age brackets.

Also included in the schedule on Saturday are 100-meter races for middle school boys and girls. Trials will start at 11 a.m., with finals at 3:40 p.m. The deadline to sign up is Wednesday. The website can be reached here.

The invitational begins on Friday with college field events (9 a.m.) and running (11 a.m.) while high school running starts at 1:50 p.m. (girls' 3,000 meters) and field events get going at 4:30 p.m. (boys' long jump).

The high school girls' 400 relay and boys' discus get the meet going Saturday at 9 a.m.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports

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