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Staab wins another title, Stanford men drop into third at NCAA swimming championships

 

Stanford senior Austin Staab edged California's Tom Shields for the 100 fly title at the NCAA Division I Men's Championships in Minnesota on Friday.

The Cardinal dropped into third place after the second day of the championships, with 287 1/2 points. California took over the lead with 352 points and Texas is in second with 288 1/2 points.

Staab, who recorded his second individual national title of the meet, won the race with a time of 44.69, matching his own mark for fifth fastest of all time. Staab owns the fastest time ever with an American, NCAA, U.S. Open record of 44.18 from his winning race two years ago.

Staab handed Stanford its NCAA ninth title in the event's history. Pablo Morales (1984, 85, 86, 87), Jay Mortenson (1988, 89) and Dod Wales (1999) were previous winners for the Cardinal.

Shields, the 2010 victor with a 44.91, checked in with the identical time for second this year. That swim is among the top 15 times of all time, but short of his fifth-ranked personal best of 44.78.

Michigan's Dan Madwed (45.57), California's Graeme Moore (45.71), Ohio State's Tim Phillips (45.90), Stanford's Bobby Bollier (45.92), LSU's Hannes Heyl (46.12) and California's Nathan Adrian (46.20) completed the championship final.

The Bears had eight swimmers competing in the championship finals to jump into the lead. Stanford had four swimmers.

The Cardinal finished the day with a fourth-place in the 800 free relay. The team of Bollier, Jake Allen, Morgan Priestley and Rob Andrews went 6:19.13.

Priestley also finished eighth in the 200 free and Curtis Lovelace was fifth in the 100 breast.

Men's volleyball

Spencer McLachlin recorded 24 kills, including the final two of the evening, as Stanford beat visiting Cal State Northridge, 23-25, 25-22, 19-25, 28-26, 15-11, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation contest Friday night.

Brad Lawson added 23 kills and 15 digs as the Cardinal (12-4, 15-5) rallied from a 2-1 set deficit.

Erik Shoji recorded 21 digs for Stanford.

Softball

Stanford won twice on the opening day of the opening day of the Stanford Invitational on Friday, extending its winning streak to 14 games.

he 12th-ranked Cardinal beatr Sacramento State, 9-1, in five innings and Coastal Carolina, 10-2, in six innings.

Junior catcher Maya Burns led the Cardinal, collecting four hits and driving in four runs. Sophomore first baseman Alix Van Zandt finished with two hits and three RBI and junior shortstop Ashley Hansen was 4-for-6 with three runs scored.

Sophomore Teagan Gerhart earned the win against Sacramento State, improving to 13-3 on the year. She recorded four strikeouts and gave up four hits.

Against Coastal Carolina, senior Ashley Chinn remained undefeated at 9-0 after strikeing out eight, giving up six hits and one earned run.

Women's tennis

Second-ranked Stanford defeated host UCLA, 6-1, Friday in a Pac-10 match to extend its current winning streak to 35 matches dating to last year's loss at UCLA.

The Cardinal (3-0, 16-0) remains tied atop the conference standings with California.

The tone was set in doubles as Stanford picked up wins on all three courts, highlighted by a 9-7 victory at the No. 1 spot, followed up with a 9-8 (5) triumph at the No. 2 position.

Stacey Tan and Kristie Ahn followed with the Cardinal only straight-set victories to make it 3-0. Nicole Gibbs, who shook off a 6-2 first-set loss to Andrea Remynse, clinched the match when she rallied to take the next sets 6-1 and 6-3.

Baseball

Stephen Piscotty had three hits but Stanford dropped a 6-3 decision to visiting Long Beach State in the opener of a three-game nonconference series Friday.

Cardinal starter Mark Appel pitched into the seventh, giving up six runs on 10 hits. He settled in after the Dirtbags went up 6-0 after four innings.

Men's tennis

No. 3 USC hung on to record a 4-2 victory over host Stanford Friday in the Pac-10 opener for both teams.

The start was delayed two hours and 15 minutes due to rain, and with more wet weather in the forecast, the teams agreed to play singles first and doubles only if needed.

Facing off for the third time already this year, USC (15-2, 1-0 Pac-10) squeaked out the victory to extend its winning streak to seven matches. Included in that winning stretch was a 5-1 victory over Stanford (8-5, 0-1 Pac-10) back on Feb. 26 in Los Angeles.

However, the Cardinal is also the last team to beat the Trojans, notching a 4-3 victory on Feb. 19 in the consolation quarterfinals of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Seattle.

Men's gymnastics

Josh Dixon won the all-around title and Stanford beat host California, 360.950 to 354.525, Friday in the final dula meet of the regular season.

Stanford heads to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships next weekend.

Dixon, Tim Gentry and Alex Buscaglia each won events for the top-ranked Cardinal.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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