Woodward stays busy for Cardinal women swimmers


Samantha Woodward was as successful as she was busy on the first day of the Texas Invitational in Austin Thursday.

Woodward started as the leadoff swimmer in Stanford's winning 200 free relay team that also consisted of Andi Murez, Betsy Webb and Maddy Schaefer in an NCAA automatic time of 1:28.20.

Woodward returned to the winner's circle two events later, winning the 100 fly in 52.06. Felicia Lee finished third in the event in 52.63.

Just for good measure, Woodward added a third-place finish in the 50 free with a time of 22.13 and was part of the 400 medley relay that finished fourth in the day's final event.

Stanford, which did not have a competitor in the diving competition, is in fourth place with 237 points. Host Texas leads with 548 points.

Maya DiRado was second in the 200 IM in 1:54.66, Andie Taylor finished third in the 500 free in 4:40.81 while Lee (200 IM), Schaefer (50 free) and Webb (50 free) also swam in additional championship finals.

The 200 free relay team has the fastest time in the country. Schaefer, a freshman from St. Francis who also swam for the Palo Alto Stanford Swim Club, passed Arizona's Sarah Denninghoff on the final lap to win by less than a half-second.

The meet continues through Saturday.

Men's basketball

Anthony Brown scored 15 points as Stanford beat Seattle, 72-49, in a nonconference men's basketball game Thursday night at Key Arena.

Aaron Bright, John Gage and Andrew Zimmerman each scored 10 points for Stanford (7-1). The Cardinal shot 8 of 17 on 3-pointers. Brown hit 3 of 4 from long range. Josh Huestis added nine points and nine rebounds.

The Cardinal hosts North Carolina State for a nationally-televised contest Sunday at 1 p.m. before taking a two-week break for finals.

Stanford won easily despite a scoreless performance by leading scorer Josh Owens, who was 0 of 7 from the field against Seattle.

Despite being outrebounded 44-36 for the first time this year, Stanford recorded 10 steals and forced the Redhawks into 22 turnovers. The Cardinal forced at least 20 turnovers for the third straight game.

Seattle burst out to a 7-2 lead in the first four minutes before Stanford righted itself with an 18-2 run and eased to the win.

Stanford led at halftime, 40-17. The Cardinal stretched its lead to 57-26 with 11:44 remaining in the game following one of Brown's three 3-pointers.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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