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Stanford diver Ipsen earns another berth in World Cup

 

Stanford freshman diver Kristian Ipsen secured another spot at the World Cup in February, finishing second in the 3-meter on Monday at the Winter National Championships in Nashville, Tenn.

Ipsen had a combined score of 1516.55 points, losing the gold medal by a mere .20 points as Chris Colwill secured the top spot with 1516.55 points.

Stanford graduate Dwight Dumais finished in ninth place with a combined score of 1271.85.

Ipsen secured at least 85 points in each of his final five dives, posting 9.5's on his final dive, a reverse 1 1/2 somersault and twist for 91.80 points.

"This was the most exciting competition I've ever been in. Usually in a three-list format, there's some separation, but everyone was really close the entire time. Even the prelims felt like a final," Ipsen said. "This is definitely good preparation for the World Cup."

Both Ipsen and Dumais made the finals with second and eighth place showings, respectively, in the morning. Ipsen had a mark of 994.45, one point ahead of Drew Livingston and 16 points behind Colwill (1010.35). Dumais secured the final spot in the finals with a score of 855.35.

All divers carried over scores from the quarterfinals, with Ipsen carrying a mark of 493.00 and Dumais posting a tally of 415.65 from Sunday.

Ipsen previously had secured a spot in the 3-meter synchro with a win during the weekend at the Winter Nationals.

Baseball

With the potential for three first-round picks in the 2012 Major League Baseball draft, Stanford is rated No. 3 by Collegiate Baseball in its national preseason poll.

This is the highest ranking for the Cardinal program since it was rated No. 1 by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball in 2002's preseason and No. 6 by both publications prior to the start of the 2004 and 2005 seasons.

This year's club, under 36-year head coach Mark Marquess, returns seven position starters and the majority of its weekend rotation. Headliners for the 2012 team included Baseball America's projected No. 1 pick, junior RHP Mark Appel as well as potential first-round picks, preseason All-American third baseman Stephen Piscotty and infielder Kenny Diekroeger.

Stanford last season reached the NCAA Super Regional behind a 35-22 campaign.

Rounding out the preseason top-10 are Florida, South Carolina, Stanford, North Carolina, Texas, Texas A&M, Rice, Arkansas, Georgia Tech and TCU. Both Texas and Rice come to Sunken Diamond this spring. Seven points separate Florida, South Carolina and Stanford in the poll.

Other Pac-12 schools in the top-25 include No. 17 Arizona State, No. 19 UCLA, No. 20 Arizona, No. 22 California and No. 24 Oregon State.

Women's volleyball

Senior Stephanie Browne has been named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America First Team, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

The Danville native was recognized as one of the top players in the nation for her efforts both on the court and in the classroom. She was a Third Team Academic All-American in 2010. It marks the fifth straight season a Stanford women's volleyball player has been named an Academic All-American by CoSIDA.

Browne, a middle blocker, holds a 3.95 GPA as she is working towards her master's in sociology. She already has earned her undergraduate degree in political science from Stanford. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with University Distinction in the spring of 2011. She was the lone Stanford player named to the Pac-12 All-Academic First Team this season. She was also a first team selection in 2010, while she earned second team honors in 2009.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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