DiRado qualifies for Pan Pacific team with solid showing


Stanford grad Maya DiRado, the defending champion of the 400-meter individual medley, swam the ninth fastest time of the season (4:35.75) to finish second at the Phillips 66 National Championships at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine on Friday night.

Olympian Elizabeth Beisel won the national title with a swim of 4:32.98, the fourth fastest time in the world this season.

DiRado and Beisel earned spots on the U.S. Pan Pacific Championship team. The Pan Pacific meet will be held in Australia beginning August 21.

Stanford grad Felicia Lee, a former national title champion in the event, swam a personal best 58.14, 15th fastest time of the year, to finish third in the 100 fly. Kendyl Stewart won the title with a 57.98.

"I had decided to swim through the summer even before the NCAAs," Lee told Swimming World. "It didn't change my plans but the NCAAs were a confidence booster. I'm going to wait until after the summer to see where my opportunities are."

Gunn grad Rachael Acker swam the second leg of California's 800 free relay to help the team finish second to North Baltimore AC, which set a national age group record.

Stanford sophomore Max Williamson finished seventh in the men's 400-meter IM, finishing in 4:18.17. PASA's Curtis Ogren, who will be at Stanford in the fall, was eighth in a time of 4:21.38.

Stanford grad Curtis Godsoe raced 25.48 to finish sixth in the 50 back.

In the men's 50-meter breaststroke, PASA's Joe Kmak finished second in the 'C' final with a time of 29.37, holding off 15-year-old professional Michael Andrew, who swam 29.56.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/USA swimming


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