Howe wins twice and Stanford women beat OSU in swim meet


Sacred Heart Prep grad Ally Howe won twice and freshman sensation Simone Manuel added three wins as the Stanford women's swimming team beat visiting Oregon State, 134-117, in a Pac-12 Conference meet Friday.

"I was pleased," Stanford coach Greg Meehan said. "It was just really nice to be back home, back in our home pool. After being on campus now for eight weeks, having the opportunity to race at home was nice. I think it heightens the excitement of our training week."

Sacred Heart Prep grad Ally Howe won twice in Stanford's 134-117 win over Oregon State on Friday. Photo by Casey Valentine/
Janet Hu added a pair of two wins as the Cardinal (2-0 Pac-12, 2-0 overall) won 13 of the 14 contested events, including the final 12.

Oregon State's Sammy Harrison posted the Beavers' only win of the day by going 10:03.93 in the 1,000-yard freestyle.

Manuel later edged Harrison, last year's Pac-12 champion in the 1,650-yard freestyle, in the 500-yard freestyle. The Cardinal freshman also won the 200-yard freestyle and 200-yard IM.

"She's incredibly talented," Meehan said of Manuel. "What you see there in the meets, is what we see every day in training. She's very consistent."

The seniors combined for three wins, as Katie Olsen (100 breast), Maddy Schaefer (50 free) and Mackenzie Stein (100 fly) each won a race, as did junior Sarah Haase (200 breast).

"It's fun to be back," said Olsen. "Especially on the day of our Alumni Meet, with all of our alumni cheering us on."

The win was Stanford's 12th straight dual victory dating back to February 16, 2013.

Men's water polo

It's become dangerous to assume the No. 1 ranking in men's college water polo. Stanford retook the top ranking at the beginning of the week and then ran into former No. 1 UCLA on Friday in Los Angeles.

The third-ranked Bruins beat the Cardinal, 7-6, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation contest, further complicating things in the competitive conference.

Stanford (3-1 MPSF, 17-3 overall) beat UCLA the last time the teams met but the Bruins also beat Stanford earlier in the year, knocking them out of the top ranking.

UCLA will likely take over the top spot, for the second time this season. USC was also on top when Stanford beat the Trojans last week.

The Cardinal trailed, 7-4, late in the fourth quarter when Bret Bonanni scored his first goal of the game and Jackson Kimbell scored with just under a minute remaining to pull Stanford within 7-6.

A defensive stop gave the Cardinal one last chance to tie the game and send it into overtime, but a field block prevented a final attempt.

The Cardinal travels to Malibu to play No. 11 Pepperdine on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Field hockey

No. 3 Stanford extended its winning streak to 10, beating host California, 4-0, in a NorPac Conference game Fridfay.

Alex McCawley was credited for the first two goals, although a Cal defender knocked the first in less than two minutes into the game.

Stanford (3-0 NorPac, 16-1 overall) is one victory away from tying its school record and it concludes the regular season next Friday against visiting UC Davis.

Maddie Secco and Lauren Becker also scored for the Cardinal.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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