Huang leads a high-octane finish for Stanford golfers


Franklin Huang led four Stanford golfers who finished the Gifford Collegiate with an under-par score on Wednesday.

Huang shot a 5-under 66 on the golf course at CordeValle Country Club in San Martin, followed by Portola Valley resident Maverick McNealy's 3-under 68, and David Boote and Viraat Badhwar, each with a 2-under 69.

The foursome helped the Cardinal finish third in the tournament with the top team score of the day.

The Cardinal (362-357-347) was 1-over through three rounds, taking bronze behind UCLA (-15) and USC (-12). Stanford concluded the fall season by placing fourth or better in four of five events, including a win at the Southwestern Intercollegiate.

"I'm happy the guys hung in there and ended on a high note with the best round of the day," Cardinal coach Conrad Ray said. "The fall was a productive campaign for us, with everyone seeing action and picking up valuable experience. We have a lot of work to do in the offseason, but we are excited about this team and our potential."

Northwestern's Dylan Wu took medalist honors at 9-under.

Badhwar (7th), Boote (t-8th) and Huang (t-8th) gave the Cardinal three top-10 finishers. Badhwar (69-71-69) was 4-under overall, one shot ahead of Boote (68-73-69) and Huang (73-71-66).

At one point during Wednesday's round, Huang was 7-under before bogeys on his final two holes.

McNealy (75-73-68) tied for 21st at 3-over. His final round came with seven birdies.

Menlo School grad Patrick Grimes (77-72-75) was 11-over and Sacred Heart Prep grad Bradley Knox (79-70-78) was 14-over, putting both in the top 65.

Competing as individuals were Jeffrey Swegle (74-68-76) and Dominick Francks (73-76-74), who finished tied for 28th and 51st, respectively.

Stanford resumes its season at the Amer Ari Invitational (Feb. 5-7) in Waikoloa, Hawaii.

Men's swimming

No. 16 Stanford took on sixth-ranked Cal in an unscored triple-distance meet Wednesday at Avery Aquatic Center.

Palo Alto grad Andrew Liang (21.60) and Connor Black (22.11) went 1-2 in the 50-yard butterfly to start the meet between the Bay Area rivals. Liang added another win in the 100-yard butterfly (47.50) and was second in the 200-yard butterfly (1:47.23).

Patrick Conaton, who competed at the Youth Olympics in China over the summer, swam 23.36 in the 50-yard backstroke for a second place finish.

Brock Turner went 1:48.32 for third in the 200-yard backstroke.

Daniel Le's 25.93 was second in the 50-yard breaststroke. Le (56.28) and Christian Brown (56.72) went 3-4 in the 100-yard breaststroke, with Le (2:02.02) claiming second in the 200-yard version of the discipline.

Thomas Stephens went 20.56 for third in the 50-yard freestyle. Stephens later touched second during both the 200-yard freestyle (1:37.69) and 100-yard freestyle (44.71).

Danny Thomson's 9:20.35 in the 1,000-yard freestyle was second-best among the pack, and his 4:31.70 in the 500-yard edition gave him the win.

Second-place Gray Umbach was Stanford's highest finisher in the 100-yard individual medley (50.70) and 200-yard individual medley (1:49.93). He was third in the 400-yard individual medley with Curtis Ogren (3:53.14) taking silver.

Stanford teamed to go 1:20.79 to win the meet-ending 200-yard freestyle relay.

The Cardinal stays at home to face Wisconsin in a 10 a.m. dual meet Saturday.

— Stanford Athletics

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