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Stanford's Ipsen wins 1-meter diving title at Winter Nationals

 

Stanford's Kristian Ipsen won the men's 1-meter gold medal to help open the 2014 USA Diving Winter National Championships on Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio.

With his victory, Ipsen earned a berth on the 2015 World Championships team.

Ipsen finished with a score of 871.80 points over two lists of dives to win his 10th career national title and first on 1-meter. He was in second place, 6.25 points behind Michael Hixon after the morning preliminaries.

Hixon maintained the lead through four rounds of the finals before Ipsen scored 83.20 on his reverse 2 1/2 pike in the fifth round to move into the top spot. Ipsen rounded out the night with 86.40 points on a reverse 1 1/2 with 3 ½ twists, the most difficult dive performed in the finals.

"For prelims, it felt a little bit rocky. I hadn't been in a long contest with that many divers since NCAAs and I hadn't been to a nationals in a while, so I was a little bit nervous," Ipsen said. " In the final, it was fun. It felt more like something I was used to. With only eight people, it moved really fast and I feel most comfortable in a competition setting like that where you can stay loose and keep going.

"I'm really excited about it, and I'm excited to back on the world team. I took a little break for awhile, so it's fun to be back."

The Winter National Championships continue through Sunday.

Football

Stanford junior left tackle Andrus Peat has earned first team All-America honors from The Sporting News, as announced Wednesday.

It marks the sixth All-America honor for Peat, who was also named as the Morris Trophy recipient as the Pac-12 Conference's top offensive lineman. The Chandler, Ariz. native, also earned first team All-America honors from ESPN.com and Sports Illustrated while garnering second team accolades from the Associated Press, CBS Sports and the Walter Camp Foundation.

Men's soccer

Stanford placed four on NSCAA Scholar All-West Region teams the organization announced Tuesday.

Austin Meyer and Zach Batteer earned spots on the first team while Bobby Edwards and Ty Thompson were honorable mention selections.

Stanford's four spots are the program's most since five were honored in 2009 and Meyer and Batteer are the first Cardinal named to the first team since Bobby Warshaw and Dominique Yahyavi in 2010. Stanford was also the only Pac-12 school to have any student-athletes on this year's list.

Meyer, a redshirt senior, is a three-time Pac-12 All-Academic first-teamer with a 3.77 GPA. Batteer, a three-time conference all-academic honoree, also was selected to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-District Men's Soccer Team in late October. He owns a 3.39 GPA.

Edwards has a 3.50 GPA and already holds his mechanical engineering bachelor's degree. Thompson was Stanford's lone returner honored by the NSCAA on Tuesday as the junior's 3.35 economics GPA earned him an honorable mention nod.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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