Conaton a double winner for Stanford men in swim win


Patrick Conaton was a double winner in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke, while David Nolan and Thomas Stephens stood up well in the sprint events as the 10th-ranked Stanford men's swimming team beat Host Arizona, 160-101, in a Pac-12 Conference dual meet Friday.

The undefeated Cardinal (4-0) won nine of 14 events. Stanford will try for a weekend sweep when it visits Arizona State for an 11 a.m. (PT) matchup Saturday.

Conaton, who competed on the Youth Olympics over the summer in China, went 49.04 to win the 100 back. He swam 1:47.96 in winning the 200 back.

Nolan's 20.12 in the 50-yard freestyle was .01 away from knotting the race with Arizona's Bradley Tandy.

Nolan came back with a 44.11 in the 100-yard freestyle, winning the race in front of Stephens (44.71) and Sam Perry (45.36).

The Cardinal also went 1-2 in the meet-ending 400-yard freestyle relay with respective times of 2:58.67 and 3:01.62.

Nolan, Christian Brown, Gray Umbach and Perry went 1:29.41 for second in the 200-yard medley relay.

Liam Egan and Danny Thomson were the top two finishers in the 500-yard free. Egan finished in 4:30.88 and Thomson followed in 4:33.80.

Sean Duggan (1:38.89) led four Cardinal atop the standings in the 200-yard freestyle. Daniel Le's 56.23 was silver-worthy in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Sacred Heart Prep grad Tom Kremer (1:47.88) and Umbach (1:47.93) posted a 1-2 finish in the 200-yard butterfly.

Umbach (48.64), Paly grad Andrew Liang (49.08) and Kremer (49.67) went 1-2-3 in the 100-yard butterfly.

Max Williamson cleared the 200-yard individual medley field by nearly two seconds, touching first in 1:49.47.

Women's swimming

Freshman Simone Manuel won three individual events, and the Stanford women's swimming and diving team won seven of the first eight events to beat host Arizona, 145-111, Friday afternoon. Cardinal newcomers combined to take six of the 12 individual contests.

Manuel found her usual spot in first place of the 50-, 100- and 200-yard freestyles. The school's record holder in all three events also swam a leg of the 400 free relay for Stanford's 'A' team that would have won the race had they not competed as an exhibition.

Other members of the Class of 2018 to win Friday included Sacred Heart Prep grad Ally Howe (100-yard back, 53.85), Lindsey Engel (200-yard fly, 2:00.45) and Janet Hu (100-yard fly, 54.44).

Sarah Haase won the 100-yard breaststroke, out-touching teammate Katie Olsen, 1:01.45-1:01.75. Olsen came back to win the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:12.58.

The Cardinal swims at Arizona State on Saturday.

Men's volleyball

Conrad Kaminski recorded a program best 12 blocks and No. 12 Stanford outlasted visiting Cal State Northridge, 26-24, 19-25, 25-19, 22-25, 15-3, Friday, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match.

"Every match we go into I think we have opportunities to win," Cardinal coach John Kosty said. "Every win we get isn't necessarily going to be a confidence booster, but we just have to go out and win. If we win every match in five sets, I'll take it."

Stanford recorded 20 1/2 team blocks, the third-most in the rally-scoring era (2001 to present) in program history, led by Kaminski.

Senior middle blocker Spencer Haly added seven blocks, while junior setter James Shaw and redshirt freshman opposite Clay Jones each had six.

After four back-and-forth sets, Stanford asserted itself in the fifth, jumping out to an 8-0 lead behind tough serving from Haly. Kaminski finished with six blocks in the fifth as the Matadors were held without a kill.

"In the fifth set, I think we just played volleyball," Kosty said. "We played smart volleyball. Yes, Conrad Kaminski got a ton of blocks, but he was just being smart. He was playing within himself. We came out with determination and did a nice job."

Shaw ran the offense on the night, finishing with 42 assists and 11 digs for a double-double, as Stanford outhit the Matadors .205 to .171.

Redshirt senior Daniel Tublin had a team-high 14 kills to go with six digs and four blocks. Junior outside hitter Madison Hayden came off the bench to get 10 kills, three digs and four blocks.

Kaminski posted nine kills on .500 hitting, while Jones, who made his first collegiate start, tallied nine kills and seven digs.

"I think Clay is a good, solid volleyball player. He has good instincts and I thought he did a nice job to steady us out. He was a reliable player for us tonight," said Kosty.

Fifth-year senior Grant Delgado took over the libero spot for freshman Kyle Dagostino in the third and recorded six digs and two assists.

"Overall, we played pretty solid volleyball," said Kosty. "I liked what we did. I really like Grant and Madison coming in and sparking our team. They had really nice nights tonight."

Stanford (2-2, 3-4) hits the road for its next six matches. The Cardinal takes on No. 9 UCLA on Thursday at 5:30 p.m., to be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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