Cardinal swimmers take victory lap through Arizona State


Freshman Janet Hu led the way with two individual victories as the No. 3 Stanford women's swimming and diving team captured its second win in as many days in Arizona. The Cardinal topped host Arizona State, 131-100, to stay unbeaten against Pac-12 opponents.

Stanford (5-1, 4-0 Pac-12) used six different swimmers to win seven individual events, while also taking the 400-yard freestyle relay to open the meet. Five of the six Cardinal winners were underclassmen, including four freshmen.

Sophomore Lia Neal got things started for Stanford with a win in the 200-yard freestyle. Stanford took four of the top six spots in the 200, including a 1-2 finish from Neal and classmate Nicole Stafford with 1:49.15 and 1:49.86 finishes, respectively.

Neal's victory sparked a run of seven straight swimming wins by the Cardinal.

Stanford went 1-2-3 in the next two events to start to pull away from the Sun Devils, which included wins from Hu in the 50-yard freestyle (23.15) and freshman Simone Manuel in the 200-yard IM (2:01.72).

Julia Ama and Katie Olsen were behind Hu, while sophomore Grace Carlson and freshman Lindsey Engel trailed Manuel.

Stanford also got victories from freshman Ally Howe (200-yard butterfly, 2:00.44), Engel (100-yard freestyle, 51.14) and Hu (200-yard backstroke, 1:57.57). Allison Brown took the 500-yard freestyle in 4:52.30.

Stanford returns to Avery Aquatic Center on Friday and Saturday against No. 13 UCLA and No. 12 USC. Friday's matchup against the Bruins starts at 2 p.m., while Saturday's meeting with the Trojans is slated to begin at noon.

Men's gymnastics

No. 2 Stanford registered a season-best team score of 437.550 to place second Saturday night against No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 6 California and No. 10 Nebraska at the Stanford Open.

The Cardinal (4-1, 3-1 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) held a 366.950-365.650 lead over the top-ranked Sooners entering the final rotation but Oklahoma capitalized on a strong floor lineup to earn the comeback win.

The Sooners placed first with a 440.550, followed by Stanford, California (423.550) and Nebraska (418.050).

Stanford produced season-bests in floor (75.750), pommel horse (70.300), rings (74.050) and vault (74.700). The Cardinal's score on vault was a meet high. Stanford tied Oklahoma for the highest score on parallel bars with a 73.150.

"We're a young team so we're working on building confidence and competing under pressure," said Stanford coach Thom Glielmi. "The team is learning how to compete successfully and aggressively."

Akash Modi continued his hot start, earning individual victories in the all-around (90.150), parallel bars (15.450) and pommel horse (14.800).

He placed second on high bar with a 14.650 and fourth on rings with a 15.050. Modi has recorded the highest scores in the all-around and parallel bars in all three meets this season.

Sean Senters remained undefeated on vault this year, tying for first with a season-best 15.400. Senters also contributed scores on floor (14.800), high bar (14.050) and pommel horse (13.700).

Stanford got off to a quick start in the first rotation on floor, scoring a season-best 74.750. Modi and Robert Neff paced the Cardinal with scores of 15.200.

Ryan Sheppard also had a strong night with a career-best 15.150, followed by Senters (14.800) and Jonathan Deaton (14.400).

Modi led Stanford on pommel horse with a meet-best 14.800, followed by Brian Knott who tied for third with a season-best 14.500.

The Cardinal continued to roll on rings, led by Modi's 15.050 to place fourth. Brandon Beckhardt and Jordan DeClerk earned season-best scores of 15.000 and 14.800, respectively.

Despite the fast start, Stanford trailed Oklahoma 221.350-219.100 at the midway point of the meet.

The Cardinal exploded on vault to earn a season-best 74.700. Senters tied for first with a 15.400 and was followed by Modi (15.000), Sheppard (14.850) and Gabe Flores (14.750).

Modi led Stanford on parallel bars for the third consecutive meet with a 15.450 to place first. Knott was close behind with a 15.300 to place second.

Neff and Sheppard delivered solid routines to earn scores of 14.250 and 14.600, respectively.

The Cardinal entered the final rotation with a slight edge against Oklahoma, but the Sooners produced a strong floor routine to halt the upset. Modi led Stanford with a 14.650 and was followed by Neff with a 14.500.

Stanford will have a week off before returning to action at Michigan on Feb. 7.

Men's swimming

No. 10 Stanford completed its sweep of the Arizona schools, on the road, with a 134-96 win in Saturday's Pac-12 Conference dual meet at Arizona State. The Cardinal (5-0) won nine of 13 events to bring its weekend mark to 18 wins in 27 events.

Sean Duggan was a double winner in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle and helped his team score in the 400-yard medley relay. Drew Cosgarea led off the Cardinal's winning 400-yard freestyle relay team and picked up second place in the 500-yard freestyle.

Duggan won the 50-yard freestyle in 20.72 and the 100-yard freestyle in 45.14. Duggan had top-10 times in the NCAA in both events last season.

Liam Egan won the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 9:16.42 and Tom Kremer won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:38.37 to give the Cardinal three consecutive wins to start the meet. Duggan then won the 50-yard freestyle before Gray Umbach won the 200-yard individual medley to make it five wins in five events.

Kristian Ipsen and Bradley Christensen went 1-2 in the 1-meter diving, Paly grad Andrew Liang won the 200-yard butterfly, Duggan won the 100-yard freestyle and David Nolan dominated the 200-yard backstroke by 2.39 seconds to make it nine consecutive event victories for the Cardinal to start the dual meet.

The Cardinal next swims competitively on Feb. 7, hosting No. 18 USC. The meet will start at noon at Avery Aquatic Center.

Men's tennis

Stanford dropped a 4-1 decision to South Carolina on Saturday in the opening round of ITA Kick-Off Weekend at Florida.

The Cardinal (1-1) meets the host Gators on Sunday morning.

South Carolina (3-0) claimed the doubles point and clinched the match when Andrew Schafer outlasted David Hsu, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1, at the No. 4 position.

The Cardinal jumped out to an early lead in doubles, with John Morrissey and Robert Stineman booking a 6-3 win at the top spot of the lineup. But the Gamecocks countered at No. 3 and secured the point with a 7-5 triumph at No. 2.

Freshman Tom Fawcett continued his strong play, accounting for Stanford's only point in a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Thiago Pinheiro at the No. 1 position.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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