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Seniors help Cardinal swimmers savor the final home meet

 

Katie Olsen helped give herself a perfect send-off, as the senior won two events to help the Stanford women's swimming and diving team beat visiting USC, 182-110, in its final home meet of the season on Saturday. The Cardinal won 13 of the 16 events.

"We had some really good performances from our seniors," Stanford coach Greg Meehan said. "Katie Olsen doing what she did in the breaststroke events, Haley Sims and Mackenzie Stein were awesome in the 200 fly and Sloane Brazina had one of her best performances in the diving events. It's very rewarding to see them here enjoying the moment for the last time."

Olsen swept the breaststrokes ahead of Sarah Haase and freshman Heidi Poppe, who went 2-3 in each event. Freshman Ally Howe from Sacred Hearet Prep claimed both backstrokes and classmate Simone Manual won the 50- and 200-yard freestyles before finishing second in the 500-yard freestyle.

"It was amazing," said Sims. "A dream. Everything I could've asked for my final time with the team. The sun was out, everyone had a great time, everyone swam super fast; it was just the perfect day to end my career."

Sophomore Lia Neal (100-yard freestyle, 49.26), freshman Janet Hu (100-yard butterfly, 53.36) and freshman Lindsey Engel (200-yard butterfly, 1:59.56) also took top spots for the Cardinal. Engel out-raced Cardinal Tara Halsted, Stein and Sims, who finished third, fourth and fifth, in the 200 fly.

No. 2-ranked Stanford (7-1, 5-0 Pac-12) finished 1-2-3 in four events and 1-2 in four others.

"It has been a dream come true," said Brazina. "I wouldn't have wanted to go out any other way. It was a very positive atmosphere out here on the pool deck. We had so much fun all day."

Brazina was fourth in the 1-meter diving competition, while sophomore Kassidy Cook finished second. USC's Haley Ishimatsu, the reigning NCAA platform champion, won both diving events, but Stanford's Alex Clay went for second in the 3-meter and Cook was third.

Stanford takes two weeks off from dual meets, before traveling across the Bay for a date with No. 3 California on Valentine's Day.

The Pac-12 Championships are Feb. 25-28 in Federal Way, Washington, and the NCAA Championships are scheduled for March 19-21 in Greensboro, North Carolina.

"I certainly feel like we are getting momentum towards the championships season," said Meehan. "Now is the time to get going fast. The work that we did in the fall is showing itself, the work that we did in Colorado Springs is starting to show, so we are really excited about where we are trending."

Women's water polo

The top-ranked Cardinal won its first two games at the Stanford Invitational on Saturday, beating No. 16 UC Davis, 16-4, in the morning and stifling No. 6 UC Irvine, 11-3, in the afternoon.

Ashley Grossman and Kiley Neushul each scored six combined goals in the two games.

Defensively, the Cardinal (4-0) held its opponents scoreless in five of eight quarters. In its first four outings of 2015, Stanford has outscored its opponents by a dominant 61-10 margin.

The two Saturday wins were also the 498th and 499th in Stanford women's water polo history. The Cardinal will have its first chance to reach the 500-victory milestone tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. against No. 7 San Jose State.

Track and field

Jessica Tonn won the 3,000-meter invitational race and her teammates captured the women's 4x400 relay -- both among the top times in school history -- to highlight Stanford performances Saturday at the Razorback Invitational indoor track and field meet in Fayetteville, Ark.

Tonn, a fifth-year senior, led wire to wire while running 9:04.93 to jump to No. 5 on Stanford's all-time indoor list, passing former Cardinal greats Sara Bei and Kathy Kroeger.

Tonn has opened her season with two substantial personal records, first with a 4:38.00 mile at the UW Indoor Preview, and now this, breaking her previous best of 9:10.26. Tonn's specialty is long distance, winning the Pac-12 10,000 title and finishing ninth in the USATF outdoor 5,000 last year.

Just as impressive was the Stanford 4x400. The team of junior Kristyn Williams and three freshmen -- in order: Olivia Baker, Michaela Crunkleton Wilson, and Gaby Gayles -- ran 3:36.81 for the No. 3 indoor time in Stanford history.

Williams (53.92 split) gave Stanford a substantial lead on the opening leg and Baker (53.33) kept the Cardinal in front with only LSU close, The Tigers took the lead on the third leg despite a 55.06 leg by Crunkleton Wilson, but Gayles (54.92) anchored the Cardinal to victory.

Particularly impressive was that Stanford beat Texas A&M, which finished second in the NCAA outdoor championships last year and returned three members of that team, all of whom ran Saturday. The Aggies were awarded second after apparent runner-up LSU was disqualified.

Fifth-year senior Erik Olson was third in the invitational 3,000 in a strong 7:56.84 with Jack Keelan close behind, in fifth in 7:59.37.

The Cardinal women had two triple jumpers exceed 40 feet, sophomore Carla Forbes (sixth, 40-7), and freshman Marisa Kwiatkowski (ninth, 40-2 3/4). Forbes moved to No. 10 on Stanford's all-time indoor list.

Personal records were earned by Malika Waschmann in the women's 800 (2:09.63), Maddy Berkson in the women's mile (4:47.81), and Tom Coyle (4:04.39) and Will Drinkwater (4:10.43) in the men's mile.

Men's tennis

Nolan Paige, with Trey Strobel, clinched the doubles point and then he clinched Stanford's 6-1 victory over visiting UNLV in a nonconference match Saturday.

The Cardinal (2-2) remains at home for its next match, a nonconference contest against BYU next Saturday at 2 p.m.

Stanford dominated singles play after grabbing the doubles point, with victories at five of six spots.

Playing in only his fourth career dual, Yale Goldberg stretched Stanford's lead to 2-0 following a 6-1, 6-0 triumph against Ozzy Abraham at the No. 6 position.

Moved up to the No. 4 spot, David Wilczynski added a 6-0, 6-4 victory before Paige eventually secured the match with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Ruben Alberts on court five.

Women's gymnastics

A strong start on bars and a season-best finish on beam lifted No. 19 Stanford to its fourth consecutive victory Saturday as it defeated Arizona State, 196.525-193.775.

The Cardinal (4-3-1, 2-1 Pac-12) outscored the Sun Devils (1-6, 0-2 Pac-12) in all four events and five Stanford gymnasts combined for nine top-three finishes.

"This team competes with confidence and competitiveness and are committed to bringing it every single time," said Stanford head coach Kristen Smyth. "We still have things we want to add and will continue to improve on each event. There's still a lot more we can do and that's encouraging."

Smyth added January has been a grind for her team, competing in five meets, and she's proud of how they have competed during the first month of the season.

Taylor Rice continued to provide consistency and big scores for the Cardinal, finishing first in the all-around (39.500) and floor (9.825), and tying for first on beam (9.925). She earned second-place finishes on bars (9.875) and vault (9.875).

Rice set a career high in the all-around for the fourth time this season and her 9.925 on beam is a career best.

Hong finished first on bars with a 9.900 and tied for first on beam with a 9.925. It is her third individual event victory on beam and second on bars this season.

Rebecca Wing tied her season bests on beam (9.900) and bars (9.850), performing in the leadoff position in both events. She placed third on beam.

Samantha Shapiro produced a season-best 9.875 on bars to place second. She also contributed a 9.750 in the leadoff position on floor.

Wrestling

No. 25 Stanford won eight of 10 bouts to defeat host Utah Valley State, 28-6, in a nonconference meet Saturday in Orem, Utah.

Stanford won the first three matches to jump out to a 9-0 lead in the team score. A fall by fifth-year senior Garrett Schaner at 149 pounds and a major decision by redshirt sophomore Maxwell Hvolbek at 157 pounds put the dual out of reach for the Cardinal.

Schaner's fall came in 1:20 over Trevor Wilson, marking the fastest of the season for the Big Rapids, Michigan native. He moves to 16-12 overall and to 6-4 in duals.

Hvolbek dominated Logan Addis, 16-6, to register his fourth major decision victory of the year. He is now 18-11 overall and 4-4 in duals.

Redshirt sophomore Zach Nevills, who has shared time in the line-up with Ryan Davies at 184 pounds, got things started for Stanford with a 5-4 overtime win over Ross Taylor.

Redshirt freshman Garet Krohn then secured a 3-1 decision over Derek Thomas at 197 pounds. Tied 1-1 in the third period, Krohn registered a takedown with 36 seconds left and held on for the win.

Redshirt freshman Nathan Butler tallied a 6-2 decision over Utah Valley senior Adam Fager, who is a two-time NCAA qualifier.

After 15th-ranked Evan Silver was upset by Chasen Tolbert, 3-0, at 125 pounds, redshirt freshman Connor Schram held off Jade Rauser at 133 pounds.

True freshman Mason Pengilly, who entered the year as a 125-pounder, filled in for Isaiah Locsin at 141 pounds. Pengilly wrestled tough against Matthew Ontiveros through the first two periods, but yielded a takedown in the third and fell 4-0.

Redshirt sophomore Jim Wilson, ranked No. 13 in the nation, improved to 25-4 on the year with a 9-4 decision over Dalton Harmon. Wilson now has 60 career victories in less than two full years of competition for the Cardinal.

Redshirt freshman Keaton Subjeck concluded the scoring for Stanford with a 3-1 decision over senior Ethan Smith at 174 pounds. A takedown in the first period which caught Smith off guard proved to be the difference-maker.

Stanford wraps-up the road trip on Sunday at Boise State.

Men's volleyball

No. 13 Stanford fell, 25-14, 25-20, 25-19, to host No. 8 UC Santa Barbara on Saturday in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation contest.

The Cardinal (2-4 MPSF, 3-6 overall) travels to Pepperdine on Friday for an MPSF contest.

UC Santa Barbara posted a .440 team hitting percentage, while holding Stanford to a .207 clip. The Cardinal managed to side out at just a 56 percent rate and was hurt by 15 attack errors.

Junior setter James Shaw ran the offense, collecting 27 assists to go with three kills and four digs. Junior outside hitter Madison Hayden tied his career high with 10 kills and had five digs. Redshirt senior Daniel Tublin added eight kills and two digs.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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