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Ipsen wins second diving title, Haase also a champion

 

Sarah Haase won the 100-yard breaststroke and the Stanford women's swimming and diving team had eight swimmers place sixth or higher Friday at the Pac-12 Championships in the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.

Stanford continues to trail California, 1,088 1/2-954, heading into Saturday's final day of competition.

"The team had another really strong showing," Cardinal coach Greg Meehan said. "It was great to have wins by Saqrah Haase in the breast and to finish the session with a win in the relay, but all around I'm really, really proud of our effort."

Haase, a junior human biology major, clocked an A-cut and the No. 2 time in Stanford history by stopping the clock at 58.60. She outraced UCLA's Allison Wine in second (59.75) and freshman teammate Heidi Poppe in third (1:00.15).

Only Olympian Tara Kirk has been faster in the 100 breaststroke wearing a Cardinal cap. Kirk swam a 58.41 in 2003.

Katie Olsen, the defending Pac-12 champion in the event, completed the impressive showing in the event by the Cardinal with a sixth-place showing (1:00.61).

Stanford also won the final event of the night, the 400-yard medley relay, to walk away from Day 3 with a pair of first-place finishes. Haase, Janet Hu, Ally Howe and Simone Manuel combined to swim a time of 3:29.56, just ahead of Cal's 3:30.21.

In one of the most highly anticipated events of the weekend, Missy Franklin edged Manuel, a freshman, in the 200-yard freestyle. Manuel produced what would have been a Pac-12 record 1:41.15 if Franklin had not gone 1:41.09.

Manuel was faster than Franklin, 25.25-25.67, over the final 25 yards, but the stronger Franklin held off Manuel to take the conference record.

Lia Neal was sixth in the 200 free at 1:43.88, an A qualifying mark, an indication of the event's swiftness and competitiveness.

Stanford also scored with Grace Carlson in 14th (1:46.52) and Julia Anderson in 20th (1:47.83) in an event that saw swimmers post NCAA standard times.

Tara Halsted got the night started by earning third in the 400-yard IM in 4:12.75. She had qualified for the A final with a personal best 4:12.11 during the morning session.

Hu and freshman classmate Lindsey Engel followed Halsted by claiming fifth and seventh, respectively, in the 100-yard butterfly.

Hu was to the wall in 51.93, while Engel touched at 52.57. Hu's time beat her 52.07 from the Art Adamson Invitational for seventh all-time in Stanford's record book.

Kassidy Cook was second in the one-meter diving competition (347.55), behind Arizona's Samantha Pickens (351.55). The Cardinal placed three divers in the top eight.

"(Diving coach) Patrick Jeffrey and our diving corps has been awesome," said Meehan. "Another great showing."

The final day features the 1650-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 200-yard breaststroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard butterfly in addition to the prelims and semifinals for the men's and women's platform drives. The 400-free relay will end the championships.

Men's diving

It was all in a day's work for Stanford All-American and Olympian Kristian Ipsen. On the second day of the Pac-12 Conference championships, Ipsen recorded his second diving title and his second school record.

Almost 24 hours after winning the league's 1-meter title, Ipsen's fifth career Pac-12 crown came in the 3-meter event Friday evening at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.

Ipsen brought his career league title total to five, and bounced back from placing second in the 3-meter event at last year's meet. He bettered his own school-record 466.05 set in 2012 with an aggregate 520.40 points.

Second place went to teammate Bradley Christensen, as the sophomore diver rallied for silver with a 457.15.

Tarek Abdelghany narrowly missed the finals and placed ninth with 317.00 points. Ted Miclau (289.95) was 15th overall.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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