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Stanford men take lead into final day of Pac-12 swim

 

Freshman Curtis Ogren set a Stanford record in the 400-yard individual medley and the Cardinal held on to its first-place billing Friday at the Pac-12 Conference Swimming Championships in Federal Way, Wash.

Ogren, who starred at St. Francis High and with Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics, set the school record in the 400 IM by going 3:41.23 in the prelims. He wound up second with an NCAA A-cut 3:41.32 during the evening session. Max Williamson (3:46.63) took sixth after a prelim performance of 3:45.89 and Danny Thomson (3:48.05) was eighth overall. Justin Buck clocked in at 3:47.35 for ninth.

The previous school record of 3:42.76 held by Markus Rogan stood since 2002. Rogan competed for Austria as an Olympian.

Through 14 events at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, the Cardinal is first with 564.5 points. USC holds the second spot with 531.5 points and defending champ Cal (488) is third among the six-team field.

"We did it tonight with great depth," said Stanford head coach Ted Knapp. "There were no wins, but Curtis Ogren had a great swim with his school record in the 400 IM. The magic was in the 400 medley relay -- three unshaved guys, two swimming off-strokes. We're looking forward to big drops at the NCAA Championships."

The meet concludes Saturday with the 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard butterfly, 1,650-yard freestyle and 400-yard freestyle relay. Live results will be available at GoStanford.com.

Freshman Andrew Liang from Palo Alto High knotted himself as the program's ninth-best all-time performer in the 100-yard butterfly and secured a trip to the NCAA Championships. His prelim swim of 46.20 tied that of Jayme Cramer in 2005, and Liang went 46.50 in the finals for sixth. Connor Black was seventh with a 46.70.

Sacred Heart Prep grad Tom Kremer, who went 1:34.32 in the prelims of the 200-yard freestyle, took fifth in the finals. Stanford's top performer in the event was Drew Cosgarea and his 1:34.35 for third overall. Thomas Stephens checked in with a 1:34.80 for sixth.

Christian Brown (53.93) was 15th in the 100-yard breaststroke and one spot ahead of Daniel Le (55.04) in the finals. Brown also went a career-best 53.88 in the prelims.

Senior David Nolan was third in the finals of the 100 back with an NCAA A-cut 45.37, despite heading into the finals as the seventh-seed. He holds the school record of 45.21. Ryan Arata's 47.01 was good for sixth and Patrick Conaton rounded out the finals in 47.61.

Stanford closed the evening with an NCAA A-cut 3:07.35 in the 400-yard medley relay. Kremer, Nolan, Gray Umbach and Stephens comprised the bronze-worthy unit.

— Stanford Athletics

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