Solid efforts for Stanford athletes at World University Games


Stanford grad Felicia Lee finished sixth in the women's 100-meter butterfly on Day 5 of the World University Games at the Nambu University International Aquatics Center in Gwangju, South Korea.

She is the second Cardinal to earn a spot in a final after junior Lia Neal and Team USA's 400-meter freestyle relay squad won gold.

Lee, who also earned gold after swimming in the prelims of the relay, clocked a 58.91 to finish 1.08 seconds behind event winner Ying Lu of China. Italy's Elena Di Liddo was second (58.29) and Slovakia's Katarina Listopadova took bronze (58.37).

After a 59.27 in prelims, Lee dropped to 58.93 in the semifinals to earn the sixth qualifying spot. She took another 0.02 off her time in the final the next night.

Previously, Lee advanced to the 50-meter butterfly semifinals, but missed the top-eight finals by three spots.

Women's water polo

Team USA fought back even with Italy, 9-9, on a Jordan Raney goal with 1:46 to go in the game, but Giuditta Garladi put one home from center tank with under a minute to go and the Italians hung on for a 10-9 victory on Wednesday.

Raney scored twice, along with Shannon Cleary, Katie Dudley and Kat Klass, while Jamie Neushul accounted for the other U.S. goal.

Italy scored the game's first two before Klass got the United States on the board with 4:23 on the clock in the opening quarter off a patented feed on the counter attack from Gabby Stone in the cage.

Katie Dudley put home her first of two in a man-up situation with 1:41 to go and the U.S. was down one after one, 3-2.

Cleary scored off yet another Stone pass on the break to tie the game for the first time early in the second frame (6:54) and start a back-and-forth stretch. Italy pulled ahead, but Neushul answered (5:56).

The Italians scored another before Klass did the same (4:25) to tie things 5-5, but Italy would add a pair late to stake itself to a 7-5 lead through 16 minutes.

Cleary and Dudley each rattled the cage for the second time in the third quarter and Team USA was down one, 8-7, heading into the fourth.

Gloria Giachi scored at 7:03 before the United States responded in the form of Jordan Raney, who converted two power-play opportunities (5:07 and 1:46) to give her country a chance before Garladi's winner.

Stone made 12 saves in the cage on 22 shots in addition to her pair of assists.

Track and field

Stanford's Valarie Allman finished fifth during the qualifying round of the women's discus, but remained in that position with a best throw of 182-8 in the finale.

Allman was the top American in the event. Russia's Yuliya Maltseva, who has a season best of 208-3, won the competition at 194-9.

The trip was Allman's first overseas and was a just reward for a strong season. Allman won the Pac-12 title, was fifth at the NCAA Championships, and 10th at the U.S. Championships. She was the first Stanford woman to win a Pac-10/Pac-12 championship, and finished higher at NCAA's than any Stanford woman in that event since 1986.

Women's golf

Stanford's Lauren Kim shot a first-round 73 and the USA is tied for fifth with a team score 147.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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