For the second straight season, the Stanford women's swimming and diving team notched a fall victory against Utah, this time by a score of 177-112 over the visiting Utes at Avery Aquatic Center on Friday afternoon. The Cardinal won 12 events and had the top time in three other exhibition swims.
"It's only our second meet, but we put together a fairly good lineup because we don't race for another five weeks," Stanford head coach Greg Meehan said. "We needed to see some things and I was really impressed with our senior leadership. Allison Brown, Sarah Haase, Jaynie Pulte, Julia Ama and Julia Anderson all had good performances and set the tone."
The Cardinal quartet of sophomore Ally Howe, Haase, sophomore Janet Hu and junior Lia Neal won the 200 medley relay (1:40.01). Junior Grace Carlson won the 200 free (1:48.49) and freshman Kim Williams took the 200 fly (2:01.09).
"We have a good balance of senior leadership with really talented underclassmen as well," Meehan added. "We're not really focused on how fast we're going, but we're focused on great effort and good details in our racing. We'll take this and we'll go back to work for another five weeks and get ready for Texas A&M."
Hu took the 100 backstroke in 53.26, the 200 back in 1:56.56 and also had the best time in the 100 fly (53.45). Lia Neal won the 100 free (49.43) and was also a part of Stanford's 200 free relay, which had a top time of 1:32.87.
Sophomore Gracia Leydon-Mahoney won the 3-meter dive with a score of 317.55 and had the second-best score in the 1-meter competition (272.85). Freshman Ella Eastin's 2:00.09 was the fastest 200 individual medley of the afternoon.
Stanford will have five weeks before its next meet at the Texas A&M Invitational in College Station, Texas.
"We really believe in good work," Meehan said of his team's focus during that time. "We're not necessarily a gimmicky team in terms of how we train. We do good, solid work and have really good details in that work. That will be the focus. They all have individual things they'll take during that period, but as a coaching staff, we're going to go back to work and continue to get better over this time period."
Sam Perry sprinted to a pair of freestyle victories and Stanford defeated visiting Utah, 164-125, in a Pac-12 Conference meet Friday at Avery Aquatic Center.
"What I see happening on a daily basis is guys competing to find a place on the team," Cardinal Director of Men's Swimming Ted Knapp said. "We have such a balanced team, so there's a lot more excitement about covering events in numbers better than we have in the past."
The team of Ryan Dudzinski, Matt Anderson, Andrew Liang and Spencer DeShon (1:29.41) got things started with a win in the 200-yard medley relay.
Sean Duggan (1:39.95) won the 200-yard freestyle with Jeff Garnier (1:41.13) finishing third and Brad Zdroik (1:41.15) fourth.
Christian Brown (55.56) and Anderson (56.42) went 1-2 in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Gray Umbach (1:48.23), Liang (1:51.68) and Abrahm DeVine (1:51.24) swept the podium in the 200-yard butterfly.
Perry (20.08) and Connor Black (20.36) finished first and second, respectively, in the 50-yard freestyle.
Perry (44.33) also out-touched Sean Duggan (45.32) and DeShon (45.52) to win the 100-yard freestyle.
Anderson (2:02.38) won the 200-yard breaststroke, with Curtis Ogren (2:05.35) taking third.
Umbach (48.82), Liang (48.87) and Black (49.10) had podium finishes in the 100-yard butterfly.
The team of Perry, Black, Duggan and Zdroik (1:21.23) out-touched DeShon, Liang, Garnier and Umbach (1:21.72) to finish the afternoon.
"I love the unity of the team. Every day in practice you see the guys supporting each other and competing with each other," Knapp said. "We have a bunch of guys fighting for spots, but at the same time it's great to see them come together."
As for diving, Connor Kuremsky (365.25) won the 3-meter as well as the 1-meter (322.35).
"Connor stepped up and did a great job," said diving coach Patrick Jeffrey. "Diving is a little difficult early on in the season because not everyone is quite ready to throw their big tricks, but he did well in trying some tough dives early."
Stanford returns to action Friday, Oct. 23, for its annual alumni meet and then participates in the non-scoring Cal Triple Distance on Nov. 4 in Berkeley.