Swimming depth paying off for Stanford men at Invitational


The Stanford men's swimming team won four of five individual events and split the relays, extending its lead at the A3 Performance Invitational in Monterey Park on Friday.

"The morning preliminaries set the team up for what was anywhere from 3-6 swimmers in the final heat in every event," said Stanford's Director of Swimming Ted Knapp. "I was happy with our top times in each event, our two relay teams raced well and in some cases the depth was particularly impressive."

Ryan Dudzinski
Ryan Dudzinski, Christian Brown, Connor Black and Sam Perry (1:26.97) set another meet record in the 200-yard medley relay, a day after setting a meet record in the 400-yard medley relay.

Abrahm DeVine (3:45.50), Max Williamson (3:46.75), Curtis Ogren (3:48.94), Justin Buck (3:53.11) and Danny Thomson (3:56.45) kept the momentum going with a sweep of the top five in the 400-yard individual medley.

DeVine's time was .33 seconds off the meet record and is the fastest 400 IM time in the nation this season.

Stanford claimed six of the top seven places in the 100-yard butterfly with Connor Black (47.46) leading the way in first place.

Andrew Liang (47.63) finished second with Gray Umbach (47.80) in third, Jimmy Yoder (48.46) in fifth, Perry (48.57) in sixth and Dudzinski (48.58) in seventh.

Liam Egan (1:36.68) won his second event of the week in the 200-yard freestyle. Sean Duggan (1:37.81) followed in third with Jeff Garnier (1:38.00) placing fifth.

Christian Brown (54.87) took second place in the 100-yard breaststroke while Matt Anderson (55.28) finished third.

Dudzinski (46.86) backed up his meet record 46.57 in the 100-yard backstroke with a comfortable win in the finals.

Patrick Conaton (48.32), Ryan Arata (49.10), Liang (49.20), Jack Walsh (49.36) and Wesley Olmsted (49.79) rounded out the top six with Cole Cogswell (49.26) also winning the consolation final.

Williamson, Yoder, Conaton and Thomson (6:33.92) swam the final event of the night, finishing second in the 800-yard freestyle relay.

Stanford's diving contingent was also in action tonight at the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta, Georgia. Connor Kuremsky (365.65) led the way, winning the 1-meter event.

"Connor stepped up and did a great job today," said diving coach Patrick Jeffrey. "He didn't miss a dive all day. You could really tell he is a mature veteran by his consistency."

Women's swimming

Stanford remains in second place through the first two day of competition at the Art Adamson Invitational in College Station, Texas.

At the conclusion of Friday's action, the Cardinal stood in second place with 576 points. Stanford is trailing host Texas A&M (831) but has an edge over third-place LSU (423.5), with Boise State (265.5) and Utah (236) rounding out the top five.

One day after claiming the 200 yard IM crown, freshman Ella Eastin won the 400 yard IM race with a time of 4:08.82. Also claiming event titles on Friday were Sarah Haase (58.27 in the 100 yard breast, Janet Hu (51.45 in the 100 yard back) and Lia Neal (1:44.87 in the 200 yard free).

With two more event wins on Friday, Stanford has captured four relays titles. The 200 yard medley relay squad of Hu, Haase, Ally Howe and Neal clocked in at 1:35.92 while the 800 yard freestyle crew of Eastin, Neal, Lindsey Engel and Nicole Stafford notched a time of 7:04.24.

Competition wraps up on Saturday.

— Stanford Athletics

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