Top-four finishes in relays put Stanford men in fourth


Stanford's 200-yard medley relay and 800-yard freestyle relay teams swam NCAA A-cut times on Wednesday night at the Pac-12 Conference Championships in Federal Way, Wash.

Ryan Dudzinski, Matt Anderson, Andrew Liang and Sam Perry (1:25.10) took fourth place in the 200 medley relay, while Gray Umbach, Maxwell Williamson, Sean Duggan and Liam Egan (6:18.16) finished third in the 800 free relay in the second and final event of the night.

Gray Umbach
"Our 800 free relay team was void of any return swimmers from last year. It was really fun to see Gray and Sean as seniors lead Max and Liam in a great team effort, and our young 200 medley relay team of two freshman and two sophomores was faster than last year's team," said Stanford's Director of Men's Swimming Ted Knapp. "I'm also really proud of Jimmy Yoder and Gray Umbach for swimming times that will get them invited to the NCAA championships."

Umbach (1:33.94) led off the 800 free relay with an NCAA A-cut, while Jimmy Yoder (1:42.41) swam an A-cut in a 200-yard butterfly time trial.

The Cardinal (62 points) sits in fourth place behind California (72), Arizona (70) and USC (68).

The meet continues Thursday at the King County Aquatic Center.

In other swimming news:

Stanford freshman Ella Eastin and sophomore Gracia Leydon-Mahoney, who combined for five individual conference championhips last week, were each honored by the Pac-12 on Wednesday. Eastin was selected as the Pac-12 Swimmer of the Month, while Leydon-Mahoney earned the Diver of the Month award.

Leydon-Mahoney won both diving events to lead Stanford over No. 3 Cal on Feb. 13, and then claimed two Pac-12 championships last week. She won the 1-meter and 3-meter to help Stanford clinch an undefeated Pac-12 season with a 172-128 win over the Bears. She then won Pac-12 titles in the 3-meter and platform to help Stanford to a second-place team finish at the championship meet. On the platform, her score of 341.40 was 30-points higher than the runner-up, and earlier in the week, she won the 3-meter event with a score of 379.55. She also placed fourth in the 1-meter to earn a total of 90 points for the Cardinal at the Pac-12 meet.

Eastin won three individual events in that win over No. 3 Cal on Feb. 13. She then won three individual Pac-12 titles and was a member of Stanford's winning 400-yard freestyle team at the championship meet last week.

At the Pac-12 meet, Eastin became the youngest women's swimmer of all-time to break four-minutes in the 400 individual medley and just the seventh to ever do so. Her time of 3:59.30 also set the National Age Group record and currently ranks as the sixth-fastest finish all-time. That time is tops in the nation by an astounding four seconds. In addition, Eastin's Pac-12 winning time in the 200 IM (1:52.77) is the fastest in the nation this year, while her time in the 200 fly (1:52.01) was nearly two full seconds better than second place and now ranks second in the nation this season. To cap off the meet, she helped lead Stanford's 400 free relay team to victory.

— Stanford Athletics

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