Cardinal men retain lead at Pac-12 swimming championships


With just one day of competition left, Stanford padded its lead in the evening session of the Pac-12 Conference Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday.

"We had lots of great additions to our program's top-15 list tonight in the 400-yard individual medley and the 100-yard backstroke," said Stanford's Director of Men's Swimming Ted Knapp. "I am very happy we were able to extend our lead but we know tomorrow needs to be our best morning of the meet."

Abrahm DeVine
Stanford got the ball rolling with another big haul in the first event of the night, the 400-yard individual medley. Freshman Abrahm DeVine (3:40.20) shaved more than two seconds off his prelim time to finish second while setting a school record. He broke the previous mark of 3:41.23 by Curtis Ogren, who finished third (3:41.43). Max Williamson (3:43.27) and Danny Thomson (3:46.61) scored valuable points in sixth and seventh place, respectively.

Stanford continued to show its depth in the 100-yard butterfly, with three swimmers in each final. Connor Black (46.37) finished fifth, with Gray Umbach (46.71) taking sixth and Andrew Liang (46.73) finishing seventh. Sam Perry (46.83) won the B-final while Ryan Arata (47.03) and Ryan Dudzinski also picked up points for the Cardinal.

Stanford had five more student-athletes earn second swims in the 200-yard freestyle. Liam Egan (1:35.74) took eighth place, while Sean Duggan (1:35.28) won the B-final. Cole Cogswell (1:35.65), Jeff Garnier (1:37.33) and Spencer DeShon (1:37.52) were also evening participants.

Matt Anderson (53.52) earned a second swim in the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing second in the B-final.

Ryan Dudzinski (46.28) finished third in the 100-yard backstroke while Ryan Arata (46.57) took fifth and Patrick Conaton (47.16) sixth. Andrew Liang (47.34) also scored points for the Cardinal in the B-final.

Stanford's final swim of the night came in the 400-yard medley relay. Dudzinski, Anderson, Black and Perry (3:08.37) finished fourth.

In the 3-meter diving finals, Connor Kuremsky (367.25) took second while Bradley Christensen (360.85) finished third. Tarek Abdelghany (304.30) and Ted Miclau (270.00) also earned points for the Cardinal.

Stanford (552 points) leads USC (477), Cal (430), Arizona (365), Arizona State (249) and Utah (209).

Men's gymnastics

Stanford's Akash Modi was named the College Gymnastics Association Gymnast of the Week for the fourth time this year, as announced by the organization Friday. The honor is Modi's 14th of his career, increasing his lead as the all-time leader in NCAA Division I Gymnast of the Week honors.

Modi posted another phenomenal all-around last weekend for the Cardinal, collecting his fourth all-around title with a score of 90.850 to help propel Stanford to a first place finish at the International Collegiate Challenge. Stanford posted a 444.600 score to best No. 9 California, Finland, Canada and reigning World Champions Japan.

Stanford and Modi will look to keep their momentum going on Saturday, March 5 where the Cardinal will travel to face the top-ranked and defending NCAA Champions, Oklahoma in a showdown of the nation's best. Meet time is set for 5 p.m. PT in Norman, Okla.

Women's tennis

No. 20 Stanford notched its fifth straight victory on Friday afternoon, defeating host Arizona, 5-2, in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.

The Cardinal (6-2, 1-0 Pac-12), which actually dropped four spots in the rankings despite knocking off No. 7 Florida last weekend, captured the doubles point and clinched the victory following Caroline Lampl's 7-5, 6-2 win at the No. 4 spot.

Trailing 1-0, the Wildcats (9-3, 0-1 Pac-12) got on the scoreboard next, as Lauren Marker picked up a point when Taylor Davidson had to retire down 3-1 in the second set.

Krista Hardebeck put Stanford back in front 2-1 thanks to a 6-4, 6-1 triumph at the No. 3 position.

Caroline Doyle's 6-3, 6-1 victory at the No. 2 spot brought the Cardinal one step closer before Lampl provided her first career clincher.

Stanford concludes its desert road trip Saturday at 11 a.m. against Arizona State.


Kylie Sorenson hit a pair of home runs and drove in five as Stanford beat host Hawaii, 13-4, to salvage a split of a doubleheader as part of the Pepsi Malihini Kipa Aloha tournament in Hawaii on Friday.

Sorenson also homered in the opener, an 8-3 loss to Coastal Carolina.

The Cardinal (8-8) plays the same two teams again Saturday.

Betsy Noll also homered against the Rainbow Wahine and drove in a pair of runs. Jessica Plaza doubled in two runs in support of winning pitcher Carolyn Lee (4-4), who went the distance.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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