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Two Stanford women divers qualify for NCAA Championships

 

Stanford senior Alex Clay and sophomore Gracia Leydon-Mahoney each qualified for the NCAA Championships with top-six performances at the NCAA Zone E Diving Championships at Northern Arizona University on Monday.

Leydon-Mahoney, who won Pac-12 titles in the 3-meter and platform in February, finished fourth on the 1-meter board with a score of 299.35, and Clay was sixth with a score of 284.5. Among the 58 divers, only the top nine qualify for the NCAA Championships in Atlanta, March 16-19.


All that's left for the pair in Flagstaff, Ariz., is to determine how busy each will be at the NCAA Championship meet. The duo still can qualify for the NCAA's in the 3-meter and platform events. They will compete on the 3-meter on Tuesday and on the platform on Wednesday.

Senior Lilly Hinrichs did not compete in Monday's 1-meter event, but will vie for her spot in Atlanta in the next two events.

Men's golf

Stanford senior David Boote has been selected to the European team to take part in the Bonallack Trophy, the first time in four years a Welsh player has been picked for the event.

Boote and the 12-man European team will compete against the best amateur players from the Asia-Pacific region in the international match played at Vidago Palaca Golf Course in Portugal from March 16-18.

Europe is the defending winner of The Bonallack Trophy, which is based on a Ryder Cup style format, after winning in India two years ago.

A human biology major from Surrey, England, Boote has excelled in recent international competition, finishing fourth in the South American Amateur Championship in Peru, following his wins at the Welsh Amateur and Order of Merit titles last year.

"I was very pleased to hear of my selection to the European Team for the Bonallack Trophy," said Boote. "It's a long way to travel from San Francisco to Portugal for the event, but I am very much looking forward to playing at Vidago Palaca.

"Fortunately, I am slightly ahead of my academic unit count for my degree and I have now almost completed my medical internship. This, and a slight gap in my college playing schedule, gives me the opportunity to play in Portugal without missing a collegiate event."

Soon after Boote returns to The Farm, he will join the Cardinal for The Goodwin (March 24-26) held at Stanford Golf Course.

Fencing

Four freshmen fencers from Stanford earned conference titles during the weekend in the first round of the NCAA Western Regional Championships at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Sean Strong won in men's epee, Jeffrey Dalli in men's sabre, Chantel Yang in women's epee and Carly Weber-Levine in women's sabre.

In addition, six Stanford student-athletes collected all-conference honors for their performances. They included Darren Mei (second place) and Andre Cornman (third place) in men's foil, David Beam (third place) in men's sabre, Christie Dawson (third place) in women's foil, Belinda Mo (second place) in women's epee, and Valerie Garcia (third place) in women's sabre.

"Four championships in six events is quite an accomplishment," said head coach Lisa Posthumus. "It says a lot about their dedication to the sport and signals a strong future for both programs."

Other regionals will be contested this weekend. Next week, Stanford will learn which fencers receive invites to the National Collegiate Championships, March 24-27 at The Grosman Sports and Convocation Center in Waltham, Massachusetts. Brandeis University and Waltham will host.

Squash

Stanford junior CC Ho from Belmont, Mass., won her flight in the B Draw to garner second-team All-American honors on Sunday at the CSA National Squash Championships in New Haven, Conn.

Ho finished the season ranked 17-20 in the individual national rankings, and was one of four Stanford student-athletes from the women's team to reach the quarter or semifinals. Also advancing were sophomore Sarah Bell, fifth-year senior Maddie Gill and freshman Tara Shannon.

Ho, a computer science major, trailed 7-3 in the fifth and deciding game. She rallied to take a 10-7 lead, then prevailed, 13-11.

"I'm really happy for her," said head coach Mark Talbott. "It was a great battle."

Stanford finished the 2015-16 season ranked No. 6 in the country. Of his top 10 players, all but Gill return next year and Talbott has a strong recruiting class coming in.

"I think we're definitely going to move up in the rankings," he said.

Stanford had no home matches this season and traveled more than any team in the country. That will change in 2016-17, when Yale and Penn come to The Farm. Talbott is also hoping to schedule at least one more East Coast opponent.

"I'm very excited about the future," Talbott said.

Synchronized swimming

The women's synchronized swimming team celebrated senior day on Saturday by sweeping events against Arizona and Arizona State in the Western Regional Championships at rainy Avery Aquatic Center.

"The student-athletes had very strong performances," said head coach Sara Lowe. "I was happy with how well the speed and intricacy of the routines was received."

Clare McGovern won the solo free routine with a score of 85.2667. Erica Slavin and Sandra Ortellado sparkled in the duet free with a point total of 85.6667, earning 34.6667 for artistic improvisation. Stanford finished first and second in the trio free routine, with the group of Slavin, McGovern and Ortellado posting 85.3667, followed by Evelyna Wang, Marisa Tashima and Amanda Urke at 82.5333.

In the team free routine, Wang, Tashima, Slavin, McGovern, Ortellado, Urke, Rachel Hyon and Isabella Park recorded a winning score of 86.8333, receiving 34.9333 for artistic improvisation, 26.1000 for difficulty and 25.8000 for execution. Rina Horii, Shiree Lee, Dylan Harding, Mady Duboc, Joanna Langner, Elle Billman and Gillian Brassil placed second at 83.8833.

"They continue to amaze me with their high level of motivation," Lowe said. "They work hard together and really push themselves."

Stanford concludes the season on March 23 at the Collegiate National Championships in Gainesville, Fla.

— Stanford Athletics

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