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Stanford women swim to an All-American finish at NCAAs

 

It was an All-American start for Stanford at the 2016 Women's NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships as the splashed to a sixth-place finish in the 800-freestyle relay on Wednesday's first day of competition in Atlanta, Ga.

At the aquatics home of the 1996 Summer Olympics, Nicole Stafford, Ella Eastin, Julia Ama and Lindsey Engel combined to break seven minutes in the meet-opening relay. Their time of 6:59.19 placed them fifth in their heat and sixth overall to earn All-America accolades.


"I'm really proud of this group," head coach Greg Meehan said, "especially the performances of Julia Ama and Lindsey Engel. They don't typically swim the 200 freestyle, but they both stepped up for the team in a big way. This is a great start for us and gives us some momentum heading into the rest of the week."

The foursome earned Stanford 26 points on the first day. Ama is a Gunn High grad.

Women's gymnastics

Nationally No. 19-ranked Stanford will pursue its sixth conference title at the Pac-12 Championships Saturday at 1 p.m. in Seattle, Wash.

The Cardinal hit 23 of 24 routines at last year's conference championships to finish third and register its 15th consecutive top-four finish. Stanford has scored 197.175 at each of the past two Pac-12 Championships.

Stanford's past two trips to Washington for the Pac-12 Championships were successful ones, winning the 2001 and 2008 conference titles.

The Cardinal will compete in Session I and is joined by No. 17 Washington, No. 21 Arizona and Arizona State.

Stanford has finished no lower than fourth over the past 15 conference championships, including all 14 seasons under head coach Kristen Smyth. Since the conference championships began in 1987, UCLA has won 16 titles, Oregon State has claimed six, the Cardinal holds five and Utah claimed its second victory in 2015.

Stanford finished first at the conference championships in 1998, 2001, 2004, 2006 and 2008.

Stanford is one of seven teams in the nation to make at least seven Super Six appearances in the past 14 years (2002-15). (Alabama-13, Utah-11, Georgia-10, UCLA-9, Florida-9, Stanford-7, Nebraska-7)

Stanford tied or set season bests in each event to earn a season-best 197.400 and the victory against No. 7 UCLA and No. 10 Georgia in its regular-season finale in Los Angeles (March 6).

Fencing

Seven student-athletes will represent Stanford at the 2016 National Collegiate Men's and Women's Fencing Championships, it was announced Tuesday.

The championships will be hosted by Brandeis University, March 24-27 at the Gosman Sports and Convocation Center in Waltham, Mass.

Cardinal participants include Sean Strong and Tristen Krueger in men's epee, Darren Mei in men's foil, Jeffrey Dalli in men's sabre, Belinda Mo and Chantel Yang in women's epee, and Carly Weber-Levine in women's sabre. All but Krueger qualified at the NCAA Western Regional Championships at the United State Air Force Academy, while he earned a wild card berth. With the exception of Mei (sophomore), all are freshmen.

The fencing championships feature 144 participants competing in six individual events, with points counting toward team standings. Events include men's epee, men's foil, men's sabre, women's epee, women's foil and women's sabre.

All fencers will square off in a round-robin format of five-touch bouts. At the conclusion of the round-robin, the top-four finishers in each weapon will compete in semifinal 15-touch bouts, with winners deciding first and second places, and non-advancing fencers awarded a tie for third place.

Football

Stanford's NFL Pro Day will take place Thursday at the Elliott Practice Field beginning at 11:20 a.m. The event will be streamed live on ESPN3 with Cardinal standouts Todd Husak and Tank Williams providing commentary.

The duo will be joined by a number of former Cardinal alumni in attendance who will share insight and analysis over the course of the broadcast.

Fourteen Stanford student-athletes are expected to showcase their skills in the weight room and on the field: wide receiver Devon Cajuste, offensive guard Joshua Garnett, quarterback Kevin Hogan, tight end Austin Hooper, inside linebacker Blake Martinez, offensive tackle Kyle Murphy, outside linebacker Kevin Anderson, cornerback Ronnie Harris, cornerback Ra'Chard Pippens, wide receiver Rollins Stallworth, running back Remound Wright, safety Kodi Whitfield, defensive lineman Brennan Scarlett and defensive lineman Aziz Shittu.

Pro Day operates with a similar format to the NFL Combine held annually in Indianapolis each February.

The day consists of classroom testing, weight room evaluations, on-field agility drills and football-specific position drills.

In the morning, select participants will begin in the weight room with measurables such as vertical leap, broad jump, flexibility reach and bench press. Afterward, they will participate in the outdoor portion of the event at the Elliott Practice Field. The outdoor drills are open to the public and admission is free.

On the field, select participants will be timed in the 40-yard dash, 20- and 60-yard shuttle, three-cone agility and position-specific drills.

Men's gymnastics

Stanford junior Akash Modi continued his phenomenal 2016 campaign Sunday as he represented the U.S. in the Glasgow World Cup in Scotland. Modi finished in fourth place in the all-around while taking first in parallel bars with a 15.166 score.

Modi opened up the meet with a seventh-place finish in floor with a 14.300, which he followed up with a 12.966 sixth-place finish in pommel horse. A 14.133 on rings placed Modi seventh in the field before a 14.600 in vault was good for a sixth-place finish.

Parallel bars saw Modi shake up the standings with a 15.166 to tie for first with Great Britain's Daniel Purvis. Modi closed out the meet with a fourth-place finish in high bar, posting a 14.533 score. On the day, Modi posted an 85.698 all-around score to take fourth against competitors from Great Britain, Brazil, Japan, Russia, Switzerland, China and Korea.

The Cardinal will take a brief break as it prepares to host the MPSF Championship. Stanford will face off for a conference title on April 2 at 4 p.m. in Burnham Pavilion.

Track and field

Former Stanford All-Americans Jillian Camarena-Williams and Ekaterini (Katerina) Stefanidi are competing at the IAAF World Indoor Track and Field Championships, which begin Thursday at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.

Camarena-Williams ('04), an American shot putter, and Stefanidi ('12), a Greek pole vaulter, are veterans of world competitions. Camarena-Williams competed in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and 2011 World Outdoor Championships. Stefanidi, a two-time NCAA pole vault champ, competed in the 2012 Olympics and the 2014 World Championships.

Wrestling

A program-record six Stanford athletes -- redshirt junior Jim Wilson (165), redshirt sophomores Nathan Butler (285), Garet Krohn (184), Connor Schram (125) and Keaton Subjeck (174), and freshman Joey McKenna (141) -- will cap off the season at the 2016 NCAA Championships, beginning Thursday and running through Saturday, at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Each Cardinal wrestler will be competing in a 33-man bracket for the individual national title in their respective weight classes. The top-eight finishers in each weight class will be named 2016 All-Americans.

— Stanford Athletics

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