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Egan top placer for Stanford at NCAA swim meet

 

Stanford swimmers earned All-America honors in six events on day two of the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships.

"This was a big step forward for both Sam Perry and Liam Egan," said Stanford's Director of Men's Swimming Ted Knapp. "Those two, along with Abrahm DeVine, were our heroes, starting in prelims."


Liam Egan
Perry, Jeff Garnier, Spencer DeShon and Sean Duggan (1:17.77) led off the evening session, earning an All-America honorable mention in the 200-yard freestyle relay, finishing second in the B-final for 10th place.

Egan (4:13.27) then took fifth place in the 500-yard freestyle, improving his personal best from the morning prelim session and earning first team All-America honors.

Abrahm DeVine earned a second swim in the 200 IM, eventually tying for third in the B-final for an 11th-place finish and an All-America honorable mention nod.

Perry (19.41) continued Stanford's run of individual All-Americans, finishing fourth in the B-final and 12th overall in the 50-yard freestyle.

Bradley Christensen picked up points on the diving side of the competition, finishing sixth in the B-final of the 1-meter, good for 14th place overall and an All-America honorable mention.

Stanford's team of Ryan Dudzinski, Matt Anderson, Andrew Liang and Perry (3:06.81) improved its prelim time to finish 13th in the 400-yard medley relay, the final event of Day 2. Perry earned his third All-America honor of the day, while this is the first such honor for Dudzinski, Anderson and Liang.

Stanford (57.5 points) sits 13th in the team competition, just behind Indiana (62) and Louisville (60). Texas (209) leads the field with Florida (163), California (141) and NC State (137) trailing.

"The goal is to have more swims tomorrow night than we did tonight, and a top-eight relay finish would be huge for us," said Knapp. "Our divers gave us support as well; look for more of that tomorrow."

The NCAA championships resume Friday morning with prelims at 7 a.m. PT and the evening finals session at 3 p.m.

Men's golf

Stanford entered two teams into The Goodwin and both units finished among the top four Thursday at Stanford Golf Course.

The Cardinal is tied for second and fourth among the 26-team field through the first of three days at the event honoring legendary Stanford head coach Wally Goodwin.

UC Davis leads the pack after a 3-under 277 on the par-70 track, led by individual leader Luke Vivolo's 5-under 65.

Stanford's White unit fired a 1-over 281 with the Cardinal corps one shot clear with an even-par 280.

Bradley Knox is tied for sixth at 2-under. He was 2-over through four and chipped away with four birdies while playing bogey-free golf the rest of the way.

Viraat Badhwar, tied for 19th, eagled the opening hole and battled through for an even-par 70. Maverick McNealy and Brandon Wu each are tied for 28th at 1-over. David Boote had three birdies during a 2-over circuit.

Jeffrey Swegle, Franklin Huang and Dominick Francks are knotted in 19th after even-par rounds. Christopher Myers and Isaiah Salinda were 1-over.

Swegled eagled the par-5 first and Francks did the deed on the par-5 seventh.

Men's volleyball

Behind senior Conrad Kaminski, fifth-ranked Stanford posted a 25-16, 25-23, 23-25, 25-20 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation win over visiting USC on Thursday in Maples Pavilion.

Kaminski turned in his first career double-double with 11 kills and a season-best 10 blocks. He hit .611 on 18 errorless swings. It was just the second double-digit block performance of his career as he had 12 against CSUN on Jan. 23, 2015.He also put down two aces for a total of 18 points.

Despite being out hit .292 to .253 by the Trojans, Stanford held its ground defensively with 14 blocks, one shy of its season-high, and 31 digs. The Cardinal (16-3, 14-3 MPSF) continues in a tie atop the MPSF standings with five regular-season matches left on the schedule.

Senior setter James Shaw directed the offense with 33 assists to go with six kills on .500 hitting, five digs and three blocks. Senior outside hitter Madison Hayden tied his career-high with five blocks, while notching nine kills, three digs and an ace. Redshirt junior Gabriel Vega added nine kills, eight digs, four blocks and a career-best three aces.

Stanford put down 10 aces, while committing just 14 service errors. The Trojans had three aces, but were hurt by 27 service errors.

Freshman Jordan Ewert finished with four kills, six digs, two blocks and an ace, while redshirt sophomore middle blocker Kevin Rakestraw tallied three kills and three blocks. Sophomore libero Evan Enriques collected seven digs and three assists.

Stanford closes the week Friday, against No. 15 Cal Baptist. First serve is slated for 7 p.m. in Maples Pavilion.

Baseball

Missed opportunities led to a tough, 5-2, loss in 10 innings for Stanford in the Pac-12 opener against visiting Washington State on Thursday night.

Stanford (10-6, 0-1) had a runner reach third in five of the first six innings, but did not score.

Meanwhile, the Cougars did not get a base runner past first until the seventh, and capitalized with some key hits in the 10th inning.

Junior Brett Hanewich, who got the start for the Cardinal, did not surrender a hit until the fifth inning, and did not allow a baserunner into scoring position until the seventh. He struck out three.

The Cougars ended a scoreless tie in the seventh. The first two hitters reached and a sacrifice bunt set up a two-out, two-run single through the right side.

The Cardinal took advantage of a Cougars miscue to get on the scoreboard. With two outs and two on in the bottom of the eighth, sophomore catcher Bryce Carter hit a shot into the outfield that was dropped by the left fielder and rolled to the wall. Both runners scored to tie the game, 2-2.

Sophomore Colton Hock, who relieved Hanewich in the seventh, pitched a scoreless ninth and improved his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 18 1/3 innings to start the season. However, he ran into trouble when the Cougars loaded the bases with one out in the tenth. All three runners eventually scored on back-to-back hits to put the Cougars ahead by the final margin.

Stanford, which was unable to pull out a win for head coach Mark Marquess on his birthday, left 13 runners on base, and was 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Meanwhile, Washington State was 4-for-9 (.444) in that situation.

Stanford will attempt to even this three-game set on Friday. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Sunken Diamond. Freshman Tristan Beck will match up with the No. 1 starter for the Cougars, right-hander Ian Hamilton.

Softball

Freshman pitcher Carolyn Lee dazzled in her Pac-12 debut but her performance was not quite enough as Stanford dropped a 2-0 decision at No. 4 Oregon Thursday night.

Lee (6-7) threw her ninth complete game of the year and held the Ducks (24-4, 4-0 Pac-12) to a season-low two runs on three hits. She had five walks with three strikeouts. After allowing two hits and two runs in the first inning, Lee did not permit a hit until a leadoff single in the bottom of the sixth.

Stanford (11-12, 0-1 Pac-12) had its opportunities offensively but could not find the hit needed to break through. The Cardinal had two runners on in three different innings and left seven runners on base in the game. Kaitlin Schaberg and Kylie Sorenson provided Stanford's two hits.

Oregon threatened in the bottom of the first with runners on first and second and one out. The Ducks' Jenna Lilley chased them home with a two-out, two-RBI single to center to give the Ducks the 2-0 lead that stood the rest of the way.

Stanford had opportunities early with two runners on in the second and third innings but could not find the hit needed to get on the board.

The Cardinal put two runners on for a third time in the top of the sixth inning with two outs but again could not find the hit needed to break through.

Oregon put two runners on in the bottom of the sixth inning but Lee got a groundout and a strikeout to get out of the jam.

Stanford continues play against the Ducks Friday at 6 p.m.

Men's basketball

Junior Marcus Allen and sophomore Dorian Pickens were named to the 2016 Pac-12 Conference Men's Basketball All-Academic teams, Commissioner Larry Scott announced on Thursday.

Pickens, who owns a 3.37 cumulative grade point average, was named to the five-member first team. Allen, who owns a 3.10 cumulative grade point average as a psychology major, was an honorable mention selection.

The honor is the first for both Allen and Pickens.

Women's basketball

Seven Stanford women's basketball student-athletes received recognition from the conference for their combined work in the classroom and on the court when the Pac-12 announced its women's basketball All-Academic teams.

Kaylee Johnson landed on the Pac-12 All-Academic second team while Brittany McPhee, Erica McCall, Karlie Samuelson, Lili Thompson, Briana Roberson and Kailee Johnson each earned a spot on the Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention squad.

To be eligible for selection, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average, at least one year of enrollment at the institution and be a starter or significant contributor. True freshmen are not eligible for Pac-12 All-Academic teams.

It's the first league academic award for sophomores Kaylee Johnson and McPhee and junior Kailee Johnson. McCall, Samuelson, Thompson and Roberson each picked up their second such honor from the Pac-12.

— Stanford Athletics

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