Cardinal corner: SHP grad helps men's crew win a race

Stanford won two of three races in the Stanford Invitational at Redwood Shores Sunday. Photo courtesy of Stanford Athletics.

Sacred Heart Prep grad Gordon Holterman, who occupies position 3 in Stanford's 12th-ranked Varsity Eight boat, helped the Cardinal win two of three races Sunday on the final day of the Stanford Invitational at Redwood Shores. The third varsity eight boat also won.

The Cardinal's No. 12 varsity eight boat set the tone on a windy morning at Redwood Shores, defeating Georgetown by open water. Stanford clocked a time of 6:11.9 into the headwind, while the Hoyas finished with a time of 6:28.7.

Gordon Holterman /Stanford Athletics
Stanford's third varsity eight then competed in a rare three-boat race on the Redwood Shores course, taking on Hobart and Santa Clara.

The Cardinal bested both opponents with a 6:34.2 time. Hobart placed second with a 6:38.7 and Santa Clara finished third with a time of 7.12.9.

The second varsity eight boat faced Georgetown in Stanford's third and final race of the Stanford Invitational. Georgetown got the best of the Cardinal, using a 6:22.4 to outpace Stanford's 6:26.0.

The Cardinal will take the upcoming weekend off from competition before returning to Redwood Shores for the 85th annual Big Row on April 28.

Women's crew

Stanford concluded the Lake Natoma Invitational Sunday morning, recording a pair of second-place finishes in the first and second varsity eight boats and a third-place result in the varsity four.

The Cardinal's first race on Lake Natoma was in the varsity four, where it was bested by Cal and Brown. The Golden Bears raced to a time of 7:18.0 and Brown recorded a 7:26.5. Stanford's third-place time was 7:32.6.

Stanford's second varsity eight turned in a time of 6:43.0, six seconds behind Cal's winning time of 6:34.2. The Cardinal outpaced Brown for second place, who turned in a time of 6:44.2.

The varsity four boat concluded the morning's racing for Stanford in facing Cal, Brown, and Notre Dame. Cal finished first with a time of 6:34.8 to Stanford's 6:43.8.

Up next, the Cardinal returns home to Redwood Shores for the 85th annual Big Row against Cal on April 28.


Seniors Kelsey Murray and Dillon Schoen combined for nine goals and senior Allie DaCar made 10 saves to lead No. 12 Stanford to a Senior Day victory over Oregon, 17-9, Sunday at Stanford Stadium.

Stanford (12-4, 7-2 Pac-12) clinched one of the two first round byes for the upcoming inaugural Pac-12 tournament.

The Cardinal received the No. 2 seed. Colorado (11-4, 8-1) has clinched the top seed and will host the tournament, though the Cardinal can still claim a share of the first-ever Pac-12 regular season title with a win over Cal and a Buffaloes loss to Oregon next weekend.

Prior to the game, the Cardinal honored its nine seniors, Cameron Park, Maggie Nick, Sandy Smith, Sydney Shaw, Kelly Myers, Madison O'Leary, DaCar, Schoen and Murray. All nine were in the starting lineup.

Murray scored six times and added an assist as she became the first Cardinal to eclipse 300 career points. Schoen had a hat trick, while freshman Ali Baiocco and sophomore Mikaela Watson each scored twice.

Murray, who set the school record on Friday with six assists, had a hat trick within the first 10 minutes on Sunday.

She scored her first two goals 31 seconds apart to give Stanford a 3-1 lead at the 23:33 mark. Her third goal put the Cardinal up 6-2 with 20:10 left in the half.

DaCar held Oregon (8-7, 4-5) scoreless for more than 16 minutes as the Cardinal built an 8-2 lead.

Shortly after the Ducks ended that streak, Murray and Schoen scored consecutively for a 10-4 advantage at the half.

Schoen and Murray also scored to open the second half as Stanford built a 14-4 lead with 19:36 to play.

Oregon closed to within 14-6, but Watson scored twice in just over a minute to build the lead back to 16-6 with 12:16 remaining. Junior Monika Sivilli capped the scoring for Stanford as the Cardinal finished off its ninth win in the last 10 games.

Nick had two ground balls and two draw controls, and O'Leary had a ground ball, caused turnover and a draw control. Smith took three shots, while Park and Shaw each had a ground ball for the Cardinal.

Junior Areta Buness added two ground balls, two caused turnovers and a game-high seven draw controls. Freshman goal keeper Trudie Grattan made two saves in just over six minutes of action.

Stanford out shot the Ducks, 41-28, and held a 16-13 lead in draw controls and 26-19 advantage on ground balls.

Stanford wraps up the regular season at arch rival Cal on Friday at 7 p.m.

Beach volleyball

No. 14 Stanford earned two wins on the final day of the Pac-12 North Invitational, defeating No. 13 Cal and Washington at Alki Beach.

The Cardinal's No. 2 pairing of Courtney Bowen and Sunny Villapando earned All-Tournament honors for their 4-0 performance on the weekend.

The Cardinal's first meeting against rivals Cal saw two similarly ranked teams square off in Alki Beach.

The Golden Bears took an early 1-0 lead with a win at the five, where Shannon Richardson and Blake Sharp fell to Cal's Micheletti-Campbell, 21-16, 24-22.

Stanford evened the dual up at one point apiece with its win at the No. 1 pairing. Amelia Smith and Morgan Hentz, who have played every match together this season, took care of the Bears, 22-20, 21-15.

Cal responded with a win at four, outdueling Stanford's Caitlin Keefe and Payton Chang in straight sets, 21-17, 21-17. The Cardinal then used a three-set win at the three to even the match at two points for each team. Kate Formico and Catherine Raquel rallied from losing their first set to take the match.

It all came down to the No. 2 flight, where Bowen and Villapando locked horns with Cal's Dueck-Bark. The Cardinal won the first set, 26-24, but fell in a marathon second set, 30-28. In the decisive third set, the duo prevailed over the Bears, 15-10, to secure the match and the dual for Stanford.

Against the Huskies, The Cardinal picked up a win at the one, where Morgan Hentz and Amelia Smith defeated the Huskies in straight sets, 21-14, 24-22. Washington won the third flight, tying the match, 1-1.

Stanford's No. 4 pairing of Caitlin Keefe and Payton Chang put together a 21-18, 21-14 performance to give the Cardinal a 2-1 lead on the dual.

The clincher came at the two, where Bowen and Villapando won in straight sets, 21-13, 21-17. It was the duo's fourth win of the weekend and seventh in eight matches as a pair. The tandem was named to the Pac-12 North Invitational All-Tournament team for having the best record among all No. 2 pairings that played at least three matches together.

With two wins today, Stanford moves to 16-10 on the season with one dual left in the regular season. The Cardinal's 16 wins are the most in program history, surpassing last season's mark of 13.

Women's water polo

Makenzie Fischer scored five times and No. 1 Stanford closed out its home schedule with a 10-4 victory over No. 6 Arizona State on Sunday afternoon.

Fischer poured in five for the third time in the past five games and was backed up by two-goal efforts from sister Aria Fischer and Madison Berggren. Jordan Raney, who was celebrated in a pregame ceremony along with fellow seniors Shannon Cleary, Katie Dudley and Julia Hermann, added a goal as well.

The game was tied 1-1 after one and Stanford (15-2, 2-2 MPSF) was up 4-2 at the half. The Cardinal distanced itself from the Sun Devils (15-8, 1-4 MPSF) coming out of the break when it scored three straight to grow its lead to five.

Makenzie Fischer broke up the left side of the pool at 5:36 in the third, walked it in and scored her fourth of the afternoon to make it 5-2. The Cardinal cycled the ball around in the 6-on-5 from right to left for a goal at 4:33. Berggren passed up top to Makenzie Fischer, who swung it around to her sister for the score.

On ASU's ensuing possession, Sarah Klass blocked a Sun Devil shot and goalkeeper Julia Hermann came out quickly to grab the ball and initiate Stanford's offense. She hit Berggren streaking up the right side and the lefty hammered home the goal to push the Cardinal advantage to 7-2.

Arizona State scored the next two from Alkistis Benekou and Kayla Casas to give the Sun Devils some life, but the fourth quarter was all Stanford. Berggren netted her second early in the period when she took a cross pass from Makenzie Fischer and whipped it past ASU goalkeeper Mia Rycraw.

At 4:59 Kat Klass had a beautiful pass inside to Raney at the far post and the senior beat Rycraw to the near side for Stanford's ninth goal of the day. Three minutes later Makenzie Fischer scored her fifth on a skip shot to the near post.

Stanford was 1-for-4 on the power play, but its defense forced Arizona State to come up empty on the Sun Devils' nine 6-on-5 opportunities. Julia Hermann made seven saves for the Cardinal before Katrina Sturm came on to play the final 2:03 in the cage.

Stanford plays San Jose State at West Valley College on Sunday.


A hot-hitting Oregon State team put up 12 runs in five innings to defeat Stanford, Sunday, in the series finale at Smith Family Stadium.

Oregon State (24-17, 7-8 Pac-12) finished with 12 runs on 14 hits, while the Cardinal (22-19, 2-10 Pac-12) scored one run on three hits and committed three errors.

Stanford's lone run came in the bottom of the fourth inning. Shortstop Kristina Inouye led off the inning with a double to left centerfield. A groundout to the first baseman by Whitney Burks moved Inouye to third. Designated player Molly Fowkes brought her home with another groundout to first.

Sophomore Hannah Howell registered Stanford's first hit of the game, a double off the wall in right centerfield. Freshman Maya Jackson, who earned her second straight start in right field, recorded her first collegiate hit with a double in the bottom of the fifth.

Stanford hosts Pacific at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Track and field

Lena Giger came within two inches of the Stanford outdoor record in the women's shot put, with a personal-best mark of 59 feet, 4 ΒΌ inches (18.09 meters) at the Triton Invitational track and field meet at UC San Diego on Saturday.


Stanford sailing won the Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference (PCCSC) Women's Championships, finished second at the Thompson Trophy and was sixth at the Navy Spring Coed over the weekend.

The Cardinal won the PCCSC Women's title for the 14th straight year and 15th time since 2001. Stanford finished with just 117 points for a decisive victory over the seven-team field. UC Santa Barbara was second with 187 points.

In the A Division, senior skipper Julia Lambert and crew Christina Sakellaris and Victoria Thompson combined for just 34 points -- better than half the score of the second-place Gauchos (76).

Meanwhile, skippers Mimi El-Khazindar (1-6) and Stephanie Houck (7-12) and crew Meg Gerli (1-6) and Sophia Sole (7-12) finished second in the B Division and fourth overall with 83 points.

In the Northeast, Stanford was the runner-up for the Thompson Trophy on the Thames River. The Cardinal finished with 259 points and edged out Coast Guard Academy (264 points) for second among the 18 teams, while Harvard took the trophy with 190 points.

Freshman skipper Romain Screve and crew Kennedy Placek and Madeline Bubb finished second in the A Division with 72 points. They finished in the top two in five of the 12 races (three wins) and were just two points behind Coast Guard Academy for first. Freshman skipper Jack Parkin and senior crew Elena VandenBerg were sixth in the B Division with 94 points and six top-five finishes.

At the coed regatta in Annapolis, the Cardinal finished sixth among 20 teams with 295 points.

Old Dominion took the title with 216 points. Skipper Will La Dow and crew Taylor Kirkpatrick were seventh in the A Division with 160 points, while skipper Jacob Rosenberg and crew Kathryn Booker were sixth in the B Division with seven top-five finishes and 135 points.

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