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Cardinal corner: Stanford men splash past Pacific in swimming

 
Stanford freshman Conor Casey won both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events Friday. Photo by John Todd/isiphotos.com.

Freshman diver Conor Casey highlighted the day with wins in both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards as the Stanford men's swimming and diving team won all 13 events in a 151-85 dual meet victory over visiting Pacific on Friday at Avery Aquatic Center.

"We're at a critical point in the season, having just finished our holiday training regimen," said Cardinal coach Ted Knapp. "I'm thrilled with how today's meet went after the group had an extremely productive last few weeks. We're looking forward to an opportunity to race two days in a row against two strong teams in two weeks' time in Arizona."

Casey won the 1-meter with a score of 358.73 before winning the 3-meter with a stellar 392.70. Casey recently competed in the USA Winter Trials in Atlanta, finishing fourth on the synchronized 3-meter, third on the 1-meter and 10th on the 3-meter.

"I have been very impressed with Conor up to this point," said diving coach Patrick Jeffrey. "Today was another indicator of his talent, and his ceiling is still much higher than what we've seen."

The Cardinal (2-0) began the morning with a win in the 200-yard medley relay. The all-senior quartet of Ryan Dudzinski, Matt Anderson, Brad Zdroik and Cole Cogswell (1:28.65) captured the win, followed by Alex Boratto, Jonathan Cook, David Madej and Mason Gonzalez (1:31.60) in second place.

True Sweetser (9:09.13) dominated the 1,000-yard freestyle, followed by teammate Jack Levant (9:30.47) in second place. Will Macmillan (1:37.39) made it three in a row with a win in the 200-yard freestyle with Johannes Calloni (1:40.92) earning runner-up status.

Jordan Greenberg (20.73) was fastest in the 50-yard freestyle while James Murphy (20.80) followed him up in second place. Jack Walsh (1:50.40) won the fifth event of the meet, the 200-yard individual medley, over Daniel Roy (1:51.41), Anderson (1:54.17), Matthew Hirschberger (1:55.65) and Sweetser (1:58.17) as Stanford claimed the top five times in the event.

Hank Poppe (48.61) won the 100-yard butterfly with Macmillan (48.81) and Gonzalez (50.00) rounding out the podium. Jack Levant (44.70) then claimed the 100-yard freestyle with Zdroik (45.53) in second place and Madej (46.22) in third.

Patrick Conaton (48.91) won the 100-yard backstroke with Cogswell (50.12) and Calloni (50.40) completing the All-Cardinal podium. Murphy (4:27.01) was Stanford's fastest swimmer in the 500-yard freestyle with Sweetser (4:27.25) narrowly finishing runner-up ahead of Hirschberger (4:30.15).

Anderson (55.76) outdueled Roy (55.88) in the 100-yard breaststroke, the final individual swim of the day. Stanford's team of Cogswell, Zdroik, Conaton and DeVine (1:21.89) capped the meet with an impressive win in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

Stanford returns to action in two weeks when it travels to face Arizona on Jan. 25 in Tucson and Arizona State on Jan. 26 in Tempe.

Men's soccer

Stanford senior forward Amir Bashti was chosen with the 24th pick in the second round (48th overall) by Atlanta United FC in Friday's MLS SuperDraft, the eighth Cardinal player drafted under Jeremy Gunn and seventh in the past four seasons.

Bashti is the 25th Stanford men's soccer alumnus to hear his name called in the MLS SuperDraft, which from 1996-99 was known as the MLS College Draft.

A local product from Cupertino, Bashti won three national championships, four Pac-12 titles and went 64-11-15 (.794) during his time on The Farm.

A third-team All-American and All-Pac-12 first team pick as a senior, Bashti finished sixth in the league in scoring and fifth in points with a career-high seven goals and six assists. He played in 88 matches during his career, tied with Lee Morrison (1998-2001) for the most in program history, and scored 19 goals to go along with 13 assists.

Bashti, who boasted a 3.45 cumulative GPA as a science, technology and society major, became the 10th Stanford player to earn first-team academic All-America accolades from United Soccer Coaches in early December.

Men's tennis

Stanford opens the dual season Saturday, hosting Saint Mary's at 1 p.m. at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

The Cardinal begins the 2019 dual slate ranked No. 10 in the ITA poll, after closing last season No. 7 overall. Several members of the Cardinal's lineup from last spring return, including sophomore Axel Geller, senior Sameer Kumar, senior Michael Genender and junior William Genesen. Added to the lineup is a highly rated class of newcomers.

Stanford is coming off its best season in 15 years, in which the Cardinal finished 22-4. The Cardinal ranked in the top-five in the ITA poll for the majority of the season and reached as high as No. 2 in the rankings, Stanford earned the No. 4 overall seed in the NCAA Championships.

Stanford graduated three key members of its lineup from last season in Tom Fawcett, David Wilczynski and Eric Fomba.

Geller, who primarily played No. 2 singles last year, posted 18 wins overall and a 16-6 dual record. The All-Pac-12 selection was ranked nationally for most of the season. He defeated six nationally-ranked opponents.

Stanford is 7-0 all-time against Saint Mary's. The two teams last met two years ago, with the Cardinal posting a 7-0 win over the Gaels.

Following Saturday's contest against the Gaels, the Cardinal will host Santa Clara on Tuesday at 3 p.m.

The ITA Kick-Off Weekend pits Stanford against UCF on Jan. 26. Oregon and Minnesota will also compete at Taube Family Tennis Stadium, with the winners facing each other the next day. Stanford faces another early-season test when it travels to No. 2 Ohio State on Feb. 2 in its first road contest.

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