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Macmillan helps Stanford men record Pac-12 swimming victory

Palo Alto grad Alex Liang is a winner in the 200 butterfly

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Will Macmillan won four events, including three individual swims, to lead No. 19 Stanford past visiting Arizona 166-94 in a Pac-12 Conference men’s swimming and diving meet Saturday.

Palo Alto grad Alex Liang (1:47.34) won the 200-yard butterfly before Mason Gonzalez (20.24) outsprinted the Wildcats to win the 50-yard freestyle in guiding the Cardinal (3-0, 2-0) past the 10th-ranked Wildcats (5-2, 2-2).


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Stanford's team of Benjamin Ho, Hank Poppe, Macmillan and Gonzalez (1:27.97) came from behind to win the opening 200-yard medley relay. A disqualification by Arizona gave Stanford the top two spots in the race.

Grant Shoults (9:01.53) then won the 1000-yard freestyle, followed by a win from Macmillan (1:37.42) in the 200-yard freestyle.

Ho (48.27) continued his strong showing with a win in the 100-yard backstroke before Stanford swept the top three places in the 100-yard breaststroke. Poppe (54.66) touched first ahead of teammates Pastorek (55.07) and Daniel Roy (55.16), who finished second and third, respectively.

After a 15-minute break, Macmillan (45.01) came from behind to win the 100-yard freestyle before another pair of podium sweeps by Stanford. Johannes Calloni (1:44.82), Glen Cowand (1:48.45) and Ho (1:49.29) took the top three spots in the 200-yard backstroke before Roy (1:56.23), Pastorek (1:59.89) and Jon Cook (2:01.04) owned the three fastest times in the 200-yard breaststroke.

Macmillan (48.30) won his third individual event of the day, the 100-yard butterfly, Murphy (4:29.86) led Stanford with second place in the 500-yard freestyle and Liang (3:55.41) was the Cardinal's fastest swimmer in the 400-yard individual medley.

Stanford's team of Neel Roy, David Madej, Calloni and Murphy (3:00.85) wrapped up the meet with a second-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

In the diving portion of the competition, Conor Casey (309.60) finished second on the 1-meter springboard while Ethan Foster (247.95) placed fifth.

On the 3-meter springboard, Foster (284.25) led Stanford with third place, followed by Noah Vigran (275.00) and Casey (265.63) in fifth and sixth place, respectively.

No. 19 Stanford returns to action on Feb. 8, visiting USC in Los Angeles.

— Staff report

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