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Stanford roundup: Second at NCAAs earns swim honors

Cardinal senior DiRado is Women's Swimmer of the Year and Meehan is coach of year in Pac-12 postseason awards

Stanford senior Maya DiRado and head coach Greg Meehan took home Pac-12 Conference postseason awards, the league office announced Wednesday. DiRado earned the Pac-12 Women's Swimmer of the Year honor, while Meehan was named the conference's top swimming coach.

It's the first time the Cardinal has won either award since 2010.

After a tremendous showing at the NCAA meet last week, DiRado was given the highest swimming honor in one of the top conferences in the nation. The senior swept the NCAA's IM events, finished second in the 200 fly and contributed on two national championship relay squads as well as another third-place relay. She totaled six All-America honors to give her 21 over four years at Stanford.

The Santa Rosa native has also excelled out of the pool. DiRado carries a 3.6 GPA, while majoring in management, science and engineering. She has yet to decide her future plans after graduation.

DiRado becomes the 11th different Stanford swimmer to take award.

Meehan led DiRado and the rest of the Cardinal to a surprise second-place showing at the NCAA championships. His team won seven events, which equaled its total from the last four years combined, to finish behind national champion Georgia and ahead of Pac-12 title-holder California.

In his second year on The Farm, Meehan guided Stanford to move up six spots from its eighth-place effort in 2013, as the Cardinal accumulated its most points since 2000 and best finish since 2010.

Meehan, who earned Stanford's seventh conference coach of the year honor, was voted the national Swimming Coach of the Year by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America at the conclusion of the NCAA meet.

Cal's Missy Franklin was named the Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year.

All of the Pac-12 accolades are voted on by the conference's coaches.


Stanford's Kristian Ipsen has been named one of 25 divers to the 2014 AT&T Olympic Performance Squad, as announced Wednesday by USA Diving. He will be joined on the team by Stanford women's diver Kassidy Cook.

The AT&T Olympic Performance Squad includes divers who most exhibit the skill and determination to become 2016 Olympic Team members.

Those selected to the 2014 squad include divers who competed at the 2013 FINA World Championships, have been named to the 2014 FINA World Cup team or who have been identified by High Performance director Steve Foley as divers who could play a key role in shaping the 2016 team.

The squad has been proven to be a pipeline to the Olympics as all 11 members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team for diving were members of the Olympic Performance Squad in the years leading up to London.

Women's golf

Stanford tied for second at the San Diego State Farms Invitational, shooting a 1-over 289 Wednesday to finish the event at even-par with No. 2 UCLA. The teams went head-to-head with top-ranked USC, which won the tournament after shooting a final-round 6-under to notch a 3-under for the tournament.

The three teams were grouped together in the final round, setting the stage for quite a showcase of college golf's finest women's performers to conclude the three-day, 54-hole event at The Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe.

"I was very pleased with our play this week," said Stanford coach Anne Walker. "To compete with the top two teams in the country right down to the wire was a great experience and a huge confidence booster for our team. We will take away a ton of positives from this event."

Stanford's 864 (290-285-289) was three shots behind USC, and 17 shots better than fourth-place Arizona State among the 17-team field.

Lauren Kim (-2) and Casey Danielson (-1) finished their third round in the red for the Cardinal, with Mariah Stackhouse checking in with a 2-over 74. Kim was 6-under for the tournament to finish second, and Danielson was 5-under for third. Stackhouse made Stanford the only team with a trio of players in the top-10, signing in at fifth with a 1-over 217.

Men's golf

Stanford announced Wednesday that its annual spring tournament, formally known as the United States Intercollegiate, will be renamed 'The Goodwin' in honor of former head coach Wally Goodwin.

The tournament gets under way Friday at the Stanford Golf Course and concludes Sunday. The 54-hole event is open to the public.

The 18-team field is comprised of host Stanford, UAB, Northwestern, Colorado State, San Jose State, Fresno State, Washington, TCU, Oregon, UC Davis, USC, St. Mary's, UCLA, USF, Washington State, San Diego State, UNLV and Loyola Marymount.

Goodwin coached at Stanford from 1983-2000, highlighted by winning the 1994 national title. Goodwin was named national coach of the year in 1992 and 1994.

Women's gymnastics

Four Stanford gymnasts combined for five All-Pac-12 honors, as announced by the conference Wednesday.

Kristina Vaculik earned first-team all-conference honors in the all-around, and Nicolette McNair was named to the first team on vault and bars. Amanda Spinner claimed second-team honors on beam and Samantha Shapiro was a second-team selection on bars.

It is the first All-Pac-12 award for Vaculik, McNair and Shapiro, and the second selection for Spinner.

Vaculik was terrific all season and led Stanford with 15 individual victories, hitting 90 percent (37-of-41) of her routines.

McNair had a great freshman season, earning six individual victories and hitting 94 percent (31-of-33) of her routines in her regular lineup spots on vault, bars and beam. She got stronger as the year went on and the competition got tougher, hitting each vault, bars and beam routine in the final eight meets of the year and scoring 9.850 or higher in 21 of 24 routines during that span. She was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.

Men's gymnastics

Nationally No. 3-ranked Stanford returns to action after a two-week break as it pursues its fifth Mountain Pacific Sports Federation title Saturday in Norman, Okla.

Stanford claimed MPSF championships in 1993, 1995, 2009 and 2011. The Cardinal went on to win NCAA Championships in each of those seasons.

Stanford has been strong all season and was outstanding in its three most recent competitions, scoring 445.150 at the Metroplex Challenge to defeat No. 1 Oklahoma (Feb. 14), posting a 443.650 to defeat No. 10 California (March 1) and recording a season-best 446.450 to knock off No. 4 Ohio State and California (March 8).

Men's tennis

Maciek Romanowicz outlasted Tamas Batyi 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5) at the No. 3 spot, clinching Stanford's 4-3 nonconference victory over host UNLV on Wednesday afternoon.

The Cardinal (6-2), navigating through a stretch that features four dual matches to be played over seven days, picked up its second road win of the year. Meanwhile, the Rebels (10-8) saw their six-game winning streak come to an end.

Despite losing the doubles point, Stanford rallied to take the match with strong singles play. The Cardinal built a 2-1 lead following victories from Anthony Tsodikov and John Morrissey. After UNLV moved in front 3-2, Trey Strobel chalked up a 7-6 (5), 6-3 triumph on court five to tie the match.

Romanowicz then clinched the match at the No. 3 spot.

Stanford's road swing continues at Utah on Friday.


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