Stanford Swimming sweeps Arizona State in Pac-12 Dual

Stanford’s No. 4 women’s swimming and diving started its final weekend at home with a 160-90 win over Arizona State on Friday at the Avery Aquatic Center.

The Cardinal won 13 of the day’s 14 events – which included both relays – opening the duel with a 1-2 finish in the 200 medley relay. The “A” relay team of Regan Smith, Emma Wheal, Allie Raab and Taylor Ruck went 1:38.83 to set the standard for the day.

Ruck also won the 100 backstroke (52.97) and 200 backstroke (1:54.33) to score 20.75 points for Stanford.

Showing remarkable range, freshman Torri Huske won the 1000 free (9:51.06), 50 free (22.79) and 200 IM (1:58.16). His victory in the 1,000 freestyle set the stage for a Cardinal 1-2-3-4 sweep, with Morgan Tankersley (9:54.26), Aurora Roghair (10:04.16) and Isabelle Gormley (10:11.62) following her behind her.

Allie Raab (1:02.17) and Sam Tadder (2:16.37) won the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke respectively, with the latter finishing second in the shortest event. Brooke Forde won the 500 freestyle (4:46.93), and Janelle Rodolphe won the 100 free in 49.99. Emma Wheal and Smith won the 100 butterfly and 200 butterfly respectively.

The Cardinal closed the encounter with another convincing victory in the 400 freestyle relay. The “A” team of Amy Tang, Alex Crisera, Anya Goeders and Lucie Nordman went 3:22.26, nearly six seconds clear of top foursome Sun Devil.

In competition as an exhibition, Julia Worman (297.23), Daria Lenz (292.88) and Lauren Burch (280.65) competed on the platform.

Stanford will close its home season tomorrow against No. 23 Arizona. The Cardinal will honor the senior class of Zoe Bartel, Brooke Forde, Anya Goeders, Daria Lenz, Lucie Nordmann, Allie Raab, Taylor Ruck, Carolina Scultme and Morgan Tankersley before the meeting.

In men’s competition, the Cardinal defeated the Sun Devils Friday afternoon by a score of 184-93 at the Avery Aquatic Center. Stanford has won 11 events on the way to team victory.

The encounter started in favor of Stanford, with victory in the 200-yard medley relay event. Leon MacAlister, Ron Polonsky, Andrei Minakov, and Mason Gonzalez combined for a time of 1:25.72 and first place.

Stanford’s Grant Shoults continued his dominance in the long distance events, notching another win in the 1,000 yard freestyle with a time of 9:09.13. The fifth-year swimmer also took second place in the 500-yard freestyle later in the meet.

Andre Matejka performed well in the long distance events for Stanford, taking third place in the 1000 m with a time of 9:16.84. The junior swimmer also finished fourth in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:31.73. Preston Forest narrowly took second place in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:34.70, but the super sophomore came back to win the 500-yard freestyle, beating Shoults by 0.02 with a time of 4:21, 08.

Leon MacAlister once again displayed his strength in the backstroke, taking first place in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 46.64. Later in the meet he finished second in the 200 yard backstroke by 0.1 seconds and with a time of 1:43.24.

Ethan Dang, Jon Cook, and Daniel Roy dominated the breaststroke events throughout the competition. The trio took the top three spots in the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke, with Ethan Dang taking first place in the 100m with a time of 53.68. Daniel Roy placed first in the 200 yards, finishing with a time of 1:56.89.

Andrei Minakov continued to show dominance in the freestyle, taking first place in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 19.59. The first-year Olympian also took first place in the 100-yard freestyle, clocking 43.29. Stanford swept the fly from 100 yards as Aaron Sequeira set a personal best and took first place with a 47.24. Ethan Hu and Jonny Affeld took second and third place in the event.

The competition ended with a close second place finish for Stanford in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The Cardinal team of Leon MacAlister, Preston Forst, Jonny Affeld, and Andrei Minakov finished with a time of 2:54.09, just behind Arizona State’s time of 2:53.84.

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The fastest 200 IMer in the country in Leon Marchand certainly looked the part Friday afternoon at Stanford, as the highly decorated Sun Devils rookie picked up the 200 IM and 200 backstroke victories despite both the men’s and women’s teams falling to the Cardinal.

Stanford took victories in the first four afternoon events, before Erica Laning and Grant House earned back-to-back Sun Devil victories in the women’s and men’s 200 freestyles.

Erica Laning won the women’s 200m freestyle, hitting the wall at 1:47.58 and passing the 2020 Stanford Olympic silver medalist Brooke Forde, who finished at 1:47.71. Grant House tallied wins in the 200m freestyle (1:34.63) and 400m freestyle relay (2:53.84), joined alongside Carter Swift, Evan Carlson and Jack Dolan. With a pair of wins today, House and Marchand have now won multiple events in each of the first three meetings of the season.

Alex Colson won the 200 butterfly (1:46.76) against Stanford, marking his second victory of the season and the first time in his college career that he won the event.

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