TUCSON, Arizona, January 26. THE Stanford Cardinal completed its Arizona tour today with more dual meet victories, beating the Arizona men and women one day after demolishing the Arizona State Sun Devils.
Courtesy of: Peter H. Bick
Courtesy of: Peter H. Bick
When Stanford last visited their conference rivals in Tucson, the Cardinal was able to beat the Wildcat men and women handily. The same was true today, as the Stanford women notched a 161-139 win. The men were victorious with a score of 173-115.
Arizona's loss came at the hands of a deep Stanford squad. On the women's side, Stanford won half of the women's events. Maya Dirado won two races, as she took the 200 back (1:56.26) and 200 IM (2:00.52). Other winners for Stanford included Andi Murez in the 200 free (1:46.79), Andie Taylor in the 200 fly (1:59.69), Maddy Schaefer in the 50 free (22.56), Katie Olsen in the 200 breast (2:13.26) as well as the 400 free relay (3:18.31).
Margo Geer continued her season streak of wins in the 100 free, taking the event today with a 48.56. After pulling off a double in the distance freestyles yesterday against Berkeley, Bonnie Brandon was able to do it again for Arizona, with times of 4:49.87 in the 500 and 9:53.53 in the 1000.
Lauren Smart notched a Wildcat win in the 100 back with a 53.83, as well as the 100 fly with a 54.15. In one of the best races of the day, Ellyn Baumgardner beat Stanford freshman Sarah Haase in the 100 breast by 8-hundredths of a second, 1:01.94 to 1:02.06. The Wildcats started the meet with a win in the 200 medley relay with a 1:39.05.
Stanford sophomore David Nolan came alive in today's men's competition, racking up an official win in the 100 back with a 47.92 and despite racing the 200 IM as an exhibition swimmer, put up the fastest time of the day with a 1:49.36. He also contributed a 22.17 backstroke leadoff in the 200 medley relay, helping Stanford beat Arizona 1:27.21 to 1:27.98. Arizona's squad featured three of the four swimmers on the American and NCAA record-setting squad from last year's NCAA: Mitchell Friedemann, Kevin Cordes and Giles Smith. Nick Popov has served as the freestyler on the relay after the graduation of Adam Small.
Stanford was greatly helped on the medley relay by a 19.52 anchor by Aaron Wayne, who returned to win the 50 free with a 20.32. Wayne doubled up today with a 100 free victory in a time of 43.58.
Drew Cosgarea was also a double winner. He took the 1000 free with a time of 9:20.09 and the 500 free with a 4:30.58.
Stanford's key to winning today were four 1-2-3 finishes in the men's meet in the distance freestyles, 50 free and 200 fly. That 200 fly was won by Mack Montgomery with a 1:48.55.
Other wins for Stanford included Thomas Stephens in the 200 free (1:39.08), Matt Thompson in the 200 back (1:46.99) and Jack Lane in the 100 fly (48.42) by .06 over NCAA runner-up Giles Smith of Arizona. Stanford swam their 400 free relays as exhibition, though they posted the fastest time of the day with a 2:57.19.
The Wildcats responded with two 1-2-3 finishes of their own in the breaststroke events, led both times by American record holder Kevin Cordes, who posted a 54.16 in the 100 and 1:58.96 in the 200. Michael Meyer scored first-place points in the 200 IM as Stanford chose to put its swimmers in exhibition status, officially winning with a 1:50.93.
Results: Stanford vs. Arizona