Maya DiRado Sweeps IMs For Stanford, Downs Defending Champ Elizabeth Beisel

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, March 21. STANFORD might not have the same depth as the Georgia Bulldogs, but the Cardinal certainly is firing on all cylinders this week as Stanford’s Maya DiRado rocketed to third all time in the women’s 400-yard IM at the NCAA Division I Women’s Championships.

DiRado threw down a sizzling time of 3:58.12 to move up from sixth all time (3:59.88) to third, behind only Katinka Hosszu (3:56.54) and Caitlin Leverenz (3:57.89). Along with her 200 IM victory from last night, DiRado closed out a medley sweep.

The win broke a tie with Florida as Stanford has now won the distance medley eight times in NCAA history as DiRado joins Michelle Griglione (1989), Janet Evans (1990), Summer Snaders (1991, 1992), and Julia Smit (2008, 2009, 2010) as 400 IM victors. Incidentally, DiRado leapfrogged Smit (3:58.23) for Stanford’s school record.

Beisel, the defending champion in the event, finished second in 3:58.84, just missing her now fifth-ranked time of 3:58.35. Overall, that time is the seventh-fastest all time in the event as Beisel now holds four of the top 10 times in the history of the event.

Georgia’s Melanie Margalis raced her way to third with a 4:00.30, while Texas A&M’s Sarah Henry finished fourth in 4:02.88.

Texas A&M’s Cammile Adams (4:03.16), Georgia’s Amber McDermott (4:05.16), USC’s Stina Gardell (4:07.34) and California’s Celina Li (4:08.02) rouneded out the championship field.

Georgia kept piling on in the consolation heat with a 1-2 finish as Nicole Vernon (4:05.88) and Hali Flickinger (4:06.18) beat the field in the B final.

Penn State’s Gabrielle Shishkoff (4:06.85), North Carolina’s Carolyn Blalock (4:07.51), FIU’s Sonia Perez Arau (4:10.17), Stanford’s Andie Taylor (4:10.26), Kansas’ Chelsie Miller (4:10.55) and Florida State’s Julia Henkel (4:11.68) also scored team points in the B final.

1 DiRado, Maya SR Stanford 4:05.08 3:58.12 20
r:+0.77 26.30 55.85 (29.55)
1:26.07 (30.22) 1:55.21 (29.14)
2:29.32 (34.11) 3:03.78 (34.46)
3:31.26 (27.48) 3:58.12 (26.86)
2 Beisel, Elizabe SR Florida 4:04.16 3:58.84 17
r:+0.74 26.17 55.95 (29.78)
1:26.05 (30.10) 1:55.40 (29.35)
2:29.28 (33.88) 3:03.57 (34.29)
3:31.65 (28.08) 3:58.84 (27.19)

Team Standings
1. Georgia 262
2. Stanford 199
3. Texas A&M 145.5
4. California 137
5. USC 133
6. Tennessee 108
7. Florida 106
8. Arizona 80
9. Texas 62
10. Minnesota 51.5

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Author: Jason Marsteller

Jason Marsteller is the general manager of digital properties at Swimming World. He joined Swimming World in June 2006 as the managing editor after previous stints as a media relations professional at Indiana University, the University of Tennessee, Southern Utah University and the Utah Summer Games.

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