Pac-12 Weekly Recap: Stanford Sweeps Utah

The No. 3 Stanford men’s swim team opened its season with a 141.5-95.5 win at Utah on Friday.

Stanford started the meet with a win in the 200-yard medley relay – Benjamin Ho, Andrew Liang, Cole Cogswell and Brennan Pastorek (1:30.35).

Freshmen Johannes Calloni (9:22.54) and Matthew Hirschberger (9:34.47) followed it up with a one-two finish in the 1,000-yard freestyle.

Liam Egan (1:40.23) won the 200-yard freestyle by over one second, with James Murphy (1:41.41) and William Macmillan (1:41.89) rounded out the top three.

Swimming in his first collegiate meet, Alberto Mestre (20.69) won the 50-yard freestyle ahead of Andrew Liang (21.02) in second and Jordan Greenberg (21.49) in fourth.

Alex Liang (1:51.75) was the next freshman to win an event, claiming the 200-yard individual medley.

Cole Cogswell (46.15) tied for first place in the 100-yard freestyle before Curtis Ogren (1:48.83) claimed the 200-yard backstroke. Egan (4:34.21) won his second event of the meet in the 500-yard freestyle with Murphy (4:34.63) not far behind in second.

In his first individual swim, Pastorek (2:03.90) won the 200-yard breaststroke.

In the women’s meet, Stanford sophomore Haley Farnsworth swept the diving events, while nine different Stanford swimmers combined to win the nine individual swimming events. It all led to a season-opening 143-95 victory over Utah.

Among the Stanford rookies to touch the wall first: Lauren Pitzer won the 200-yard freestyle (1:49.44), Lauren Green was tops in the 50 free (23.68), Hannah Kukurugya touched first in the 200 fly (1:59.81), Katie Glavinovich won the 500 free (5:00.64), and Grace Zhao had the top time in the 200 breaststroke at 2:17.47.

Among the veterens: in the 1,000 free, junior Leah Stevens opened the year with a winning effort of 10:12.79, while senior Ally Howe was first in the 200 individual medley at 2:02.06, and senior Lindsey Engel was tops in the 100 free at 51.32. Sophomore Erin Voss was the only swimmer under two minutes in the 200 back at 1:59.63.

Stanford also had the top times in the 200 free relay at 1:33.39 and the 200 medley relay (1:43.59).

Five Stanford swimmers – Katie Drabot, Katie Ledecky, Janet Hu, Brooke Forde and Ella Eastin – will compete on Saturday (6 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m.) at the Pac-12 vs. USA Swimming College Challenge.

Utah’s Nathan Makarewicz was able to improve on his performance from last week against Cal, by taking the 1-meter diving competition. Makarewicz topped the field with a final score of 318.38.

Junior Chris Taber took first in the 200 fly, finishing with a final time of 1:50.76. The Utes also chalked up a win in the 100 free, with Feliix Chiun hitting the wall with a time of 46.15.

In the 200 breast, Ganem Tebet was able to get another win, finishing with a final time of 2:07.96.

On the women’s side, a team consisting of Dorien Butter, Gillian St. John, Claire Jackson and Kenzie Ford was able to get a win in the 200 free relay with a final time of 1:34.85.

The Utes’ final win of the day came in the men’s 200 free relay. Rodolfo Moreira, Liam O’Haimhirgin, Chiun and Tommy Baker clocked in with a final time of 1:23.91.

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    Author: Daniel D'Addona

    Dan D'Addona is the lead college swim writer for Swimming World. He has covered swimming at all levels since 2003, including the NCAA championships, USA nationals, Duel in the Pool and Olympic trials. He is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a graduate of Central Michigan University. He currently lives in Holland, Michigan, where he also is the Sports Editor at The Holland Sentinel.

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