Stanford Men and Women Rout Utah In Dual Meet Action

The Stanford Cardinal showed no mercy to the Utah men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams, beating their Pac 12 conference rival handily.

On the women’s side, Stanford won 177-112, while the men won 164-125. Stanford’s dominance was on display in several events, as the Cardinal went 1-2-3 in four women’s events and four men’s events.

On the women’s side, the sweeps happened in the 200 free, 100 back, 50 free and 200 IM, and Grace Carlson was part of all three. The 200 free was led by a 1:48.49 from Carlson, with Lia Neal falling to second with a 1:48.51 after leading through 150 yards. Julia Anderson completed the sweep with a 1:53.55.

Carlson found herself in the runner-up position in the 50 free, as her 23.68 wasn’t enough to overcome the 23.12 from teammate Julia Ama. Jaynie Pulte finished third with a 23.89. In the final individual event of the meet, Ella Eastin took the win in the 200 IM with a 2:00.09, followed by a 2:03.19 from Kim Williams and a 2:03.63 from Carlson.

Janet Hu won the 100 back by more than a second with a 53.26, which puts her third in the collegiate rankings so far this season. She was followed in the race by teammates Ally Howe (55.15) and Lindsey Engel (55.58).

Stanford’s men’s team swept the top three spots in both butterfly events, as well as the 100 free and 200 IM. Gray Umbach and Andrew Liang went 1-2 in both butterfly events, with Umbach winning the 100 fly in 48.82 and the 200 fly in 1:48.23. Liang was a distant second in the 200 fly with a 1:50.68, but held on to finish just .05 behind Umbach in the 100 fly with a 48.87. Placing third in the 200 fly was Abraham DeVine with a 1:51.24, while Connor Black was third in the 100 fly with a 49.10.

In the 100 free, Sam Perry posted a 44.33 to win by a second over the 45.32 from Sean Duggan, while Spencer DeShon was third with a 45.52. Perry also won the 50 free with a 20.08.

Max Williamson took the 200 IM title with a 1:48.82, well ahead of the 1:51.38 from Curtis Ogren and the 1:51.81 from DeVine.

Williamson’s win in the 200 IM came after a close loss in the 500 free to Utah’s Bence Kiraly. Williamson was leading by a full second at the 450-yard mark, but Kiraly uncorked a 25.55 in the final 50 yards to fly past Williamson and win with a 4:25.76 to Williamson’s 4:26.60. Kiraly used the same tactic to win the 1000 free earlier in the meet, putting up a 51.69 in the final 100 yards to take down Danny Thomson with a 9:07.93 to Thomson’s 9:10.65.

Duggan won the 200 free with a 1:39.95, while Stanford freshman Matt Anderson scored his first dual meet win with a 2:02.38 in the 200 breast.

Utah managed a third win on the men’s side, as Paul Ungur won the 100 back with a 49.32.

On the women’s side, three women scored two individual event victories. Hu swept the backstrokes with a 1:56.56 in the 200 back. Sarah Haase, the reigning 100 breast NCAA champion, won both breaststrokes with times of 1:00.84 in the 100 breast and 2:13.91 in the 200 breast. Also winning two events for Stanford was Allison Brown, who took the 1000 free title with a 1005.89 and returned to win the 500 free with a 4:55.54.

Williams won the 200 fly for Stanford with a 2:01.09, while Neal took the win in the 100 free with a 49.43. Utah’s only win in the meet came in the 100 fly, which Stanford used as a non-scoring event. Petra Soininen took the first-place points with a 57.92, though Hu swam fastest in the race with a 53.45. That time, if done officially, would have ranked No. 1 in the collegiate standings.

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