Sophomores and Juniors Propel Stanford Past University of the Pacific

Photo Courtesy: Taylor Brien

By Sarah Lloyd, Swimming World College Intern

No. 5 Stanford took a commanding lead early on in their non-conference meet against the unranked University of the Pacific right from the get-go and did not relinquish the lead at all, winning 10 of the 14 events. The meet, which included some non-traditional events, ended with a score of 134-63 in Stanford’s favor. The win moved the Stanford men to a 3-0 record on the season.

Stanford started things off with a bang when a team of Ryan ArataChristian BrownAndrew Liang, and Sean Duggan posted a time of 3:19.43 in the 400 medley relay. Sophomore Patrick Conaton kept the momentum going afterwards, claiming the 800 yard freestyle (7:35.31), just touching out junior teammate Max Williamson (7:35.58). Williamson later won the 400 free (3:40.56).

In addition to his leg on the winning 400 medley relay, sophomore Liang was victorious in the 50 back (23.43) and the 150 back (1:19.39). He was Stanford’s only multi-individual event winner of the meet.

Several additional sophomores also recorded wins, with Liam Egan taking the 200 free (1:39.65) and Sam Perry winning the 50 breast (26.02). They were helped along by juniors Jimmy Yoder, Spencer DeShon, and Daniel Le, winning the 150 fly (1:17.64), 100 free (45.52), and 150 breast (1:29.72) respectively. The lone senior individual event winner was Duggan, who took the 50 free in 20.80.

Stanford is back in action on January 22 when they host conference rival Arizona State.

Full meet results here.