Stanford Swimming Sweeps Arizona on Senior Day

Brooke Forde. Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The fourth-ranked Stanford women’s swimming and diving honored its senior class with a resounding 176-86 victory over No. 23 Arizona, Saturday at the Avery Aquatic Center. The win moves Stanford to 4-0 on the season, and 3-0 in Pac-12 duals.

Stanford won all 14 swimming event against the Wildcats and picked up the top finish on the 3-meter springboard.

Prior to the start of the meet, the Cardinal honored the nine-member senior class of Zoe Bartel, Brooke Forde, Anya Goeders, Daria Lenz, Lucie Nordmann, Allie Raab, Taylor Ruck, Carolina Sculti and Morgan Tankersley. That group won a pair of Pac-12 team titles (2019-20) and the 2019 NCAA team title as part of Stanford’s run of three-straight national titles.

Forde picked up wins in the 200 breast (2:14.06) and the 400 IM (4:10.66) in her final appearance at the Avery Aquatic Center. The fifth-year senior led a 1-2-3 Cardinal sweep in the medley, with Isabel Gormley and Sam Tadder following behind in 4:21.13 and 4:21.66, respectively.

In the diving pool, Stanford was led by Sculti with a first-place finish on the 3-meter, and a third-place finish on the 1-meter. Freshman Maria Papworth finished second and third on the 1-meter and 3-meter, respectively. Daria Lenz was fourth on both.

Stanford swept the top four places in the 50 free, led by Goeders in 22.52. Emma Wheal (22.81), Janelle Rudolph (23.41) and Alex Crisera (23.66) rounded out the top four places. Goeders’ time is a NCAA provisional standard.

Goeders was also part of the Cardinal’s winning 200 free relay team comprised of seniors. She, Tankersley, Ruck and Lucie Nordmann finished first in 1:31.72 – almost two seconds faster than the next quartet.

Ruck swept the 100 free and 200 free, winning in 49.10 and 1:46.44, respectively. Her mark in the 100 free is a NCAA provisional standard and her first time under 50 seconds this season. Nordmann was second in the 100 back (51.47) and third in the 100 fly (55.51), with her finish in the later event not counting toward the team score.

Allie Raab was victorious in the 100 breast in 1:02.11. Tankersley also finished fourth in the 200 free (1:49.88).

Freshmen continued to make their presence known for the Cardinal, with newcomers combining for six event victories on Saturday. Regan Smith continued to show her range by sweeping the 100 back (51.47), the 200 back (1:52.40) and the 100 fly (52.43). Aurora Roghair swept the 500 free (4:55.42) and the 1000 free (10:08.29), while Lille Nordmann won the 200 fly in 1:59.03.

The Cardinal earned their second Pac-12 win in as many days, taking down Arizona by a score of 170 to 101, a day after defeating Arizona State. Stanford claimed 13 event victories on the day, including a sweep of the top three spots in five events.

Stanford moves to 5-0 on the season, and 3-0 in Pac-12 dual meets.

The meet started with an event win for the Cardinal in the 200-yard medley relay, as Shane Blinkman, Jon Cook, Ethan Hu, and Leon MaAlister combined for a 1:28.50 time.

MacAlister showed his versatility on Saturday, earning multiple event wins in freestyle after swimming backstroke events on Friday. The sophomore took first place in the 200-yard free clocking a time of 1:36.20 and the 50-yard free with a time of 20.24.

Ron Polonsky, Aaron Sequeira, and Shane Blinkman combined for the top three spots in the 100-yard back. Polonsky led the way with a time of 47.62. The freshman also claimed the top spot in the 400-yard individual medley, earning a time of 3:51.41.

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The Cardinal continued it’s dominance into the breaststroke events as Jon Cook claimed first place in the 100-yard event, with a 54.35. Hayden Zheng took second with a 56.05, and Ethan Dang set a season-best time of 53.01 while racing in the exhibition. in the 200-yard breast, Danile Roy, Polonsky, Ethan Dang, and Hayden Zheng took the top four spots, led by Roy’s time of 1:55.63.

Stanford found success in the 200-yard fly as well, as Preston Forst, Jonny Affeld, and Alex Liang claimed first, second, and third. Forst led the way with a time of 1:45.86. Preston Forst also claimed the victory in the 100-yard fly, with a time of 47.95.

Luke Maurer, Neel Roy, Avery Voss, and William Tarvestad swept the 100-yard free, claiming the top four spots in the event. Maurer’s time of 44.48 paced the group, while all four swimmers finished under 45.50.

Aaron Sequeira nabbed the individual victory in the 200-yard back with a time of 1:46.12. Alex Boratto took third in the event, coming in at 1:47.27.

Stanford finished the meet with an impressive showing on the 200-yard free relay, as all four Cardinal relays finished under 1:23.50.

Wildcats had individual event wins on the weekend from Jade Neser, Jake Hand, and Brooks Fail. Neser winning the 100 breast, Hand in the 200 breast and Fail in the 500 free.

Julia Heimstead grabbed two event wins on the weekend, one in the 100 fly and another in the 200 fly.

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3 months ago

Dominant Stanford win over Arizona but please review the meet results rather than just the winning team’s press release when producing a journalistic piece for the public. The article lists 35 times from Stanford and zero from Arizona, including multiple references to Stanford 4th place (non-scoring) finishers. Further, the article states in the opening portion that Stanford won every race, which may be accurate, but we can’t be sure as the results are not appended and at the end the article says there were 5 Wildcat winners, between men and women. Halfway through, the results discussed seem to start referencing men, but the article does not state the transition. Also, “In the diving pool, Stanford was led by Sculti with a first-place finish on the 3-meter, and a third-place finish on the 1-meter. Freshman Maria Papworth finished second and third on the 1-meter and 3-meter, respectively. Daria Lenz was fourth on both.” Glad to hear Daria was 4th on both boards, but who WON the 1 meter. A Wildcat, I suspect. That’s all good for the ladies, but did the men dive at all (not mentioned in article)? And if not, isn’t that a part of the story worthy of notation. Why not?