Stanford vs. Arizona

STANFORD, California, January 22. MIDWAY through the battle of two NCAA powerhouses, No. 3-ranked Arizona (5-0, 1-0 Pac-10) won three straight events and pulled away for the 174-124 victory at No. 2-ranked Stanford (3-1, 0-1 Pac-10) on Friday.

Arizona won 10 individual titles overall, while Stanford’s Eugene Godsoe won the 100 backstroke and was a part of the winning 200 medley relay team and Alex Coville won the 50 and 100 freestyles.

Arizona’s hand began to turn during the 10th event, when Cory Chitwood won the 200 backstroke to give Arizona the lead at 85-84. The Wildcats extended the lead further with back-to-back wins by Clark Curckle (200 breaststroke) and Jean Basson (500 free) as well as the first of two victories by Ben Grado in the one and three-meter diving events.

That lead, at 125-100, was never relinquished as the Cardinal suffered their first dual loss since January 26, 2008, a span of 14 matches.

The Cardinal had an early lead through the first four events, leading 42-32 paced by a 200-yard medley win, and individual victories by Chad La Tourette in the 1000 and Godsoe in the 100 backstroke. During the seventh and ninth events, the Cardinal held its lead at 66-65 and 78-72 paced by wins by Coville in the 50 and 100 freestyle.

For the women, No. 4-ranked Stanford women’s swimming (5-0, 1-0 Pac-10) won the final 11 events and 12 overall to defeat visiting No. 2-ranked Arizona (6-1, 3-1 Pac-10) 173-125 on Friday afternoon.

Arizona won four of the first five events to lead 55-38, before the Cardinal’s run was paced by a team effort of two wins a piece in: diving by Carmen Stellar; the 200 back and 200 IM by Julia Smit; and the 100 and 200 fly by Elaine Breeden.

Kate Dwelley also took home victories in the 50 and 200 freestyle, as well as combining with Sam Woodward Andi Murez and Smit to close out the meet with the top time in the 400 freestyle relay. Kelsey Ditto also made an impact, winning the 500 freestyle, while Murez took home the individual title in the 100 free.

Stanford went ahead for good following the seventh event, as the Cardinal took the top three spots in the 50, paced by Dwelley and followed by Betsy Webb and Woodward. The Cardinal were then off swimming, as Murez won the 100, Stellar won the three-meter and Smit put the Cardinal up 90-79 with a win in the 200 backstroke.

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