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Cruising Through LA
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 02/01/2014

LOS ANGELES -  The No. 4-ranked Stanford women’s swimming and diving team completed a weekend sweep of Los Angeles with a 170-130 victory over No. 5 USC Saturday afternoon. Behind four total wins from Felicia Lee, the Cardinal won its fourth conference meet of the last two weeks and remained undefeated at 8-0 overall in duals.

"Having four meets in nine days certainly presents some challenges," said head coach Greg Meehan. "But I'm pleased with the intensity of which we raced at all four meets and no matter what the score was."

Lee claimed a pair of 100's, while Maya DiRado took two 200's today at Uytengsu Aquatics Center.

Lee won the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly, outpacing USC’s Kendyl Stewart, another one of the country’s top swimmers, in each of her individual wins. The senior clocked in at 52.65 in the 100 back and 52.95 in the 100 fly and also starred on Stanford’s 200 medley and 400 free relay squads.

DiRado was first in the 200 fly with a 1:57.98 and was ahead of the field in the 200 backstroke with a 1:56.98 later in the meet.

Katie Olsen swept the 100 and 200 breaststrokes for the fourth straight meet with times of 1:00.70 and 2:11.61 and helped the medley relay start the meet with a win for Stanford, as well.

Maddy Schaefer continued her dominance in the 50 freestyle by winning the seventh event of the meet to push Stanford's winning streak to four straight swims and six of the first seven. She swam a 22.63, 0.22 quicker than her time yesterday at UCLA. USC's Kasey Carlson would slip past Schaefer in the 100 free, but Lia Neal was third to have Stanford go 2-3.

Off of the diving boards, Stephanie Phipps (282.05) was the one-meter winner for the second straight day with Sloane Brazina in thrid (262.20). Lilly Hinrichs was the Cardinal's best in the three-meter competition, finishing fourth (276.85).

Stanford's best 400 free relay team, Schaefer, Lee, DiRado and Neal, capped the day with a final Cardinal win. The squad, which has the fastest time in the country to date, edged USC 3:18.04-3:19.38.

The Cardinal improved to 34-2 all-time against USC, a day after the Trojans took down No. 1 Cal.

Stanford finishes its dual meet schedule Feb. 15 against Cal. The 10 a.m. meet at Avery Aquatic Center will be aired live on Pac-12 Networks.  


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