March 1, 2013
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -
Maya DiRado won the 400 individual medley in 4:00.58 and Felicia Lee set a school record in the 100 back as Stanford remained on top of the pack through Friday's action at the 2013 Pac-12 Conference Women's Swimming and Diving Championships. The efforts of DiRado and Lee helped bring their team's point total to 953.5 for the first-place Cardinal.
With one day remaining, Stanford is trailed by second-place USC (945.5), Cal (883.5), Arizona (775) and UCLA (614.5) among the nine scoring teams competing at the King County Aquatic Center.
"This was a great day of racing and diving today," Stanford head coach Greg Meehan said. "We were excellent from start to finish, and we've put ourselves in a position to compete for a team championship tomorrow."
The final day of the championships starts Saturday with the platform prelims at 10 a.m. (PT). The swimming portion kicks off at 11 a.m. with the finals set for 6 p.m. Live results will be available at GoStanford.com.
Andi Murez steamed to second in the 200 free, going 1:44.72 behind Cal's Rachael Acker (1:44.66). Julia Anderson tapped in at 1:45.53 for fourth.
Lee (52.32) was seventh in the 100 fly and then took bronze honors in the 100 back (51.53) with an NCAA A-cut. Lee went under Betsy Webb's school-best 51.69 set in 2012 to become Stanford's fastest ever in the event.
In the 200 breast, third-place Sarah Haase went 59.54 as teammate Katie Olsen (1:00.18) was fourth. Rounding out the top-eight were Annemarie Thayer (53.24) and Maddy Schaefer (53.85).
Three Cardinal finished in the top eight of the 1-meter event, paced by fifth-place Sloane Brazina
(296.30). Stephanie Phipps
, who won the 3-meter event on Thursday, placed sixth with 290.70 points. Alexandra Clay (276.70) was eighth.
"We dove very well today with breakout performances by Sloane and Alex," heading diving coach Rick Schavone said. "Stephanie was very solid as expected."
Stanford closed the session by logging a 3:32.36 in the 400 medley relay. The mark set by DiRado, Haase, Lee and Schaefer was good for an NCAA A-cut.
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