Cardinal extends lead entering Pac-12 Women's Swimming and Diving & Men's Diving Championships Finale
Federal Way, Wash – Stanford pulled away with a strong lead after day three of competition at the Pac-12 Women’s Swimming and Diving and Men’s Diving Championships, held at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash. The Cardinal ended the third day of competition with four podium finishes, while USC’s Louise Hansson recorded a new U.S. open record in the 100-yard butterfly. Individual performances continued to highlight the Pac-12 Champions as California swept the 200-yard freestyle and UCLA’s Maria Polyakova collected her second diving title of the week.
• Arizona State’s Youssef Selim, the 1-meter champion crowned earlier this week, won the men’s platform title with a score of 339.10 to become the first diver in four years to take home two men's Pac-12 Diving Championships.
• Stanford’s Noah Vigran took second in the men’s platform with a score of 312.55 for his third-consecutive second place finish of the 2019 Pac-12 Diving Championships.
• Fellow Sun Devil David Hoffer placed third at 303.10 for his third score of the championship, as the men’s platform was identical to the 1-meter podium.
400-yard Individual Medley
• Stanford continued its momentum into the finals session of Day 3 with top-two finishes in the 400-yard individual medley.
• Ella Eastin, the NCAA record holder touched the wall first in a time of 3:57.75 after placing second at last year’s championship behind teammate Katie Ledecky.
• Stanford sophomore Brooke Forde finished second with a time of 4:00.27.
• Rounding out the podium is California’s Sarah Darcel (4:05.55) for her second podium finish this week and an NCAA B cut.
• USC’s Louise Hansson, from Ramlosa, Helsingborg, Sweden, made history in the 100-yard butterfly breaking the U.S. Open record with a time of 49.34. While breaking the USC program, Pac-12, Pac-12 Championship, and NCAA records, the junior also became the first student-athlete to record three-consecutive Pac-12 title in the event.
• Cal senior Katie McLaughlin touched in second at 50.67 and was closely trailed all race by teammate Izzy Ivey, who finished third with a time of 51.15.
• Hansson and McLaughlin both recorded NCAA A qualifying times while Ivey earned a B cut.
• California swept the 200-yard freestyle as Abbey Weitzeil topped the podium at 1:41.97. The public health major has amassed four Pac-12 titles thus far, including two relay victories in the 200 free and 200 medley.
• Teammate Katie McLaughlin touched the wall behind Weitzeil to take second in a time of 1:43.04, her second-straight Pac-12 podium finish of the night.
• California completed the sweep with Robin Neumann in third place with an NCAA B qualifying time of 1:43.25.
• Arizona State’s Silja Kansakoski won the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 59.12 to collect her second Pac-12 crown in three years after earning the 2017 title (58.44). The Oulu, Finland native is working towards a degree in chemistry.
• USC senior Riley Scott is majoring in international relations and placed second with a time of 59.37 to earn her third career Pac-12 crown.
• Trojan’s Kirsten Vose earned a bronze finish in what proved to be a close battle until the very end, clocking in at 59.43.
• California senior Amy Bilquist, majoring in media studies, won the 100 back with an NCAA A qualifying time of 50.46 to continue her postseason success after scoring in three individual events at the 2018 Pac-12 Championships.
• Stanford freshman Taylor Ruck took second in a time of 50.52.
• Golden Bears teammate Keaton Blovad earned her first podium finish, touching in at 51.34.
• UCLA’s Maria Polyakova continued to prove her diving dominance with a score of 350.70 to sweep the 1-meter and 3-meter events while earning her fourth career Pac-12 crown.
• The Bruins have now swept the 1- and 2-meter events for the second-consecutive year after senior Eloise Belanger’s won both Pac-12 tiles in 2018. Belanger is majoring in economics while Polyakova is studying linguistics.
• Stanford’s Carolina Sculti narrowly came in second by a 4.25 margin with a final score of 346.45.
• Arizona’s Delaney Schnell reached a podium for the second time this week, placing third with a score of 335.10.
400-yard Medley Relay
• California closed out day three of competition by winning its fourth relay of the championship with the quad of Amy Bilquist, (Sr.) Ema Rajic (Fr.) Katie McLaughlin (Sr.) and Abbey Weitzeil (Jr.) in an NCAA A qualifying time of 3:26.41
• The USC team of Louise Hansson, Riley Scott, Jemma Schlicht, Marta Ciesla, clocked a time of 3:29.83 to place second.
• Cardinal’s Ella Eastin, Allie Raab, Amalie Fackenthal, and Lauren Pitzer earned a NCAA A qualifying time of 3:31.04.
Team Scores Through Event 7
1. Stanford – 1,154.5
2. California – 964.5
3. USC - 724
4. Arizona State - 644
5. Arizona - 576
5. UCLA - 557
7. Utah - 357
8. Washington State - 189
9. Oregon State – 110
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