Taming of the 'Cats
STANFORD, Calif. – 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.
Stanford has a quick turnaround to another pair of duals next weekend in Los Angeles. The Cardinal will race UCLA, Jan. 28, and No.10 USC, Jan. 29.