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Women's Swimming and Diving: Year in Review

Jul 6, 2022

Back to the Podium
Stanford returned to the podium with a third-place finish at the 2022 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships – the ninth top three finish for the program since 2008, and the first since the Cardinal won the national title in 2019.
With 399.5 points at the national championship, Stanford improved upon its ninth place finish in 2021 and remains the only program in the country to have never finished outside of the top 10. Stanford finished behind Texas and Virginia at the national championships.

National Titles
The Cardinal claimed three national titles this past season, with Taylor Ruck winning the 200 free – her first career individual national title – and freshman Regan Smith winning the title in the 200 back. Both Ruck and Smith were joined by Torri Huske and Brooke Forde to open the action in Atlanta with a national championship in the 800 free relay.

The relay title was the fourth in the last five championships for the Cardinal, with Forde being a member of three of those relay teams.

All-America Dozen
A dozen swimmers and divers earned All-America honors from the CSCAA for Stanford on the season, totaling 42 honors for finish in the top 16 in their respective events.

Stanford was led by Torri Huske, Taylor Ruck and Regan Smith – who all earned seven All-America honors.

A Perfect Pac-12 Season
The Cardinal went a perfect 6-0 in Pac-12 dual meets, and 7-0 on the season. The closest dual of the season was a 44 point victory at No. 8 California to close out the regular season.

Stanford's Pac-12 dual success continued at the conference championships where the Cardinal won its fifth conference title since 2017. Stanford won all five relay titles and seven individual titles to close out the conference meet with 1,671.5 points – 271 points ahead of California. The point total is the sixth-highest point total for the program in a season where Stanford won the conference.  

Winning individual titles were: Anya Goeders (50 free, tie), Torri Huske (100 free, 100 fly, 200 IM), Brooke Forde (500 free, 400 IM), Regan Smith (100 back, 200 fly), Carolina Sculti (3m).

Huske was named the Pac-12 Most Outstanding Performer at the conference meet, while Regan Smith was honored as both the Pac-12 Women's Swimmer of the Year and Women's Freshman Swimmer of the Year. Greg Meehan was named the coach of the year for the fifth time in his career.

Forde Named Tom Hansen Medalist
After winning two conference titles and one national title – with four All-America honors to add – Brooke Forde was chosen as Stanford's 2021-22 Pac-12 Tom Hansen Conference Medal recipient on the women's side.

A Conference Medal is awarded annually to each member institution's outstanding senior male and female student-athlete based on the exhibition of the greatest combination of performance and achievement in scholarship, athletics and leadership.

Academic Success
In addition to Stanford's athletic success this season, the Cardinal also out-paced its peers in the classroom. 14 student-athletes were named to the Pac-12's Winter Academic Honor Roll, while Stanford led the all Division I women's programs with 17 first-team selections to the CSCAA Individual Scholar All-America team and posted the highest GPA in the nation.

Forde was also named a CoSIDA Academic All-American for the third straight season.