Women’s swimming and diving opens winter season with strong wins

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No. 1 women’s swimming and diving (4-0, 3-0 Pac-12) had a double-header against Arizona State (2-5, 1-4 Pac-12) on Friday and Arizona (3-5, 0-4 Pac-12) on Saturday and emerged victorious in both meets. In the first meets since before winter break, the Cardinal came out ready to race.

“It was really good to get back to racing,” said head coach Greg Meehan. “Across the board, everybody made some changes and got better.” 

With strong performances all around, there were a few standout swimmers over the weekend. 

“Alex Crisera is starting to gain confidence, Erin Voss was solid, as was Katie Glavinovich,” Meehan said.

Crisera claimed first in the 100-yard backstroke on both days. On Friday, she won with a time of 53.55, followed immediately by the senior Voss (53.72). Crisera went even faster on Saturday, touching the wall at 53.52. She came in first in Friday’s 200-yard back as well, with a 1:54.53. She won Saturday’s 100-yard freestyle with a time of 49.94. Stanford swept the event, as sophomore Anya Goeders, sophomore Lucie Nordmann and senior Brooke Stenstrom placed second, third and fourth, respectively.

Fellow backstroker Voss had a strong weekend as well. She earned first place in Saturday’s 200 backstroke (1:53.76). She had a solid 500-yard freestyle on Friday, coming in right behind Glavinovich’s 4:46.37 with a 4:47.24. She also kicked off both Friday and Saturday’s 200 medley relays, leading the Cardinal to first place finishes in both at 1:40.74 and 1:39.77. 

In addition to her 500 freestyle victory on Friday, Glavinovich came in third in Saturday’s 200 backstroke. She had a solid 400 IM on Saturday as well with a time of 4:17.01, coming in after junior Brooke Forde, senior Allie Szekely and junior Hannah Kukurugya (4:07.93, 4:09.01, and 4:15.34, respectively). 

On Friday, Glavinovich came in second in the 200 freestyle (1:48.22) to sophomore Morgan Tankersley (1:47.87) and second in the 200 IM (2:01.65) to Szekely (1:59.91).

As usual, senior Katie Drabot led the team with another weekend of outstanding performances. In Friday’s 1,000-yard freestyle, she battled it out against ASU’s Emma Nordin, eventually claiming first place with a time of 9:42.09, beating Nordin by only .32 seconds. She then went on to win both the 200-yard butterfly (1:54.47) and the 100-yard butterfly (53.20).

Despite a tough set of events on Friday, Drabot was able to rally on Saturday as well. She won the 200 fly, touching the wall at 1:55.23, followed by Kukurugya (1:58.87). In her 500 freestyle, she won the event with a time of 4:46.36. In the final event of the weekend, Drabot anchored Saturday’s 400-yard freestyle relay, handily winning the event (3:23.31).

Sophomore Allie Raab also came up big for the Cardinal this weekend, winning three individual events. Touching the wall at 1:01.26, Raab claimed first in Friday’s 100-yard breaststroke. The next day, she won the 200 freestyle (1:47.42) and the 200-yard breaststroke, with an impressive 2:12.79, winning by almost seven seconds. Raab was the second leg in the first-place 400 freestyle relay on Saturday, as well (3:22.33).

Sophomore Zoe Bartel had strong breaststroke this weekend as well. In Friday’s ASU meet, she earned first in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:14.51. On Saturday, she won the 100 breaststroke with a 1:02.49, followed closely by teammate junior Grace Zhao (1:02.80).

ASU’s Camryn Curry dominated Friday’s sprint events, winning both the 50-yard and 100 freestyle. In the 50, Stanford came in second through fifth, though, with junior Ashley Volpenhein coming in at 23.36, only 0.14 seconds behind first-place Curry. In the 100, junior Lauren Pitzer earned second place with a 50.50.

In Saturday’s meet, Tankersley earned first in the 1000-yard, winning by over fifteen seconds, coming in at 9:59.85. Goeders won the 50 freestyle, dropping a full 0.61 seconds from Friday, with a time of 22.93. In the 100-yard butterfly, freshman Emma Wheal claimed first place with a 54.67, a full two seconds ahead of second place.

In Saturday’s diving competition, Stanford excelled as well. In 1-meter diving, sophomore Carolina Sculti came in first with 296.63 points, followed by sophomore Daria Lenz with 283.65. In 3-meter, the same duo earned first and second. Lenz finished with 331.73 points, followed by Sculti with 318.98 and junior Mia Paulsen with 252.75.

The season continues next weekend with two more dual meets. 

“It goes really fast here over the next 50 or so days,” Meehan said. “This is the starting point, we turn around and go racing again next week. Now it’s time to start getting to the point where we can be better next weekend, better at Cal, better at Pac-12s, better at NCAAs.”

On Friday, Jan. 31, the Cardinal takes on UCLA at 1 p.m. PT, and the next day they go against USC at 12 p.m. PT.

Contact Natalie Hilderbrand at nhild ‘at’ stanford.edu.

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