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Drabot leads women’s swimming to back-to-back victories in SoCal

No. 5 Stanford topples UCLA, USC

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Over the weekend, No. 5 women’s swimming (6-0, 5-0 Pac-12) defeated UCLA (7-2, 4-2 Pac-12) and No. 24 USC (4-2, 4-1 Pac-12) in back-to-back dual meets in Southern California. Friday’s meet saw a 178-119 victory over UCLA, and on Saturday the Cardinal beat USC 183.5-110.5. 

Senior Katie Drabot led the team with five event victories over the course of the weekend. On Friday, she started off by claiming the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:47.27, followed by teammates senior Erin Voss (1:47.55) and sophomore Morgan Tankersley (1:48.93).

Later that day, she also touched the wall first in the 100 fly (53.81) and the 200 I.M. (1:58.74).

On Saturday, Drabot won the 200 freestyle again with a time of 1:46.50, almost a second faster than her Friday time. She also came in first in the 200 fly with a 1:57.53, followed by junior Hannah Kukurugya (1:59.95).

In her final event of the weekend, Drabot came in second place in the 100 fly (53.14), as she was out-touched by seven-hundredths of a second by USC’s Louise Hansson. Freshman Emma Wheal came in behind Drabot in the 100 fly (54.78).

Senior Allie Szekely had an outstanding weekend as well. She claimed first place in Friday’s 200 butterfly, coming in at 1:58.73, with Kukurugya right behind her (1:58.83). She also came in first in the 200 backstroke the same day (1:55.56), winning the event by almost four seconds.

Szekely also won Saturday’s 400 I.M. with a 4:09.42, ending in first by sixteen seconds in the event.

Sophomore Allie Raab came up big for the Cardinal as well, winning three individual events. Against UCLA, her first event was the 100 breaststroke, where she came in first place with a time of 1:01.44.

The next day against USC, she won the 100 breaststroke again with a 1:01.24, dropping two tenths from the prior day. She won the 200 breaststroke as well, touching the wall at 2:11.94.

Raab also swam breaststroke on both Friday’s and Saturday’s winning 200 medley relays. Against UCLA, the Cardinal came in with a time of 1:39.36. On Saturday, the team finished at 1:38.88.

Freshman Alex Crisera dominated the weekend’s backstroke events. On Friday, she won the 100 by a full second, coming in at 53.35. She won the same event the next day with an even more impressive 52.80. She was followed by sophomore Lucie Nordmann (53.90) and Voss (54.17).

Crisera led the Cardinal’s sweep of Saturday’s 200 backstroke as well, coming in first with a 1:54.43. Szekely followed (1:54.88), and Voss (1:55.63) and Nordmann (1:56.64) came in next.

Crisera was also on Saturday’s 400 free relay. The team came in second to USC, touching the wall at 3:19.45.

Tankersley had a strong weekend in distance freestyle. On Friday, she won the 500 freestyle by eight seconds (4:47.92). The next day, she claimed the 1000 with a time of 9:55.68, followed by senior Megan Byrnes (10:01.41) and Kukurugya (10:10.43).

Tankersley came in second in Saturday’s 500 freestyle as well (4:50.24). Junior Katie Glavinovich came in first (4:50.04), leading the Stanford sweep of that event. Byrnes came in third (4:56.28). 

The Cardinal swept Friday’s 1000 freestyle as well. Junior Lauren Pitzer dominated the event, touching the wall at 9:48.38 and winning by nine seconds. Glavinovich came in next (9:57.51), and was followed by Byrnes (9:59.69).

In Friday’s 50 freestyle, freshman Emma Wheal came in first with a time of 22.86.

The Cardinal lost the other three sprint freestyle events of the weekend. Lauren Green came in second in Friday’s 100 freestyle with a time of 50.62. UCLA’s Rachel Rhee came in first.

Sophomore Amalie Fackenthal came in second in Saturday’s 50 (22.84) and 100 (49.64). USC’s Marta Ciesla and Laticia Transom won the 50 and the 100, respectively.

Fackenthal also contributed to Friday’s winning 200 freestyle relay, finishing with a time of 1:30.84.

Sophomore Zoe Bartel won Friday’s 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:14.63, winning the event by over four seconds.

The diving team had a strong competition on Friday as well. Sophomore Daria Lenz won the 1 meter event with 287.93 points, and sophomore Carolina Sculti came in first in the 3 meter event, scoring 323.10 points.

After a busy two weeks of racing, the swimmers get next weekend off and then compete in the final dual meet of the season against Cal on Feb. 15.

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

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