FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – Arizona claimed victories in a pair of swimming events and Stanford swept Thursday’s diving events at the 2013 Pac-12 Women’s Swimming and Men’s and Women’s Diving Championships at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash. The Cardinal remains in first place in the team standings after the second day of competition with 491.5 points. USC is second with 442.5 and Arizona sits in third with 407.5.
In the first final of the day, Stanford sophomore Kristian Ipsen captured the men’s 1-meter crown with a score of 442.15, marking his second career Conference title. He won the 3-meter event as a freshman at last year’s Pac-12 Championships. Arizona State senior Harrison Jones, who won the Pac-10 1-meter title in 2010, placed second with 437.35 points. Jones turned in the top score in the preliminaries. Sophomore Connor Kuremsky scored 357.45 for third place.
USC senior Haley Anderson picked up her third straight Conference title in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:38.79. This is the sixth Pac-12 individual championship for Anderson, who is the reigning NCAA champion in the event. Arizona freshman Bonnie Brandon finished second in at 4:38.93 followed by Arizona State senior Cassie Morrice, who came in third with a time of 4:41.32.
California freshman Elizabeth Pelton edged teammate Caitlin Leverenz to win the 200 individual medley in 1:54.29. Leverenz, the 2012 NCAA champion in the event, finished in 1:54.31 and was followed by USC junior Stina Gardell, who turned in a time of 1:55.04. All three recorded automatic NCAA qualifying times.
Arizona junior Margo Geer, who anchored the Wildcats’ winning 200 medley relay team on Wednesday night, won the 50 freestyle with a time of 21.78. Stanford sophomore Maddy Schaefer placed second in 22.12, and USC junior Kasey Carlson and Cal sophomore Kaylin Bing tied for third, finishing in 22:22.
In the final event of the evening, Geer and Arizona stole the show in the 200 freestyle relay. The Wildcat quartet of Geer, junior Kait Flederbach, senior Megan Lafferty and junior Alana Pazevic swam an automatic NCAA qualifying time of 1:27.93. USC (1:28.50) and California (1:28.79), which also turned in automatic NCAA qualifying times, rounded out the top three.
The 2013 Pac-12 Championships continue Friday, March 1 with preliminaries at 11 a.m. PT and finals at 6 p.m. PT. Tomorrow’s swimming events will be the 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and 400 medley relay. Diving events are the men’s 3-meter and women’s 1-meter.
Women’s Current Team Standings
1. Stanford 491.5
2. USC 442.5
3. Arizona 407.5
4. California 396.5
5. UCLA 313
6. Arizona State 308
7. Oregon State 158
8. Utah 117
9. Washington State 54
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