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Umbach, Anderson double winners in Cardinal swimming victory over Wolfpack


Senior Gray Umbach and freshman Matt Anderson each won two events to lead the fifth-ranked Stanford men's swimming and diving team past visiting No. 7 North Carolina State, 164-136, in a nonconference dual meet Saturday.

Umbach clinched the meet by winning the 200 individual medley, the final individual event of the meet, in 1:45.93. Max Williamson finished third in the IM for some breathing room, which was necessary as the Wolfpack won both relays and eight events overall. Umbach also won the 200 fly with a time of 1:44.63.

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Cardinal divers went a long way in determining the final outcome. Sophomores Bradley Christensen (1-meter) and Ted Michau (3-meter) won their respective events and senior Connor Kuremsky placed second in both diving events.

Anderson swept the breaststrokes, taking the 100 in 54.92 and the 200 in 1:59.21. Palo Alto grad Andrew Liang swam to victory in the 100 fly with a 47.30 and fellow sophomore Patrick Conaton won the 200 back in 1:44.35.

"Today was a dog fight with a great team with a storied program," North Carolina State coach Braden Holloway said. "It was a back and forth battle and both teams went at it. Hats off to (Stanford coach) Ted Knapp and the Cardinal men."

Stanford continues its season at the three-day A3 Performance Invitational in Monterey Park beginning Nov. 19.

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No. 13th Stanford took more shots but No. 19 Maine took advantage of its meager opportunities to stun the Cardinal, 2-1, in overtime of the semifinal match in the America East Conference tournament Saturday in Albany.

Stanford (13-6) now waits for the NCAA selection committee to determine its fate. The NCAA election show is hosted on on Sunday, beginning at 7 p.m. (PT). The Cardinal is 10th in the latest RPI ratings, while the Black Bears are 17th.

Stanford has played five teams ranked among the top 20 in the RPI ratings, including a win over No. 3 Duke.

The Cardinal lost to No. 1 Syracuse in its season opener, also 2-1 in overtime, and dropped matches to defending national champion and No. 6 Connecticut and No. 13 Michigan in addition to Maine. All four losses were by a single goal.

Stanford held a healthy 21-4 advantage in shots against Maine, including a 10-1 edge in the first half when Katie Keyser gave the Cardinal a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute. Fran Tew, from a penalty corner, recorded the assist.


Scoring bonus points in four of its five wins, No. 24 Stanford fended off Chattanooga, 19-16, Saturday at Maclellan Gym in Chattanooga. The Cardinal improves to 2-0 on the season, while the Mocs drop to 0-1.

The dual started at 125 pounds, where redshirt freshman Brian Rossi posted a 4-3 come-from-behind win over Alonzo Allen.

Trailing 3-1 heading into the final period, Rossi started the third in the down position. He cut the lead to 3-2 with an escape and then was about to secure the winning takedown.

The Mocs tied the team score at 3-3 as Chris Debien recorded an 8-3 decision over sophomore Mason Pengilly at 133 pounds.

Freshman Joey McKenna, ranked 12th nationally at 141 pounds, put the Cardinal back on top with a 10-2 major decision over Roman Boylen.

He recorded a takedown 30 seconds into the opening period and led 2-1 after the first. He added an escape and a takedown in the second to push his lead to 5-1. Boylen chose to start the third in the neutral position, where McKenna was able to secure another takedown.

After Boylen escaped, McKenna notched his final takedown and ended the match on top, picking up riding time.

Chattanooga's Michael Pongracz cut the Stanford lead to 7-6 with a 4-2 sudden-victory decision over redshirt sophomore Tommy Pawelski at 149 pounds.

Redshirt juniors Maxwell Hvolbek (157 pounds) and Jim Wilson (165 pounds) and redshirt sophomore Keaton Subjeck all turned in major-decision wins to make the dual score 19-6 in favor of the Cardinal.

Leading 6-2 after the first, Hvolbek chose to start the second in the down position. After recording an escape against Chattanooga's Andrew Webb, Hvolbek got another takedown and scored two near fall points to push his lead to 11-2.

Webb chose to start the third in the neutral position, where Hvolbek was able to tally another takedown and collect riding time for the major decision.

Wilson, ranked fourth nationally, posted a 20-7 major decision over Dominic Lampe at 165 pounds. The Lodi native recorded five takedowns, a reversal, six near fall points, an escape and riding time in the win. Wilson improves to 71-15 in his career.

Subjeck capped-off the Cardinal scoring with a 14-4 major decision over Chattanooga's Sean Mappes at 174 pounds.

With a 4-2 lead going into the second, Subjeck tallied another takedown and two near fall points to increase his lead to 8-3.

He opened the third with an escape and secured two more takedowns and riding time to seal the win.

The Mocs had a chance to tied up the dual after John Lampe posted a 17-6 major decision over redshirt junior Ryan Davies at 184 pounds and No. 14 Scottie Boykin added an 8-3 decision over redshirt senior Michael Sojka at 197 pounds.

In the battle between ranked wrestlers at heavyweight, UTC's Jared Johnson (No. 20) pulled out a 4-2 decision over redshirt sophomore Nathan Butler (No. 13). However, it wasn't enough for the Mocs as the Cardinal held on for the win.

Stanford wraps-up its road trip at the Hokie Open in Blacksburg, Virginia on Sunday.

— Stanford Athletics

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