Cardinal corner: ITA tennis action and big swimming news

Stanford junior Sameer Kumar advanced to the second round of the qualifying bracket to highlight the first day of tennis competition for the Cardinal. Photo by Harjanto Sumali.

Stanford junior Sameer Kumar advanced to the second round of the qualifying bracket to highlight the first day of tennis competition for the Cardinal in the ITA All-American Championships at the Union 9th Grade Center.

Kumar is one of three members of the Cardinal to compete in the ITA All-American event, along with senior Davis Wilczynski and junior Michael Genender.

Lucie Nordmann. Photo obtained via Twitter.
Sameer defeated Tennessee's Scott Jones in straight sets, before dropping a second-round qualifying match to Wisconsin's Chema Carranza in three sets.

Action in the doubles main draw begins on Thursday as Kumar and Gendender face the doubles team of Murkel Dellien and Marius Frosa from Wichita State.

On the women's side, Emma Higuchi grinded out a three-set victory in the qualifying consolation draw on Tuesday afternoon, highlighting Stanford's competition at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships.

Main draw play begins Thursday, with Melissa Lord representing the Cardinal in the singles main draw.

Women's swimming

Lucie Nordmann, the 16th-rated prospect, by Swim Swam, among high school seniors, announced on Twitter that she has verbally committed to Stanford.

"I'm thrilled to announce my verbal commitment to swim at Stanford University! I'm so thankful for this opportunity to continue my growth in the pool and in the classroom," she wrote. "Thanks to my coaches, friends, and family for helping me along this journey. I can't wait for the next four years on the farm!"

Nordmann, a versatile swimmer with an emphasis on the backstroke, became the latest member of a top-rated recruiting class to commit to the defending NCAA champion Cardinal. She's joined by No. 2 recruit Taylor Ruck, No. 3 recruit Zoe Bartel, No. 9 recruit Allie Raab, No. 15 recruit Amalie Fackenthal, and five-star recruit Anya Goeders.

Nordmann, a prep All-American, is a two-time Texas state champion in the 100-yard free and 100-yard back and was named a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American in September.

She also won the 200-meter free in a personal best 2:00.71 during the Speedo Junior National Championships in August. Nordmann placed second in the 100-meter back (1:01.63) on the same day.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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