Cardinal women dive right in for season opening victory

Sacred Heart Prep grad Ally Howe won the 200 individual medley and swam on the winning 200 medley relay team in Stanford's 143-95 win over host Utah on Friday in the Pac-12 opener for both teams. Photo by Casey Valentine/

Sophomore Haley Farnsworth swept the diving events, while nine different Stanford swimmers combined to win the nine individual swimming events. It all led to a season-opening 143-95 victory over Utah in a Pac-12 Conference meet on Friday.

Farnsworth swept the 1-meter and 3-meter events for her first collegiate victories. The San Clemente resident was four-tenths of a point better than Utah freshman Emma Ruchala on the 1-meter with a winning score of 268.88, and had a bigger cushion on the field on the higher board with a score of 305.40.

Mia Paulsen

Grace Zhao
Menlo-Atherton grad Mia Paulsen debuted with a second on the 3-meter board and a third on the one-meter board.

Utah freshman Clare Greenlow, a Menlo Park resident, placed fifth on the 1-meter.

Five of Stanford's winners were freshmen in their collegiate debut as Stanford (1-0, 1-0 Pac-12) won its 16th straight dual meet, and 15th consecutive Pac-12 meet.

Among the Stanford rookies to touch the wall first: Lauren Pitzer won the 200-yard freestyle (1:49.44), Lauren Green was tops in the 50 free (23.68), Hannah Kukurugya touched first in the 200 fly (1:59.81), Katie Glavinovich won the 500 free (5:00.64), and Grace Zhao had the top time in the 200 breaststroke at 2:17.47.

Among the veterens: in the 1,000 free, junior Leah Stevens opened the year with a winning effort of 10:12.79, while senior Ally Howe, a Sacred Heart Prep grad, was first in the 200 individual medley at 2:02.06, and senior Lindsey Engel was tops in the 100 free at 51.32. Sophomore Erin Voss was the only swimmer under two minutes in the 200 back at 1:59.63.

Stanford also had the top times in the 200 free relay at 1:33.39 and the 200 medley relay (1:43.59).

Five Stanford swimmers, Katie Drabot, Katie Ledecky, Janet Hu, Brooke Forde and Ella Eastin, will compete on Saturday (6 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m.) at the Pac-12 vs. USA Swimming College Challenge. Stanford's Greg Meehan is co-head coach for the Pac-12, and former Cardinal Lia Neal will be competing for the national team. The meet can be seen on Pac-12 Networks.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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