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Cardinal corner: Distance swimming meet; signings


No. 7 Stanford traveled across the bay to compete in its annual triple distance meet with No. 2 California at the Legends Aquatic Center.

"Different guys had their chances to shine today, depending on the length of the race, and we had some great swims every time the gun went off," said Stanford coach Ted Knapp. "After today, we know where we stand as we get ready for the Texas Invitational in a few weeks."

Andrew Liang

Alex Liang
The format of the meet, which does not include a team score, was to swim three distances in one of six disciplines – butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, sprint freestyle, individual medley and distance freestyle.

In the first event of the day, Palo Alto grad Andrew Liang (21.54) paced Stanford in the 50-yard butterfly, followed by William Macmillan (22.73) and Brad Zdroik (22.81).

Matt Anderson (25.69) and Hank Poppe (25.69) tied for fourth in the 50-yard breaststroke, before Sam Perry (20.19) led Stanford with second place in the 50-yard freestyle. Alberto Mestre (20.47) was not far behind in fourth, and Cole Cogswell was sixth (20.69).

Palo Alto grad Alex Liang (50.66) paced the Cardinal in the 100-yard individual medley, finishing second while Curtis Ogren (51.59) was fourth.

Grant Shoults (1:37.38) recorded Stanford's first win of the day in the distance 200-yard freestyle. Johannes Calloni (1:40.17), True Sweetser (1:40.17) and James Murphy (1:40.63) rounded out the top four.

Andrew Liang (47.39) swam Stanford's fastest time in the 100-yard butterfly, while Zdroik (49.50) placed fourth. In the 100-yard backstroke, Benjamin Ho (48.56) led the Cardinal with a third-place finish.

In the 100-yard breaststroke, Poppe (55.17) registered Stanford's fastest time in fourth place, and Brennan Pastorek (55.94) was right behind him in fifth.

Sam Perry (43.80) was Stanford's fastest man in the 100-yard freestyle, followed by Cole Cogswell (45.07) and Alberto Mestre (45.44). In the 200-yard individual medley, Alex Liang (1:48.76) paced the Cardinal in second place with Ogren (1:50.00) in fourth.

Stanford was dominant in the second distance swim of the day, the 500-yard freestyle. Calloni (4:24.99) paced the field, followed by Shoults (4:27.70) and Murphy (4:28.13) to complete the podium.

Macmillan (1:48.45) was the fastest Cardinal in the 200-yard butterfly, while Andrew Liang (1:48.70) took fifth and Zdroik (1:50.14) placed sixth.

Ho (1:47.41) and Glen Cowand (1:48.29) were Stanford's fastest swimmers in the 200-yard backstroke, and Pastorek (2:00.55) paced the Cardinal in the 200-yard breaststroke, followed by Poppe (2:02.46) and Anderson (2:05.63).

Perry (1:39.50) took second place in the sprint 200 free with Cogswell (1:41.44) in fourth, Mestre (1:43.18) in fifth and Jordan Greenberg (1:43.79) in sixth.

Ogren (3:54.61) logged his best finish of the day in the 400-yard individual medley, placing second with Alex Liang (3:55.02) right behind him in third.

Stanford took five of the top six spots in the 1000-yard freestyle, led by Calloni (9:04.09). Liam Egan (9:13.81) was third, followed by Shoults (9:15.88), Murphy (9:18.29) and Sweetser (9:18.74).

The final two events of the meet were the 200-yard medley relay and the 200-yard freestyle relay. Ho, Poppe, Macmillan and Pastorek (1:29.98) led Stanford in the 200 medley relay, and Andrew Liang, Perry, Mestre and Cogswell (1:19.96) were the Cardinal's fastest in the 200 free relay.

Stanford returns to action on Nov. 29 when it travels to compete in the Texas Invitational in Austin.

Women's swimming

Stanford women's swimming and diving officially welcomed the Class of 2022 on Thursday. Nine future Cardinal -- Zoe Bartel, Amalie Fackenthal, Anya Goeders, Daria Lenz, Lucie Nordman, Allie Raab, Taylor Ruck, Carolina Sculti and Morgan Tankersly -- will join the program next season as announced by head coach Greg Meehan.

"I couldn't be more excited about this class," said Meehan, the Paul A. Violich Director of Women's Swimming. "This group of young women will bring a high level of athleticism to our program, but just as important, they each bring a personal touch I believe will make our team better every day. On their official visit weekend, it was very clear how connected they were with each other, and how much they are going to add to the dynamic of the team culture."

The seven swimmers of the Class of 2022 hails from seven different states and all four time zones -- Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Tennessee and Texas.

"Tracy Slusser and Patrick Jeffrey have been vital to our recruiting success, and we are pleased to have a top three recruiting class for the fourth straight year. But we are most proud of the women that this program is producing – they have embraced the scholar-athleticism of Stanford swimming & diving, and are achieving in all facets of their lives."

Stanford has also secured arguably the top two women's diving recruits in the Class of 2022 in Lenz and Sculti.

"This is a very strong class with a ton of potential," said Jeffrey, who is in his fourth season as Stanford's head diving coach. "Both divers are known for their work ethic and share the desire to reach the next level. I love their fit with our team culture and I'm really excited to start working with them."

Men's volleyball

Stanford coach John Kosty and his staff have signed Justin Lui, a libero out of Pickering, Ontario, Canada, to join the team in the fall of 2018.

After bringing in several large recruiting classes over the last three years, Kosty and his staff focused on the one position of need and signed one of the top liberos in North America.

"At Stanford, we have had a long tradition of great liberos, which include Erik Shoji, Grant Delgado, and Evan Enriques," explained Kosty. "We truly value the position and are constantly searching for the best. I am thrilled that we have found another good one in Justin Lui."

Lui is considered one of the top liberos in the Canadian national team pipeline, and has made success his calling card. During the summer, he helped his Team Ontario provincial squad pull off the double Gold Medal feat of winning the U.S. High Performance Championship (International Division) and the prestigious Canada Games Championship. Both competitions are considered their nation's top championship event for the youth age group.

Hailing from Pickering High School where he performed as an outside hitter, Lui also played for Durham Attack Volleyball Club.


Stanford softball grew stronger with the commitment of five future Cardinal, who signed National Letters of Intent.

Stanford will welcome to The Farm Taylor Gindlesperger, Emily Klingaman, Molly Millar, Emily Schultz and Emily Young.

On the class, coach Jessica Allister said, "As we began to put together this class, our goal was to identify and sign talented, driven student-athletes that have the potential to thrive in the classroom and on the field at Stanford, and that have the desire to push themselves to become the best students and softball players that they can be. I believe we have accomplished that goal with this class."

"This class features a lot of speed, athleticism, and versatility," continued Allister, "Each position player has the ability to contribute at more than one defensive position which will be a huge asset as we look to put our best nine out on the field. Most importantly, each of these student-athletes wants to compete at the highest level, and shares our vision and our goals for the Stanford softball program."

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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