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Cardinal corner: Trio of soccer All-Americans; Swim results

 
Stanford's Grant Shoults won the 500 free at the Texas Invitational on Thursday. Photo by Douglas Zimmerman/isiphotos.com.

Stanford senior midfielder Andi Sullivan, sophomore defender Tierna Davidson and freshman forward Catarina Macario were each named first-team All-Americans by United Soccer Coaches on Thursday.

Sullivan, Davidson and Macario were recently named United Coaches All-Pacific Region first-team after each earning a place on the MAC Hermann Trophy watch list.


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Sullivan, the Pac-12 Midfielder of the Year, is a four-time All-Pacific Region and four-time All-Pac-12 selection. She is a three-time first-team All-American, a three-year captain, a member of the full United States Women's National Team and the 2016 Pac-12 Player of the Year.

Davidson, the Pac-12 Defender of the Year, earns her first All-Pacific Region selection in the midst of an excellent season. A member of the All-Pac-12 first team, Davidson was Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week twice in 2017, earning a call-up to the United States National Team on Sept. 19.

Macario, the ESPNW National Player of the Year and Pac-12 Forward of the Year, has enjoyed a scintillating rookie season, leading the nation in points (47) and assists (13) while ranking fourth in goals (17). She also picked up Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors and was a member of the All-Pac-12 first and freshman teams.

Stanford's season concludes this weekend at the College Cup. The Cardinal faces South Carolina on Friday at 2 p.m. in the first of two semifinals, with the winner playing the victor between UCLA and Duke at 4:30 p.m.

In addition, Sullivan became Stanford's third recipient of the Senior CLASS Award, as announced Thursday by the organization.

"I am honored and humbled to receive the Senior CLASS Award," said Sullivan, who hails from Lorton, Virginia. "Soccer has brought me so many amazing opportunities, most of all the chance to be a Stanford student-athlete. I have been able to meet and befriend extraordinary people, including many of the women nominated for this award. Being with my teammates every day has been a gift I will deeply miss. My teammates are such powerful women, constantly looking to better themselves and the people around them."

Sullivan joins former women's basketball All-Americans Nnemkadi Ogwumike (2012) and Candice Wiggins (2008) as the only Cardinal to win the award. A three-year captain and four-time first-team All-Pac-12 selection, Sullivan owns a 3.293 grade-point average in symbolic systems. She is a three-time Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention, and involves herself in several community endeavors.

During her time at Stanford, she has been involved with multiple community service/outreach events including the Gardner Elementary walk-a-thon, Clinic for Female Footballers, Clinic with the Bay Area Women's Sports Initiative, and Cupertino and Hillsborough AYSO programs.

"Andi is one of the best leaders and most competitive student-athletes that I have had the privilege to coach," Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe said. "She strives for excellence in everything she does, and this award is a testament to her hard work and determination."

The award, chosen by a vote of Division I women's soccer coaches, national soccer media and fans, is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I women's soccer. In order to be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: classroom, community, character and competition.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award was inspired by Duke men's basketball player Shane Battier and his decision to forego the NBA to remain in school all four years. Established in 2001, the award is presented in 10 NCAA sports and focuses on the total student-athlete, encouraging students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

In other news, 13 members of Stanford's top-ranked women's soccer team were named Pac-12 All-Academic, as announced Wednesday by the conference.

Michelle Xiao was the lone Cardinal on the first team, and Jaye Boissiere, Kyra Carusa, Averie Collins, Alana Cook, Tierna Davidson, Jordan DiBiasi, Beattie Goad, Alison Jahansouz, Mariah Lee, Carly Malatskey, Tegan McGrady and Andi Sullivan were each honorable mentions.

Student-athletes must be in at least their second season at the current institution, maintain a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher and participate in at least 50 percent of the team's regular-season contests.

Men's swimming

Grant Shoults and Abrahm DeVine each posted wins for the Stanford men's swimming and diving team on Day Two of the Texas Invitational on Thursday.

Stanford had four of the top six finishers in the 500 free. Shoults hit the wall with an NCAA 'A' qualifying time of 4:11.34, while teammate Liam Egan was the next to touch at 4:14.03. Johannes Calloni placed fifth at 4:16.60 and True Sweetser was sixth with a time of 4:16.82.

Devine's career-best finish of 1:41.99 ranks No. 3 all-time at Stanford in the 200 individual medley. The only other two Cardinal to break 1:42 in the event are NCAA record holder David Nolan (1:39.38) in 2015 and Austin Staab (1:41.57) in 2011.

Alex Liang (1:45.21) was fifth in the event, and Ben Ho was eighth (1:46.67). Brennan Pastore won the B final at 1:44.99, Jack Walsh (1:46.57) was 13th overall and Will Macmillan (1:46.04) was 17th. All six were NCAA B qualifying marks.

Sam Perry was seventh in the 50 free with a finish of 19.68, and Alberto Mestre was seventh in the B final at 19.97.

In the relays, Stanford earned a pair of third-place finishes. The combo of Perry, Andrew Liang, Brad Zdroik and Mestre earned an NCAA 'B' qualifying time of 1:18.07 in the 200 free relay, while Ryan Dudzinski, Matt Anderson, Andrew Liang and Perry finished the 400 medley in 3:07.65.

Women's volleyball

Led by first team selection Michaela Keefe, seven Cardinal were recognized on Thursday's Pac-12 Women's Volleyball All-Academic teams.

Keefe appeared in 15 of the Cardinal's 29 matches during the regular season. She's averaging 1.79 kills per set and registered a career-high 15 kills versus Penn State on Sept. 1.

Earning Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention honors for Stanford were redshirt Merete Lutz, junior Tami Alade, and sophomores Audriana Fitzmorris, Jenna Gray, Morgan Hentzand Kathryn Plummer.

Lutz has already received her undergraduate degree in human biology and is working towards a master's in epidemiology this spring. She is a four-time honoree.

Alade, Fitzmorris, Gray, Hentz and Plummer are all being recognized for the first time in their careers.

Men's soccer

For the sixth consecutive season under Jeremy Gunn and his staff, the Stanford men's soccer program had more than 10 of its student-athletes receive recognition from the conference for their combined work in the classroom and on the field when the Pac-12 announced its men's soccer all-academic squads on Thursday afternoon.

Thirteen Cardinal were on this year's list, tied for the most in the conference. Since Gunn took over in 2012, Stanford has collected a total of 73 Pac-12 All-Academic honors, including a program-record 14 in 2015.

To be eligible for selection, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average, at least one year of enrollment at the institution and appear in at least 50 percent of the team's games. True freshmen are not eligible for Pac-12 all-academic teams.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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