Regan Smith Swims 100 Butterfly Season Best as Stanford Sweeps Arizona

by Anya Pelshaw 15

January 23rd, 2022 College, News, Pac-12

Stanford Cardinal Def. Arizona Wildcats

  • Stanford vs. Arizona
  • Saturday, January 22, 2022
  • Avery Aquatic Center, Stanford, CA
  • Results PDF
  • Women: Stanford 176 Arizona 86 Men: Stanford 170 Arizona 101

Stanford hosted Arizona on Saturday, January 22nd for a dual meet. Both teams competed in meets Friday, January 21st. Stanford earned wins over Arizona State, and Arizona lost to Cal.

Women’s Recap

The Stanford women cruised to a 176-86 win over the Arizona Wildcats. Stanford exhibitioned all of their non top swims after the 50 freestyle. 

Freshman Regan Smith led the way for the Cardinals. Smith won the 100 backstroke (51.47), 200 backstroke (1:52.40), and 100 butterfly (52.43). Her 100 butterfly was a season best (Note: she did not swim the event at midseason). Her 100 backstroke was a dual meet best time, and this was the first time she swam the 200 backstroke in a dual meet. Smith holds the top time in the NCAA this season in the 200 backstroke as she swam a 1:48.91 at midseason. She also holds the top time in the NCAA this season in the 100 backstroke (49.97) and her 100 butterfly season best now places her 26th. 

Senior Brooke Forde had two individual wins on the day. She won the 200 breaststroke in a season best of 2:14.06. She also won the 400 IM in a time of 4:10.66. Forde holds the #4 time in the NCAA this season in the 400 IM with a time of 4:03.72 from midseason. 

Freshman Aurora Roghair also earned two individual wins on the day. She won both the 500 (4:55.42) and 1000 (10:08.29) freestyles. Her 500 freestyle time was a dual meet best time. 

Redshirt junior Taylor Ruck won both the 100 (49.10) and 200 (1:46.44) freestyles. Her 100 freestyle time was a season best. Ruck holds the tenth time in the NCAA this season of 1:44.53 from midseason.

The Wildcats were led by sophomore Julia Heimstead as she earned second place finishes in both the 100 (55.54) and 200 (2:00.11) butterflies. (Note: Torri Huske finished second in a time of 53.19 but was exhibitioned) Heimstead holds the 21st best time in the NCAA this season in the 200 butterfly (1:55.64) and the 39th best time in the NCAA this season in the 100 butterfly (52.69). She earned both of those top times at midseason.

Junior Jade Neser also led the Wildcats earning two second place finishes. Neser went a time of 1:02.63 in the 100 breaststroke and a time of 2:22.15 in the 200 breaststroke. Neser was the only member on Arizona’s roster entered in either breaststrokes. 

Other first-place finishes include:

  • 200 medley relay: Stanford (1:38.08)
  • 200 butterfly: Lillian Nordmann, Stanford (1:59.03, dual meet best time)
  • 50 freestyle: Anya Goeders, Stanford (22.52, season best)
  • 200 freestyle relay: Stanford (1:31.72)

Men’s Recap

The Stanford men defeated the Arizona men 170-101. Stanford exhibitioned all of their non top finishers after the 200 breaststroke.

The Stanford men were led by freshman Ron Polonsky. Polonsky won both the 100 backstroke (47.62) and 400 IM (3:51.41). His 400 IM time was not far off his season best of 3:50.36 which he swam last weekend against Harvard and Pacific. Polonsky also swam to a second place finish in the 200 breaststroke (1:57.71) as he finished behind Stanford school record holder Daniel Roy (1:55.63).

Sophomore Preston Frost swept the butterfly events as he won the 100 in a time of 47.95 and the 200 in a time of 1:45.86. His 200 butterfly was not far off of his season best of 1:45.51 from midseason. Frost’s best time is a 1:42.83 from last season in February 2021 against Stanford.

Sophomore Leon MacAlister won both the 50 (20.24) and 200 (1:36.20) freestyles. Freshman Andrei Minakov would have won the 200 freestyle as he swam a personal best time of 1:34.79 but Minakov was exhibtioned in the event. Minakov scored in the meet on Friday against Arizona State winning the 50 and 100 freestyle. He also was not the only swimmer to exhibition at Saturday’s meet as Ethan Dang also did in the 100 breaststroke in a time that would have earned him a first place finish. 

Senior Conor Casey swept the diving events winning the 1 meter in a score of 413.70 and the 3 meter in a score of 438.60.

Arizona was led by senior Brooks Fail who earned two individual wins. Fail won both the 500 (4:25.09) and 1000 (9:14.30) freestyles. Fail holds the #2 time in the NCAA this season in the 500 freestyle as he swam a time of 4:10.32 at midseason. He also holds the #6 time in the 1650 freestyle this season, swimming a time of 14:41.57 at midseason.

Sophomore Jake Hand also led the way for the Wildcats. He earned a second place finish in the 400 IM with a time of 4:01.16. Hand’s season best in the event is a 3:50.83. 

Other first-place finishes:

  • 200 medley relay: Stanford (1:28.50)
  • 100 breaststroke: Jonathan Cook, Stanford (54.35) Note: Ethan Dang (Stanford) also swam the event swimming to a season best time of 53.01.
  • 100 freestyle: Luke Maurer, Stanford (44.48)
  • 200 backstroke: Aaron Sequeira, Stanford (1:46.12)
  • 200 freestyle relay: Stanford (1:21.07)

Arizona has their next meet scheduled for February 5th at home against Arizona State. Stanford’s next meet is scheduled for February 5th at USC.

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Michelle Griglione
3 months ago

It’s the Cardinal, not Cardinals. We are a color not a bird. Strange, but true.

Dede Griesbauer
Reply to  Michelle Griglione
3 months ago

I just scrolled down to comments to say the EXACT SAME THING! #HailStanford

Ellie
3 months ago

Kira Crage (23/49/1:47) offers some relay value, I wonder if she’ll be one of the swimmers on the free relays…

swimapologist
Reply to  Ellie
3 months ago

No offense because she’s a great swimmer and obviously has used her swimming to set herself up for a great future, but…

if the Stanford women have to use a 23-second freestyler on a relay, they’re not winning NCAAs.

23s aren’t what they used to be. Top 7 relays at the NCAA Championships last year had four 22-second splits….combined, and two of those were 22.0s on leadoff legs.

Swimmer
Reply to  swimapologist
3 months ago

That’s a flat start time though, she’s been a 22. on a flying start.

swimapologist
Reply to  Swimmer
3 months ago

Okay but my point is, if Stanford is going to win an NCAA team title, she needs to be a 21.

She could get there, I guess. But, she’ll have to show us something big here quick!

Team Regan
3 months ago

Honest question, but does anyone know what is going on with Isabel Gormley? In 2019, Gormley won silver in the 400 IM at 2019 World JR’s (4:39). She finished her freshman year with times of 4:41/9:46/16:11 in Freestyle, and a massive 4:12.1 in the 400 IM. She swam 3 events at NCAA’s last year. This season, she has been well off form. 4:49.3/10:11.6 after being so fast last year, and also only 4:18.5 in the 400 IM. Her OT’s were also noticeably off, as she couldn’t break 4:50’s after being a 4:39 in 2019 (a time that would have finaled trials. With PAC 12’s coming up, I’m really curious if she’s gonna get back to form, or miss NCAA’s this… Read more »

RMS
3 months ago

Huske actually placed second in the 100 fly but her points weren’t scored since they already won the meet. Regan’s fly is incredible. She may be a contender in this event come March.

CraigH
3 months ago

Any idea why Minakov was swimming exhibition at this meet? Is he having eligibility issues?

RMS
Reply to  CraigH
3 months ago

Why would there be eligibility issues? Maybe the coach let other swimmers score because they were already expected to win the meet.

Admin
Reply to  CraigH
3 months ago

We reached out to Stanford coaches and ask, will report back if we learn anything.

kosovo
Reply to  CraigH
3 months ago

Minakov competed Friday against ASU. Unless Stanford academic counselors are working overtime on the weekend I’d say that this has nothing to do with academics.

Swimmerj
3 months ago

Who has been faster than Regan’s 49.9 this season?

redradiant
Reply to  Swimmerj
3 months ago

No one it’s a mistake. College swimming has Gretchen incorrectly with a 48

jeff
Reply to  redradiant
3 months ago

btw, the time is from a mixed gender medley relay where it looks like every single split is attributed incorrectly. besides the backstroke split, it lists Douglass with a 41.3 anchor which is clearly impossible which means neither of the guys has the right time either