Stanford Women Reclaim Pac-12 Title Behind Freshman Duo, Relay Sweep

2022 PAC 12 WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Stanford Cardinal reclaimed the Pac-12 Championship title tonight after collecting 1671.50 points this week, beating last year’s champs, the Cal Bears, by 271.50.

It was a full-team effort, as every single Cardinal who competed this week scored in at least one event. The diving crew contributed in a big way, scoring a total of 250 points (according to a quick hand count), that helped provide a buffer against Cal.

But the real story of the meet had to be freshmen Torri Huske and Regan Smith. Each was highly touted coming out of high school, and each earned medals this summer as part of the U.S. Olympic team.

This week the duo dominated in their first Pac-12 Championships, as they won a total of five individual events between the two of them. Huske won the 200 IM, 100 fly, and 100 free. She became the fastest freshman ever, and tied for the 5th-fastest performer ever, in the 100 fly, with a time of 49.43.

Smith won the 100 back and the 200 fly. Her only loss came to Huske in the 100 fly as part of a day three double. She broke the Pac-12 100 back record twice, ultimately going 49.23 leading off Stanford’s 400 medley relay.

Additionally, the Cardinals added individual victories from Lina Sculti in the 3m diving event and Brooke Forde in the 400 IM, and they swept all five relays. They were particularly strong in the longest relay, the 800 free, where they clocked the fastest time in the country this season by a wide margin.

This is the 24th overall title for the Stanford women, and the sixth under head coach Greg Meehan, who’s now in his tenth season coaching the Cardinal.

Next month the Cardinal will head across the country to compete at the NCAA Division I Swimming & Diving Championships. With the likes of Huske, Smith, and Canadian Olympian Taylor Ruck, among others, Stanford should be in good shape to improve on last year’s ninth place finish. They’d won the NCAA Championship in 2017, 2018, and 2019, with the championships being canceled in 2020 due to the then-burgeoning pandemic.

Stanford 2022 Event Titles

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All-Time Pac-12 Team Championship Titles

  • 1st: Stanford — 24
  • 2nd: Cal — 5
  • 3rd: Arizona — 4
  • 4th: UCLA — 2
  • 5th: USC — 1

Final Team Scores

  1. Stanford – 1,671.50 points
  2. Cal – 1,400.50 points
  3. USC – 1,373.50 points
  4. UCLA – 898 points
  5. University of Arizona – 750.50 points
  6. ASU – 669 points
  7. Utah – 608 points
  8. Washington State –  372 points

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Foreign Embassy
7 months ago

Fun fact: regans 100 bk time would have placed 14th in the 100 free. Torris 100 fly time would have placed 20th. That’s crazy!

chow
7 months ago

Does anyone know if there was a last chance meet for Pac-12 swimmers, who were in Seattle for the big meet?

Taa
Reply to  chow
7 months ago

Yes cal and wash st swam. McEnroe dropped a little in the 4im no one else did anything close to a qual time

Team Regan
7 months ago

Great time drop for K Crage in the 500! 4:56 to 4:51, and an impressive 1:47.3 200 Free!

Miranda
7 months ago

Some other news regarding SEC’s, Rachel Stege just went 16:12 in the 1650, after being off form all year!

chow
Reply to  Miranda
7 months ago

good for her. After a real rough patch. Last chance meet

Team Regan
7 months ago

Kira Crage and Meghan Lynch are some of those swimmers who aren’t well known, but when it comes to winning a title, their points really matter! Great depth in the Stanford Roster, congrats!

swimswamswum
Reply to  Team Regan
7 months ago

meghan lynch has/had mutiple NAG records & won swammie awards

Lisa
7 months ago

I’m really curious on Isabel Gormley’s performances. As a college swimmer myself, I was 1:46/4:45/9:47/16:11 my freshman year. I tore my rotator cuff completely in April after my NC’s in 2015. I had 4 surgeries all before the start of my sophomore year, and my times that season were only 1:53/4:58/10:11/17:04. I was very disappointed with my swims, and it was so frustrating that I wasn’t able to approach my PB’s, let alone go to NC’s my sophomore year. Point being, I feel for someone who is off the form they were once in, and I wish her the very best and hope she gets back to form soon!

Lisa
7 months ago

I’m really curious on Isabel Gormley’s performances. As a college swimmer myself, I was 1:46/4:45/9:47/16:11 my freshman year. I tore my rotator cuff completely in April after my NC’s in 2015. I had 4 surgeries all before the start of my sophomore year, and my times that season were only 1:53/4:58/10:11/17:04. I was very disappointed with my swims, and it was so frustrating that I wasn’t able to approach my PB’s, let alone go to NC’s my sophomore year. Point being, I feel for someone who is off the form they were once in, and I wish her the very best and hope she gets back to form soon!

Taa
7 months ago

What the excuse for Wilson and Neumann being so off? If we are going to dissect some of these performances those two should be primed to score but look really flat. Same question for Rajic. The bears overall look a bit more unrested so maybe they have more in the tank. The freshman did pretty well so may it’s just sr burnout hitting those swimmers.

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