Taylor Ruck Triples Up in Stanford’s Victory Over ASU


  • Results
  • Saturday, January 26th
  • Hosted by ASU
  • 25 Yard Course
  • Dual Meet Format


  • MEN: Stanford 176.5, Arizona State 121.5
  • WOMEN: Stanford 198, Arizona State 196

Stanford continued their road trip with a win over ASU on Saturday, giving them 2 dual meet victories in as many days. Freshman Taylor Ruck, a Canadian Olympic medalist, stood out for the women with a winning triple. Ruck used her front-end speed to edge out teammate Ella Eastin, 1:45.09 to 1:45.41. She continued on with a win in the 50 free at 22.65, while teammate Lauren Pitzer (22.98) also cleared the 23-second barrier. Finally, Ruck and Eastin went head-to-head again in the 200 back, where Ruck held off Eastin 1:53.06 to 1:53.33 on the back half.

Freshman Jack LeVant had another highlight swim for the Stanford men. After winning the 200 free against Arizona, he topped the field against ASU as well. LeVant finished over a second ahead of anyone else in 1:36.14, followed by ASU’s Grant House (1:37.83). Brad Zdroik, who picked up 2 wins for the Cardinal in Tucson, emerged on top of the 100 fly again in Tempe in 47.32.

Zachary Poti was the top performer for ASU as he swept the backstroke races. He was over a second ahead of the field in the 100 back, dropping a 46.92. In the 200 back, Poti took a narrow victory in the 200 back, topping Stanford’s Patrick Conaton 1:44.01 to 1:44.08 after a neck-and-neck battle throughout the entire race.


TEMPE, Ariz. – No. 7 Stanford capped a convincing road trip to Arizona with a 176.5-121.5 win at No. 15 Arizona State on Saturday at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center.
The Cardinal, represented by Abrahm DeVineMatt AndersonBrad Zdroik and Cole Cogswell (1:26.64), finished runner-up in the first event of the day, the 200-yard medley relay.

Stanford’s distance freestyle group flexed its muscle in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a one-two-three finish, led by James Murphy (9:08.19) with True Sweetser (9:14.44) in second and Matthew Hirschbherger (9:14.85) in third.

Jack Levant (1:36.14) won the 200-yard freestyle by over 1.5 seconds, followed by a second-place finish by Patrick Conaton (48.01) in the 100-yard backstroke.

Stanford claimed the top four spots in the 100-yard breaststroke, led by Anderson (54.29). Hank Poppe (55.62), Brennan Pastorek (55.28) and Daniel Roy (55.45) completed the top-four sweep. Alex Liang (1:47.50) and Will Macmillan (1:47.78) finished one-two in the 200-yard butterfly and Zdroik (20.19) was Stanford’s fastest swimmer in the 50-yard freestyle before the first break.

Mason Gonzalez (44.89) led Stanford in the 100-yard freestyle with third place before Patrick Conaton (1:44.08) finished runner-up in the 200-yard backstroke. Stanford dominated the second breaststroke event of the day, the 200-yard breaststroke, with Roy (1:58.05) winning by nearly three seconds. Pastorek (2:00.88) and Anderson (2:01.14) rounded out the All-Stanford podium.

Stanford made it two podium sweeps in a row with another strong showing in the 500-yard freestyle. Sweetser (4:25.16) led the way followed by Murphy (4:26.01) and Hirschberger (4:29.12) before Zdroik (47.32) won the 100-yard butterfly.

Stanford took the top four spots in the final individual event, the 400-yard individual medley. DeVine (3:53.23) beat out Liang (3:45.44), Calloni (3:56.90) and Roy (3:58.24). Stanford’s team of Levant, Zdroik, Cogswell and Gonzalez (2:56.71) wrapped up the meet with a second-place finish in the 400-yard free relay.

On the diving side of the competition, Pac-12 Diver of the Week Conor Casey (390.00) captured the 1-meter springboard and finished second on the 3-meter with 383.55. Noah Vigran finished third on the 1-meter (316.20) and fourth on the 3-meter (320.93).

“The guys have really handled this stretch of competition well, competing in the UCLA Invitational last week and two more road meets this week,” said diving coach Patrick Jeffrey. “This is great experience for them as we near the postseason.”

On Friday, Stanford earned a 178-115 win over No. 13 Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. The Cardinal returns to action on Feb. 9 when it hosts USC at Noon. Live streaming and live results will be available at GoStanford.com. Prior to the meet at Avery Aquatic Center, Stanford will honor its graduating student-athletes with Senior Day ceremonies.


TEMPE, Ariz. – For the second straight day, No. 3 Stanford women’s swimming and diving won every swimming event en route to a Pac-12 road victory. On Saturday, Taylor Ruck won three individual events to lead the Cardinal over Arizona State, 198-96.

Stanford (4-0, 4-0) has won 27 straight dual meets, including a string of 25 straight Pac-12 dual meet victories since 2015.

Ruck began with a win in the 200-yard freestyle (1:45.09), as she edged teammates Ella Eastin (1:45.41), Lauren Pitzer (1:47.68) and Morgan Tankersley (1:49.06). She then won the 50 free (22.65) ahead of three more Cardinal, and bested the field in the 200 backstroke (1:53.06), including Eastin’s 1:53.33.

On the boards, junior Haley Farnsworth won on the 1-meter with a score of 299.03, and freshman Carolina Sculti won on the 3-meter at 356.70.

Freshman Amalie Fackenthal pulled off a pair of victories in the 100 free (49.53) and 100 fly (53.83), while fellow freshman Zoe Bartel earned the top spot in both breaststroke races. She won the 100 with a time of 1:01.53 and was first in the 200 with a finish 2:12.76.

Meanwhile, sophomore Brooke Forde pulled off an impressive double of her own with wins in the 500 free (4:43.71) and 400 individual medley (4:04.06).

Junior Megan Byrnes won the 1,000 free (9:45.30), and freshman Lucie Nordmann was tops in the 100 back (53.30), while Eastin (1:53.62) won the 200 fly over junior Katie Drabot(1:54.92).

Stanford also opened and closed the meet with wins in the 200 medley relay (1:39.80) and 400 free relay (3:18.12), respectively.

Stanford returns to The Farm for two meets next weekend. The Cardinal welcomes UCLA on Friday at 2 p.m., and then host USC on Senior Day at noon on Saturday.


TEMPE, Ariz. — Despite four individual wins, two relay wins and one top diving score, the Arizona State swim and dive teams fell to the Stanford Cardinal, 176.5-121.5 in the men’s events and 198-96 in the women’s on Saturday afternoon at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center. In addition, nine seniors were honored before their last home meet as Sun Devils.

“I started with (the senior class) in the beginning, so they have been through this whole transition process,” head coach Bob Bowmansaid. “They have been the ones who have hung in with us, have been positive and believed in what we’re doing. They’ve made significant improvements and that’s the thing I really like the most.”

The Sun Devils started the day off strong with a win in the men’s 200 medley relay by the A team of Zach PotiElijah WarrenKhalil Fonder and Evan Carlson. The men also won the second relay to close action on the day, as the Sun Devil’s A squad of Carter Swift, E. Carlson, Poti and Grant House finished first in the 400 free relay.

Poti also took home two individual wins on the day in the 100 back and 200 back, earning a sweep of the backstroke events for the second time this season. The junior also swept the 100 and 200 backstroke at Florida State.

E. Carlson earned his third individual win of the season, taking first in the 50 free with a time of 19.86. The Sun Devils took first and third in the event, as Carlson was followed by Swift who touched the wall at 20.22.

Swift also touched the pad first in the 100 free, earning the Devils’ final top individual finish of the afternoon.

Senior Diver David Hoffer took the top mark in the three-meter springboard, earning a score of 405.23. That mark is a season-high for the senior in the event and the first time a Sun Devil broke the 400-mark on three-meter this season.

Ashley McCool took second in the women’s 3M springboard with a score of  314.93, and now holds all five of the Sun Devils’ top five scores on the season in that event.

Next up for the Sun Devils, both squads will head to Tucson on Saturday. Feb. 9 as they look to earn two Territorial Cup Series points against the Arizona Wildcats. The meet will begin at 12 p.m. Fans can follow all the action by following @ASUSwimDive on Twitter.

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What will Ruck swim at NCs, 200 free back and five relays?? Or



samuel huntington

can’t wait to see Ruck tapered


We already have to a degree. She’s the Commonwealth record holder in the 200m freestyle now. Considering that includes Australia, that’s not an easy record to take for an 18-year-old.

Bo Swims

She did beat Katinka in 100 Back in Lausanne, I think her SCM races in December were her best swims since Pan Pacs. I think she will be a killer at NCAAs and still be ready for World Champ Trials in April.


Hate to say it, but I don’t know if Ruck will impress at Canadian Trials. Didn’t think she looked great in Lausanne and her times were well off from the year before. Trials come hard on the heels of NCAA’s and I wonder if Ruck’ll have enough time to gear up for LCM with just two weeks between the two big meets. Sanchez looked strong in December (albeit in short course and tapered seemingly) and Oleksiak appears to be taking an interest in her swimming again, so it’s looking like a fight for Ruck to win an individual swim at World Championships in 100 or 200 Free. Figure Masse is a lock for one spot in 1 & 2 Back,… Read more »


You think she is on vacation at Stanford? She has 5 events to swim at trials I can’t see her not getting to swim 2 or 3 of them at worlds, plus all the relays.


Please… Do I think she’s on vacation? Sheesh. What I think is that there’s a world of difference between SCY and LCM. I also think that Ruck’s first priority this spring will be to gas out at NCAA’s. Whether that leaves enough in her tank to ramp up again for Canadian Trials two weeks later is a different story. I think the world of Taylor Ruck. Brilliant young swimmer, no question. But, she’s had a tough time at Canadian Trials, I don’t think anyone will say different. Added to the difficulty of a short turn between major meets where there’s a decided endurance adjustment from SCY to LCM and I think she might be in tough to win out against… Read more »


It’s just a weird conclusion you reach where you think Stanford/Meehan can’t get her ready for two big meets close together. That’s exactly what NCAA coaches do. And he is probably one of the best. Ledecky and Eastin both set American records at conference last year and swam well at the big meet a couple weeks later. They do plenty of lcm on the farm all year long.


It isnt that simple. First year of University can be really tough for all students, but particularly student-athletes, adapting to your new life is not easy. Speaking of Ledecky, I remember people getting in a state over her times in 2017 being way down on 2016. Plenty of swimmers have dropped off a bit LCM following their first NCAA season – It’s not a long term thing. We’ll soon see anyway!


Pac 12’s… NCAA’s… Canadian Trials. That’s three big meets in 40 days. Can it be done? Probably. But, should it be done? USA Swimming generally has a gap of three months between NCAA’s and their national trials. There’s probably a good deal of sport science that informs their scheduling procedures. In the case of Canadian athletes, it seems a little unfair that NCAA athletes competing at year end championships are expected to rush home and compete at trials on short rest. Swimmers competing at Canadian schools, on the other hand, have five weeks to refocus between U SPORTS (Canadian university championships) and National Swim Trials. That doesn’t strike me as a level playing field. We always lament the early retirements… Read more »


I agree with all observations and conclusions you made in previous comments but what is your point now? If Canada indeed facing the problem that many of its leading swimmers are getting college scholarships and must for that participate in NCAA competition then adjust the selection/trials procedure or assist with the tuition cost to make those swimmers free with their decisions and preferences. If it is a random issue then let swimmers to decide what competition is more important to them and when do they want to peak in season. I’m almost sure that Ruck will skip next year at Stanford.


There’s a bunch of points that can be made on these issues and where to start? National swimming organizations take some odd approaches to smooth the paths of the elite athletes who compete internationally. Last year at Canadian trials a swimmer had to qualify in only one event to punch their ticket to Pan Pacs. Once on the team, swimmers could compete in whatever events they wanted. The HPC-O contingent all qualified on Day 1 and then blew off the rest of the meet to go wake boarding in Red Deer. Pretty swanky! (Personally, thought it was a little uncool that they didn’t stick around to support their teammates-to-be in their continuing trials, but what do I know?) You’re right,… Read more »


I was with you until I saw “Red Deer” and “Swanky” so close together. Ever been there?


Only in my dreams….


You are a dreamer in the most positive and optimistic way. All my respect to you for that. But the very spirit of your dreams brings me back to the atmosphere of the high school competition where everything is black or white only and everything is about sport achievement and teammate friendships. Where the progress is usually so noticeable and so achievable. Due to the puberty process mostly, but who cares. My children graduated long time ago already and sometimes I’m missing that time but I don’t want it to come back. Let’s live in the real life with all its complexity and compromises. There will be no repetition of the situation when Taylor Ruck missed world championships and we… Read more »

Ol' Longhorn

Yeah, that Stanford Women’s program has just ruined the Olympic dreams of …. absolutely no one.


And, really, isn’t it unfortunate that anyone has to choose between a seamless course of study and optimal preparation for an Olympics? (And yes, I’m aware that this might be considered a nice problem to have.) Also, I’m not so sure about Ruck’s redshirting next year… have you seen her IG? She looks very dialed-in to her Stanford teammates right now.


If you don’t think that being dedicated to the SCY competitions for six months won’t interfere with her performance at OG then why are you worrying now.

samuel huntington

I’m aware she has swam LCM tapered…

samuel huntington

no idea why there’s so many dislikes? I am excited to see her swim SCY tapered, she hasn’t done that in a long time. Pretty straightforward statement.


People hate to see swim fans excited

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