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No. 4 Stanford defeats No. 1 California, despite impressive swim by Franklin

STANFORD, Calif. -- Missy Franklin won three individual events and Anne Kastler set a school record on the 1-meter board, but No.4 Stanford pulled away from top-ranked California in the final five events to win their annual dual meet 167-133 on Saturday.

The Bears got off to a strong start in the first swimming event when Franklin pulled away from Stanford’s Andie Taylor to claim the 1000 free in 9:53.81 to Taylor’s 9:58.02. The Bears’ Catherine Breed and Melanie Klaren were third and fourth in 10:06.18 and 10:07.79, respectively.

The Cardinal then edged the Bears by a mere .07 seconds in the 200 medley relay with the Cal foursome of Cindy Tran, Yvette Kong, Farida Osman and Kaylin Bing finishing second in 1:39.23.

The 200 free followed, and Franklin came back to claim the event in 1:45.46, ahead of runner-up Lia Neal of Stanford (1:47.52). Entering the race, Franklin ranked No. 1 in the country in the event with Neil third. Caroline Piehl (1:48.13) and Rachael Acker (1:48.70) gave the Bears valuable points by finishing 3-4.

Felicia Lee of Stanford held off a late charge from Cal’s Elizabeth Pelton to just out-touch her in the 100 back, 53.02 to 53.04. The Cardinal then went 1-2 in the 100 breast, led by Katie Olsen’s 1:00.56. Kong was Cal’s top finisher in third in 1:02.59.

In another close race, Stanford’s Maya DiRado edged Cal’s Celina Li in the 200 fly, 1:57.85 to 1:58.10. As a result, the Cardinal took the lead in the team standings for the first time by a score of 58-54.

The 50 free saw Stanford’s Maddy Schaefer and Neal claim the first two places with Bing in third (22.99) for Cal before the diving break.

No. 7 Virginia at Cavalier Invitational

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Virginia picked up 11 event wins on the final day of the Cavalier Invitational on Saturday at the Aquatic and Fitness Center.

Senior Hillary Petersen touched first in the women’s 400 individual medley in a time of 4:21.06.

In the 200 free, sophomore Samantha James posted a time of 1:49.60 for the win, with freshman Maddy Smart second in 1:51.45.

Sophomore Rachel Moore out-touched freshman Erin McElfresh in the 100 fly, 54.31-54.43 for first and second, respectively.

In the 200 breast, freshman Audrey Gould won in a time 2:18.24.

The Cavaliers went 1-2-3 in the100 back with junior Emily Dicus and seniors Jane Munro and Riley Flanagan.

Freshman Shannon Rauth won the 50 free in 22.96, while senior Dana Nessler was second in 23.24.