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California takes lead in Pac-12 swimming


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Four-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin won the 200-yard freestyle for one of California’s three event victories Friday, moving the Golden Bears into first place in the Pac-12 Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

Cal’s Rachel Bootsma won the 100-yard backstroke, and the Bears also won the 400 medley relay.

With one day remaining, Cal has 1,019 points. Stanford, which led after Thursday, is in second with 967 in the nine-team field. Washington State is eighth.

The University of Washington does not have a team.

Other swimming

The Seattle University men and women are in sixth and seventh, respectively, at the Western Athletic Conference Championships in Palo Alto, Calif.

Track and Field

For the first time in school history, the Huskies swept the distance medley relay titles at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Championships, putting a big exclamation point on the first day of the two-day conference battle at Dempsey Indoor.

The UW women took the distance medley relay for the third year in a row, then the men ran away with their first ever MPSF win, and also jumped to 10th in the NCAA rankings with 12 teams making the cut for nationals after this weekend.

The Huskies also got a win from sophomore Kristina Owsinski in the women’s pole vault. She cleared 13-5¾ on her first attempt, one of only two athletes to clear that bar, and the only one to do it on a first attempt.

Through six events, the Husky men are in seventh place out of 12 teams with 15 points. California leads with 40 points, followed by Arizona State with 37. Through seven events, the Arizona women lead with 31. Arizona State is second with 28, No. 1-ranked Oregon is third with 26.5, and the Huskies are tied for fourth with 26.

• The Seattle U men finished in sixth and the women were seventh in the Western Athletic Conference indoor championships. Sophie Curatilo led the Redhawks on the final day with a second-place finish in the mile at 4 minutes 58.93 seconds. Collin Overbay was third in the men’s mile at 4:18.30.

Baseball

•Washington scored four times in the eighth inning to rally past UC Davis 4-1 in the first of a four-game series at Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium.

The Huskies (4-4-1) entered the eighth inning trailing 1-0 and with just two hits off starter Harry Stanwyck. But, Stanwyck hit Huskies leadoff hitter Brian Wolfe and his day was done. This allowed UW to blow the game open against three Aggies relief pitchers.

UW closer Trevor Dunlap set down UC Davis (4-5) in order in the ninth to earn his second save.

• Seattle University was swept by Brigham Young, 8-2 and 4-2 , in St. George, Utah.

Seattle U (5-6) plays at Oregon on Tuesday and Wednesday.

• Gonzaga (2-8) allowed nine runs in the final three innings in a 10-5 loss to Arizona State in Surprise, Ariz.

• Heavy rain forced the cancellation of Washington State’s game at Cal State Northridge.

Softball

Washington’s two scheduled games in the Libby Matson Tournament in Stockton, Calif., were canceled due to rain.

The No. 7 Huskies (13-2) were scheduled to play Texas-El Paso and Cal State Bakersfield.

• Seattle U (6-11) beat Boston 17-11 in its opening game of the Santa Clara (Calif.) Invitational.

Basketball

Gonzaga’s Drew Barham has been named to the West Coast Conference Men’s Basketball All-Academic Team. Barham has a 3.77 grade-point average in organizational leadership. The Zags’ Sunny Greinacher and Haiden Palmer were named to the WCC Women’s All-Academic squad.

Greinacher holds a 3.47 GPA in psychology. Palmer has a 4.0 GPA as a master’s student in communication and leadership.

Gymnastics

Washington lost 197.125 to 193.475 at fifth-ranked Utah. UW junior Jackie McCartin was second in all-around with a 38.950.

• Seattle Pacific sophomore Maria Hundley won the vault competition and the Falcons surpassed 194 points for the first time ever, but still lost 196.425 to 194.575 to host UC Davis.

From sports-information reports.



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