Cal wins Pac-12 women’s swim title
Calfornia held off rival Stanford and won the four-day Pac-12 Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.
‘The Golden Bears had 1,552 points and second-place Stanford, which led after the second day, had 1,364.
Washington State was eighth in the nine-team field with 346.
Four-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin won the 100-yard freestyle for Cal in a meet-record 47.17 seconds and anchored the Bears’ winning 400 free relay.
Track and field
Washington senior Kasen Covington added a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation indoor conference title in the triple jump to the Pac-12 outdoor title he won last spring, highlighting Saturday’s final day of the Dempsey Indoor season for Husky track and field.
Covington’s win gave the Huskies a total of four wins over the two-day meet, their most MPSF wins since 2009.
The Husky men finished seventh out of the 12 team field with 50 points, while the women’s team finished 11th out of 17 teams with 28 points. The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation is the conference championships for all Pac-12 track squads that compete indoors, along with several teams from the Big West and West Coast Conferences.
California took home the men’s title with 96 points, holding off Arizona State, which had 93, and Oregon with 88.5.
The USC women, in the MPSF for the first time, won with 106 points. Arizona State was second with 81, Arizona finished third with 75, and No. 1-ranked Oregon was fourth with 66.5 points.
Covington, competing for the final time in the Dempsey, also broke the UW indoor school record on his third of six jumps. The Boise, Idaho, native went 51-6½, a personal-best by about 10 inches, surpassing the mark of 50-10 set in 1976 by John Triplett.
Washington State’s Jesse Jorgensen was an upset winner in the men’s 800. Jorgensen, a redshirt junior from Puyallup, ran a lifetime-best time of 1 minute 48.84 seconds to win the title among a highly-contested field. Jorgensen’s time is currently 16th-best among NCAA Division I men, which would advance him to the national meet in two weeks.
Riley Stockton compiled a career-high 21 points as 20th-ranked Seattle Pacific claimed sole possession of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference championship with a 74-60 victory at Northwest Nazarene in the final regular-season game for both teams.
The Falcons (24-5, 15-3 GNAC) captured their fifth regular-season championship since the GNAC was formed in 2002. This is the second league title under fifth-year Coach Ryan Looney, whose first team was the 2010 league champion.
Next up for SPU is this week’s GNAC tournament in Lacey
• Western Washington guard Richard Woodworth had 24 points and seven assists but had a potential tying three-pointer rim out at the buzzer as Western (19-7, 13-5 GNAC) completed its regular season with an 88-85 loss at Western Oregon. Rodney Webster scored 25 for Western Oregon (17-11, 10-8 GNAC).
• Northwest Christian (18-12) beat Northwest of Kirkland (20-8) in the Cascade Collegiate Conference championship.
Suzanna Ohlsen had 17 points and four assists as Seattle Pacific (18-8, 11-7 GNAC) closed the regular season with a 69-56 victory against Alaska Fairbanks. The Falcons clinched the No. 5 seed in the conference tournament.
• Center Sarah Hill celebrated Senior Day with 13 points and a career-high 18 rebounds as Western Washington concluded its regular season with a 72-63 victory over visiting Simon Fraser.
Guard Jenni White had a team-high 14 points for WWU (17-9, 13-5 GNAC). The Vikings will be either the No. 2 or No. 3 seed in the GNAC tournament.
• Eastern Washington (15-12, 11-7 Big Sky) lost 61-57 to visiting North Dakota (20-8, 15-4).
No. 7 Washington (15-2) picked up a pair of victories in the Libby Matson Tournament in Stockton, Calif., beating San Jose State 1-0 and Cal St. Bakersfield 9-0.
Kaitlin Inglesby made her fifth start of the season in the first game and tossed five shutout innings. Bryana Walker threw the final two innings and improved to to 9-1.
In the second game, junior Kasey Stanchek put together one of the best outings of her career, holding the Roadrunners to just one hit over six shutout innings in her second start of the season. It was her third shutout for Stanchek (2-0) and her first since beating Notre Dame on March 16, 2012.
Washington swept a doubleheader against UC Davis at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, winning 2-1 and 8-3.
The Huskies (6-4-1) won the opener when freshman Kyle London scampered home from second base in the ninth inning after UC Davis center fielder Kevin Barker dropped a Brendan Berry fly ball.
Washington concludes its four-game series against the Aggies (4-7) in Tacoma on Sunday.
• Chris Bishop threw the first nine-inning no-hitter in Pacific Lutheran history in a 10-0 win at Willamette. Bishop struck out five and allowed only a walk and a hit batter,.
Bishop’s no-hitter is the second in program history. Joel Barnett tossed a seven-inning no-hitter against Corban (then Western Baptist) during the 1993 season.
• Gonzaga (2-8) had its game against Manhattan in Surprise, Ariz., canceled because of inclement weather.
• Washington State had its game at Cal State Northridge postponed because of rain.
• The No. 24 Washington women (9-2) beat No. 61 TCU, 4-3 at the Nordstrom Tennis Center, its fifth win over a ranked opponent this year.
For the second-straight match, the Huskies’ outcome came down to the final match and Natali Cornel came back to beat Tatum Nowlin 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.
The Seattle University women are in sixth place at 23 over after the first round of the 18-team Red Rocks Invitational in Sedona, Ariz.
Mark Bathum of Mercer Island swept both runs of the men’s visually impaired downhill to lead Team USA to a 10-medal day at the International Paralympic Committee Alpine Skiing World Cup final in Tarvisio, Italy, on Tuesday. Bathum, whose guide is Cade Yamamoto of Quincy, will compete in the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, which runs from Friday through March 16.
• Poulsbo’s Ryan Villopoto was fourth in the AMA Supercross 450SX AMA Supercross in Indianapolis.
From sports-information reports.