Nine swimmers earned All-America honors to pace the Stanford women’s swimming and diving team to an eighth-place finish at the 2013 NCAA Championships this weekend in Indianapolis. It was the Cardinal’s 33rd consecutive top-10 finish at the NCAAs.
As most students on The Farm take their last finals of the winter quarter, the women’s swimming and diving squad will be engaged in a battle of its own for an NCAA title—a title that has proved elusive as of late. The best collegiate swimmers in the nation will square off against each other in Indianapolis with the national championship at stake in a three-day affair from March 21st to the 23rd. In the thirty years in which the sport has been played at the national level, Stanford has claimed the most national championships of any team with eight. However, its last title came 15 years ago in 1998 at the tail end of an era of dominance that saw it claim six national titles in seven years.
Stanford women’s swimming captures its third conference crown in four years, Ipsen named Pac-12 Championships Diver of the Meet
Defending national champion Cal might have narrowly beat Stanford during the regular dual meet season, but it was the No. 4 Cardinal that came out on top at the 2013 Women’s Swimming and Diving Pac-12 Championships, a four-day affair that began on Wednesday.
After Day One of the Pac-12 Championships, No. 4 Stanford women’s swimming and diving (7-2, 4-1 Pac-12) finds itself leading an elite field that includes three top ten teams and five top 25 schools.
Two of the nation’s strongest women’s swimming squads will clash on Saturday in what figures to be a hard-fought battle. No. 2 Stanford (7-1, 4-0 Pac-12) and No. 7 Cal (6-2, 2-2) will once again fight for supremacy of the Bay Area in the final regular-season dual meet of the season.
Only six days removed from a huge weekend that saw the Cardinal defeat No. 20 Arizona State and upset No. 6 Arizona to rocket them from No. 8 to No. 2 in the NCAA rankings, the Cardinal (7-1, 4-0 Pac-12) knew that an enormous challenge lay ahead of them in a two-day home stand against two undefeated squads from Southern California. Unconcerned, Stanford held strong and rose to the occasion in spectacular fashion.