Starting today, Stanford will look to regain that edge in Federal Way, Wash., as it takes on the Pac-12 field in the annual conference championship meet. The Cardinal will be stiffly challenged again by the Golden Bears, who have finished among the top-two in the NCAA Championships in each of the last four seasons.
The No. 5 Stanford men’s swimming team showed a promising ability to hang with No. 3 Cal, the defending NCAA runners-up, as it claimed victories in two of the six tri-events in the unofficial triple-distance meet — its final non-invitational meet of the fall. Although the results of the meet did not count towards either team’s record, it gave each team a chance to evaluate the other’s 2013-14 talent before the end of the fall season.
No. 4 Stanford women’s swimming and diving (1-0, 0-0 Pac-12) begins its defense of its conference title today as it welcomes the Washington State Cougars (0-0, 0-0) to Avery Aquatic Center for its first conference dual meet of the season.
After the Cardinal easily cruised past San Jose State in its season-opening meet last week, 138-100, it will look to continue a strong start to the season against a Cougar team that struggled to a 1-5 record in conference dual meets last season, with an average margin of defeat of a whopping 62 points.