Three weeks after seeing its historic streak of 31 consecutive conference titles snapped by two-time defending national champion Cal, No. 7 Stanford men’s swimming and diving returns to the pool today for the start of the biggest meet of the season, the 2013 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships held at the IU Natatorium.
With the 2012 Summer Olympics in London fast approaching, a host of Stanford athletes have been competing in the trials for various sports in the hopes of fulfilling their Olympic dreams.
The Cardinal men’s and women’s diving squad and coach Rick Schavone — who was recently nominated to be the head coach for the U.S. diving team at the World Cup meet in February — are set to host the three-day Stanford Diving Invitational, which begins today. Five other teams will compete at the invitational, including Cal, UCLA, Cal Poly, Fresno State and San Jose State.
The Stanford men’s diving program was buzzing with excitement last year when it landed the top two high school recruits in the country. Now, that excitement is shifting into results as Kristian Ipsen and Connor Kuremsky are in the middle of their freshman collegiate seasons and already impressing teammates and coaches alike.