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Men’s swim and dive suffers first dual loss of season against USC

STANFORD, CA - Stanford Women's Swimming Team, photographed at the Avery Aquatic Center.

No. 8 Stanford men’s swimming (5-1) saw its season-opening streak of five dual wins snapped with a 167-133 loss to No. 12 USC (7-1) on Saturday at the Uytengsu Aquatic Center in Los Angeles.

STANFORD, CA - Stanford Women's Swimming Team, photographed at the Avery Aquatic Center.
Stanford senior Gray Umbach (above) won the 200-yard butterfly against USC. Sophomore Andrew Liang and freshman Abrahm DeVine placed second and third respectively in the event, completing the podium for the Cardinal. (DON FERIA/isiphoto.com)
USC claimed first place in 12 of the 16 events to claim the lion’s share of the dual points and didn’t yield a top finish to Stanford until senior Gray Umbach, sophomore Andrew Liang and freshman Abrahm DeVine swept the podium in the 200-yard butterfly, the sixth event of the meet.

Although Stanford did a good job of sticking around in the team score by claiming second-place finishes in the vast majority of the events that it didn’t win, USC’s dominance atop the podium was ultimately too much to overcome despite sophomore Sam Perry’s victory in the 100 free, Liang’s crown in the 100 fly and a 1-2 finish in the 400 freestyle relay to close the meet.

Stanford’s divers, senior Connor Kuremsky and junior Bradley Christensen, didn’t fare much better, as USC swept the podium in the 3-meter event and also claimed a 1-2 finish in the 1-meter event earlier in the meet.

The Cardinal will next return home for their regular-season finale against Cal at Avery Aquatic Center at noon on Saturday, Feb. 20.

 

Contact Do-Hyoung Park at dhpark ‘at’ stanford.edu.

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Do-Hyoung Park

Do-Hyoung Park

Do-Hyoung Park '16, M.S. '17 is the Minnesota Twins beat reporter at MLB.com, having somehow ensured that his endless hours sunk into The Daily became a shockingly viable career. He was previously the Chief Operating Officer and Business Manager at The Stanford Daily for FY17-18. He also covered Stanford football and baseball for five seasons as a student and served two terms as sports editor and four terms on the copy desk. He was also a color commentator for KZSU 90.1 FM's football broadcast team for the 2015-16 Rose Bowl season.