On Tuesday afternoon at Avery Aquatics Center, Stanford (1-0, 1-0 Pac-12) ousted Utah (0-1, 0-1) in their season-opening meet by an aggregate score of 190-105 . After the Cardinal football team suffered a crushing defeat on the gridiron at the hands of Utah on Saturday night, the men’s swimming team took to the pool to drown away Stanford’s sorrows and exact revenge on the Utes.
Today, both of Stanford’s swimming and diving teams (both 0-0) will take on Utah (both 0-0) at the Avery Aquatic Center in their first conference dual meet of the season.
Less than two weeks after Stanford men’s swimming and diving upset then-No.1 Cal in a nail-biting victory, the Golden Bears returned the favor during this past weekend’s Pac-12 Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships. There, No. 1 Stanford finished in second place at the conference tournament to their Bay Area rivals.
At the end of the final race, the 200 free relay, in Avery Aquatic Center, few in the crowd knew what just happened. The Cardinal entered the event with a seven-point lead and an opportunity to upset the No.1 ranked team in the nation, but the Bears won the event, and two Cardinal swimmers came in second and third. After a few moments of hushed anxiety, the result was finally known. No. 4 Stanford men’s swimming and diving (6-0, 4-0 Pac-12) had upset No. 1 Cal (5-1, 4-1) 151-149 on Senior Day.
Thanks to victories by sophomore Grant Shoults and junior Abrahm DeVine, No. 7 Stanford men’s swimming (1-0, 1-0 Pac-12) made a substantial splash at the University of Texas’ Invitational in Austin this past Wednesday through Saturday. Shoults took home first in both the 500- and 1,650-yard free, followed closely by his teammates who helped the Cardinal claim four of the top seven spots in each event.
This Wednesday through Saturday, No. 7 Stanford men’s swimming will take part in the highly competitive Texas Invitational against a host of high-ranking teams and individual swimmers. Although there are no diving events, the four day meet held in Austin, Texas is intended to imitate that of the NCAA and other championship meets.
No. 7 Stanford men’s swimming competed in its annual triple distance meet against No. 2 Berkeley last Friday at the Legends Aquatic Center in Berkeley, CA. Although unscored, the meet format, which required each swimmer to tackle three distances of the same stroke, provided both teams with the opportunity to gauge their strengths in advance of their final fall performances.
This Friday, fulfilling an annual November tradition, No. 4 Stanford men’s swimming will face No. 2 Cal in a triple distance meet in Berkeley, California. This low-stakes opportunity for the rivals to evaluate their relative strengths will challenge both teams as they near the end of highly successful fall seasons.