Pride and glory will be on the line Saturday as Stanford track and field hosts rival Cal in the 125th Big Meet. In a meet that traditionally comes down to the final events, recent history favors the Cardinal as the men will be looking for their third victory in four years, while the women seek their fourth consecutive win.
In the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinal, 2-seed No. 7 Stanford (26-4, 15-3 Pac-12) overcame a slow start to defeat 7-seed Cal (19-12, 9-9 Pac-12) 72-54 and move on to face Washington (11-20, 2-15 Pac-12).
Stanford, Cal and a winning record are on the line — not all three will make it out of Maples on Senior Night Thursday, as the Cardinal (15-14, 8-9 Pac-12) look to rebound from Sunday’s rare, one-point home loss at the paws of the conference-leading Washington Huskies (23-6, 14-2 Pac-12).
The top-ranked women’s swimming and diving team entered Friday with a 130 point lead in the Pac-12 Championships, and they closed Friday with a 190 point lead. In the heart of the meet, swimmers and divers competed across six individual events and one relay.
Despite an inspired performance from freshman Jack LeVant, the No. 7 men’s swimming and diving team fell in their regular season finale to No. 1 California. The final score of 172-122 belied the dominance Cal showed in the meet.
In the first Battle of the Bay, Stanford (11-10, 4-5 Pac-12) outlasted California (5-16, 0-9 Pac-12) to leave Haas Pavilion with an 84-81 victory. The Bears have lost ten straight, matching the longest streak in school history.
On a buzzer beating layup, No. 8 Stanford (17-3, Pac-12 7-2) dropped its second consecutive Pac-12 game against rival California (14-5, 5-4) 81-80. The Bears’ Anna Thomas hit her first field goal of the game with no time remaining as the upset caused bedlam in Haas Pavilion.
Swinging full speed forward from their two consecutive wins these last two weekends against No. 9 California (twice) and No. 19 NorCal United, No. 1 Stanford men’s gymnastics look to land a third win against No. 9 California for the third time this season this Sunday at 6pm at Berkeley.