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.
No. 2 Stanford men’s swimming and diving earned its second consecutive Pac-12 title after a sustained team effort this weekend finishing with 784 points and outscoring No. 1 Cal by 27 points.
After Cardinal divers did their part for the overall total last weekend, No. 5 Stanford men’s swimming (4-1, 3-1 Pac-12) now begins their contribution towards the Cardinal’s Pac-12 title defense in this weekend’s championship tournament in Washington.
The four-day tournament commences on Wednesday evening with the 200 and 800 meter relay finals. After the beginning evening, the tournament follows an 11:00 a.m. preliminary then 6:00 p.m. final pattern for the next three days, finishing on Saturday evening with the 1,650 free (final heat), 200 back final, 100 free final, 200 breast final, 200 fly final, and last but not least 400 free relay final.
On Saturday, Jan. 21, Stanford’s No. 2 women’s and No. 8 men’s swim teams headed to Tucson, where they faced off against the No. 17-ranked women and No. 18-ranked men of the University of Arizona. Both Stanford teams emerged victorious, with the women winning 190-104 and the men winning 170-118.
The Stanford men’s swimming and diving team concluded its 2015-16 season by finishing 14th at the NCAA championships in Atlanta over the weekend. The team brought 18 athletes to the meet, earning 14 All-America selections, with strong showings from veteran seniors as well as promising underclassmen.
No. 5 Stanford finally got over the hump and re-staked its claim to the Pac-12 crown, blowing away both second-place USC and third-place Cal for the 63rd conference title in program history behind a pair of first-place finishes from sophomore Sam Perry and consistency and depth across the board.
“This team is good enough to win the title. Anything short of that may be a little bit of a shortcoming.” It’s a high bar set for the No. 8 Stanford swim team (5-2) by head coach Ted Knapp, though it is possibly even overshadowed by the high ambitions of Stanford swimmers themselves. These ambitions…
No. 8 Stanford men’s swimming and diving (5-2, 2-2 Pac-12) put in a stellar diving performance against No. 2 Cal (7-1, 5-1) on Saturday but couldn’t match the depth in the swimming events as the Cardinal fell on their Senior Day at Avery Aquatic Center, 130-113. “At the end of the day, we competed and…