Stanford men’s diving saw all four of its team members qualify for the NCAA Championships at the Zone E Diving Championships earlier this week at the Northern Arizona Aquatic Complex. This is the second time in a row that the entire squad has qualified, demonstrating the recurring strength of the Cardinal’s male diving cohort.
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 Friday, No. 11 Stanford men’s swimming (4-1, 3-1) dropped their first dual met of the season against No. 2 national title hopefuls UC Berkeley (5-0, 4-0) in the team’s final match before the men’s Pac-12 Diving championships. In a highly competitive meet, the Cardinal fell by a tight score of 136-105 that left head coach Tedd Knapp feeling excited about his team’s momentum pushing forward.
This weekend, both No. 1 Women’s and No.11 Men’s Swimming and Diving take their first step past the close of the regular season, traveling northward to Washington to compete in the Pac-12 Championships.
For men’s swimming, the Diving Championships will occur first, from February 22-25, followed by the swimming portion on the following weekend. The women head north altogether this Wednesday through Saturday, hoping to pave the postseason road to head coach Greg Meehan’s first national championship.
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.
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…