Jan. 19, 2000
This week: Stanford returns home this weekend to host two important Pac-10 men's swimming and diving dual meets. The Cardinal hosts 12th-ranked Arizona State Friday at deGuerre Pool at noon, immediately prior to a women's meet with ASU at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, The Cardinal squares off with third-ranked Arizona, perhaps the top threat to end the Cardinal's 18-year run as Pac-10 champions. Saturday's meet, which will be held concurrently with a women's meet against the Wildcats, also begins at noon. The Cardinal will conclude its homestand on Tuesday, Jan. 25 with a 2:00 p.m. meet against Pacific at deGuerre Pool.
Stanford Story: The Cardinal (2-2, 0-0 Pac-10) started the season ranked No. 1 nationally after finishing second at the 1999 NCAA Championships. Stanford opened the season with two invitational meets, then kicked off the dual-meet season at home on Nov. 5. No. 3 Texas beat the top-ranked Cardinal, but Stanford bounced back to defeat British Columbia and San Francisco State in dual meets. The Cardinal was in Ann Arbor this past weekend, competing against ninth-ranked Michigan. After a non-scored meet Friday night, the Wolverines defeated the Cardinal 136-106 Saturday. Junior Adam Messner won the 200-meter and 400-meter freestyle events, junior Steven Brown won the 200-meter butterfly, and freshman Randall Bal won the 50-meter free in that meet. After this weekend and next Tuesday's meet, Stanford will travel to No. 6 USC on Feb. 5 to renew one of the sport's great rivalries. Stanford hosts No. 5 California at deGuerre Pool on Feb. 19 to close the home season, as well as the dual-meet season. The Cardinal will then head to Federal Way, Wash. for the Pac-10 Championships. The Cardinal will attempt to win its 19th consecutive Pac-10 title. Stanford's run of 18 straight Pac-10 crowns is the longest in the history of the Pac-10 Conference, for any sport, breaking the record (13) set by UCLA's men's basketball program under John Wooden. Stanford will then compete at the NCAA Championships March 23-25 in Minneapolis, Minn.
Opponent Outlook: No. 12 Arizona State is 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the Pac-10. They defeated UNLV and Washington in dual meets but lost close meets to No. 6 USC (163-137), No. 9 Michigan (134-109) and No. 11 Tennessee (132-108). They are led by junior breaststroker Adam Guzauskas and sprinters Simon MacDonald and Pablo Abal. No. 3 Arizona is 4-0 overall and 1-0 in the Pac-10 this season and has probably the strongest team in school history. The Wildcats posted a 124-119 win over USC in Tucson on Nov. 12 and beat No. 9 Michigan 174-126 in Ann Arbor on Jan. 8. They also have wins over UNLV and UC San Diego. They visit No. 5 California Friday at 1:00 p.m. before coming to the Farm. Senior Ryk Neethling was the 1999 NCAA Swimmer of the Year. He is the defending NCAA champion in the 200, 400 and 1,650 freestyles. Freshman Jeff Dash won both butterfly events at Michigan, while junior freestyler Jay Schryver swam three sprint freestyle events at the 1999 Pan Pacific Games. Pacific is 3-6 after losing 132-130 to UC Santa Barbara last weekend. They are led by Piotr Florczyk in the backstroke and IM and sprinters Lance Jones and Matt Smart.