March 27, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford travels to Indianapolis this week for the 2013 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships. After finishing second at the Pac-12 Conference Championships, the Cardinal is aiming to return to the national spotlight against the fastest swimmers in the country.
"We're excited to be back in Indianapolis for the NCAA Championships," Goldman Family Director of Men's Swimming Ted Knapp said. "It is a great pool and all the meet support groups do a wonderful job creating a great venue for the athletes.
"It's great to have a squad made up of 16 swimmers and four divers. It creates tremendous team unity, and we're looking forward to a great team effort."
The men's championships will be held March 28-30 at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis. The Indiana Sports Corporation and IUPUI will serve as the co-hosts. A total of 270 participants (235 swimmers and 35 divers) will compete in the championships. Student-athletes qualified for the swimming portion of the championships by meeting the established minimum time for the events in which they entered. Divers were determined by performances achieved at the NCAA Zone Diving meets March 11-17.
ESPN3.com will stream the finals sessions Friday and Saturday live. Additionally, ESPNU will air a 90-minute show at 10 p.m. (PT) on April 10. Live results will be available throughout the meet at GoStanford.com.
Along with Indiana, Stanford is one of only two schools to qualify four divers for the championships. The Cardinal will be led off the boards by Olympian Kristian Ipsen, who swept the three diving events at the NCAA Zone meet.
"Having four men qualify for the NCAA meet is a great accomplishment for this program," Stanford head diving coach Rick Schavone said. "We're hopeful that Kristian will be in the hunt for a title while Taylor Sishc, Connor Kuremsky and Noah Garcia will be competing for points. I'm very proud of the men and excited to see that their hard work throughout the season has paid off."
Stanford is tied with Florida for third among the field with 14 swimmers qualifying for the meet. Michigan will send 17 swimmers and Cal qualified 16. The Cardinal also qualified for each of the five relays.
Stanford finished the dual meet season with a 4-2 record and ranked seventh in the final regular-season top 25 poll.
No strangers to success at the NCAA Championships, Stanford has accumulated a record eight national titles over the years with its last coming in 1998. The Cardinal has finished in the top four 31 straight times.
At the 2012 national meet, the Cardinal finished third overall. Stanford posted an impressive trifecta finish in the 200 back (2-3-4) with David Nolan setting a school record with a runner-up finish in the event.
It was the Stanford's 27th top-three finish at the NCAA meet since 1981. Stanford had 14 top-four finishes at the meet, including Chad La Tourette's American record in the 1,650 free (14:24.25) to earn his third NCAA runner-up finish.
Nine-time All-American Aaron Wayne is one of the Cardinal's most experience NCAA swimmers and finished fourth in both the 50 and 100 free last season.
Matthew Swanston has earned a pair of All-America honors over the last two seasons in the 100 and 200 back, with Matthew Thompson earning three top-10 finishes in the 200 back in as many trips.
This will be Bryan Offutt's second trip to the NCAAs, as he just missed out on All-America honors in the 1,650 free (15:00.65) last season with an 18th-place finish. Offutt was one of four Cardinal swimmers in the top 18 of the event.
Nolan finished runner-up in both the 200 and 100 back as a freshman while tapping third in the 200 IM. Nolan has seven All-America honors to his name, four of which are of the relay variety.
Nolan leads all Cardinal returners with 50 career points earned at the NCAA Championships. Swanston (39), Thompson (49), Ipsen (44) and Cosgarea (22) and Wayne (30) each have significant NCAA scoring experience.
Three-time All-American Drew Cosgarea finished sixth last season in the 400 IM.
This is the 11th time the IU Natatorium will host the NCAA Championships, more than any other venue across the country. The IU Natatorium can seat nearly 3,500 spectators and is the largest indoor swimming venue in America. The NCAA Championships will return to the IU Natatorium in 2017.
NCAA Championships - Schedule of Events
Thursday, March 28 200 Free Relay 500 Free 200 IM 50 Free 1-meter Diving 400 Medley Relay
Friday, March 29 200 Medley Relay 400 IM 100 Fly 200 Free 100 Breast 100 Back 3-meter Diving 800 Free Relay
Saturday, March 30 1,650 Free 200 Back 100 Free 200 Breast 200 Fly Platform Diving 400 Free Relay