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Cardinal, Beavers Clash Friday
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 10/23/2013

STANFORD, Calif. – The Stanford women’s swimming and diving team makes its first road trip of the 2013-14 season when it travels to Oregon State this weekend. 

Venue Change
The matchup has been moved from Stevens Natatorium at Dixon Recreation Center to Osborn Aquatic Center, located at 1940 NW Highland Drive in Corvallis, Ore. It is scheduled to being at 4 p.m.

Stanford (2-0, 1-0 Pac-12)
• The Cardinal enters Friday’s meet with a 2-0 dual record, including a 1-0 mark in the Pac-12. Stanford cruised past Washington State in its last regular-season outing, 147-104. Senior Felicia Lee and junior Maddy Schaefer each won two events to help the Cardinal to a big lead, before swimming the last four events as exhibitions.

• Head coach Greg Meehan was impressed with Stanford’s distance swimmers against WSU. He commented, “Our 1,000 and 500 swimmers did a good job of splitting their races. Those who struggled with their details last week were much better. It’s good progress and I hope that they can appreciate what we are trying to do and trying to accomplish.”
Related: Cardinal Cruises Past WSU

• The Cardinal opened its 39th season with a win over San Jose State, 138-100, Sept. 26 at Avery Aquatic Center. Meehan noted that the team “certainly entered the meet with excitement for the season,” but “there are still a lot of unknowns about this group.”

• Stanford returned 24 team members for the 2013-14 season.

• The Cardinal extended its streak of top-10 finishes at the NCAA championships to 33 dating back to 1981 with an eighth-place showing in 2012-13.

Haase Starts Blogging
Sophomore Sarah Haase began blogging for The Washington Post’s reachforthewall.com swimming blog this week. Her first post, titled “New season, new team,” was published Tuesday. Fans can expect more insight to Stanford swimming from Haase every other Tuesday on the “Behind The Blocks: NCAA or Bust” blog series.
Related: New Season, New Blog

Alumni Return
Stanford was happy to see many former Cardinal at its annual alumni meet last Friday. It was an especially good showing for the Class of 1998, which had five of six members in attendance.


Felicia Lee on the Morning Swim Show


Oregon State (0-2, 0-2 Pac-12) | Team Page | Roster
The Beavers have fallen in their first two meets of the regular season. Cal knocked off OSU, 161-95, Sept. 27 and Utah put up nearly an identical score, 165-95. Sophomore Sammy Harrison leads the team with four first-place showings, including three wins against Utah. The Henerson, Nev., native owns school records in the 500 (4:45.91), 1,000 (9:48.20) and 1,650 freestyle (16:17.78).  She set each of the marks at last year’s Pac-12 Championships.

Last Year’s Meeting
Stanford and Oregon State did not race in a dual meet last year, but did see each other at the Pac-12 Championships. The Cardinal was crowned conference champions after accumulating 1439.5 points, while the Beavers were in eight with 297 points. 
Related: Pac-12 Trophy Returns to The Farm

Summer Success
• Stanford was the top women’s college team at the U.S. Open in Irvine, Calif., collecting 228 points during the long-course meters event. Felicia Lee, who won the 100 fly (58.94), Lia NealMaddy SchaeferKatie OlsenAndie Taylor and Sarah Haase all enjoyed top-10 finishes.
Related: Stanford Strong at U.S. Open 

• Maya DiRado fell just shy of a bronze medal in the 400 individual medley at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, finishing fourth in 4:32.70, after winning the 400 IM at the U.S. national meet. DiRado did not leave Barcelona empty-handed, though, as she took home a gold as part of the 800 freestyle relay team. 
Related: Worlds Wrap Up

On the Tube
The Pac-12 Networks will broadcast two Stanford women’s swimming and diving dual meets, as well as the Pac-12 Championships this year. The Cardinal are on the air at UCLA (Jan. 31) and at Avery Aquatic Center against Cal (Feb. 15). The conference meet is slated for February 26-March 1 in Federal Way, Wash. 
Related: Pac-12 Networks completes winter sports event telecast schedule

Join the Conversation

Follow Stanford Athletics’ official Twitter account, @GoStanford, to stay up-to-date on the Cardinal. For news on the Stanford women’s swimming and diving team, follow @StanfordWSwim. Fans can also join the conversation by tagging #GoStanford, the official hashtag of Stanford Athletics. 

Up Next
Stanford is back on The Farm Nov. 2 for a dual against Wisconsin. The non-conference action starts at 11 a.m. at Avery Aquatic Center.


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