No. 11 Stanford vs. No. 5 Arizona
Jan. 24 • 2 p.m. (PT)
Stanford, Calif. • Avery Aquatic Center
No. 11 Stanford vs. Arizona State
Jan. 25 • Noon (PT)
Stanford, Calif. • Avery Aquatic Center
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Need To Know
• Stanford plays host to No. 5 Arizona (Jan. 24) and Arizona State (Jan. 25) in a Pac-12 Conference men’s swimming and diving weekend doubleheader at Avery Aquatic Center.
• The Cardinal is 3-0 in dual meets on the season with wins over Indiana, Wisconsin and Pacific.
• When Stanford met the two Copper State programs last season, the Cardinal picked up a pair of road wins. After downing Arizona State, 171.5-113.5, Stanford upended top-ranked Arizona, 173-115.
• Goldman Family Director of Men’s Swimming Ted Knapp previews the weekend …
“This weekend gives us a chance to match up against with Arizona and Arizona State, which helps us prepare for great back-to-back days of racing.
“Arizona has one of the most complete teams in the nation. They have both quality and depth in almost all events, which also speaks well to their strength in relays. They also have a great diver that will match up very well with our diving corps.
“The meet with Arizona State gives us a chance to swim additional events and try different racing strategies. Diving will once again be highly contested.”
Season at a Glance
• Stanford is ranked 11th in the latest CollegeSwimming.com top 25 poll released Jan. 21.
• Stanford posted the top time in each event during a swimming-only dual meet between the Cardinal and Pacific on Jan. 11. The efforts earned Stanford a 145-101 victory to kickoff the New Year.
• After leading Stanford to a dual meet win over Pacific, David Nolan was named the Philip Hunsaker Men’s Division I Swimmer of the Week. Nolan had a hand in Stanford’s 200 medley relay (1:30.29, 22.29 backstroke split) victory and went on to win the 200 free (1:37.00) and 50 free (20.69). Nolan also split an impressive 19.78 in the winning 200 free relay (1:23.33).
• Connor Kuremsky was named Pac-12 Diver of the Month for December, as announced by the league on Jan. 8. Kuremsky competed in the USA Diving Winter National Championships and finished third in the final round of the 1-meter springboard with a 692.40. Kuremsky competed alongside David Bonuchi in the synchronized 3-meter springboard and placed fourth in the preliminary round to advance to the finals, where the duo finished eighth overall with 737.01 points.
• Stanford punctuated the fall portion of its schedule with a win at the three-day UNLV Invitational (Nov. 21-23). The Cardinal men’s swimmers shelved 1,262 points for the victory, far beyond second-place UNLV (748) and bronze-worthy Wyoming (370).
• While its swimmers were in Las Vegas, the Cardinal divers competed at the Art Adamson Invitational (Nov. 21-23) hosted by Texas A&M. Kristen Ipsen (407.50) won the 1-meter ahead of teammate Connor Kuremsky (378.15). Bradley Christensen (363.70) tied for fourth. Ipsen was silver off the 3-meter board with 405.40 points with Christensen (402.85) taking third. The Cardinal had five divers finish in the top 10 of the event. Larry Reinhard, Jr. (254.10) was also 10th off the platform.
• In a Nov. 6 outing, Stanford took on Cal in an unscored triple-distance meet at Spieker Aquatics Complex.
• Stanford handed visiting Wisconsin a 176-116 defeat Nov. 2 at Avery Aquatic Center, its second dual meet win over a Big Ten Conference foe in as many outings. David Nolan took the 200 free in 1:37.60. Tom Kremer (1:39.09) was next in line for Stanford with a bronze showing. Nolan would go on to win the 200 back (1:46.23) and Kremer did the same in the 100 free (45.03). Kristian Ipsen (398.25) won the 1-meter as Bradley Christensen (348.90) claimed second. Bradley (384.83) responded with a win in the 3-meter. Each Cardinal diver notched an NCAA qualifying score.
• Stanford won 11 of 16 events to capture an Oct. 12 dual meet with visiting Indiana, 183-111, at Avery Aquatic Center. Stanford went into exhibition mode for the final two events after clinching the team win. The freshmen class had a stellar outing with five first-place finishes among the 12 individual swimming events.
• Stanford opened its season Oct. 4 with an unscored and friendly non-traditional meet with West Coast neighbor UC Santa Cruz.
What’s On Tap?
• Stanford hits the road for a pair of meets at UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 7) and USC (Feb. 8).