No. 11 Stanford at UC Santa Barbara
Feb. 7 • 2 p.m. (PT)
Santa Barbara, Calif. • Campus Pool
No. 11 Stanford at No. 6 USC
Feb. 8 • Noon (PT)
Los Angeles, Calif. • Uytengsu Aquatics Center
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Need To Know
• Stanford hits the road for the first time in the 2014 portion of the schedule when it travels to UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 7) and No. 6 USC (Feb. 8).
• The Cardinal is 5-0 in dual meets on the season with Pac-12 wins over No. 5 Arizona and Arizona State along with non-conference wins over Indiana, Wisconsin and Pacific.
• Keep an eye on the 100 back showdown between David Nolan and USC’s Luca Spinazzola, as both share a tie for the nation’s third-best time in the event (46.12).
• When Stanford and USC met last season, No. 3 USC struck early and often but had to hold off a resilient Stanford squad for a 156-139 win at Avery Aquatic Center. The ninth-ranked Cardinal battled the Trojans in each race as nothing came easy for either squad, with many outcomes decided by the narrowest of margins on Stanford's Senior Day.
• Goldman Family Director of Men’s Swimming Ted Knapp previews the weekend …
“The goal this weekend is to really be consistent with fine tuning race strategies in back to back competitions. The better we are able to do this on the road and compete well will have a big impact on our postseason success.”
Season at a Glance
• Stanford is ranked 11th in the latest CollegeSwimming.com top 25 poll released Jan. 21.
• Stanford rolled to a 135-101 win over visiting Arizona State on Jan. 25 to complete a Pac-12 weekend doubleheader. Eleven wins highlighted the outing, including strong showings by Stanford’s underclassmen.
• David Nolan, Danny Thomson and Kristian Ipsen each won two individual events to help the Stanford rout No. 5 Arizona, 185-113, Jan. 24. The Cardinal won the meet’s final five events. Ipsen won both diving competitions in convincing fashion. His 409.13 off of the 1-meter board was nearly 50 points ahead of the field and his 429.15 in the 3-meter won by 31.30. Conner Kuremsky scored for Stanford by placing third in each event.
• 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 ends the regular season at home against Cal (Feb. 22) in a meet that will be televised on Pac-12 Networks.