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Conference Contenders
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 03/04/2014

Pac-12 Conference Swimming Championships
Wednesday-Saturday, March 5-8
Federal Way, Wash. • King County Aquatic Center

Television • Pac-12 Networks (tape delay)
On the Web • GoStanford.com • Pac-12.com
Social Hour • @StanfordMswim • #GoStanford
Live Results • GoStanford.com


The Lowdown
• With the diving portion of the Pac-12 Conference Championships in the books, the Cardinal swimmers will head to Federal Way, Wash., while looking to regain the top spot at the league showdown.

• The Cardinal claimed 31 consecutive Pac-12 titles from 1982-2012 before falling last season to first-place Cal.

• Stanford has collected 347 swimming and diving titles (266 individual, 81 relay) at the Pac-12 Championships, including five in 2013. David Nolan is the two-time defending champion in the 200 back and 200 IM. Drew Cosgarea won the 1,650 free title in 2013 and claimed first in the 400 IM two seasons ago.

• Kristian Ipsen defended his 1-meter title last week during the diving portion of the championships, posting a 481.65 in the finals for the win to earn the 10th 1-meter title in Stanford history. The All-American is the third Cardinal to win multiple 1-meter crowns, joining Bill Main (1968, 1970-710 and Dwight Dumais (2007, 2009). Ipsen took second in the 3-meter and was third off the platform.

The Coverage
• The event will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks on tape delay, airing March 10 at 7:30 p.m. (PT).

• Live results will be available at GoStanford.com.

The Tickets
• Tickets will be available at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center on the day of the event only. Gates open at 10 a.m. (PT) each day.

The Schedule
• March 5 (6 p.m.) – 200 medley relay finals, 800 free relay finals

•March 6 (11 a.m.) – 500 free prelims, 200 individual medley prelims, 50 free prelims

• March 6 (6 p.m.) – 500 free finals, 200 individual medley finals, 50 free finals, 200 free relay finals

• March 7 (11 a.m.) – 400 individual medley prelims, 100 fly prelims, 200 free prelims, 100 breast prelims, 100 back prelims

• March 7 (6 p.m.) – 400 individual medley finals, 100 fly finals, 200 free finals, 100 breast finals, 100 back finals, 400 medley relay finals

• March 8 (11 a.m.) – 200 back prelims, 100 free prelims, 200 breast prelims, 200 fly prelims

• March 8 (6 p.m.) – 1,650 free finals, 200 back finals, 100 free finals, 200 breast finals, 200 fly finals, 400 free relay finals

The Seeds
• Stanford is represented among the top-five seeds in a number of individual events, including the 500 free (Drew Cosgarea – 5th – 4:19.63), 1,650 free (Danny Thomson – 2nd – 15:01.41), 200 fly (Tom Kremer – 5th – 1:44.70), 100 back (David Nolan – 3rd – 46.12), 200 back (Nolan – 4th – 1:42.40), 200 IM (Nolan – 3rd – 1:44.42) and 400 IM (Cosgarea – 3rd – 3:44.32).

The Last Time at Pac-12 Championships
• Sitting in second place heading into the final day of the 2013 Pac-12 Championships, Stanford’s valiant comeback effort fell short as the Cardinal finished second and saw its streak of 31 consecutive titles snapped. Cal, the (then) two-time defending NCAA champion, won the title with 825 points and Stanford collected 800 points for second. USC (638.5) was third and Arizona (483) finished fourth. It was Cal’s first title since 1981.

The Season
• Kristian Ipsen won the 1- and 3-meter diving events, but No. 4 Stanford fell to No. 3 Cal in the 2014 edition of the Big Swim, 169-74. Stanford (7-1) was denied a perfect regular season as the Golden Bears (8-0) swept the swimming portion of the 13-event meet on Feb. 22.

• Stanford improved to 7-0 with a 170-128 dual meet win at No. 4 USC (Feb. 8). Daniel Le aided the 400 medley relay squad to a win in 3:13.49 before winning the 100 (54.97) and 200 breast (1:59.62). Kristian Ipsen blew the field away with a 405.60 off the 1-meter board with Bradley Christensen (375.80) taking second. Ipsen carded another win in the 3-meter (413.40) ahead of Christensen’s second-place 374.85.

• Stanford cruised to a 108-91 win at UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 7). The Cardinal was on fire right out the gate, taking the first six events on the day, including three by junior David Nolan. Nolan won the 50 free (20.67), 100 fly (49.22) and 200 medley (1:31.26) together with Will Gunderson, Daniel Le and Connor Black. Underclassmen played a pivotal role again for the Cardinal as freshman Jimmy Yoder won the 1,000 free (9:20.52) ahead of Drew Consgarea (9:33.82), and sophomore Gray Umbach took the 200 IM (1:50.79) and 100 back (50.51).

• 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.

The Next Time Out
• The Cardinal will head to Austin, Texas, for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships (March 27-29).


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