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Talented Field Awaits in Texas
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 11/20/2013

STANFORD, Calif. – The No. 7 Stanford women’s swimming and diving team travels to College Station, Texas, this weekend for the Art Adamson Invitational, hosted by Texas A&M. The event will be the final test for the swimmers during the 2013 portion of the schedule, while divers still have the Winter National Championships in December.

The Field
Host Texas A&M is joined by SMU, LSU and TCU, as well as Stanford, on the women’s side. The Cardinal men’s divers will also be in College Station competing against the same schools, plus Air Force. 

No. 7 Stanford (4-0, 2-0 Pac-12)
• The Cardinal is off to a 4-0 start behind some of the fastest times in the country.
   - Maddy Schaefer: 50 free, 2nd, 22.37
   - Lia Neal: 100 free, 9th, 49.54
   - Maya DiRado: 200 free, 20th, 1:47.64; 200 fly, 20th, 1:59.37
   - Sarah Haase: 100 breast, t-17th, 1:02.27
   - Felicia Lee: 100 fly, 7th, 53.63; 200 fly, 12th, 1:58.89
   - Nicole Stafford: 100 fly, 11th, 54.01
   - Tara Halsted: 400 IM, 20th, 4:18.87

• Felicia Lee leads the team in four events, the most of any Cardinal. The senior logged Stanford’s best in the 100 back (54.78), 100 fly (53.63), 200 fly (1:58.89) and 200 IM (2:01.61).
Related: Stanford’s Top Times Report 

• Freshman Lia Neal has been impressive thus far, along with the rest of the newcomers. Neal clocked a team-leading 49.54 in the 100 free, while classmate Tara Halsted has the Cardinal’s best in the 400 IM with a 4:18.87. Halsted also owns the team’s second- and third-quickest times in the 1,000 free and 500 free, respectively, while Nicole Stafford is No. 2 in the 100 fly.

Last Time Out
Stanford stayed perfect in dual meet action with a 201-85 win over Wisconsin at Avery Aquatic Center Nov. 2. The Cardinal swept each of the 16 events. Felicia Lee had a hand in four Cardinal victories, tapping first with the 200 medley and 200 free relays while claiming gold in the 100 fly (53.63) and 100 back (54.78).
Related: Cardinal Handles Badgers

Top Matchups
A few of this weekend’s events will feature some of nation’s best. Maddy Schaefer, who owns the No. 2 time in the country in the 50 free (22.37), will be joined by Texas A&M’s Erica Dittmer (22.92, 18th) and Sammie Bosma (22.95, 19th). The 200 fly could be a close contest with Felicia Lee (1:58.89, 12th), the Aggies’ Cammile Adams (1:59.01, 15th) and LSU’s Kara Kopcso (1:59.06, 20th). Adams, who earned fifth place in the 200-meter fly at the 2012 London Olympics, can also expect a challenge in the 400 IM (1:59.01, 15th) by Stanford’s Tara Halsted (4:18.87, 20th). Another swimmer to watch is the Aggies’ Breeja Larson, one of the top breaststroke swimmers around and an Olympic gold medalist in the 4x100-medley relay in London.
Related: CollegeSwimming.com Top Times Search

Order of Events
Women events are odd numbers and men events are even numbers.

Thursday
1/2: 200 Free Relay
3/4: 500 Freestyle
5/6: 200 I.M.

7/8: 50 Freestyle 
9/10: Diving

11/12: 400 Medley Relay

Friday
13/14: 200 Medley Relay
15/16: 400 I. M.

17/18: 100 Butterfly
19/20: 200 Freestyle
21/22: 100 Breaststroke
23/24: 100 Backstroke 
25/26: Diving

27/28: 800 Freestyle Relay

Saturday
29/30: 1650 Freestyle
31/32: 200 Backstroke
33/34: 100 Freestyle
35/36: 200 Breaststroke 
37/38: 200 Butterfly 
39/40: Platform Diving 
41/42: 400 Freestyle Relay

Start Times
Thursday
Swimming Prelims: 10 a.m.
Diving Prelims: 12:30 p.m.
Swimming and Diving Finals in event order: 6 p.m.

Friday
Swimming Prelims: 10 a.m.
Diving Prelims: 12:30 p.m.
Swimming and Diving Finals in event order: 6 p.m.

Saturday
Swimming Prelims: 10 a.m.
Diving Prelims: 12:30 p.m.
Swimming and Diving Finals in event order: 6 p.m.

In the Rankings
Stanford checked in at No. 7 in the Nov. 14 CSCAA team rankings and No. 3 of the CollegeSwimming.com Endless Pools Top 25. The CSCAA poll, which is voted on by nine coaches and one media member, featured four Pac-12 teams in the top 11. The CollegeSwimming.com rankings are compiled by a performance points system using a team’s top 27 swims over a three week period. Art Adamson Invitational host Texas A&M is ranked No. 4 by the CSCAA and No. 18 in the Endless Pools Top 25.
Related: CSCAA Rankings

Live Video
Texas A&M will stream a free live video feed during each of the three days of action.
Related: 12thman.TV

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

Welcome to The Farm
Stanford received committments from seven recruits for 2014-15, head coach Greg Meehan announced last week. The recruits consist of six swimmers and one diver, hailing from five states. "We are really excited about the high school class we have signed this fall," said Meehan. "It's a wonderful group of young women that will walk in the door and be impactful in our program in a lot of different ways."
Related: Cardinal Adds Seven
Related: Meehan Talks Signees [YouTube]

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
The divers head to the Winter National Championships Dec. 15-22 in Austin, Texas. The full squad resumes dual meet action after the New Year with Texas, also in Austin, on Jan. 4. 


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