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Saturday Morning Showdown
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 02/11/2014
STANFORD, Calif. – When Stanford and California meet in any sport it promises to be a heated matchup, but when both teams are ranked in the top five and there are Olympians on each side, the stakes are raised even higher. Thus will be the setting as Stanford women’s swimming and diving seniors will have the opportunity for a memorable final meet at Avery Aquatic Center Saturday morning.

Diving begins at 8:45 a.m., swimming will start shortly after and the Pac-12 Networks broadcast commences at 10 a.m. A ceremony honoring the seniors is scheduled for approximately 9:40 a.m.

For the Kids
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford will be accepting donations on the concourse of Avery Aquatic Center beginning at 8:30 a.m. For more information, click here.

Stanford (9-0, 6-0 Pac-12)
• The Cardinal remained undefeated two weekends ago by defeating No. 17 UCLA and No. 5 USC in Los Angeles.

• Felicia Lee was unstoppable in January, winning all 14 events she entered in the month. She was named the Pac-12 Swimmer of the Month for her efforts and continued her run by winning four more times against USC on the first day of February.
Related: January’s Best

• Lee and Maya DiRado each lead the team in three events, the most of any Cardinal. Lee logged Stanford’s best in the 100 back (51.46), 200 back (1:53.36) and 100 fly (52.46), while DiRado owns the top times in the 200 fly (1:54.47), 200 IM (1:53.50) and 400 IM (4:00.88). 
Related: Stanford’s Top Times Report 

• The Cardinal expect for Stephanie Phipps and Alex Clay to continue to finish near the top of the diving portion against Cal. Freshman Kassidy Cook remains out with an injury. 

• Head coach Greg Meehan was happy with the Cardinal’s showing during a tough stretch to end the month. "Having four meets in nine days certainly presents some challenges," said Meehan. "But I'm pleased with the intensity of which we raced at all four meets and no matter what the score was."

California (7-1, 5-1 Pac-12)
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• The Golden Bears have a powerful lineup led by four-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin. The freshman has already started to leave her mark on Cal’s record book. She appears in the top 10 in Cal history in seven events, including the program’s best 200 freestyle mark (1:41.40).

• Anne Kastler leads Cal’s diving corps. She is the reigning Pac-12 Diver of the Month after finishing no lower than third on either board throughout January.

• USC handed Cal its first loss of the season Jan. 31 after taking 12 of 16 events. The Bears, which rebounded for a win over No. 17 UCLA the next day, entered the weekend in Los Angeles as the No. 1 team in the nation.

Nation’s Best
The Cardinal has a pair of times that rank first in the nation. Maddy Schaefer’s 21.78 in the 50 free is tied with Arizona’s Margo Geer. Maya DiRado’s blazing 1:53.50 in the 200 IM is 0.58 faster than the No. 2 time in the country and better than her third-place NCAA performance from a year ago. DiRado is also second nationally in the 400 IM with a time of 4:00.55. Stanford also has the nation's best time in all three freestyle relays and the second-best effort in the 200-yard medley relay.
Related: USA Swimming Top Times Search

Top Ten
Numbers prove that Saturday will be one of the most talent-filled duals in women’s swimming this season. Here’s a look at swimmers with top ten times in the country in 2013-14:
50 free – Maddy Schaefer (t-1st, 21.78); Missy Franklin (6th, 22.16)
100 free – Missy Franklin (3rd, 47.42); Lia Neal (4th, 47.48); Maddy Schaefer (6th, 47.75)
200 free – Missy Franklin (1st, 1:41.40); Lia Neal (3rd, 1:43.86); Elizabeth Pelton (10th, 1:44.71)
500 free – Missy Franklin (1st, 4:34.63)
100 back – Elizabeth Pelton (2nd, 51.27); Cindy Tran (3rd, 51.34); Felicia Lee (5th, 51.46); Missy Franklin (6th, 51.59), Rachel Bootsma (7th, 51.86), Maya DiRado (8th, 51.90)
200 back – Elizabeth Pelton (1st, 1:49.59), Missy Franklin (5th, 1:51.54), Melanie Klaren (7th, 1:52.84); Felicia Lee (9th, 1:53.36)
100 fly – Felicia Lee (10th, 52.46)
200 fly – Maya DiRado (6th, 1:54.47); Rachel Bootsma (t-8th, 1:55.44)
200 IM – Maya DiRado (1st, 1:53.50); Elizabeth Pelton (3rd, 1:54.15); Celina Li (4th, 1:54.25); Felicia Lee (9th, 1:56.17)
400 IM – Maya DiRado (2nd, 4:00.88); Celina Li (5th, 4:06.54)

That’s a total of 28 top ten times: 16 for California and 12 for Stanford. Five of the NCAA’s No. 1 marks, six of the top eight in the 100 back and four the top nine in each of the 200 back and 200 IM.

Senior Day
Stanford will honor its eight seniors who are participating in their last collegiate meet at Avery Aquatic Center. They are: Allison Arnold, Kirstie Chen, Maya DiRado, Felicia Lee, Stephanie Phipps, Kerrin Seymour, Andie Taylor and Alex Whitford.

Sing and Swim
Junior swimmer Fiona Majeau will sing the national anthem.

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 will travel to Federal Way, Wash., for the Pac-12 Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships Feb. 26-March 1. The Cardinal will look to defend its 2013 crown.


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