STANFORD, Calif. – The Stanford women’s swimming and diving team opens its Pac-12 slate against Washington State Thursday at the Avery Aquatic Center. The meet is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start time.
Stanford (1-0, 0-0 Pac-12)
• The Cardinal opened its 39th season with a win over San Jose State, 138-100, Sept. 26 at Avery Aquatic Center. Head coach Greg Meehan noted that the team “certainly entered the meet with excitement for the season,” but “there are still a lot of unknowns about this group.”
• Two freshmen, Lia Neal and Tara Halsted, won in the opener, to which Meehan said, “I think our freshmen class is a little better than most people think and I’m certainly excited about that. We are more worried about the details right now, not as much as the times.”
• Stanford returns 24 team members for the 2013-14 season.
• The Cardinal extended its streak of top-10 finishes at the NCAA championships to 33 dating back to 1981 with an eighth-place showing in 2012-13.
• The Stanford recruiting class is ranked No. 4 in the country according to SwimSwam.
Last Time Out
• Senior Maya DiRado led the Cardinal with a pair of victories in the 100 fly (55.88) and 1,000 free (10:07.36) to propel Stanford to a 138-100 win over San Jose State
• DiRado helped the Class of 2014 win four events, as classmates Felicia Lee (500 free, 4:59.13) and Andie Taylor (200 fly, 2:03.43) also produced wins
• Newcomers Lia Neal (200 free, 1:52.74) and Tara Halsted (200 back, 2:01.74) won events during their first collegiate meet.
Related: Stanford Tops SJSU, 138-130
Felicia Lee on the Morning Swim Show
Washington State (0-0, 0-0 Pac-12) | Team Page | Roster
The Cougars went 6-6 in dual meets during 2012-13 and finished in ninth place at the Pac-12 Championships. Thursday is the season opener for WSU, before the team travels to Cal on Friday. The Cougars do not have a diving team, thus no diving events will be competed at Thursday’s meet.
Last Year’s Meeting
Stanford and Washington State did not race in a dual meet last year, but did see each other at the Pac-12 Championships. The Cardinal was crowned conference champions after accumulating 1439.5 points, while the Cougars were in ninth with 189 points.
• Stanford was the top women’s college team at the U.S. Open in Irvine, Calif., collecting 228 points during the long-course meters event. Felicia Lee, who won the 100 fly (58.94), Lia Neal, Maddy Schaefer, Katie Olsen, Andie Taylor and Sarah Haase all enjoyed top-10 finishes.
Related: Stanford Strong at U.S. Open
• Maya DiRado fell just shy of a bronze medal in the 400 individual medley at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, finishing fourth in 4:32.70.
Related: Worlds Wrap Up
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
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Stanford hosts its annual Alumni Meet at Avery Oct. 18. The Cardinal’s next regular season meet comes Oct. 25 when the squad travels to Corvallis, Ore., to take on Oregon State.