STANFORD, Calif. – The Cardinal continues its stretch of five straight Pac-12 dual meets with a trip to LA this weekend. No. 4 Stanford faces No. 16 UCLA Friday live on Pac-12 Networks before taking on No. 5 USC Saturday. Both meets start at 12 p.m.
No. 4 Stanford (7-0, 4-0 Pac-12)
• The Cardinal is 7-0 in dual meets after sweeping No. 10 Arizona and Arizona State last weekend. Stanford built comfortable leads in both meets and were able to exhibition the final two events in each. Felicia Lee won a total of four individual races during the weekend and Stephanie Phipps won three of the four diving competitions.
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• Felicia 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).
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• Stanford mixed up its lineup against Arizona State and saw a pair of freshmen perform well. Grace Carlson won the 200 back (1:59.32) and contributed to a pair of relay wins and Tara Halsted captured the 200 fly (2:00.89). Head coach Greg Meehan said, “All-in-all, we can look back at the weekend and feel good about our performances.”
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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.
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Here’s a rundown of events with competitors from both teams ranking in the top 20 nationally:
100 back – Felicia Lee (51.46, 5th); Maya DiRado (51.90, 8th); Linnea Mack (52.59, 17th)
200 fly – Maya DiRado (1:54.47, 6th); Noelle Tarazona (1:56.37, 15th)
50 free – Maddy Schaefer (21.78, t-1st); Kasey Carlson (21.90, 3rd); Lia Neal (22.33, 13th); Felicia Lee (22.40, 16th)
100 free – Kasey Carlson (47.22, 1st); Lia Neal (47.48, 4th); Maddy Schaefer (47.75, 6th)
200 free – Lia Neal (1:43.86, 3rd); Chelsea Chenault (1:44.68, 9th); Julia Anderson (1:45.55, 19th)
500 free – Lynette Lim (4:41.07, 15th); Andie Taylor (4:41.81, 19th)
100 back – Felicia Lee (51.46, 5th); Maya DiRado (51.90, 8th); Kendyl Stewart (52.29, 12th)
200 back – Kendyl Stewart (1:53.10, 8th); Felicia Lee (1:53.36, 9th); Annemarie Thayer (1:53.99, 11th)
100 breast – Kasey Carlson (58.61, 2nd); Sarah Haase (1:00.12, 11th); Katie Olsen (1:00.41, 19th)
100 fly – Kendyl Stewart (51.39, 4th); Felicia Lee (52.46, 10th)
200 IM – Maya DiRado (1:53.50, 1st); Stina Gardell (1:55.60, 7th); Felicia Lee (1:56.17, 9th); Jasmine Tosky (1:57.21, 15th); Andrea Kropp (1:57.74, 19th)
400 IM – Maya DiRado (4:00.88, 2nd); Stina Gardell (4:03.56, 4th); Meghan Hawthorne (4:07.28, 7th); Andie Taylor (4:09.39, 12th)
The swimming portion on both days will begin at approximately 11:40 a.m. with the 1000 freestyle, followed by the first relay event and the remainder of the swimming schedule at 12 p.m.
No. 17 UCLA
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The Bruins are coming off a 142-80 win over Washington State in which Ting Quah, Katie Kinnear and Linnea Mack each won two races. Noelle Tarazona, a CSCAA honorable mention All-American last year, is another important swimmer for UCLA.
No. 5 USC
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USC is undefeated at 4-0 in dual meets in 2013-14, including wins over Utah (119-91) and Wisconsin (154-103) since the start of the New Year. The Trojans boast some of the top times in the country with Kasey Carlson (freestyle), Kendyl Stewart (back, fly) and Stina Gardell (IM) all ranking high on the chart of nation’s best.
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The Pac-12 Networks will broadcast two Stanford women’s swimming and diving dual meets, as well as the Pac-12 Championships this year. Other than this weekend’s UCLA meet, the Cardinal is on the air at Avery Aquatic Center against Cal (Feb. 15). The conference meet is slated for February 26-March 1 in Federal Way, Wash.
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