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A Federal Approach
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 02/26/2014

Pac-12 Diving Championships
Feb. 27-March 1
Federal Way, Wash. • King County Aquatic Center

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The Schedule
• Feb. 27 – 3-meter prelim/quarterfinal (6 dives), 3-meter championship (6 dives)

• Feb. 28 – 1-meter prelim/quarterfinal (6 dives), 1-meter championship (6 dives)

• March 1 – Platform prelim/quarterfinal (6 dives), platform championship (6 dives)

The Lowdown
• Stanford’s trek to regain the top spot on the Pac-12 Conference Championships podium begins this week with the diving portion of the event. The Cardinal claimed 31 consecutive Pac-12 titles from 1982-2012 before falling last season to (then) two-time defending national champion Cal.

• Kristian Ipsen will be the diver to beat, as the defending 1- and 3-meter champion will be challenged by fellow Olympian Riley McCormick. McCormick of Arizona State also competed in the 2012 Olympics as a member of Team Canada, finishing 11th overall in the platform finals.  

• Joining Ipsen at the meet will be Bradley Christensen, Noah Garcia and Connor Kuremsky. Garcia and Kuremsky have significant experience at the league competition, as Christensen will be making his championship debut.

• Ipsen was named both the 2012 Pac-12 Diving Newcomer of the Year and 2013 Pac-12 Championships Diver of the Meet.

• At the 2013 league showdown, Ipsen won the 3-meter and was joined on the podium by fourth-place Kuremsky. Ipsen was second in the platform and first in the 1-meter, an event that saw Kuremsky take third.

• Following the 2013 Pac-12 Championships, Stanford stayed hot and secured an unprecedented four divers into the NCAA Championships to wrap up the NCAA Zone Diving Championships.

• “This was our greatest meet in over 35 years … Four men qualifying for the NCAAs is unbelievable,” head diving coach Rick Schavone said after the NCAA Zone Championships.

The Dose From Dr. Dive …
• Head diving coach Rick Schavone previews the Pac-12 Championships …
“We’ll see some good competition. This will be our first real test, and will provide a good indication as to if we are as good as we think we are. Our expectations of having a good met are quite high.”

Stanford at the Pac-12 Championships
• The Cardinal diving crew over the years has played an integral role in the program’s success at the annual Pac-12 meet.

• Six divers have combined to earn nine 1-meter crowns, beginning with Bill Main’s three wins in 1968, 1970 and 1971. Dwight Dumais won the event in 2007 and 2009.

• Main also won two of Stanford’s eight 3-meter titles, doing so in 1968 and 1971.

• Three Cardinal have placed first in the platform, including Matt Frawley (1988), Mike Burton (1989) and David Johns (1995).

What’s On Tap?
• The Cardinal looks to send a healthy contingent of divers to Colorado Springs, Colo., for the NCAA Zone E Diving Championships (March 13-15).


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