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Top-5 Showdown
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 02/21/2014
No. 4 Stanford vs. No. 3 California
Feb. 22 • 11 a.m. (PT)
Stanford, Calif. • Avery Aquatic Center

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Need To Know
• The Bay Area rivalry between No. 4 Stanford (7-0) and No. 3 Cal (7-0) continues Saturday at Avery Aquatic Center when the two undefeated squads square off in men’s swimming and diving action. Prior to the meet, the Cardinal will pay tribute to its seven-person senior class, who will be competing in their final home event.

• Pac-12 Networks will televise the meet beginning at 11 a.m. (PT). The diving portion of the meet will begin at 9 a.m.

• The Cardinal is 7-0 in dual meets on the season with wins over No. 4 USC, No. 5 Arizona, Arizona State, UC Santa Barbara, Indiana, Wisconsin and Pacific.

• In the 2013 meeting between the two teams, diver Kristian Ipsen and swimmer David Nolan each shelved a pair of wins for No. 7 Stanford, but No. 2 California got the better end of the dual meet, 139-104, at Cal’s Spieker Aquatics Center. The Cardinal closed the regular season 4-2 overall (2-2 Pac-12 Conference) as Cal bumped its record to 7-0 (4-0 Pac-12).

Ted Talks
• Goldman Family Director of Men’s Swimming Ted Knapp previews the weekend …
“The opportunity to race one of the best teams in the nation at home is wonderful. Cal is a very talented team, and the dual meet will bring out many great performances by both teams.

“There is great motivation to race well for the senior class and for the many fans and families that will be here.”

Season at a Glance
• Stanford is ranked fourth in the latest CollegeSwimming.com top 25 poll released Feb. 20, its highest ranking on the season.

• Stanford improved to 7-0 with a 170-128 dual meet win at No. 4 USC (Feb. 8). Daniel Le aided the 400 medley relay squad to a win in 3:13.49 before winning the 100 (54.97) and 200 breast (1:59.62). Kristian Ipsen blew the field away with a 405.60 off the 1-meter board with Bradley Christensen (375.80) taking second. Ipsen carded another win in the 3-meter (413.40) ahead of Christensen’s second-place 374.85.

• Stanford cruised to a 108-91 win at UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 7). The Cardinal was on fire right out the gate, taking the first six events on the day, including three by junior David Nolan. Nolan won the 50 free (20.67), 100 fly (49.22) and 200 medley (1:31.26) together with Will Gunderson, Daniel Le and Connor Black. Underclassmen played a pivotal role again for the Cardinal as freshman Jimmy Yoder won the 1,000 free (9:20.52) ahead of Drew Consgarea (9:33.82), and sophomore Gray Umbach took the 200 IM (1:50.79) and 100 back (50.51).

• Stanford rolled to a 135-101 win over visiting Arizona State on Jan. 25 to complete a Pac-12 weekend doubleheader. Eleven wins highlighted the outing, including strong showings by Stanford’s underclassmen.

• David Nolan, Danny Thomson and Kristian Ipsen each won two individual events to help the Stanford rout No. 5 Arizona, 185-113, Jan. 24. The Cardinal won the meet’s final five events. Ipsen won both diving competitions in convincing fashion. His 409.13 off of the 1-meter board was nearly 50 points ahead of the field and his 429.15 in the 3-meter won by 31.30. Conner Kuremsky scored for Stanford by placing third in each event.

• Stanford posted the top time in each event during a swimming-only dual meet between the Cardinal and Pacific on Jan. 11. The efforts earned Stanford a 145-101 victory to kickoff the New Year.

• After leading Stanford to a dual meet win over Pacific, David Nolan was named the Philip Hunsaker Men’s Division I Swimmer of the Week. Nolan had a hand in Stanford’s 200 medley relay (1:30.29, 22.29 backstroke split) victory and went on to win the 200 free (1:37.00) and 50 free (20.69). Nolan also split an impressive 19.78 in the winning 200 free relay (1:23.33).

• Connor Kuremsky was named Pac-12 Diver of the Month for December, as announced by the league on Jan. 8. Kuremsky competed in the USA Diving Winter National Championships and finished third in the final round of the 1-meter springboard with a 692.40. Kuremsky competed alongside David Bonuchi in the synchronized 3-meter springboard and placed fourth in the preliminary round to advance to the finals, where the duo finished eighth overall with 737.01 points.

• Stanford punctuated the fall portion of its schedule with a win at the three-day UNLV Invitational (Nov. 21-23). The Cardinal men’s swimmers shelved 1,262 points for the victory, far beyond second-place UNLV (748) and bronze-worthy Wyoming (370).

• While its swimmers were in Las Vegas, the Cardinal divers competed at the Art Adamson Invitational (Nov. 21-23) hosted by Texas A&M. Kristen Ipsen (407.50) won the 1-meter ahead of teammate Connor Kuremsky (378.15). Bradley Christensen (363.70) tied for fourth. Ipsen was silver off the 3-meter board with 405.40 points with Christensen (402.85) taking third. The Cardinal had five divers finish in the top 10 of the event. Larry Reinhard, Jr. (254.10) was also 10th off the platform.

• In a Nov. 6 outing, Stanford took on Cal in an unscored triple-distance meet at Spieker Aquatics Complex.

• Stanford handed visiting Wisconsin a 176-116 defeat Nov. 2 at Avery Aquatic Center, its second dual meet win over a Big Ten Conference foe in as many outings. David Nolan took the 200 free in 1:37.60. Tom Kremer (1:39.09) was next in line for Stanford with a bronze showing. Nolan would go on to win the 200 back (1:46.23) and Kremer did the same in the 100 free (45.03). Kristian Ipsen (398.25) won the 1-meter as Bradley Christensen (348.90) claimed second. Bradley (384.83) responded with a win in the 3-meter. Each Cardinal diver notched an NCAA qualifying score.

• Stanford won 11 of 16 events to capture an Oct. 12 dual meet with visiting Indiana, 183-111, at Avery Aquatic Center. Stanford went into exhibition mode for the final two events after clinching the team win. The freshmen class had a stellar outing with five first-place finishes among the 12 individual swimming events.

• Stanford opened its season Oct. 4 with an unscored and friendly non-traditional meet with West Coast neighbor UC Santa Cruz.

What’s On Tap?
• Stanford travels to Federal Way, Wash., for the Pac-12 Conference Diving Championships (Feb. 27-March 1).


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