Feb. 22, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. -
No. 7 Stanford will travel across the bay for a Pac-12 Conference men's swimming and diving dual meet against No. 2 Cal. The competition at the Spieker Aquatics Center will begin at 1 p.m. (PT) on Saturday. The 1-meter diving event will begin at noon.
Stanford (4-1 overall, 2-1 Pac-12) faced the Golden Bears in a friendly triple-distance meet earlier this season on Nov. 7. The Golden Bears are 6-0 on the season with a 3-0 mark against conference opponents.
"Cal is a great team, and this meet's format will be a bit different as we'll be swimming shorter and fewer events," Stanford Goldman Family Director of Men's Swimming Ted Knapp said. "This will give us a great chance to sharpen up and find a little bit more speed in some races to evaluate where we stand.
"This will be nobody's last meet. There will be faster swimming to come after this. But when you get a chance to race Cal, you can expect some fast swimming."
The meet will feature some of this season's fastest Pac-12 performers in the 50 free, including Stanford's Andrew Saeta (19.91) and Aaron Wayne (19.91) along with Cal's Tyler Messerschmidt (19.57), Shayne Fleming (19.78) and Fabio Gimondi (19.86).
Wayne ranks third in the league in both the 100 (42.96) and 200 free (1:35.31).
Danny Thompson's 9:07.19 is the Pac-12's fastest this season in the 1,000 free as he ranks second in the 1,650 (15:02.18). Drew Cosgarea (15:07.62) is third in the 1,650 free.
Matt Thompson (3:46.78) and Bryan Offutt (3:48.46) are second and third, respectively, in the 400 individual medley.
In its last outing, Stanford gave No. 3 USC as much as it could handle in a 156-139 defeat to the Trojans. It was the final meet at Avery Aquatic Center for the Cardinal seniors.
Following Saturday's meet at Cal, Stanford will resume training for the Pac-12 Conference Championships (March 3-6) and NCAA Championships (March 28-30).
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