Feb. 13, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. -
Stanford wraps up its dual meet season with a Pac-12 Conference women's swimming and diving battle against Cal at noon (PT) on Saturday. The event will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks on tape delay.
Cardinal head coach Greg Meehan is no stranger to the Cal program, having spent five seasons as an assistant and associate head coach with the Golden Bears' men's program and helping steer Cal to a pair of men's national titles.
But don't expect Meehan's previous ties to the Cal program to cloud the Cardinal's goals for the meet.
The Cardinal (7-1) seeks its sixth straight dual meet win since recording its lone loss on the season, a 151.5-148.5 defeat to No. 7 Texas on Nov. 3.
"This meet will be no different than any other for me," Meehan said. "The team is going there to compete and win a swim meet. That's where our focus lies. It's not going to be any more emotional for me.
"We're going to use this meet to serve two purposes. One is to have a great, fun and competitive dual meet against a rival which we respect very much. It will also serve as a final opportunity to fine-tune the details heading into the championship season with the Pac-12 meet taking place in less than two weeks."
With Bay Area bragging rights at stake, the Cardinal will be making its Pac-12 Networks debut at the Spieker Aquatics Complex.
"This will be our first opportunity to be on the Pac-12 Networks," Meehan said. "The feedback we've heard from other schools and fans in regard to the coverage has been very positive. We're very appreciative to have the Pac-12 become more visible on a regional and national level, and we're looking forward to having more swimming and diving events televised."
Second-ranked Stanford jumped six spots in the CSCAA top 25 after downing No. 1 USC and No. 12 UCLA two weeks ago. Cal enters the meet ranked seventh nationally.
Felicia Lee was named the Counsilman Hunsaker National Division I Women's Swimmer of the Week after Stanford's sweep of the Los Angeles area schools. Lee set an Avery Aquatic Center record in the 100 back (52.99) against UCLA while also claiming wins in the 200 back and the 200 medley relay.
One day after downing the Bruins, Lee reset her 100 back record with a 52.90 against top-ranked USC.
Lee also won the 100 fly (52.23) and was part of a pair of winning relays. Lee posted a 53.17 split in the fly leg of the 400 medley relay to help set a pool record in 3:36.22 and went 22.66 in her portion of the 200 free relay.
In the 2012 edition of the Big Swim, No. 8 Stanford set two Avery Aquatic Center records and upset No. 1 California, 174-126. The season finale featured 11 Cardinal wins.
Stanford opened the meet with a pool record in the 200 medley relay (1:37.95) and Lee touched the wall in the 100 back at 53.03, breaking Cal's Lauren Rogers of 53.17 set in 2008.
The Cardinal notched five straight wins to start the meet. Diver Stephanie Phipps was the lone Cardinal to win two events, sweeping the 1- and 3-meter competitions.