Sept. 27, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. -
Greg Meehan will make his first dual meet appearance on the pool deck Friday as Stanford women's swimming head coach at the Avery Aquatic Center when the Cardinal take on San Jose at 2:00 p.m. (PT).
The 16-event dual meet will pit a refreshed Cardinal team that finished fourth at the 2012 NCAA Championships against a Spartans squad which returns to the pool after claiming the program's first Western Athletic Conference Championships title last season.
The meet will also be a first for assistant coach Tracy Duchac, who joined the Cardinal program after serving in a similar capacity last season at Arizona.
"This will be a great opportunity for our team to get back into the water and see where we stand after the offseason," Meehan said. "We still have a long way to go, but I've been very proud of the way this team has been training and I'm excited to see how it reacts in a racing environment."
Meehan, who was handed Stanford's reins last month after holding the position of associate head men's swimming and diving coach at Cal, inherits a program that claimed two conference titles, seven top-five NCAA finishes and a 66-5 dual meet record in the last seven seasons under former Cardinal head coach Lea Maurer.
While Stanford looks to replace the sprint tandem of Sam Woodward and Betsy Webb along with breaststrokers Jamie Bruce and Kerry Kraemer, it may not have to dig too dip into the bag as the Cardinal freshmen class features four top-50 recruits.
Freshman Sarah Haase, a national high school record holder who broke the minute barrier in the 100 breast will team with sophomore Katie Olsen to help fill the void left by Bruce and Kraemer.
Stanford also looks forward to the return of junior All-American swimmer Maya DiRado and junior All-American diver Stephanie Phipps.
Freshman diver Kelly Markle is set to make her collegiate debut after finishing ninth in the 3-meter synchronized event at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.
Live results for the meet will be available at GoStanford.com