No. 2 Men's Swimming Prepares For No. 4 California
Feb. 15, 2005
Stanford, Calif. - The No. 2 Stanford men's swimming and diving team (5-0, 3-0 Pac-10) travels across the Bay to No. 4 California (8-0, 3-0 Pac-10) for their final dual meet of the season at 1 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 19, at Spieker Aquatics Complex in Berkeley. The Golden Bears, who did not compete last week, have an 8-0 record (3-0 Pac-10). This dual meet ends the regular season for both Stanford and Cal. Last year, the Cardinal emerged victorious over Cal, 126-117, in Palo Alto. Stanford leads the all-time series, 93-13.
Former U.S. Olympic coach Skip Kenney is in his 25th year as head coach at Stanford. Like Cal, Stanford enters this meet unbeaten, with a 5-0 record (3-0 Pac-10), and hasn't lost a dual meet since the 1999-2000 season. Stanford had last week off after beating USC, 179-116, on Feb. 5. Other common opponents that the Cardinal has beaten are Arizona (155-82), Arizona State (130-103), Pacific (144-107) and Michigan (136-102). On Nov. 10, Cal won four out of six categories, and 12 out of 20 overall events, against the Cardinal in a non-scoring Triple Distance Meet at Stanford.
The Cardinal has loads of talent in most individual events, particularly in the 200 free (Andy Grant, 1:34.54, nation's third-best time, NCAA A), 1650 free (Shaun Phillips, 15:06.67, nation's third-best time, NCAA B), 100 back (Hongzhe Sun, 47.72, nation's fifth-best time, NCAA B; Jayme Cramer (47.81, nation's sixth-best time, NCAA B), 100 breaststroke (Gary Marshall, 54:07, nation's fourth-best time, NCAA B), 200 breaststroke (Gary Marshall, 1:56.70, nation's second-best time, NCAA A), 100 fly (Jayme Cramer, 47:37, nation's third-best time, NCAA B; Matt McDonald, 47:84, nation's ninth-best time, NCAA B) and 200 fly (Hongzhe Sun, 1:45.58, nation's sixth-best time, NCAA B; Matt McDonald, 1:45.91, nation's eighth-best time, NCAA B; Jayme Cramer, 1:46.14, nation's 10th-best time, NCAA B). Cal has the edge in the freestyle relays, but Stanford has better times in the medley relays. The Cardinal has swum the nation's fourth-best time of 1:28.42 (NCAA B) in the 200 to Cal's No. 6 time and the nation's sixth-best time in the 400 (3:14.77, NCAA B) to Cal's No. 10 time.