No. 2 Stanford Hosts CS Bakersfield In Home Opener
Oct. 26, 2006
Stanford, Ca - The nationally-ranked Stanford men's swimming and diving team kicks off its 2006-07 dual meet season when the Cardinal hosts Cal State Bakersfield on Friday at 2 p.m. at the Avery Aquatic Center.
Seven individual events, two relay events and two diving events will be contested.
Stanford is ranked second in the pre-season CollegeSwimming.com poll. The Cardinal, winners of 25 straight Pac-10 titles, gathered 232 points in the national poll compared to top-ranked and defending national champion Auburn with 239 points. Rounding out the national Top-10 are Florida (214 points), Texas (214 points), Arizona (209 points), California (207 points), USC (181 points), Northwestern (174 points), Georgia (172 points) and Minnesota (169 points).
A bus load of talented Stanford lettermen return from last year's team which won the Pac-10 title and finished third at the NCAA Championship. The list includes Ben Wildman-Tobriner, who captured six All-American honors last year at the NCAA's, Hongzhe Sun, who enjoyed a breakout season with Pac-10 titles in the 100 and 200 back, and the 200 IM, Jason Dunford, a five-time All-American last year as a freshman, Shaun Phillips who set the school records in the 500 and 1000 free last year, Paul Kornfeld, a three-time All-American and Pac-10 champion in thte 200 breast last year, and diver Dwight Dumais, who gained All-American honors in one-meter and platform diving at the NCAA's last year.
Cal State Bakersfield will provide a good early season test for the Cardinal. The Roadrunners are perennial Division II national contenders. At the Division II National Championships last year, Cal State Bakersfield's Piotr Gegotek won the 200 free, finished third in the 100 free and finished fourth in the 50 free.
List of Events - Stanford vs Cal State Bakersfield
200 Medley Relay
200 Free Relay