No. 3 Stanford Hosts No. 7 Cal In Annual Triple-Distance Meet

Nov. 6, 2007

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The Stanford men's swimming and diving team (2-0, 1-0 Pac-10) welcomes the California Golden Bears (2-0, 1-0 Pac-10) to the Avery Aquatic Center for their annual 'Triple-Distance' competition on Wednesday, November 7 at 2:30 p.m., while the diving begins at 1:00 p.m. The divers will compete in the one-meter and three-meter events and the winner will be decided by the highest score total of two designated divers from each team. The meet serves as an early season tune-up for the teams, as well as a unique exhibition event to give the fans a sneak peek at these two perennial swimming powerhouse programs. The Cardinal men are currently ranked 3rd in the nation, while the Cal Bears are 7th.

Meet Specifics
Cal at Stanford
Avery Aquatic Center/Maas Family Diving Facility • Stanford, CA
Wednesday November 7, 2007 (Diving - 1:00 pm, PT; Swimming - 2:30 pm, PT)

Wednesday's competition will feature some of the very best swimmers in the NCAA competing in a non-standard event schedule. Athletes divide into specialty groups that compete with one another in three races to determine a specialty champion in each of swimming's six event domains: sprinters (50, 100, 200 free), distance swimmers (200, 500, 1000 free), butterflyers (50, 100, 200 butterfly), breaststrokers (50, 100, 200 breastroke), backstrokers (50, 100, 200 backstroke) and individual medlyists (100, 200, 400 I.M.). The divers will also take to the pool in unofficial competition and the 400 medley and 400 freestyle relays will finish out the day. Individual champions will be recognized in each domain as the athlete with the fastest cumulative times from three events.

Rivalry
The Cardinal is building from early season victories over LSU and Washington, while the Bears hold wins so far over University of Pacific and Washington. Although the meet is unofficial and will not count towards either team's dual-meet record, the competition promises to deliver quality racing and intensity on both sides of the deck, as these two programs represent one of the fiercest and most respected rivalries in college sport today. The meet is also a must-see for swimming fans as it represents a first look at the Golden Bears' new coach Dave Durden. Durden takes over a storied program as he picks up the Cal-Stanford rivalry from long time head coach Nort Thornton, who retired from the position after 33 years and remains on the team as a volunteer assistant.

Ranked No. 3 To Begin Season
Stanford has been ranked No. 3 by the collegeswimming.com national poll, behind No. 1 Texas and defending national champion No. 2 Auburn. Arizona, Michigan, Cal, Georgia, Indiana, and Minnesota round out the top 10.

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