No. 2 Stanford Travels to No. 4 Cal for the Annual 'Big Meet'

Feb. 8, 2007

This weekend, the second ranked Stanford men's swimming and diving team will put its undefeated dual meet season on the line as they take on No. 2 Cal in the Big Meet. On Saturday, February 10 (1:00pm) the Cardinal will travel to the Spieker Aquatics Complex for one of the most highly anticipated dual meets in the nation.

Dual Meet Domination:
Stanford will be looking to continue its run in the Pac-10, as they have won the past 25 conference titles. The Cardinal is 4-0 in dual meets this year including recent wins over USC (141-95), Arizona (129-112) and Arizona State (169-129). Several Stanford swimmers have already met the NCAA qualifying 'A' standard. The list includes Shaun Phillips in the 200 free (1:34.84), the 500 free (4:16.31) and the 1650 free (14:51.77), Hongzhe Sun in the 200 fly (1:44.00), the 100 back (47.29), the 200 back (1:41.98) and the 200 IM (1:46.19) and Nate Cass in the 200 breast (1:55.63). In their last meet against USC, Shaun Phillips swam the 500 free in a time of 4:27.71 while chalking up a time of 15:10.15 in the 1650 free. Dwight Dumais captured the one-meter diving event with 336.82 points and three-meter diving with 356.40 points.

Scouting Cal:
Forth ranked Cal is coming off a dual meet victory against USC last weekend. The Bears defeated USC 170-110, picking up their second Pac-10 dual meet victory. Junior Dominik Meichtry picked up his fifth individual title in the 500 free against USC. He beat USC's Larsen Jensen, by 4.13 seconds, with his winning time was 4:19.47. Against USC, senior Patrick O'Neil secured his fourth individual honor of the season in the 200 fly. The Roseburg, Ore., native won the event with his season-best time of 1:46.33. Cal returns 10 All-Americans from last season's team, which placed sixth at the NCAA Championships.

Last Season at 'The Big Meet':
The fifth-ranked Stanford men's swimming and diving team, propelled by victories in the first five events of the day, marched to an impressive 136-107 victory over top-ranked California in the annual 'Big Meet' on a cold Saturday afternoon at the Avery Aquatic Center. Out of 13 total events contested, the Cardinal won nine.

So Far This Season:
*For the fourth straight year, the nationally-ranked Stanford men's swimming team captured the Speedo Cup Championship at the Belmont Plaza Pool (Nov. 17-19). The Cardinal tallied 1,803.5 points over three days of the meet to beat 15 other teams including runner-up Brigham Young. BYU collected 911 points.*On January 12, led by double victories by Shaun Phillips (500 free, 1000 free), Nate Cass (200 breast, 200 fly) and Dwight Dumais (1-meter, 3-meter diving), the second-ranked Stanford men's swimming and diving team posted a 129-112 victory over fifth-ranked Arizona in the Pac-10 season opener for the Cardinal on Friday afternoon at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center.*On January 13, senior Ben Wildman-Tobriner took first place honors in the 50 free and the 100 fly, and helped the 200 free relay and 200 medley relay teams to victory as the second-ranked Stanford men's swimming and diving team recorded a 169-129 victory at Arizona State in a Pac-10 dual meet on Saturday at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Complex.*On January 27, fueled by double victories by Shaun Phillips (500 and 1650 free) and Dwight Dumais (1-meter and 3-meter diving), the second-ranked Stanford men's swimming and diving team overpowered sixth-ranked USC, 141-95, in a Pac-10 dual meet on Saturday afternoon at the Avery Aquatic Center.

List of Events:
200 Medley Relay
1000 Free
200 Free
100 Back
100 Breast
200 Fly
50 Free
1 meter diving
100 Free
200 Back
200 Breast
500 Free
100 Fly
3 meter diving
200 IM
400 Free Relay

After taking on Cal, Stanford will head to Federal Way, Wash. to compete in the Pac-10 Championships beginning on Wednesday, February 21 and lasting until Saturday, February 24.

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