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Cardinal Opens Thursday

Sep 25, 2013

STANFORD, Calif. – The Stanford women’s swimming and diving team opens the 2013-14 season Thursday by hosting San Jose State in a dual meet. The meet will begin at 2 p.m. at the Avery Aquatics Center.

The Cardinal
 Stanford returns 24 team members for the 2013-14 season.

 The Cardinal extended its streak of top-10 finishes at the NCAA championships to 33 dating back to 1981 with an eighth-place showing in 2012-13.

 Thursday marks the opening to the 39th season in Stanford women’s swimming and diving history.

 The meet will begin the second season for head coach Greg Meehan.
Related: Turning the Page on 2012-13

 The Stanford recruiting class is ranked No. 4 in the country according to SwimSwam.

Felicia Lee on the Morning Swim Show

The Spartans (Team Page | Roster)

 San Jose State is coming off its second straight Western Athletic Conference championship, the first two titles in school history.

 Then-junior Ashlyn Acosta led the Spartans on the final day of last year’s WAC championship with a school-record time of 1:59.03 to finish second in the 200-meter butterfly final.

 The Spartans won the WAC championship without a first-place finish in any of the last 13 events covering the final two days.

Last Year’s Meeting
 Stanford won each of the first five races to open a commanding lead and cruise to a 162.5-135.5 win over visiting San Jose State to open the 2012-13 campaign.
Related: Stanford Silences San Jose State in Season Opener

 Last year’s season-opening victory was the first of Greg Meehan’s Stanford career.

Coach Meehan on 2013-14
“We already laid some of the groundwork, but this next season is really kind of a key. I don’t think it has anything to do with the finish that we are going to have at the NCAA Championships because I’m not sure that we’re in a much different spot next year with what we’ve gained and what we’ve lost. I think we’re going to be better. But in order to compete for a national championship down the road, this next year is going to be a reflection of that. When we are really successful down the road, I want this next senior class to look back and have a sense of pride in that we were a huge part of this, and that’s really what we are looking at for this season.”
Related: Turning the Page on 2012-13

Summer Success
 Stanford was the top women’s college team at the U.S. Open in Irvine, Calif., collecting 228 points during the long-course meters event. Felicia Lee, who won the 100 fly (58.94), Lia Neal, Maddy Schaefer, Katie Olsen, Andie Taylor and Sarah Haase all enjoyed top-10 finishes.
Related: Stanford Strong at U.S. Open

 Maya DiRado fell just shy of a bronze medal in the 400 individual medley at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, finishing fourth in 4:32.70.
Related: Worlds Wrap Up

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Up Next
Stanford will return to the Avery Aquatics Center next Thursday at 3 p.m. for a dual meet against Washington State. The annual alumni meet is scheduled for Oct. 18.