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Undefeated, Looking For More

Feb 25, 2014

STANFORD, Calif. – The Stanford women’s swimming and diving team travels to Federal Way, Wash., in hopes of repeating as Pac-12 champion Feb. 26-March 1. The No. 1-ranked Cardinal, which has won three of the last four Pac-12 titles, will be looking for its 20th overall conference championship.

Stanford (10-0, 7-0 Pac-12)
• The Cardinal remained undefeated by knocking off previously No. 1 Cal at Avery Aquatic Center Feb. 15. Stanford won 167-133 in the meet televised on Pac-12 Networks, but immediately began focusing on its championship meets afterwards. Head coach Greg Meehan said, “It wasn’t pretty, in a lot of senses. I think both teams are struggling through some fatigue and are still working hard as we gear up towards the end of the season. But regardless it was great racing.”
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• The Cardinal has seen, and defeated, every other Pac-12 women’s swimming and diving team in 2013-14 except Utah.

• Felicia Lee and Maya DiRado each lead the team in three events, the most of any Cardinal. Lee logged Stanford’s best in the 100 back (51.46), 200 back (1:53.36) and 100 fly (52.46), while DiRado owns the top times in the 200 fly (1:54.47), 200 IM (1:53.50) and 400 IM (4:00.88). 
Related: Stanford’s Top Times Report 

•  Lee was unstoppable in January, winning all 14 events she entered in the month. She was named the Pac-12 Swimmer of the Month for her efforts and continued her run by winning four more times against USC on the first day of February. 
Related: January’s Best

•  Stephanie Phipps, the defending three-meter conference champion, looks to lead Stanford on the boards this week. She is a two-time All-American in the three-meter and also finished in sixth place in the one-meter at last year’s Pac-12 meet.

The Field
CSCAA Rankings
1. Stanford
2. USC – The Trojans feature Pac-12 champions Kasey Carlson (100 breast), Kendyl Stewart (100 fly) and Haley Ishimatsu (platform).
5. Cal – The Bears are led by Olympian Missy Franklin, who has won multiple individual events in all but two meets this season.
11. Arizona – Margo Geer, the 2013 NCAA champion in the 50 and 100 free, leads a strong Wildcat squad.
16. UCLA – Ting Quah (freestyle) and Lauren Baker (long-distance free) anchor the Bruin squad in the pool, while senior Paulina Guzman looks to lead a primarily young diving squad.
RV. Utah – The Utes’ expect big things from Traycie Swartz and Sami Zuch, who combine to own four school records.
Arizona State – Tristin Baxter is a threat in the distance and fly events.
Oregon State – Sammy Harrison recorded at least one first-place finish and multiple top-three finishes in all of her 10 meets this season.
Washington State – Key swimmers for the Cougars include seniorEmma Johansson, a standout butterfly swimmer, and junior Nicole Proulx, a freestyle specialist.

The women’s swimming and diving teams of the Pac-12 will be joined by the conference’s men’s divers this weekend.

On The Tube
A tape-delayed telecast of the Pac-12 meet will air on Pac-12 Networks on Monday, March 3 at 9 p.m. PT. 

Nation’s Best
The Cardinal has a pair of times that rank first in the nation. Maddy Schaefer’s 21.78 in the 50 free is tied with Arizona’s Margo Geer. Maya DiRado’s blazing 1:53.50 in the 200 IM is 0.58 faster than the No. 2 time in the country and better than her third-place NCAA performance from a year ago. DiRado is also second nationally in the 400 IM with a time of 4:00.55. Stanford also has the nation's best time in all three freestyle relays and the second-best effort in the 200-yard medley relay.
Related: USA Swimming Top Times Search

Top Ten
Here’s a look at Stanford swimmers that rank in the top 10 in the nation…  
50 free – Maddy Schaefer (t-1st, 21.78);
100 free – Lia Neal (4th, 47.48); Maddy Schaefer (6th, 47.75)
200 free – Lia Neal (3rd, 1:43.86)
100 back – Felicia Lee (5th, 51.46); Maya DiRado (8th, 51.90)
200 back – Felicia Lee (9th, 1:53.36)
100 fly – Felicia Lee (10th, 52.46)
200 fly – Maya DiRado (6th, 1:54.47)
200 IM – Maya DiRado (1st, 1:53.50); Felicia Lee (9th, 1:56.17)
400 IM – Maya DiRado (2nd, 4:00.88)

2013 Pac-12 Conference Championships Breakdown
Pac-12 Title
800 Free Relay (6:57.12)
400 Individual Medley (4:00.58) - Maya DiRado
Three-meter Diving (345.20) - Stephanie Phipps

Pac-12 Runner-up
50 Free (22.12) - Maddy Schaefer
100 Free (47.85) - Maddy Schaefer
200 Free (1:44.72) - Andi Murez
200 Back (1:51.65) - Maya DiRado

School Record
800 Free Relay (6:57.12) - Maya DiRado, Andi Murez
200 Medley Relay (1:36.54) - Andi Murez
100 Back (51.63) - Felicia Lee

NCAA A-cut
200 Free Relay (1:28.86) - Andi Murez
400 Free Relay (3:12.63) - Maya DiRado, Andi Murez
800 Free Relay (6:57.12) - Maya DiRado, Andi Murez
200 Medley Relay (1:36.54) - Andi Murez
400 Medley Relay (3:32.36) - Maya DiRado, Felicia Lee, Maddy Schaefer
100 Free (47.85) - Maddy Schaefer
100 Free (47.86) - Andi Murez
100 Back (51.63) - Felicia Lee
200 Back (1:51.65) - Maya DiRado
200 Individual Medley (1:55.44) - Maya DiRado
400 Individual Medley (4:00.58) - Maya DiRado

Join the Conversation
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Up Next
Stanford stays in Federal Way, Wash., for the Pac-12 Invitational March 2. The divers head to the NCAA Zone diving meet March 13-15 in Colorado Springs, Colo., before the Cardinal come together for the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Minneapolis, Minn., March 20-22.