Freshmen lead Stanford to swimming victory

Stanford won 11 of 16 events to capture Saturday's dual meet with visiting Indiana,183-111, in men's swimming and diving action at Avery Aquatic Center.

Justin Buck/Stanford Athletics
After a non-traditional format in its first meet on the season against UC Santa Cruz, it was back to the traditional dual meet action against Indiana.

"The first meet was more about racing and competition," Stanford coach Ted Knapp said. "Indiana is a competitive team, and I know that everybody is in a different training cycle, but I am really proud of how our guys stood up and competed today."

The freshmen class had a stellar day with five first-place finishes among the 12 individual swimming events.

"What you are always looking for to start the year is great leadership from above, and having some enthusiasm and excitement from a freshmen class," said Knapp. "That is exactly what I saw today."

Freshman Justin Buck claimed a clean sweep in the distance events. He won the 1,650 free (15:17.37) and followed later with a first-place 4:29.44 in the 500 free. Danny Thomson took second in both races, going 15:34.76 in the 1,650 and 4:31.81 in the 500.

Connor Black posted three victories on the day, adding to his relay win with two individual victories. He captured the 50 free, posting the only time under 21:00 with his 20.31. Ethan Hallowell just missed the mark with his 21.01, good for second. Black went on to win the 100 free, this time topping Tom Kremer by over one second with a 48.22. Gray Umbach and Ben Lovell gave the Cardinal places 1-4 in the event.

Max Williamson added his name to the victory list with a win in the 200 breast. His time of 2:00.79 was over one second ahead of the field. He also swam the fastest time in the 400 IM.

Stanford put on a show in the 1-meter by claiming three of the top four spots. Kristian Ipsen scored 358.05 points to win the event while Connor Kuremsky (281.85) and Noah Garcia (281.40) were third and fourth, respectively.

The Cardinal had four of the top five in the 3-meter, but Indiana's Darian Schmidt (383.78) claimed the win. Ipsen was only seven points behind in second place with a 376.80. Kuremsky (358.43) and Garcia (355.88) also topped the 350-point total.

"I am very pleased with how we looked,"Cardinal diving coach Dr. Rick Schavone said. "I couldn't be more pleased with where we are right now, but we are miles away from where we have to be in March."

Also earning victories for Stanford were Thomas Stephens in the 200 free (1:38.26), David Nolan in the 100 back (48.32), Kremer in the 200 fly (1:48.69), Chris Pickard in the 100 free (45.31) and the 400 medley relay (3:17.02). Mason Shaw, Nolan, Umbach and Black turned the trick.

Stanford will have three weeks off before its next meet when it plays host to Wisconsin on Nov. 2.


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