Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - April 25, 2014

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END OF AN ERA . . . Dr. Rick Schavone, one of the nation's premier diving instructors, announced his retirement last week after 36 seasons as Stanford's head coach. Dr. Schavone is the architect of a Cardinal diving program that he took to unprecedented heights during his time on The Farm. "I knew the time was coming. I'll be 65-years old in a month, so I decided the time is now," Schavone said. "I've been very lucky to spend 36 years at a great university coaching some amazing student-athletes. I want to thank all the Stanford divers for a wonderful rewarding journey. I hope that I've added something to their lives, for I can assure you they have to mine." Taking over a program that was once an afterthought when he first started in the 1970s, Schavone has molded Stanford into one of the top all-around diving programs in the nation. A four-time NCAA Diving Coach of the Year (1992, 1993, 2007, 2013), Schavone is also nine-time recipient of the Pac-12 Diving Coach of the Year award (1995 -- men, 1995 -- women, 1997 -- women, 1999 -- women, 2000 -- women, 2007 -- women, 2008 -- women, 2013 -- men, 2014 -- men). Dr. Schavone served on Team USA's Olympic coaching staff at the 2012 Olympics after two of his divers earned their first Olympic nods. Kristian Ipsen won the 3-meter synchro and Cassidy Krug won the individual 3-meter event at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Krug was seventh off the 3-meter springboard at the 2012 Olympics. Ispen went on to win the bronze medal in his respective event at the 2012 Olympics with partner Troy Dumais. Dr. Schavone has coached men and women divers to 18 team national championships (9 - NCAA men's, 8 - NCAA women's, 1- AIAW women's), 50 conference team championships, 40 individual Pac-12 titles and 92 All-America honors. Schavone has coached at least one All-American diver in 30 of the past 32 seasons.

A TITLE SHOT . . . The top-ranked Stanford women's water polo team won its 11th straight match and recorded its fifth straight perfect Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference season by beating visiting California, 9-6, in Saturday's Big Splash at Avery Aquatic Center. The win is also the 37th in a row for the Cardinal (20-1, 6-0 MPSF) over the Golden Bears (17-7, 2-4 MPSF), extending a streak that dates to 2000. Stanford, which clinched the regular-season title, earned the top seed at this weekend's MPSF Championship at USC. Stanford will open Saturday at 2:30 p.m., taking on the winner of Friday's quarterfinal between No. 4 California and No. 5 San Jose State. The championship match will be Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The NCAA Tournament also will be held at USC. Ashley Grossman and Anna Yelizarova each scored twice in the win, while Annika Dries supplied the goal that iced the game with 1:15 to play. The Neushul sisters, Jamie and Kiley, each scored a goal while Kelsey Suggs and Maggie Steffens netted one apiece.

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