Stanford swim teams are back in action


The Stanford men's and women's swim teams for the second straight week will have similar schedules this week, hosting separate meets against Utah on Thursday at 1 and 3 p.m., before combining to host their alumni at 9 a.m on Saturday as a part of homecoming.

Both diving teams will compete at 1 p.m. Thursday.

The Stanford women (1-0) are coming off 17 wins (in 23 events) at the Haines Invitational last weekend, while the men (3-0) defeated Hawaii and also won 11 of 13 events at Saturday's Pacific Invitational.

The Stanford divers also competed last week with potential Olympian Kristian Ipsen making his collegiate debut by winning the one- and three-meter events and returning All-American Stephanie Phipps also winning both disciplines and remaining undefeated on the young season. Ipsen has one more meet prior to flying to the Pan American Games on Saturday.

This will be the first dual meet for Utah, one of the newest members of the Pac-12 Conference. The Utah men were 3-8 last year in dual competition for coach Greg Winslow, finishing fifth in the Mountain West Conference. The Utah women were 5-3 and were also fifth in the MWC.

The Stanford men, meanwhile, have a swimmer ranked in the top-five nationally in 10 events, and the nation's leading time in four of them. Senior Geoff Cheah enters the weekend with the nation's fastest 100 free (44.36) and ninth-fastest 100 back (50.17) time, while freshmen David Nolan has the nation's best 200 back (1:46.57), third-fastest 200 free (1:38.40) and fourth fastest 100 back (49.17).

The backstroke has been the dominant event for the Cardinal early on this season with Jonathan Edwards (49.13) and his third-best time leading four Cardinal in the top-10 and the nation's top four 200 back times all belonging to Cardinal swimmers led by Nolan's mark of 1:46.57.

Also leading the nation is fellow freshman Erich Peske whose time of 48.24 in the 100 fly is nearly a half second better than Cal senior Mathias Gydesen (48.70). Edwards and Nolan also have top-five times in the 200 IM. In the 400 IM, Matt Thompson (3:57.39) is one of eight swimmers nationally under four minutes, ranking fourth. Senior Bobby Bollier has the nation's second-fastest 200 fly time (1:48.23), with Peske two spots back at 1:49.00. Distance swimmer Chad La Tourette leads the nation in the 1000 free (9:07.77).

With less short course competition (two sessions of last week's Haines Invitational were in the long course pool), the Stanford women have top-15 times in the 50 and 100 freestyle sprints, 500 and 200 free, 200 IM and 200 fly. Junior Andi Murez has two top-20 free times, ranking No. 3 in the 200 free (1:48.49) and 19th in the 50 free (23.62). Sam Woodward has the nation's fourth-fastest 50 free time (22.99) with Betsy Webb checking in at No. 7 (23.20). Freshman Maddy Schaefer checks in at No. 14 nationally in the 100 free (51.26).

In the 200 IM, Andie Taylor's time of 2:04.08 ranks No. 9, while her time of 2:02.02 in the 200 fly is No. 7. Felicia Lee ranks No. 12 in the 500 free.

For diving, Phipps scored a season-best of 277.00 in the one-meter and 283.70 in the three-meter as freshman Sloane Brazina has a best of 220.95 in the one-meter and Kylie Rosenstock scored a 246.90 last week in the three-meter.

On the men's side Ipsen had a 364.28 in the one-meter and 354.15 in the three-meter with the quartet of freshman Connor Kuremsky, sophomores Dhurv Tyagi and Noah Garcia and senior Taylor Sishc all building a solid core. Kuremsky had the second-best score for the Cardinal with a 310.88 in the one-meter and 336.30 in the three-meter.

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