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Stanford, Texas women match unbeaten swim records

 

The Stanford and Texas women will match unbeaten swim records on Thursday when the two perennial powers meet in a nonconference dual meet at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Complex.

The Cardinal (2-0) enters the meet (4 p.m.) with a pair of Pac-12 victories over Utah and Oregon State, respectively. Stanford won 11 of 12 events against the Beavers last Friday, including three individual first-place showings from freshman Simone Manuel, who starred as a prep in Texas.

Cardinal freshmen have combined for 15 individual wins during the first two meets.

Unranked Texas (3-0) will be racing its first dual of the 2014-15 slate, although the Longhorns faced Indiana, Michigan and Louisville in a two-day quad meet in Ann Arbor, Mich., last weekend. Texas handled all three opponents with Michigan providing the closest final result of 199-154.

The Cardinal is No. 13 in the first Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) poll. USC comes in at No. 1, Georgia is No. 2 and Florida rounds out the top three. Other Pac-12 teams in the poll include USC, No. 4 California and No. 10 Arizona.

Stanford has won 12 straight dual meets dating to Feb. 16, 2013. Head coach Greg Meehan is 19-2 in his Stanford tenure, which began during the 2012-13 season.

Then-No. 3 Stanford started the 2014 calendar year with a 154-146 win over No. 8 Texas Jan. 4. The meet came down to the last event when the Cardinal won the 400-yard freestyle relay to produce the eight-point edge.

Stanford held a 143-140 lead before the 400 free relay, meaning that the winning relay team would clinch the victory for its squad. Maddy Schaefer, Felicia Lee '14, Julia Anderson and Lia Neal put together a 3:18.98 and beat Texas' best group by almost 2.5 seconds.

Thursday's meet will be a "Pink Out", with both teams racing in pink caps to help raise awareness for breast cancer.

Fans are encouraged to ditch their cardinal or burnt orange in favor of pink attire. For every fan wearing pink, Meehan will donate $1 to charities and Texas head coach Carol Capitani has vowed to match the total. Half the sum will go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the other 50 percent will go to the Movember Foundation.

— Stanford Athletics/Palo Alto Online Sports

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