The seventh-ranked Stanford men's swimming team returned to the pool for the first time since winning the Art Adamson Invitational in College Station, Texas in late November, beating visiting Pacific, 171-83, in a nonconference meet Saturday.
The Cardinal (3-0) travels to the desert for a Pac-12 Conference double-dip at Arizona on Jan. 23 and Arizona State on Jan. 24.
Paly grad Andrew Liang won the 100 back in Stanford's dual meet win over Pacific on Saturday. Photo by Casey Valentine/stanfordphoto.com
Gray Umbach went 1:39.08 to be the first of seven Cardinal swimmers to touch in order in the 200 freestyle. Palo Alto grad Andrew Liang won the 100 backstroke in 50.33 and David Nolan took the 100 breaststroke with a 55.28.
Sacred Heart Prep grad Tom Kremer continued the winning ways in the 200 butterfly (1:48.22) and the 100 freestyle (45.00).
Other winners included Thomas Stephens in the 50 freestyle (20.76), Curtis Ogren in the 200 backstroke (1:50.26), and Daniel Le in the 200 breaststroke (2:04.83).
No. 10 Stanford was swept, 25-22, 25-13, 25-18, by second-ranked Loyola Chicago on Saturday in the final match of the first AVCA Men's Volleyball Showcase in Maples Pavilion.
"This is a long season. You can't win a national championship in January," Stanford coach John Kosty said. "We have a long way to go. Our pin hitters are going to continually get better and they are going to understand what they need to do in situations. Loyola and Lewis put us in some tough situations and I thought it was great, we are going to learn from it."
Junior middle blocker Conrad Kaminski led Stanford with 5 kills on a .300 attack percentage. Fifth-year senior Daniel Tublin also tallied five kills to go with four digs. Juniors Madison Hayden and Alex Stephanus added four kills apiece.
Redshirt sophomore Gabriel Vega had three kills on .333 hitting, sparking a Cardinal run to open the third set.
"Gabriel is a solid player that we are really high on," said Kosty. "We like both of our opposites. What Vega gives us is that explosive ability that we love to get on the court. Alex has been steady all fall and that is exactly what we got from him this weekend, good and steady. Vega gives us that instant burst and that emotion that helped us during the first part of that third set."
The Cardinal (1-2) opens Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play at Cal Baptist on Friday and will then face No. 7 USC in Los Angeles on Monday, to b aired on the Pac-12 Networks.
Isaiah Locsin, Garrett Schaner, Jim Wilson and Josh Marchok each won individual bouts but Stanford fell, 19-12, at No. 20 Oregon State, on Saturday in a Pac-12 Conference match.
The Cardinal (1-1 in the Pac-12, 3-2 overall) hosts nonconference dual meets against Menlo College at 2 p.m. and Brown at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
Stanford led 9-6 after five bouts, getting wins at 141, 149 and 165 pounds. After redshirt freshman Connor Schram dropped his first match of the year at 133 pounds in sudden death, Locsin tied the team score with a 12-5 decision over Jarid Reis at 141.
Schaner gave the Cardinal a 6-3 edge with an 11-8 decision over Abraham Rodriguez at 149 pounds.
The Beavers tied the score as Alex Elder posted an 11-4 decision over Cardinal redshirt sophomore Maxwell Hvolbek at 157 pounds. Wilson, ranked 14th nationally at 165 pounds, put the Cardinal back on top with a 4-2 decision over Seth Thomas.
Oregon State went on to win four of the final five bouts to seal the victory. The lone bright spot for the Cardinal came from Marchok, who secured a takedown and two near fall points for a 5-1 victory in overtime against Nate Keeve. Marchok moves to 13-6 on the year.