The eighth-ranked Stanford men's swimming and diving team dropped its regular-season finale Saturday, losing, 130-113, to visiting No. 2 California.
"At the end of the day, we competed and challenged Cal very well," Cardinal Director of Men's Swimming Ted Knapp said. "For us to compete as we did and put ourselves in a position to win was a big positive."
"I was really excited about how we performed top to bottom, and going one-two-three-four against Cal is always satisfying," said diving coach Patrick Jeffrey. "At this point in the season, it's nice to see all of our guys doing so well. They are ready for the postseason."
Bradley Christiansen (363.15) won the 1-meter, with Tarek Abdelghany (343.50), Connor Kuremsky (332.25) and Ted Miclau (321.30) finishing second, third and fourth, respectively.
Christiansen (440.63) also won the 3-meter with Kuremsky (385.13), Abdelghany, and Miclau (375.53) rounding out the top four.
Gray Umbach (1:44.20) set an Avery Aquatic Center record, winning the 200-yard butterfly in a dramatic finish and Sam Perry (20.09) won the 50-yard freestyle. Abrahm DeVine (1:46.98) was the runner-up in the 200-yard individual medley.
Stanford began the meet with third and fourth-place finishes in the 200-yard medley relay. The team of Ryan Dudzinski, Christian Brown, Gray Umbach and Jeff Garnier (1:29.02) took third, with Jack Walsh, Daniel Le, Ryan Arata and Wesley Olmsted (1:30.00) finishing fourth.
Liam Egan (9:11.21) and Danny Thomson (9:13.88) took second and third place, respectively, in the 1000-yard freestyle.
Sean Duggan (1:37.93) finished third in the 200-yard freestyle, followed by Cole Cogswell (1:39.72) in fifth.
Perry (44.14) finished third in the 100-yard freestyle with Spencer DeShon (44.90) in fourth place.
DeVine (1:45.89) was runner-up in the 200-yard backstroke, while Walsh (1:47.55) finished third.
Egan (4:27.29) and Thomson (4:29.07) finished second and fourth, respectively, in the 500-yard freestyle.
Maxwell Williamson (1:59.87) took third place in the 200-yard breaststroke with Le (2:01.74) in fourth.
Stanford's relay team of Perry, DeShon, Umbach and Garnier (1:20.43) won the final event of the day, the 200-yard freestyle relay.
The Cardinal returns to action Mar. 2-5 at the Pac-12 swimming and diving championships in Federal Way, WA.
No. 22 Stanford's rally fell short in a hard-fought, 4-3, loss to visiting No. 18 California on Saturday at Taube Family Tennis Stadium in a nonconference match.
The event lasted nearly four hours and Stanford (5-4) nearly erased a 3-0 deficit after grinding out three singles wins. That shifted the focus to court six, where Mads Engsted provided the clincher with a 7-6 (1), 3-6, 7-5 victory over Michael Genender.
The Cardinal, which is looking for its first win since Feb. 2, suffered its third loss of the season by a 4-3 margin, including losing in third-set tie-breakers.
California captured the doubles point, with Engsted and J.T. Nishimura edging Yale Goldberg and Sameer Kumar 7-6 (8) at the No. 3 spot after a split of the top two matches ended in 7-5 scores.
Filip Bergevi extended the Golden Bears' lead to 2-0, notching a 6-4, 6-2 win over Sameer Kumar at the No. 4 position.
Billy Griffith then made it 3-0 following a 7-5, 6-4 win over Nolan Paige at the No. 3 spot.
The Cardinal's comeback began with a 6-4, 6-4 triumph from David Wilczynski over Florian Lakat on court two. It was Wilczynski's second win over Lakat this season, having also registered a 6-2, 6-4 victory in the quarterfinals of the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships on Oct. 25.
Stanford closed to 3-2 when Maciek Romanowicz rebounded from an early hole, defeating Oskar Wikberg 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 on court five.
In a battle of top-5 players at the No. 1 spot, third-ranked Tom Fawcett powered past fourth-ranked Andre Goransson 6-1, 6-7 (6), 6-4. Fawcett, who is unbeaten in eight duals, improved his career record to 7-1 in three-set matches.
Tied at 3-3, everyone focused their attention to court six. Genender won the first two games of the third set before Engsted answered with five in a row. The momentum shifted back to Genender, who knotted it up at 5-5, before Engsted closed it out.
Stanford returns to action on Friday, hosting USC at 3 p.m. in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.
Stanford split a pair of games Saturday at the Nike Invitational, defeating Saint Mary's, 5-3, and falling to Long Beach State, 3-1.
The Cardinal (4-4) accumulated five doubles and five players generated nine hits to earn the victory over the Gaels (2-5).
Kayla Bonstrom and Kylie Sorenson led the Cardinal offensively, both going 2-for-4 and combining for three doubles. Arden Pettit also had a strong showing at the plate, going 3-for-3 with three singles and a run. Bessie Noll went 1-for-2 with two walks, a double and two runs.
"They played sharp and brought the bats today," said Stanford coach Rachel Hanson.
Haley Snyder (3-1) pitched a complete game, allowing three runs on 11 hits and three walks with three strikeouts.
The Cardinal jumped on the Gaels early with three of its first four batters of the game hitting doubles to score three runs and take an early 3-0 lead.
The Cardinal tacked on two runs in the bottom half of the fourth. Sorenson started the rally with a leadoff single and Stanford capitalized on a Saint Mary's error to score its second run of the frame.
"It's been fun watching Kylie take the role she's comfortable with, which is being a leader in energy on the field and offensive production," said Hanson. "It's fun to watch all of her hard work pay off."
Carolyn Lee (1-3) pitched well in the second game but suffered her third loss of the season despite holding the 49ers to one earned run on five hits and one walk with two strikeouts in seven innings. Lee has thrown complete games in three of her four appearances.
"Carolyn came out sharp and attacking," said Hanson. "She's pitching at a really high level and giving us a chance to win every game she's in. Her mentality is impressive for a freshman she recovers quickly and stays composed regardless of what's happening around her."
Noll provided the defensive highlight of the weekend so far, making a diving grab in the left-center field gap to rob a Long Beach State player of an extra-base hit.
The University of the Incarnate Word defeated visiting Stanford University, 94-93, on Friday and Saturday at the Ann Barshop Natatorium.
Stanford dominated the A and B figures on Friday, but the Cardinals came back with their performance on Saturday.
In the team free routine, Stanford won a tight contest with 86.8833 points. The Cardinals finished with 85.733 points.
The Cardinal (2-1) hosts the Stanford Invitational on Friday, March 4.