Palo Alto grad Alex Liang was part of Stanford's winning 400 yard medley relay team on the opening night of the Pac-12 Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in Federal Way, Washington on Wednesday.
Benjamin Ho, Hank Poppe and Mason Gonzalez joined Liang and the team was clocked at 3:06.81, initially resulting in a third-place finish. However, first-place California and runner-up Arizona State were both disqualified for false starts, elevating Stanford to the victory.
Meanwhile, Stanford's team of William Macmillan, Jack LeVant, James Murphy and Grant Shoults placed fourth in the 800-yard freestyle relay with a time of 6:15.79.
Thank to last week's impressive diving performances, which included Conor Casey being named Pac-12 Diver of the Meet after becoming the first Cardinal diver to win both the 1-meter and 3-meter titles in the same season since Kristian Ipsen in 2015, Stanford checks in with 163 points. USC (167) leads the field.
Arizona (159), Utah (134), Arizona State (81) and California (68) round out the field.
Stanford is seeking its first Pac-12 crown since 2017, when the Cardinal repeated thanks to a podium sweep of the 1,650-yard freestyle and a balanced team effort. Stanford won 31 consecutive conference championships from 1982-2012.
Thursday's competition continues with finals in the 50 freestyle, 500 freestyle, 200 individual medley and 200 freestyle relay.
Freshman Neel Rajesh earned a win at No. 5 singles to clinch a 4-3 comeback win for No. 13 Stanford over No. 5 Ohio State on Wednesday at Taube Family Tennis Center.
Stanford (8-5) fell behind 3-1 and then rallied to beat the Buckeyes (13-3), who lost their third straight. The Cardinal ended a four-match slide.
Ohio State won the doubles point and No. 29 Kyler Seelig defeated No. 69 Sangeet Sridhar in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2, to take a 2-0 lead over the Cardinal.
Junior Axel Geller, ranked No. 37, knocked off No. 13 John McNally at No. 1 singles, 7-5, 6-1, to get the Cardinal on the scoreboard. Stanford's Alexandre Rotsaert fell to No. 14 Cannon Kingsley, 7-5, 6-4, at No. 3.
Freshman Filip Kolasinski sparked the Cardinal comeback with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Robert Cash at No. 6 singles. Junior Timothy Sah earned a 7-6 (5) win in the first set to keep the Cardinal hopes alive, and went on to defeat Justin Boulais in straight sets.
Rajesh sealed the win, topping No. 78 James Trotter in the decisive third set, 6-3.
Stanford will be in action this weekend at the Pacific Coast Doubles in La Jolla.