STANFORD, California, February 22. THE final major dual meet of the 2013-2014 season had an anticlimactic feel to it, as the California Golden Bears men’s swimming and diving team trounced Bay Area rival Stanford in their annual dual meet matchup. Cal defeated Stanford 169-74 on the strength of many 1-2-3 finishes, particularly in the distance freestyles, and wins in every swimming event.
The Bears started off with a 1-2 finish in the medley relay, with Ryan Murphy (21.86), Chuck Katis (24.40), Tony Cox (21.04) and Seth Stubblefield (19.47) combining for a 1:26.77. Cal’s B team was second with a 1:28.65 to beat the Stanford foursome of David Nolan, Daniel Le, Connor Black and Thomas Stephens, who posted a 1:28.84.
Cal went 1-2 again in the 1000 free, as Jeremy Bagshaw posted a 9:04.20, well off his top time of 8:57.41 from last month. Adam Hinshaw placed second with a 9:11.96, ahead of the 9:17.53 posted by Stanford’s Jimmy Yoder.
In the 200 freestyle, the Bears dominated with a 1-2-3 finish by Will Hamilton (1:36.69), Trent Williams (1:37.60) and Long Gutierrez (1:37.81). Stanford’s Tom Kremer could not break through into the top three, placing fourth with a 1:37.83.
Tyler Messerschmidt posted a 20.14 to lead another 1-2-3 finish for Cal in the 50 free. Murphy was second with a 20.34 while Nick Dillinger posted a third-place time of 20.38.
Josh Prenot took the 200 IM for another Cal win in 1:47.32, holding off Stanford’s Max Williamson and his 1:48.47 for second place. Jacob Pebley and Chuck Katis were also under 1:50, with Pebley posting a 1:49.39 for third and Katis swimming a 1:49.79 for fourth place.
Connor Black tried to give Stanford its first win in the swimming competition, taking the 100 fly out in 22.36 to Marcin Tarczynski’s 22.70. But Tarczynski got the victory with a 47.32 to Black’s 47.76. Stanford’s Gray Umbach was third with a 47.82.
Messerschmidt was the first double winner today, taking the 100 free with a 43.39, his only swim under 44 seconds this season that was not done at the USA Swimming nationals in December. Stubblefield was right behind him with a 44.24 to keep Kremer at bay, with his 44.73 taking third.
David Nolan was able to break up the powerful Cal backstroke duo of Murphy and Pebley in the 100 backstroke, finishing second with a 47.78 to Murphy’s 47.08. Pebley was third with a 48.05.
Another Cal 1-2-3 finish took place in the 500 free, led by Bagshaw’s 4:20.85. Gutierrez was second with a 4:30.40 while Hinshaw was third with a 4:30.96. Cal’s Janardan Burns was fourth with a 4:31.94 but each school is only allowed three swimmers to score per individual event. Stanford’s top swimmer in the event was Justin Buck, who was fifth overall with a 4:32.09.
In the final individual swimming event, the 100 breast, Katis and Prenot went 1-2 with times of 54.26 and 54.65, respectively. Le took third with a 54.84. Cal wrapped up the meet with another 1-2 relay finish, taking the 200 free relay in 1:19.52 with Messerschmidt (20.02), Shayne Fleming (19.66), Fabio Gimondi (20.35) and Stubblefield (19.45) taking the win. Cal’s B relay posted a 1:20.69 for second and featured two sub-20 second swims from Nick Dillinger on the second leg with a 19.81 and a 19.94 from Tarczynski on the third leg. That helped beat Stanford’s third-place time of 1:20.73, as none of their swimmers were able to post times under 20 seconds. Nolan, however, did swim a 20.02 leading off the Cardinal relay.
Kristian Ipsen and his fellow divers were the bright spot today for Stanford, handily winning both diving events. Ipsen, an Olympic medalist in the synchro 3-meter diving, posted a score of 440.48 to win 1-meter today by nearly 100 points and lead a Stanford 1-2-3 finish. He finished up the day with 463.05 points in the 3-meter event, another Stanford 1-2-3 finish.