STANFORD, California, January 11. THE Stanford men’s swimming and diving team dominated its dual meet against Pacific this afternoon, posting the fastest time in every event en route to a 145-101 victory. Stanford standout David Nolan posted two individual wins to lead the Cardinal to a perfect 3-0 dual meet record this season.
Stanford Press Release
Stanford posted the top time in each of Saturday’s events during a men’s swimming dual meet between the Cardinal and Pacific at Avery Aquatic Center. The efforts earned Stanford (3-0) its third victory on the season by a 145-101 margin to kickoff the New Year.
“For this meet, we had everybody with times or places or strategies they were working on,” Goldman Family Director of Men’s Swimming Ted Knapp said. “That was our approach, and we had a lot of success in doing so.
“If you look back at those who swam in the same events last season, we were almost 100 percent better in those events today. Those situations were positive for us. When you consider our workload, it’s almost acceptable to be off, but it’s very exciting to be ahead. That’s what we’ll take away from today’s meet.”
David Nolan had a hand in Stanford’s 200 medley relay (1:30.29) victory and went on to win the 200 free (1:37.00) and 50 free (20.69).
“I was really impressed with David’s first three events,” Knapp said. “He had a really tough triple in the first half of the meet.”
Justin Buck’s 9:23.13 in the 1,000 free was far and beyond that of second-place Kale Ai (9:52.34), who matched Pacific’s highest finish on the day.
Ryan Arata needed 50.65 to finish the 100 back ahead of the pack and Daniel Le (56.31) was the first of four Cardinal to touch in order during the 100 breast.
A 1:47.02 did the trick for Tom Kremer to take the 200 fly. Thomas Stephens won the 100 free in 44.91 and Will Gunderson (1:47.76) did so in the 200 back.
“There are a handful of guys who are an exciting amount better this year than last year,” Knapp said.
Coming in strong in the second half of the meet was Max Williamson, who posted the fastest times in the 200 breast (1:59.98) and 200 IM (1:48.96).
Stanford remains at home while facing Arizona (Jan. 24) and Arizona State (Jan. 25) in a Pac-12 Conference doubleheader.
Pacific Press Release
Swimming on the road at Stanford, the Tiger men’s swimming team suffered a 145-101 loss to the Cardinal on Saturday, Jan. 11 in their first dual meet of the new year. The meet was the first for the men after finishing the Arena Invite on Nov. 25.
For Pacific, the opening meet of the second half of the season was a chacne to get back in the pool in preparation for the fast approaching MPSF Championships in February. Tapering towards the championships, the Tigers picked up strong efforts from top to bottom out of their lineup. The best showing for the Tigers came early in the meet from freshman Kale Ai who finished second in the 1000 Free with a time of 9:52.34. Two events later, senior Oliver Simkovic finished second in the 100 Back after touching the wall at 52.69. Senior Dai Wilson’s 50.06 time in the 100 Fly was just off the top time as he was outtouched by just under one second.
Pacific is back in the pool at home on Saturday, Jan. 18 when the women take on UC Davis. The two teams meet at 10:00 am at Kjeldsen Pool.