PHOENIX, Arizona, October 4. AS I mentioned on yesterday’s show the California Golden Bears men’s team and the Stanford women’s team had some dual meet action on a Thursday afternoon, and both teams handily defeated their rivals. Yesterday’s meet against Pacific was the first official meet for Cal, and it was another chance for Tyler Messerschmidt to shine. After posting a 44.52 at the King of the Pool competition about two weeks ago, Messerschmidt showed some consistency with a 44.55 yesterday and a 20.16 in the 50 free. Ryan Murphy focused on freestyle at this meet, and was second in the 100 free with a 45.39 and third in the 200 free with a 1:41.59.
Stanford’s women’s swim team continues to look impressive after two dual meets so far this season. The Cardinal raced Washington State for the first time under a new Pac 12 conference rule requiring all teams to race each other before the conference meet. While it gave Washington State some top-flight competition, it also showed the depth of Stanford’s squad. Felicia Lee won two events, the 50 free and 200 free, showing some range after winning the 500 free last week against San Jose State. Maddy Schaeffer, who still holds the independent national high school record in the 50 free, won the 100 back and 100 free yesterday.
Washington State is staying in the Bay Area for a dual meet against the Cal women’s team today. This will mark the first home dual meet for the Golden Bears, which the school is hyping as Missy Franklin’s first home dual meet. With Washington State not likely to be an intense rival today, Franklin might not swim her typical events for the home crowd, and some of the other stars on the team might swim off-events as well, something that happens regularly in the early part of the season.
The Stanford men are hosting UC-Santa Cruz today with a very different meet format. Instead of swimming the typical meet where everyone knows what they are swimming well before the meet starts, each heat’s race will be determined by spinning a wheel, and the event it lands on will be swum. The distances are just 50 and 100 yards … unless the wheel stops on the Daily Double, which means the race distance will be doubled.
Georgia is hosting a two-day meet against Wisconsin starting today. Wisconsin’s men’s team is on the rise, led by NCAA champion Drew teDuits. And a little bit of background information for you: Wisconsin head coach Whitney Hite got his start in college coaching at the University of Georgia, so it’ll be a bit of a homecoming for him this weekend.
There are lots more college matchups happening this weekend, and we’ll bring the results to you on swimmingworld.com.
Grand Canyon University announced that it’s adding diving to the program as the school makes the transition to Division I. Tracey Berghian will be the head diving coach for the Lopes after one season leading the University of New Mexico’s diving team. Grand Canyon doesn’t have a facility for a diving program just yet, but the new divers won’t start until next fall, which gives the school plenty of time to find a suitable place.
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