Meet of the Week Preview: Stanford at California Men

By Jason Marsteller

PHOENIX, Arizona, February 8. IN the final Meet of the Week, we will feature the Stanford/California men's dual meet held on Feb. 10 to close out the inaugural run of the Meet of the Week program.

We plan on changing up how we run the Meet of the Week program next season, but would welcome any suggestions as we develop a new game plan in the second year of the program next season. Please contact Jason Marsteller with any ideas on how to go about improving the series.

Here is a quick preview of the Stanford/California match-up:

Date and Time: Saturday, February 10, 2007 – 1 p.m.
Location: Berkeley, Calif.
Facility: Spieker Aquatics Center
CSCAA Rankings:
Stanford: 2
California: 4

Stanford's Last Time Out:
Fueled by double victories by Shaun Phillips (500 and 1650 free) and Dwight Dumais (1-meter and 3-meter diving), No.2 Stanford knocked off No. 6 USC, 141-95, in a Pac-10 dual meet at the Avery Aquatic Center. Phillips swam the 500 free in a time of 4:27.71 while chalking up a time of 15:10.15 in the 1650 free. Dumais captured the one-meter diving event with 336.82 points, and three-meter diving with 356.40 points. Thirteen events were contested, and Stanford captured 10 of them. Other individual Stanford winners included Ben Wildman-Tobriner in the 50 free (19.97), Jason Dunford in the 100 free (44.28), Andy Grant in the 200 free (1:37.57) and 200 back (1:47.28) and Hongzhe Sun in the 200 fly (1:46.51).

California's Last Time Out:
No. 4 California defeated No. 6 USC, 170-110, in Berkeley. The Bears got off to a fast start finishing in the top two spots in the 200 medley relay. The group of David Russell, Richard Hunter, Jernej Godec and William Copeland won the race with their time of 1:27.16. In the 1650 free, Daniel Lysaught finished second behind USC's Larsen Jensen (15:12.45) with his time of 15:17.19. Dominik Meichtry claimed his fourth straight 500 free title, by beating USC's Jensen (4:23.78) by 4.13 seconds. Meichtry's winning time was 4:19.47. Meichtry also won his fourth 200 free of the season with his time 1:36.11. David Russell claimed the 100 backstroke with his time of 47.71. In the 200 fly, the Bears swept the first two spots, when Patrick O'Neil (1:46.33) and Matt Scanlan (1:47.23) finished first and second, respectively. Jernej Godec claimed his second straight 50 free, with his time of 19.91. Godec also won the 100 fly in 47.52. William Copeland claimed the 100 free title with his time of 44.37. In the 200 back, Mark Eckert
won in 1:44.06.

Looking forward with California head coach Nort Thornton:
A Cal-Stanford match-up is always an exciting meet. Both teams always come prepared to compete at their best ability. With Cal and Stanford both in the top five of the country this week, this meet will provide close competitions in individual races and exciting finishes.

Top 2006-07 Times Comparison:
50 Free
STAN: 19.79, Ben Wildman-Tobriner
CAL: 19.85, Jernej Godec
100 Free
STAN: 43.86, Ben Wildman-Tobriner
CAL: 44.27, Nathan Adrian
200 Free
STAN: 1:34.84, Shaun Phillips
CAL: 1:34.76, Dominik Meichtry
500 Free
STAN: 4:16.31, Shaun Phillips
CAL: 4:18.72, Dominik Meichtry
1000 Free
STAN: 9:24.36, Shaun Phillips
CAL: 9:28.19, Dominik Meichtry
1650 Free
STAN: 14:51.77, Shaun Phillips
CAL: 15:17.19, Daniel Lysaught
100 Back
STAN: 47.29, Hongzhe Sun
CAL: 46.75, David Russell
200 Back
STAN: 1:41.98, Hongzhe Sun
CAL: 1:42.6, David Russell
100 Breast
STAN: 54.35, Nate Cass
CAL: 55.81, Richard Hunter
200 Breast
STAN: 1:55.63, Nate Cass
CAL: 2:03.74, Mark Eckert
100 Fly
STAN: 47.43, Jason Dunford
CAL: 47.52, Jernej Godec
200 Fly
STAN: 1:44.00, Hongzhe Sun
CAL: 1:46.33, Patrick O'Neil
200 IM
STAN: 1:46.19, Hongzhe Sun
CAL: 1:48.00, Mark Eckert
400 IM
STAN: 3:49.11, Hongzhe Sun
CAL: 3:51.55, Mark Eckert
200 Free Relay
STAN: 1:20.62
CAL: 1:18.88
400 Free Relay
STAN: 2:58.55
CAL: 2:54.17
800 Free Relay
STAN: 6:30.32
CAL: 6:31.37
200 Medley Relay
STAN: 1:28.88
CAL: 1:27.16
400 Medley Relay
STAN: 3:13.40
CAL: 3:06.87
1M Diving
STAN: 360.55, Dwight Dumais
CAL: 358.25, Sam Helvie
3M Diving
STAN: 368.80, Dwight Dumais
CAL: 381.15, Sam Helvie

* – denotes meter conversion

MOTW, Stanford at California Men Map