Stanford Swimming & Diving Cleared to Compete Outside of Santa Clara County

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Stanford Swimming & Diving Cleared to Compete Outside of Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County in California lifted its regional stay at home order on Tuesday, allowing Stanford University teams to resume training and competition

“On behalf of Stanford Athletics, I again want to express my gratitude to our Santa Clara County officials for the thoughtful decision-making process they have undertaken to protect our community throughout the coronavirus pandemic,” said Bernard Muir, Stanford’s Director of Athletics in a press release. “We are thrilled that our student-athletes will now be able to train and compete on campus, and we will continue to follow rigorous health and safety standards as our teams embark on their upcoming seasons.”

Stanford’s swimming and diving teams have returned to campus but have not had any meets outside of a dual meet with crosstown rival Cal Berkeley in November. The Cardinal are the three-time defending national champions on the women’s side, although have lost a lot of key pieces due to the pandemic including Taylor RuckLucie and Lillie NordmannRegan Smith as well as Andrei Minakov on the men’s side.

The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams have returned to campus and have begun modified outdoor training activities under the County’s previous guidelines, according to a press release from Stanford Athletics. Neither men’s or women’s teams have announced a schedule for the month of February.

The Pac-12 has been the last power five conference to get a swimming and diving season off the ground, with Stanford and Cal not allowed to compete outside of their county. Arizona State has already redshirted its entire team, and USC and UCLA just returned to competition this past weekend.

Stanford made the announcement earlier this month that freshmen and sophomores would not be invited back to campus in the winter quarter due to the growing number of COVID-19 cases and lengthening public health restrictions that “are expected to significantly limit the in-person student experience on campus for much of the winter quarter.” However, the underclassmen on athletic teams were permitted to stay in their residences on campus.

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