Final dual meet of the season for both teams, and arguably the most important one in terms of the obvious rivalry & much pride at stake on either side. Neither team will be taking this meet lightly, though as usual Teri will likely be focused on the longer term goal, i.e. NCAA Div 1 Championships. We could very well lose to Meehan's very strong & talented Cardinal team who's been on a roll lately, led by the likes of DiRado, Neal, Schaefer & Lee, but at the same time still carry good momentum forward to PAC-12s and more importantly NCAAs - as long as the margin isn't a blowout like it was against USC. Should be a cracker of a matchup regardless.
No official blurb on the Cal site yet (as of 9:45 pm Tuesday), but you can tell how important this meet is to LSJU by the early publication of their article on the upcoming meet and its wording:
Saturday Morning Showdown
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics
STANFORD, Calif. – When Stanford and California meet in any sport it promises to be a heated matchup, but when both teams are ranked in the top five and there are Olympians on each side, the stakes are raised even higher. Thus will be the setting as Stanford women’s swimming and diving seniors will have the opportunity for a memorable final meet at Avery Aquatic Center Saturday morning.
Diving begins at 8:45 a.m., swimming will start shortly after and the Pac-12 Networks broadcast commences at 10 a.m. A ceremony honoring the seniors is scheduled for approximately 9:40 a.m.
Numbers prove that Saturday will be one of the most talent-filled duals in women’s swimming this season. Here’s a look at swimmers with top ten times in the country in 2013-14:
50 free – Maddy Schaefer (t-1st, 21.78); Missy Franklin (6th, 22.16)
100 free – Missy Franklin (3rd, 47.42); Lia Neal (4th, 47.48); Maddy Schaefer (6th, 47.75)
200 free – Missy Franklin (1st, 1:41.40); Lia Neal (3rd, 1:43.86); Elizabeth Pelton (10th, 1:44.71)
500 free – Missy Franklin (1st, 4:34.63)
100 back – Elizabeth Pelton (2nd, 51.27); Cindy Tran (3rd, 51.34); Felicia Lee (5th, 51.46); Missy Franklin (6th, 51.59), Rachel Bootsma (7th, 51.86), Maya DiRado (8th, 51.90)
200 back – Elizabeth Pelton (1st, 1:49.59), Missy Franklin (5th, 1:51.54), Melanie Klaren (7th, 1:52.84); Felicia Lee (9th, 1:53.36)
100 fly – Felicia Lee (10th, 52.46)
200 fly – Maya DiRado (6th, 1:54.47); Rachel Bootsma (t-8th, 1:55.44)
200 IM – Maya DiRado (1st, 1:53.50); Elizabeth Pelton (3rd, 1:54.15); Celina Li (4th, 1:54.25); Felicia Lee (9th, 1:56.17)
400 IM – Maya DiRado (2nd, 4:00.88); Celina Li (5th, 4:06.54)
That’s a total of 28 top ten times: 16 for California and 12 for Stanford. Five of the NCAA’s No. 1 marks, six of the top eight in the 100 back and four the top nine in each of the 200 back and 200 IM.
Furds have even put up a preview trailer promoting this dual on youtube:
Stanford vs. California
Finally...note: there's a typo in the press release - "lost" should be "loss"
No. 1 Cal Visits No. 4 Stanford in Final Dual Meet
Courtesy: Cal Athletics
Release: Thursday 02/13/2014
Cal and Stanford renew one of the fiercest rivalries in collegiate swimming with the Bay Area foes face off at Stanford Saturday morning. The meet will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks with Rich Burk, former Golden Bear Natalie Coughlin and Cynthia Potter calling the action.
To accommodate the TV schedule, the first diving event will begin at 8:45 a.m. and the first swimming event (1000 free) at 9:25 a.m. The remaining events will get underway at 10 a.m.
Cal is 7-1 on the season with victories over four ranked opponents - No. 8 Florida, No. 10 Arizona, No. 17 UCLA and No. 25 Wisconsin. The lone lost came on Jan 31 at No. 5 USC.
Stanford owns a 34-6 series lead over the Bears, but Cal has come out on top two of the last three seasons with a 165-135 decision in 2013 and a 155-145 win in 2011. The Bears last prevailed at Stanford in 2006 (169-131).
While Cal and Stanford have a number of swimmers ranked among the top 10 in the country in their respective events - including national leaders Missy Franklin (200 and 500 free) and Elizabeth Pelton (200 back) - a real battle could be in the relays where the two schools are rated among the top four nationally in all five races.
Following this weekend, Cal will next see action at the Pac-12 Championships Feb. 26-March 1 in Federal Way, Wash. The NCAA meet is March 20-22 in Minneapolis.
Tops in the Country: In the latest statistics, Golden Bears have posted the fastest times in the nation in the 200 and 500 free and the 200 back, as well as the 400 medley relay. Missy Franklin is No. 1 in both freestyle events after setting school records during victories at AT&T Winter Nationals in December. She went 1:41.40 in the 200-yard distance and 4:34.63 over 500 yards. In addition, sophomore Elizabeth Pelton is the top-rated 200-yard backstroker (1:49.59). Last year, Pelton set an American record in the event (1:47.84) on her way to the NCAA title. In addition, Pelton, Marina Garcia, Rachel Bootsma and Franklin covered the 400 medley relay in 3:29.91 at Winter Nationals.
Several other Cal swimmers are also among the county’s top 10 in their respective races: Franklin (6th, 50 free; 3rd, 100 free; 6th, 100 back; 5th, 200 back); Pelton (10th, 200 free; 2nd, 100 back; 3rd, 200 IM); Cindy Tran (3rd, 100 back); Bootsma (7th, 100 back, 8th, 200 fly); Melanie Klaren (7th, 200 back); and Celina Li (4th, 200 IM; 5th, 400 IM).
Meeting the Standard: Entering this week’s competition, five Golden Bears have recorded swims under the NCAA A standards in 11 individual events. In addition, all five Cal relays have reached the standard. Missy Franklin leads the way with qualifying times in the 100 free (47.42), 200 free (school-record 1:41.40), 500 free (school-record 4:34.63), 100 back (51.59) and 200 back (1:51.54). Elizabeth Pelton has A marks in the 100 back (51.27), 200 back (1:49.59) and 200 IM (1:54.15), while Rachel Bootsma is qualified in the 100 back (51.86) and Celina Li in the 200 IM (1:54.25).
Backstroke Corps for the Ages: Perhaps no team in the NCAA has ever been as deep in the backstroke as this year’s Cal squad, which can boast of NCAA crowns, Olympic and World Championships gold medals and world and American records. Senior Cindy Tran captured national titles in the 100 back in 2011 and ’12 before sophomore Rachel Bootsma won the event last season. Sophomore Elizabeth Pelton took home the NCAA championship in the 200 back in 2013, setting an American record in the process. And, of course, there’s freshman Missy Franklin, the reigning Olympic and world champion in the 100- and 200-meter back who owns the world record at the 200-meter distance.