Women's Swimming - Saturday showdown at the Farm!
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.
Last edited by UrsusArctosCalifornicus; 02-13-2014 at 01:54 PM.
Reason: added Cal's press release
Benefit for the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
If you're venturing down to Avery Aquatic Center to witness this classic clash of the swim titans this Saturday, you can also help out with donations to a great cause at the same time:
For the Kids
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics
STANFORD, Calif. – The Stanford women’s swimming and diving team will host a benefit for the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford during the team’s meet this Saturday against California.
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford will be accepting donations on the concourse of Avery Aquatic Center beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Diving begins at 8:45 a.m., swimming will start shortly after., a senior ceremony commences at approximately 9:40 a.m. and the Pac-12 Networks broadcast starts at 10 a.m.
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford is an internationally recognized 311-bed hospital, research center and leading regional medical network providing the full complement of services for the health of children and expectant mothers. In partnership with the Stanford University School of Medicine, their world-class doctors and nurses deliver innovative, family-centered care in every pediatric and obstetric specialty, tailored to every patient. Packard Children's is annually ranked as one of the nation's best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report and is the only Northern California children's hospital with specialty programs ranked in the U.S. News Top 10. Learn more at www.stanfordchildrens.org.
Bay Area rivals Stanford and California are two of the top teams in the nation headed into the final weekend of the regular season. The Cardinal is undefeated in dual meets and the Bears were ranked No. 1 in the country prior to slipping at USC last weekend.
#gostanfordbears (sorry, couldn't resist... lol)
After upset loss to USC, Cal women’s swim travels to Farm
By Alicia Fong | Staff
Berkeley's News | The Daily Californian
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Last Updated 18 hours Ago
The Bears are looking for reassurance.
After a loss to USC and a two-week hiatus, the Cal women’s swim team is looking to make sure its dismal performance against the Trojans was just a fluke. The Bears will do so by taking on No. 4 Stanford on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Avery Aquatic Center. This match against the two long-time rivals marks the last dual match of the season for the No. 1 Bears (7-1), as they attempt to ruin the Cardinal’s undefeated record.
Cal comes off its short break after the team’s only loss of the season against No. 5 USC a couple of weeks ago, when the Bears fell from their usual standards and took only four of the 16 events, ultimately losing 180.5-119.5. But after finishing that weekend with a win against UCLA, Cal will go into the Stanford meet trying to prove its only loss of the season was just a slight bump in the road.
While USC did outperform the Bears, the loss to the Trojans was indicative of Cal’s top swimmers not performing up to their usual standards.
Senior Stephanie Au, who serves as one of the Bear’s top 10 performers and has two Olympic appearances under her belt, was just one of the Cal swimmers who was outraced by the Trojans. Au has had previous success in the 100-back as well as in part of the 200-medley relay-race team, and she can usually be counted on to place in one of the top spots every match.
“(Against USC), we both went into that meet without losing, and for the team, we didn’t really lay it all out in the beginning,” Au said. “We weren’t holding back, but we weren’t really racing. We were just swimming, but we weren’t racing.”
Cal freshman Missy Franklin and sophomore Elizabeth Pelton are both national leaders, with Franklin winning the gold in multiple events at the 2012 Olympics and Pelton capturing gold medals at the 2013 World Aquatics Championships in Barcelona.
With the heated rivalry between Cal and Stanford, not to mention having Olympians on both sides, the stakes are even higher than usual. Both teams have swimmers ranked among the top 10 in the country in their respective events.
The Bears will have to watch out for Stanford’s senior Felicia Lee, who won all 14 events she competed in last month and claimed Pac-12’s swimmer of the month. Junior Maddy Schaefer also ranks first in the nation with a 21.78 in the 50-free, and senior Maya DiRado’s 1:53.50 has secured her first in the 200 individual medley.
“Winning the meet on Saturday would be great, and we all know it’s important,” Au said. “It’s a traditional rivalry, and it’s going to be a huge crowd. I think people are more excited than scared.”
Both Cal and Stanford dominate the competition boards with a total of 28 top-10 times: 16 for the Bears and 12 for the Cardinals. This dual meet can almost serve as a preview of the NCAA tournament coming up in a few weeks, with both teams currently taking the majority of the top spots in the NCAA.
2013-14 Top Times
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Live stats here:
Cal Women's Swimming at Stanford on Pac-12 Networks Open Thread
By Ruey Yen on Feb 15 2014, 9:45a
It is the last dual meet of the season for No.1 Cal Women's Swimming and the opponents are none other than No.4 'Furd. Can the Bears finish the regular season on a high note ahead of the Pac-12 Championships in 1.5 week? GO BEARS!
No.1 Cal Women's Swimming and Diving at No.4 Stanfurd
When: 10 AM PT
TV: Pac-12 Networks
Broadcast team: Rich Burk, former Golden Bear Natalie Coughlin and Cynthia Potter
In case you missed it: Missy Franklin was on the Pac-12 Networks' "Statisfaction" earlier this week and had some fun:
No.1 Cal Bears are 7-1 on the season, with this morning's dual meet being the last tune-up before the Pac-12 Championships in 1.5 weeks. 'Furd is of course pretty good in the pool themselves, but you would think that the Bears have this Big Meet circled on their calendar. It would also be great for the Bears to continue the reversal of fortune against 'Furd ('Furd still lead 34-6 with the Bears' last win down at The Farm coming in 2006), especially given the quality and depth of this year's squad compares to past Bears teams.
While there are still more races for more Bears to qualify for the NCAA's in more events (which translates to more points for Cal in the team competition), it is good to see that the Bears have already qualified for the NCAA in a handful of events.
Some comments posted to the above blog, now renamed "Despite Franklin's 3 wins, Bears edged by 'Furd":
Missy won her individual races
but Furd took the meet. Ugh.
by Bearly Legal on Feb 15, 2014 | 11:18 AM
We are better set up to win the NCAA than winning dual meets or even the Pac-12
by LEastCoastBears on Feb 15, 2014 | 11:34 AM
How is losing even possible?
by danh on Feb 15, 2014 | 1:50 PM
We win a few races by a lot
and lose a few more races by just a little.
by Bearly Legal on Feb 15, 2014 | 3:40 PM
No worries. All is good.
I was at the meet and although we didn’t win, it’s also not that big of a deal. The team’s training is all set up to peak at the NCAAs. In swimming duel meet records and even the Pac-12s are not that important. I noticed that the Cal swimmers swam tired which is a reflection of being at the toughest part of their training schedule, about 1 month away from NCAAs. Some swimmers may have rested a bit for the meet or will rest for the Pac-12s to qualify for the NCAAs, but since most of Cal’s top swimmers have already qualified they don’t need to rest early. Also, Cal swimmers didn’t swim their best swimmers in their best events. IIRC, for example, Franklin and Bootsma are both Olympic gold medalists in backstroke (Bootsma from helping in relay qualifying) but neither swam backstroke today. Meanwhile, Stanford’s top swimmers swam their specialties, e.g. Schaefer swam sprint freestyle and Felicia Lee swam Fly.
This is not to take away from a great meet for the Cardinal but just saying not to read too much into the loss. Stanford women have come on strong the last couple of years behind amazing recruiting classes (incoming class is also top notch) and great work by Greg Meehan who was the assistant head coach for Cal’s men’s team before moving to Stanford.
Women’s NCAAs are in March 20-22. That’s when it really counts. GO BEARS!
by PaloAltoBear on Feb 15, 2014 | 5:21 PM
Last edited by UrsusArctosCalifornicus; 02-16-2014 at 08:26 AM.
Not surprised by the team result, and in the big picture it's not really that important, but I do have question and concerns.
-Why doesn't Terri let Boots swim her marquee event the 100 back? Also, she doesn't seem strong in her Fly events right now, but I have faith that she will turn it on at NCAA time.
-Am I the only one concerned about Marina's performances? Her starts off the blocks are incredibly slow and she just seems tired.
-On the upside, I think Sophia Batchelor is going to score some points for us in the 100 Fly.
The program misses Nick Folker big time. Team doesn't look fresh or strong. They need some rest, but they're probably mentally fatigued and not really confident right now.
Originally Posted by tedbear
Marina's definitely a concern. She looked good at Winter Nationals, but has hit a wall since then. Doesn't look like a scorer in either breast. Assume that Li's third event will be the 200 breast. Guess that either Kong or Bates goes to NCAAs along with Garcia. Missy, Li, Osman, and Batchelor are still hanging tough, so we'll see.
Teri thought that Pelton, Au, and Tran were enough in the 100 back. Little bit strange to have Bootsma swim the free leg in the 200 medley (although live scoring screws up relay order frequently).
Seems like Kastler will make NCAAs as a diver. Rowley's having a tough season, so she may not make it again.
Not surprised either....
The Conference meet will be the real bell-weather. Lost a couple of real close second places, but would not stem the final results.
Meehan also made a smart move entering DiRado in a mid-distance event giving them another 1-2.
Missy did all she could and would have pulled out the last relay if we just had a little better leg by any of the other 3 swimmers.
Already thinking of next year about Stanford's incredible incoming Frosh class. But they do lose way more than Cal with the departure of this year's seniors in DiRado, Lee, and Taylor.
I look for Men to win their "Big Swim" which will also be close.
Last edited by longseeker; 02-15-2014 at 06:20 PM.
Reason: Error in class departure.
Agree with your observations. Somewhat comforting thought in the aftermath of this loss being the bigger picture = NCAAs...and to a lesser degree, Pac-12s. As Teri stated in the official blurb below, the team's strengths & depth in certain events may shine thru in the Championships format as opposed to Duals.
Originally Posted by tedbear
That's not to take anything away from the 'Furds who were ready to defend their territory fiercely today. If anything, they may be a rather underrated team for their current #4 standings, after having taken out USC by a similar margin a fortnight ago. Not to mention that IMHO it looked to me that Greg may have made better strategic manoeuvers in their lineup selections than Teri, though obviously I'm not privy to all the inside considerations that went into making these tough & complicated coaching considerations
Would have been wonderful naturally if the score had been a bit closer for this Big Swim, or we had come away with a win hehe, for school pride as much for a psychological advantage going into the big Conference & National meets...
Missy delivered as usual in spite of her gruelling 4-race schedule starting off with that exhausting 1000 free, which she thankfully won't have to swim from now on! Celina, Sophia, Yvette, Stephanie, Farida, Melanie, Liz (other than when she was visibly tired in the 200 IM) etc. also seem to be progressing quite nicely (other than the somewhat sluggish times in general), and Anne's diving lately has been very encouraging...
I do however share your concerns over Boots & Marina in particular - if it's mainly a mental exhaustion or confidence thing (which seems to be the case), hopefully Teri will help them work thru it in time for the forthcoming Championships meets: after all no one seems to do that better than Teri from her track record!
OTOH if it's more related to physical fatigue, sounds like from Teri's interview at the end of the broadcast that select members of the team will finally get a degree of rest or even a taper before heading up to Federal Way, though I would reckon Missy and a few other key players will probably reserve their big taper for March.
Stanford Edges No. 1 Cal in Final Dual Meet
Courtesy: Cal Athletics
Release: Saturday 02/15/2014
STANFORD – Missy Franklin won three individual events and Anne Kastler set a school record on the 1-meter board, but No.4 Stanford pulled away from top-ranked Cal over the final five events to win their annual dual meet, 167-133, Saturday.
“There were a lot of close races, which I’m really proud of, but unfortunately, we didn’t end up on top of too many of them,” head coach Teri McKeever said. “A couple of those go the other way and I think it’s a different outcome. As we move forward, we have to look at how we can be on the other end of some of those. I think the depth in our squad is showing up. Right now, we have to stay focused on our journey and be ready in 10 days for Pac-12’s.”
The conference championships run Feb. 26-March 1 in Federal Way, Wash., which presents a different format that McKeever believes will benefit the Bears.
“I think this team is a much better championship team than it is a dual-meet team,” McKeever said. “A lot of our strengths are in the same area, which doesn’t always help you in a dual-meet situation. Right now, we need to take one day at a time, get a lot of rest, stay healthy and get ready to go when we head to Washington.”
A number of people have expressed concern about Bootsma and Garcia. What about Tran? She seems pretty far off her best times. Any insight as to what might be going on for her?
Although Cindy hasn't been on her top game either, I'd like to think/hope that her case isn't quite as serious as Marina's & Boots'? At any rate, keeping my fingers crossed that when March rolls around, we'll get to see shades of Cindy Tran the NCAA champion from 2011 & 2012 rather than the 2013 version!
Here's Swimswam's take on the dual, complete with the usual colorful commentary from their readers:
#5 Stanford women hand #1 Cal its second loss in three meets
Carly Geehr’s on-deck report: Stanford Women Overpower Cal at Home, 167-133
#4 Stanford Upends #1 California Women in Regular Season Capper
Video Recap: Stanford women's swimming and diving holds off California
Stanford W. Swimming @stanfordwswim 12h
Photo: Sometimes teammates, sometimes rivals - @LiaNeal and @FranklinMissy.
More pics: http://www.gostanford.com/PhotoAlbum...PALBID=1092457
Despite Franklin’s wins, No. 1 Cal women’s swims drops final dual meet to Stanford
Last edited by UrsusArctosCalifornicus; 02-17-2014 at 09:17 PM.
It's unbelievable how Greg Meehan has turned this program around. Dirado and Lee were already good prior to the change in the coaching but they seem to have really been lights out after Greg took over the program. With their 2013 outstanding recruiting year and next years incoming HS 2014 class they are going to be scary, even with the loss of their seniors. The pipeline might not end there, if you believe what is discussed in swimswam. For the 2015 HS class, if Ledecky doesn't go pro, she and Ella Eastin, another elite swimmer all might be headed to the farm.
Originally Posted by longseeker
They also had Maddy Schaefer and Andie Taylor, but he's doing a great job-no doubt. But, it was hardly a rebuilding process, it was a coaching issue!
Originally Posted by OBear073akaSMFan
If Cal had won all the really close races, we still lose!
Meehan's a very good coach, but Lea Mauer was really pretty mediocre to have not done more with the talent she already had. School recruits itself. The blue and gold lining is that Missy REALLY wanted to come to Cal all along. Her original list was Cal, Georgia, LSJU, 'SC, and Texas. Once Maurer left, Missy immediately dropped Taco Bell without waiting to see who the replacement was. She also never took a trip to 'SC, so she probably made up her mind while in training camp or in London.
Originally Posted by barabbas