No. 10 Stanford males’s swimming and diving (4-2, 3-2 Pac-12) ended its common season Saturday with a 156-142 loss to No. 2 Cal (6-1, 4-1 Pac-12) in a battle throughout the Bay.
The Cardinal had been inside touching distance the entire afternoon, recording a number of season-best occasions and including some NCAA qualifying cuts, however ultimately fell simply wanting repeating final season’s dramatic victory in opposition to the defending NCAA champion Bears.
Sophomore diver Jack Ryan was a star performer as soon as once more, recording wins in each the 1-meter and 3-meter occasions, whereas freshman Peyton Donald nabbed second place on the 3-meter.
The 2 groups traded wins all through the meet as Cal took the opening 200-yard medley relay and 1000-yard freestyle earlier than juniors Luke Maurer (1:34.04) and Preston Forst (1:34.16) swung momentum again within the Cardinal’s favor with season-best occasions and a 1-2 end within the 200-yard freestyle.
Maurer additionally grabbed third within the 100-yard freestyle at 43.06, with sophomore Andrei Minakov taking the win in a team-leading time of 42.20, whereas Forst clocked in at 4:16.79 for a season-best mark and first place within the 500-yard freestyle. Freshman Rafael Gu was the crew’s prime performer within the 50-yard freestyle, coming in at 19.87 for third place.
Gu (45.77), alongside juniors Jonny Affeld (46.30) and Ethan Hu (46.53), claimed second by way of fourth place, respectively, within the 100-yard butterfly, crushed solely by Cal’s Gabriel Jett. That was Jett’s second butterfly win of the day after an earlier victory within the 200-yard butterfly, whereas Affeld’s season better of 1:43.64 was good for third place in that 200.
Senior Leon MacAlister (second, 46.06) suffered a uncommon defeat within the 100-yard backstroke to Cal’s Destin Lasco, however was joined within the prime three by junior Aaron Sequeira (third, 47.12) as Stanford continued to rake within the factors early on. Lasco went on to comb the backstroke occasions with a win within the 200-yard occasion, whereas MacAlister (third, 1:42.44) as soon as once more discovered his method onto the rostrum.
Within the breaststroke occasions, sophomore Ron Polonsky put up his and the Cardinal’s quickest 100-yard breaststroke to this point this season to take first in 51.77, adopted by freshman Zhier Fan (52.66) in second place. Fan (1:55.86) repeated that second-placed end within the 200-yard breaststroke, behind Cal star Reece Whitley, with junior Ethan Dang (1:57.68) securing third.
Later within the meet, Polonsky’s time of 1:42.08 within the 200-yard particular person medley earned the sophomore one other podium end, in second place.
Gu, MacAlister, Maurer and Minakov didn’t have fairly sufficient to run down the Bears within the closing race of the day, however nonetheless put collectively a season-best 2:48.40 within the 400-yard freestyle relay that stands over a second faster than Stanford’s time in that relay at this level final 12 months and earned the crew an NCAA ‘A’ customary.
That was the Cardinal’s second season-best relay time of the day, after a 1:24.00 from MacAlister, Polonsky, Minakov and Gu was quick sufficient for second place and an NCAA ‘B’ lower within the 200-yard medley relay originally of the session.
Full outcomes will be discovered right here.
The Cardinal’s divers are straight again into motion this week for the Pac-12 Diving Championships Feb. 23-25, earlier than the swimmers head to Federal Means, Wash. for the Pac-12 Males’s Swimming Championships March 1-4.