STANFORD, Calif. – No. 4 Stanford started 2017 with a 182-82 win against Pacific on Friday morning at Avery Aquatic Center.
“It was a very challenging week of practice for these guys, and it was a real treat today to have Pacific come over and swim some great races,” said Goldman Family Director of Men’s Swimming Ted Knapp, who is in his fifth year at the helm of the program. “To have the team here in a comfortable situation without restrictions on pool space or training times, we got some excellent, smart work done this week.”
The Cardinal team of Tom Kremer, Matt Anderson, Andrew Liang and Sam Perry (3:17.32) won the first event of the meet, the 400-yard medley relay. Stanford swept the podium, with Ben Ho, Curtis Ogren, Brad Zdroik and Cole Cogswell (3:20.40) in second and Jack Walsh, Justin Buck, Abrahm DeVine and Spencer DeShon (3:22.59) in third.
True Sweetser (5:23.47) dominated the 600-yard freestyle, beating fellow freshman Will Macmillan (5:39.29) by nearly 16 seconds.
Liam Egan (1:13.87) finished second in the 150-yard freestyle, with Jimmy Yoder (1:14.63) place third.
Conaton (22.92) took second place in the 50-yard backstroke, while Jack Walsh (23.20) was next in third place.
Ogren (26.38) scored a runner-up finish in the 50-yard breaststroke with Hank Poppe (26.75) not far behind in third.
Yoder (1:17.98) had a big win in the 150-yard butterfly by more than three seconds over Grant Shoults (1:21.07) and DeVine (1:22.06). Shoults and DeVine rounded out the podium for Stanford in second and third place, respectively.
Tom Kremer (21.02) was Stanford’s best finisher in the 50-yard freestyle, before Liang (45.46) won the 100-yard freestyle. Ho (46.17) finished runner up in the 100 free.
Stanford swept the podium in the 150-yard backstroke, led by Conaton (1:16.76) in first. Kremer (1:18.10) and Ogren (1:18.91) took second and third place, respectively.
Anderson (1:29.66) won the 150-yard breaststroke ahead of Macmillan (1:30.03), Poppe (1:32.24) and Buck (1:33.22).
The Cardinal continued to flex its muscle in the distance events, with Sweetser (2:33.32) winning his second event of the day in the form of the 300-yard freestyle. DeVine (2:40.04) was second with Shoults (2:44.42) and Egan (2:45.27) rounding out the top four.
Defending Pac-12 50-yard freestyle champion Sam Perry (22.08) won the 50 free, while Zdroik (22.54) and Yoder (22.60) were third and fourth, respectively.
Three more Stanford swimmers swept the 200-yard individual medley podium, led by Buck (1:53.56). Williamson (1:53.75) finished second with Walsh (1:54.37) in third.
Stanford won the final event of the meet, the 200-yard freestyle relay. Perry, Liang, Cogswell and Conaton (1:21.57) had the top time with Zdroik, DeShon, Ho and Poppe (1:24.32) finishing third.
“We have one more day before the quarter starts, and except for a couple minor illnesses we are in such a better place than when we started up in September,” added Knapp. “We are really excited for this second half of the season. We are in better shape and we have more racing opportunities, so we feel great about where we are as we approach the championship season.”
Stanford returns to the pool Jan. 20 when it travels to face No. 17 Arizona State, followed by a meet at No. 11 Arizona the next day. The Cardinal’s next home meet will be Feb. 4 against No. 16 USC. Live results will be available at GoStanford.com.