The Stanford men celebrated Seniors Day at the Avery Aquatic Center as they hosted the Cal Golden Bears in both teams final dual meet of the season.
Cal came out strong in the opening event, the 200 medley relay, going 1-2 with Cal A winning in 1:25.98 and Cal B 2nd in 1:27.96. Stanford A had to settle for 3rd in 1:29.02. The winning team was made up of Ryan Murphy (21.31), Connor Hoppe (23.94), Justin Lynch (20.81), and Tyler Messerschmidt (19.92).
Cal freshman Nick Norman won the first individual event of the meet, taking the 1000 free in a time of 9:08.40. Stanford finished 2-3-4, with Liam Egan (9:11.21) in 2nd, Danny Thompson (9:13.88) in 3rd, and Justin Buck (9:16.48) in 4th. Thompson led early until Norman was able to overtake him at the 700 yard mark and never look back.
Trent Williams and Long Gutierrez kept Cal’s win streak alive, going 1-2 in the 200 freestyle. Williams got out fast and held on, winning in 1:36.60. Gutierrez outlasted Stanford’s Sean Duggan for 2nd in 1:37.44, and Cal’s Kyle Coan was 4th. After these first three events, Cal had already created a lead of 25 points over Stanford.
Cardinal Sam Perry put an end to Cal’s dominance, claiming the 50 free in a time of 20.09. Perry edged out Cal’s backstroke star Ryan Murphy who was 2nd in 20.20, and his teammate Tyler Messerschmidt was 3rd in 20.33.
2016 US Olympic hopeful Josh Prenot got Cal back in the win column, claiming the 200 IM in 1:45.38. Prenot trailed teammate Jacob Pebley at the halfway mark, but Prenot’s 29.33 breaststroke split (fastest in the field) gave him the lead and he was able to maintain that lead on the freestyle. Stanford’s Abrahm Devine overtook Pebley on the breaststroke as well, finishing 2nd in 1:46.98. Pebley settled for 3rd in 1:47.72.
Stanford’s divers got them back in the meet in the 1-meter event, sweeping the top 4 spots. Bradley Christtensen scored highest with 363.15, Tarek Abdelghany was 2nd with 343.50, and Connor Kuremsky was 3rd with 332.25. Stanford pulled within 14 points of Cal after the 1-meter, trailing by a score of 63-49.
Gray Umbach scored Stanford’s second individual swimming event win in the 200 fly, out-touching Cal’s Andrew Seliskar by just 0.19. Umbach’s winning time was 1:44.20, and Seliskar was close behind in 1:44.39. Stanford’s Jimmy Yoder (1:46.57) and Andrew Liang (1:47.50) finished 3rd and 4th for the Cardinal. After this, Stanford pulled within 5 points.
Ryan Murphy and Long Gutierrez gave Cal a much needed 1-2 finish in the 100 freestyle, giving them a cushion in the points race once again. Murphy won in a quick time of 43.95, with Gutierrez close behind in 44.10. Sam Perry of Stanford was 3rd in 44.14, and his teammate Spencer DeShon was 4th in 44.90.
Jacob Pebley took the win in the 200 back in a time of 1:43.42, well ahead of the competition. 2nd place went to Abrahm Devine of Stanford in 1:45.89, and his teammate Jack Walsh was 3rd in 1:47.55.
Cal sophomore Ryan Kao cruised to victory in the 500 free, winning in a time of 4:22.40. Liam Egan of Stanford was 2nd in 4:27.29, and Janardan Burns of Cal was 3rd in 4:29.00. Three consecutive victories in the 100 free, 200 back and 500 free gave Cal a 26 point lead heading into the final diving break.
Stanford swept the diving once again, with Bradley Christtensen taking the 3-meter with a score of 440.63. Connor Kuremsky was 2nd (385.13), and Tarek Abdelghany was 3rd (382.95). A second diving sweep pulled Stanford within 13 points of Cal with jus the 200 breaststroke and 200 free relay remaining.
Josh Prenot picked up his second win of the day, claiming the 200 breast in a time of 1:53.75. Prenot dominated, winning by over 5 seconds. Prenot’s Cal teammate Andrew Seliskar was 2nd in 1:59.38, and Stanford’s Max Williamson was 3rd in 1:59.87.
Stanford finished with a bang, taking the 200 free relay in 1:20.43, just out-touching Cal who was 2nd in 1:20.76. Stanford’s B team of Sam Perry (20.38), Spencer DeShon (20.25), Gray Umbach (20.05), and Jeff Garnier (19.75) were able to get by Cal’s squad of Justin Lynch (20.42), Kyle Coan (20.22), Trent Williams (20.37) and Tyler Messerschmdit (19.75). Garnier dove in with a slight lead over Messerschmidt and was able to match his split, giving Stanford the win.
Despite the big relay win to finish the meet, Stanford wasn’t able to make up their early deficit, ultimately falling to Cal by a score of 130-113.
Both teams will compete at the Pac-12 Championships which begin February 24th in Federal Way, WA.