Stanford Takes Pac-12 Lead After Diving Portion of Meet


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The first week of the 2017 Pac-12 Championships last week featured record-setting women’s swimming, but also the men’s and women’s diving competitions.

The women’s team title went to Stanford, while the men’s award is yet to be determined next week. While there’s still a long way to go before a men’s winner is determined, the first points have rolled in, and so the picture is starting to take shape.

As usual, Stanford, USC, and Arizona State were strong in the men’s diving competition. The Cardinal, especially, racked up big points – with Bradley Christensen winning the 1-meter and Tarek Abdelghany won the platform. Meanwhile, USC’s Dashiell Enos and Henry Fusaro placed 1st and 2nd in the 3-meter.

In the Pac-12, while the women score to C finals, the men only score top 16 – and not all of those spots were filled by the 5 men’s teams.

Each team is allowed to have a total of 20 scorers of combined swimmers and divers, with divers counting as half of a roster spot.

Arizona was the only of the conference’s 6 teams that did not participate in diving – just one year removed from having a senior diver, Rafael Quintero, finish 2nd on both the 1-meter and platform at the NCAA Championships.

Points Divers Used
Stanford 154 4
USC 123 4
Arizona St 88 2
Utah 41 2
Cal 37 1

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Nice, gonna need that when Cal gets 5 in the backstroke final. My gut tells me Cal will win but logic tells me Stanford will win with their crazy distance group


Stanford doesn’t have the sprinters. Relays are sorta important


Stanford will be able to put in a very very good 800 free relay and a decent 400 free relay, I think this meet is going to be very very close


Well they do got the Pac 12 champion in the 50 free so their 4×50 isn’t that bad. And their 800 free relay should do pretty well too.


Although Stanford has made huge improvements from last year and will likely dominate the mid-distance and distance free races, they just don’t have the speed to beat Cal. Relays score double points, my dude.


Let’s say they get second in every relay unlikely since Zona will likely get second in the medley relay, the 800 free relay could go to Stanford, regardless they will place at least 3rd in every relay and combined with diving that still gives them an edge

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If I was a betting man, I’d go with Cal over Stanford with Cal winning several exciting and competitive relays to gain the advantage.


you’d think Cal would ramp up their diving program since they are in the hunt for the national title every year.


Isn’t it a virtually new program? US mens diving has always been thinly spread .& foreign divers might want to join a more established set up .

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