Stanford Women Win 4th-Straight Pac-12 Title With Only First-Time Champions

2020 PAC-12 WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Stanford Cardinal was dominant again as they won the 2020 women’s Pac-12 Championships, extending their streak to 4-straight titles. It was the program’s 22nd title in history. Their longest streak stands at 13 in a row, as they won from 1987 to 1999. They own more Pac-12 titles than any other program. Cal and Arizona are tied for the 2nd most with just 4 championship titles each.

Stanford will next turn their attention to the NCAA Championships in Athens. They’re the 3-time defending champions there as well. They have 11 total NCAA Championships titles, more than any other NCAA division 1 program. Georgia and Auburn are tied with the 2nd most with 7 titles each.

Stanford had several first-time individual champions at this meet. In fact, every single swimming champion for the Cardinal had never won an individual event before 2020. Erin Voss, a senior, won her first title in her last Pac-12 race with her performance in the 200 back. She was named the 2020 Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Brooke Forde, the reigning NCAA 500 free champion, didn’t medal in that event but then went on to win her first titles in the 400 IM and 200 breast. Allie Raab (100 breast) and Morgan Tankersley (1650 free) also won their first golds. Aside from the those titles, their only relay win came in the 200 medley relay.

The only repeat champion for the Cardinal was a diver. Mia Paulsen repeated as the platform champion on the final night. Teammate Carolina Sculti was the 3-meter champion. That was Sculti’s first-ever title.

This was a different look than the Stanford team of recent years, which included the likes of stars Simone Manuel, Katie Ledecky, and Ella Eastin. Their depth really stood out this season. Below is a quote Stanford Head Coach Greg Meehan‘s interview on the team’s win when asked how it felt to get the job done without a big star.

“It definitely had a little different feel than it’s had the last 3, 4, 5 years. At the same time, our job is still the same and that’s to come to this meet and be the best version of ourselves to compete for a Pac-12 title and ultimately kind of take that next step in the season and get ourselves ready for the NCAA Championships.”

FINAL TEAM SCORES

  1. Stanford, 1598
  2. Cal 1224.5
  3. USC 1212
  4. UCLA 995.5
  5. ASU 943.5
  6. Arizona 725
  7. Utah 636.5
  8. Washington State 296

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tnp101
9 months ago

Congratulations on a job well done! Swimulator was so far off…

tnp101
Reply to  Lauren Neidigh
9 months ago

I think having swimulator prediction is good. You are absolutely right we won’t know how well the swimmers will perform or what would happen, i.e. Abbey’s unfortunate injury. SC was so close to take 2nd, but without Abbey’s injury, Cal would have won more individual and relay events.

Lisa Schaffer
Reply to  Lauren Neidigh
9 months ago

Actually your simulator didn’t have UCLA’s best dual meet times in there, so it wasn’t exactly accurate. But it may have been good surprising everyone. Their 4th place finish was AMAZING!!! Total team effort and I cannot wait to see what their future holds. Go Bruins!

Taa
Reply to  Lisa Schaffer
9 months ago

Looked like they had a good meet. just one thing to work on and that is relays. It’s a big step but to improve their status nationally they need to qualify their relays for NCAAs.

Bevo
9 months ago

Terrific finish for the Women of Troy…well done.

Overrated
9 months ago

ASU —- Common —- how long has Bob been there and UCLA beat them. Whoa.

Swimswim
Reply to  Overrated
9 months ago

They did that without having any divers. The other teams had divers constantly in finals

Taa
Reply to  Overrated
9 months ago

He’s always going to have trouble recruiting against the California pac12 schools. If a parent is paying any part of their kids college they are not going to have ASU very high on the list.

Sccoach
Reply to  Overrated
9 months ago

ASU had a good meet from what I saw🤷‍♀️

Super Duper Fan
Reply to  Overrated
9 months ago

Take out diving scores and ASU is 3rd in swimming only points. Not bad for a team that was a basement dweller for years before Bowman’s arrival.

Overrated
Reply to  Super Duper Fan
9 months ago

That means they had more swimmers than everyone else too😂

PAC12 Swimming
Reply to  Overrated
9 months ago

Overrated: Yes, ASU had more swimmers in the A Finals than UCLA. Plus, ASU had 6 podium finishes while UCLA had none!

ASU sent 20 swimmers total, and zero divers due to injuries. Swimming Points: 943.5

UCLA sent 24 swimmers total, and 4 divers. Swimming Points: 867.5, Diving Points: 128

It helps to fact check the Meet Mobile.

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Lauren Neidigh is a former NCAA swimmer at the University of Arizona (2013-2015) and the University of Florida (2011-2013). While her college swimming career left a bit to be desired, her Snapchat chin selfies and hot takes on Twitter do not disappoint. She's also a high school graduate of The …

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