For the first time in 34 dual meets, the No. 1 Stanford women’s swimming team did not come out on top. No. 4 California (7-1) secured its 155-145 victory over the Cardinal (8-1) with a win by 0.6 seconds in the 200-yard freestyle relay, breaking Stanford’s streak of dual-meet wins that dated back to November 2007.
The Golden Bears won 10 of the 16 events on the day, including both breaststroke events and both relays.
Stanford was led by its divers, as senior Meg Hostage took first in the one-meter and second in the three-meter, while freshman Stephanie Phipps took first in the three-meter. The Cardinal also took the top two spots in the 500-yard and 1000-yard freestyle, with senior Kelsey Ditto and freshman Andie Taylor each taking first in one and second in the other.
Next up for Stanford is the Pac-10 Championships, where the Cardinal will have a chance to avenge its loss. The competition will take place Feb. 23-26 in Federal Way, Wash.