No. 16 men’s swimming (4-0, 3-0 Pac-12) takes on No. 2 Cal (5-0, 3-0 Pac-12) at Avery Aquatic Center on Saturday, marking the final dual meet of the season, and Stanford’s Senior Day. The Cardinal take on their strongest opponent yet this weekend, coming off momentum from an undefeated season.
In its most recent dual meet matchup two weeks ago, Stanford handily defeated No. 21 USC, led by junior Alex Liang, who contributed multiple individual event victories. Look for him to have a big impact this weekend in backstroke and IM events.
The Cardinal breaststroke has been on fire this season as well. Senior Hank Poppe and sophomore Daniel Roy have claimed first in the 100- and 200- yard breaststrokes in most meets this season. Junior Brennan Pastorek and sophomore Jon Cook have consistently earned top-three breaststroke finishes, too.
The Bears have an outstanding team all-around. Reece Whitley will prove to be a tough opponent for Stanford’s breaststrokers, and Zheng Wen Quah will likely bring in big points for Cal in backstroke and freestyle events as well.
Seniors Benjamin Ho, William Macmillan, James Murphy, Hank Poppe and Grant Shoults will be recognized at the meet for their contributions to the team over the past four years.
The meet kicks off at noon PT on Saturday at Avery Aquatic Center. After this weekend, the Cardinal will enter the postseason, beginning with Pac-12 championships on Feb. 26-29.
Contact Natalie Hilderbrand at nhild ‘at’ stanford.edu.