For the first time in program history, Stanford has four divers in the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships. Those four, led by sophomore Kristian Ipsen, are expected to score more points than any other school.
Despite that advantage, Stanford at best is looking at a top-10 finish at the championships, which run Thursday through Saturday in Indianpolis, Ind.
Ipsen, a 2012 USA Olympian, could win both the 1- and 3-meter springboards and, perhaps, even the platform. He won all three at the recent NCAA Zone meet in Colorado Springs.
"Having four men qualify for the NCAA meet is a great accomplishment for this program," Stanford head diving coach Dr. Rick Schavone said. "We're hopeful that Kristian will be in the hunt for a title while Taylor Sishc, Connor Kuremsky and Noah Garcia will be competing for points. I'm very proud of the men and excited to see that their hard work throughout the season has paid off."
Stanford is tied with Florida for third among the field with 14 swimmers qualified for individual events. The Cardinal has an additional two swimmers in relays only. Michigan will send 17 swimmers and Cal qualified 16. The Cardinal also qualified for each of the five relays.
The Cardinal swimmers, however, are woefully weak in the breaststroke events and once again won't even be the best team from the Bay Area at the meet. Cal should earn that honor once again after winning back-to-back NCAA titles in 2011 and '12.
Stanford is still looking for its first national crown since 1998, but likely won't get it this year -- despite its unprecedented numbers in diving.
There are only nine events where Stanford has one swimmer among the top 20 and only four where a Cardinal is ranked among the top 10. Fortunately, Stanford has sophomore David Nolan.
Nolan is ranked No. 2 in the 200 IM in 1:42.41, No. 4 in the 200 back in 1:40.39 and No. 11 in the 100 back in 46.20. Without Nolan, Stanford wouldn't even be picked to finish eighth, which it has by Swimming World Magazine.
He'll also be a huge factor in most of the five relays that Stanford will swim.
Other potential finalists for Stanford could be sophomore Andrew Cosagrea in the 1,650 free (ranked No. 5 at 14:49.71) and senior Aaron Wayne in the 100 free (No. 4 at 42.48).
Freshman Tom Kremer from Sacred Heart Prep is Stanford's top entrant in the 200 free (No. 14 at 1:34.57). He's also No. 24 in the 200 fly (1:44.54).
Stanford head coach Ted Knapp also is hoping to get points from senior Stephen Saeta in the 50 free (19.60), Cosgarea in the 400 IM (No. 15), freshman Gray Umbach and Wayne in the 100 fly, senior Matt Thompson in the 400 IM and 200 back plus senior Payne Montgomery in the 200 fly (No. 12 in 1:43.70).
Princeton freshman Byron Sanborn from Palo Alto High will compete in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke and his times of 53.94 and 1:55.58 are faster than any Stanford swimmers this season.
The Cardinal, in fact, has no entries in either race.