Stanford sophomore Kristian Ipsen provided the silver lining for the Cardinal at the 2013 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships as he was named the NCAA Diver of the Year after capping his sensational performance with a second-place finish on the platform.
Ipsen earlier won the 1- and 3-meter springboard events while helping the Cardinal finish seventh overall in the championships that concluded Saturday in Indianapolis, Ind.
The Cardinal, which accumulated 282 points, finished in the top 10 at the national meet for the 32nd straight season but had its worst finish since taking ninth in 1981.
Stanford could have challenged for as high as third had it not been for two relay disqualifications by the Cardinal.
Michigan scored 480 points to outlast defending champion Cal (406.5) for the title, its first since 1995. Arizona (313.5) was third, USC (289) took fourth, Texas (288) fifth and Florida (285.5) sixth in one of the closest meets ever between the top seven teams.
Ipsen won the springboard events and was one of two Cardinal to earn two titles at the meet, joining sophomore classmate David Nolan (200 IM, 100 back) in that elite company.
Ipsen became the first Stanford diver to win two titles in the same championships and Nolan became the first Cardinal swimmer to win two individual titles since Austin Staab in 2011 (100 fly, 200 IM) and the first to win the 100 back and 200 IM since Olympian Jeff Rouse in 1992.
Ipsen was second in the platform with 452.90 points. Duke's Nick McCrory (495.20) won the event.
Ipsen rebounded from a 410.90 in the prelims to move ahead two spots for silver. Ipsen was flanked by Taylor Sishc's 272.75 points for 16th. Sishc posted a 340.35 in the prelims.
The Cardinal diving corps made it a no-brainer for the committee to name head coach Dr. Rick Schavone the NCAA Diving Coach of the Year.
Nolan splashed to his second school record as he clocked 1:39.31 in the 200 back, surpassing his previous mark of 1:39.74 from last year. Andrew Teduits (1:38.27) of Wisconsin won in 1:38.27.
Nolan was joined in the top eight by seventh-place Matthew Swantson (1:41.53) and Matt Thompson's 1:42.01 for 14th.
Stanford's Aaron Wayne scorched through the 100 free prelims in a PR of 42.26 and clocked 42.52 for sixth in the finals for an All-America citation.
Cardinal freshman Tom Kremer from Sacred Heart Prep was 10th in the 200 fly with a 1:43.63 in the finals. After going 1:44.11 in the prelims, Mack Montgomery (1:45.27) was 16th in the evening session.
Cardinal Danny Thomson continued his outstanding NCAA debut with an eight-place 14:49.62 in the 1,650 free, nine spots ahead of Drew Cosgarea (14:56.24).
Stanford closed the meet with its 400 free relay quarter going 2:51.16 for fifth. Nolan, Wayne, Kremer and Andrew Saeta comprised the All-American grouping.