The Stanford men's swimming and diving program last captured an NCAA championship in 1998. Cardinal head coach Ted Knapp and head diving coach Dr. Rick Schavone hope their latest recruiting class will help end that drought.
Knapp has signed eight swimmers and Schavone two divers, with the 10-man class boasting abundant experience in major national and international meets while competing across the globe against the world's best.
"Our incoming class is a very talented group that will have an impact on both the NCAA and international scene," Knapp said. "I'm very happy they decided that Stanford has the best conditions and opportunities for them to thrive. The recruiting class covers almost all swimming events along with two very good divers. Each of these student-athletes will contribute right away to our 2014-15 success."
Among the swim recruits is Palo Alto High senior Andrew Liang and St. Francis senior Curtis Ogren of Menlo Park.
Schavone noted that incoming divers Tarek Abdelghany and Ted Miclau are especially exciting recruits for the renowned Cardinal program.
"It is very hard to separate them ability wise," Schavone said. "They are both excellent platform divers with very competitive list and great rips. Their springboards are very similar. Both are good, but with maturity and strength, they should become very good in a relatively quick period of time. We have an excellent men's diving team and their addition make its even better."
Here's a breakdown of the members of the incoming class who signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Stanford:
Tarek Abdelghany (5-8, 153), Capistrano Valley; Mission Viejo Nadadores. A 2013 Youth Olympic Games qualifier (15th in 3-meter, ninth in platform) . . . two-time All-America . . . three-time Junior West champion . . . 2013 Senior National semifinalist (platform).
== Peter Arnet== (6-4, 184), Brussels, Belgium; BRABO (Antwerp). Second in 100 and 200 free at 2013 Norwegian Junior National Championships . . . fifth in 200 free at 2013 Belgian Open National Championships . . . Norwegian Junior National recordholder in 4x200 free relay.
Patrick Conaton (6-3, 165), Bronxville, N.Y.; Badger Swim Club. Top SCY times: 100 back (48.92), 200 back (1:45.46), 200 free (1:38.23). Eight-time All-America . . . two-time state runner-up in 100 back . . . holds seven team records, two state records, two league records . . . five-time state champion and three-time state runner-up . . . 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier.
Liam Egan (6-2, 165), Boston, Mass.; Crimson Aquatics. Top times (SCY): 200 free (1:36.82), 500 free (4:19.55), 1,650 free (15:04.21) . . . 2013-14 United States Junior National Team . . . 2013 U-18 national champion in 1,650 free, 500 free and 1,500m free . . . 2012 Olympic Trials (1,500 free, 400 free) . . . set 26 New England Swimming records.
Andrew Liang (6-0, 170), Palo Alto High; Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics. Top times (SCY): 50 free (20.45), 100 free (44.63), 100 fly (47.19), 200 fly (1:46.47), 100 back (48.68) . . . 2013 U.S. World Championship Trials finalist . . . 2012 Olympic Trials qualifier . . . 13-time All-American . . . holds numerous school records . . . broke nine-time Olympic gold medalist Mark Spitz's 100 fly league record (47.88) . . . ninth-best recruit by CollegeSwimming.com.
Ted Miclau (5-9, 148), San Francisco; Stanford Diving Club Team . . . 2013 USA Diving Senior Nationals (ninth in platform) … 2013 Junior Nationals (eight in platform, 10th in 1-meter, fourth in synchro platform, ninth in synchro 3-meter) . . . competed with Stanford Diving Club under Schavone.
Wesley Olmsted (6-0, 170), Gainesville, Fla.; High Tide Aquatics. Top times (SCY): 50 free (20.46), 100 free (44.28), 100 fly (48.73), 100 back (49.54). Seven-time All-America . . . 2013 state champion in 100 free and 100 back . . . 2012 state champion in 50 free, second in 100 fly . . . 2013 Gainesville Sun Swimmer of the Year . . . school recordholder in nine events.
Curtis Ogren (6-2, 175); Menlo Park; St. Francis High; Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics. Top times (SCY): 100 breast (53.90), 200 breast (1:57.64) • 200 IM (1:45.01) • 400 IM (3:44.26)
Eleven-time All-America . . . 2013 FINA World Cup U-18 Team, FINA A-cut in 400 IM, ranked 36th in the world in 400 IM, National Age Group recordholder in 200 breast and 400 IM . . . 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier . . . Junior National champion and meet recordholder in 400 IM . . . National Independent High School recordholder in 200 IM.
Sam Perry (6-1, 165), Hamilton, New Zealand; St. Peter's Swim Academy. 2013 Broadhurst House Sportsman of the Year . . . 2013 St. Peter's Sportsperson of the Year . . . 2013 New Zealand Swimming Trust Emerging Waikato Swimmer of the Year . . . 2013 National Open champion in 100 fly . . . numerous National Age Group titles.
Brock Turner (6-3, 165), Dayton, Ohio; Dayton Raiders. Top times (SCY): 200 free (1:38.41), 500 free (4:21.52), 200 back (1:45.28), 200 IM (1:49.21), 400 IM (3:50.74). All-American in 2013 and 2012 . . . state recordholder in 200 and 500 free . . . two-time state champion in 200 and 500 free . . . state champion in 400 free relay . . . 2013 Junior Nationals (top eight in five events) . . . 2012 USA Junior National champion . . . 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.