Palo Alto grad Alex Liang was one of several freshmen to win events and the third-ranked Stanford men's swimming and diving team successfully opened it season with a 141.5-95.5 Pac-12 Conference victory at Utah on Friday.
Liang swam to victory in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:51.75, ahead of Benjamin Ho (1:52.23). Brad Zdroik (1:50.89) finished second in the 200-yard butterfly with Liang (1:51.01) finishing third.
Andrew Liang helped get the meet off to a good start, swimming a leg of the 200 medley relay that finished 1:30.35. He was joined by Ho, Cole Cogswell and Brennan Pastorek.
Freshmen Johannes Calloni (9:22.54) and Matthew Hirschberger (9:34.47) followed it up with a one-two finish in the 1,000-yard freestyle, and Curtis Ogren (9:34.78) rounded out the podium.
Liam Egan (1:40.23) won the 200-yard freestyle by over one second, with James Murphy(1:41.41) and William Macmillan (1:41.89) rounded out the top three. Egan also won the 500 free in 4:34.21, with Murphy (4:34.63) in second.
Freshman Alberto Mestre (20.69) won the 50-yard free ahead of Andrew Liang (21.02) and Jordan Greenberg (21.49), who was fourth.
Cogswell (46.15) tied for first place in the 100-yard freestyle before Curtis Ogren(1:48.83) claimed the 200-yard backstroke.
In his first individual swim, Pastorek (2:03.90) won the 200 breast ahead of teammate Hank Poppe (2:05.29), and Stanford capped the meet with a win in the 200 free relay. Mestre, Andrew Liang, Cogswell and Zdroik finished in 1:22.15.
In diving, Ted Miclau (382.57) won the 3-meter springboard, and Tarek Abdelghany (317.78) led the Cardinal on the 1-meter springboard with a second-place finish.
Stanford travels to compete in the Pacific Invitational in Stockton on Friday and Saturday.
Five Stanford swimmers are in action this weekend at the USA College Challenge in Los Angeles. Matt Anderson, Abrahm DeVine, Sam Perry, Grant Shoults and True Sweetser will represent the Pac-12 against the United States National Team.
Pac-12 Networks will provide live coverage of both days, starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday night. Sunday's session will begin at 11 a.m.