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Men’s swim and dive suffers first dual loss of season against USC

No. 8 Stanford men’s swimming (5-1) saw its season-opening streak of five dual wins snapped with a 167-133 loss to No. 12 USC (7-1) on Saturday at the Uytengsu Aquatic Center in Los Angeles.

STANFORD, CA - Stanford Women's Swimming Team, photographed at the Avery Aquatic Center.

Stanford senior Gray Umbach (above) won the 200-yard butterfly against USC. Sophomore Andrew Liang and freshman Abrahm DeVine placed second and third respectively in the event, completing the podium for the Cardinal. (DON FERIA/isiphoto.com)

USC claimed first place in 12 of the 16 events to claim the lion’s share of the dual points and didn’t yield a top finish to Stanford until senior Gray Umbach, sophomore Andrew Liang and freshman Abrahm DeVine swept the podium in the 200-yard butterfly, the sixth event of the meet.

Although Stanford did a good job of sticking around in the team score by claiming second-place finishes in the vast majority of the events that it didn’t win, USC’s dominance atop the podium was ultimately too much to overcome despite sophomore Sam Perry’s victory in the 100 free, Liang’s crown in the 100 fly and a 1-2 finish in the 400 freestyle relay to close the meet.

Stanford’s divers, senior Connor Kuremsky and junior Bradley Christensen, didn’t fare much better, as USC swept the podium in the 3-meter event and also claimed a 1-2 finish in the 1-meter event earlier in the meet.

The Cardinal will next return home for their regular-season finale against Cal at Avery Aquatic Center at noon on Saturday, Feb. 20.


Contact Do-Hyoung Park at dhpark ‘at’ stanford.edu.

About Do-Hyoung Park

Do-Hyoung Park '16 is a sports desk editor, copy editor and angry uncle that leads The Daily's football coverage. Do-Hyoung is a proud three-time winner of the "Least Likely to Actually Have Friends Outside The Daily" Award and spends most of his free time being a thorn in the sports editors' side while they attempt to do actual work. He is the Stanford correspondent for Sports Illustrated's Campus Rush, will cover the Twins for MLB.com this summer and is a senior from St. Paul, Minnesota studying chemical engineering and computer science. Contact him at dhpark 'at' stanford.edu.