Texas Women’s Swimming and Diving Preview: Cal and Stanford

Samantha Halbach

Thursday and Friday, the Texas women’s swimming and diving team heads to California to race in its first two dual meets of the season. The team will take up the challenge of swimming against two of the Top 4 teams in the NCAA, No. 1 California and No. 4 Stanford.

Last time Texas met with Stanford and Cal, Texas lost to both. Stanford won by a narrow margin of 154-146, and Cal, by a 172-128 count.

This 2014 Texas schedule is anything but easy. Thursday, Stanford (2-0), who conquered Oregon and Utah State in its first meet, will host Texas (3-0) at 4 p.m. Not only does the Stanford women’s swimming and diving team have big talent overall, but their freshman are stealing the show. This season, Stanford’s freshmen alone have acquired 15 individual wins.

Other than the swimming on Thursday, Stanford will also be hosting a “Pink Out” to raise awareness for cancer, in which both teams will swim in pink caps, and both coaches have vowed to donate.

Stanford head coach Gregg Meehan, will donate $1 for every fan who wears pink to the meet. In response, Texas head coach Carol Capitani tweeted:

“@Stanford_W_Swim: I will be donating $1 for every fan in PINK.

I will match Greg’s donation, 100% to Komen Austin. Be there!”

Capitani takes her team to the Spieker Aquatic Complex on Friday to swim against her alma mater, Cal, at 1 p.m. Both teams have been held to high esteem in college swimming. Though Texas has won more championships than Cal overall, Cal has been at the forefront of the competition in the NCAA in recent years.

This meet will be especially interesting for senior diver, Emma Ivory-Ganja, who transferred from Cal to Texas her sophomore year.