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Men's Swimming & Diving

Cardinal Falls in Finale

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BERKELEY, Calif. – Jack Levant won two individual swims but No. 7 Stanford dropped the regular season finale, 172-122, at No. 1 Cal on Saturday at the Spieker Aquatics Complex.

Levant, a freshman from Southlake, Texas, won both middle distance freestyle events, the 200-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle, but Stanford fell behind early and could not recover after a disqualification in the first event, the 200-yard medley relay.

"This was an impressive conclusion to an overall awesome dual meet season for Jack," said the Goldman Family Director of Men's Swimming Ted Knapp. "Jack is set up for some special postseason swims and, as a team, we're in a great spot heading into the Pac-12's with some personal bests and solid times that are faster than they were at this time last season."

True Sweetser (8:59.54) paced the Cardinal in the 1,000-yard freestyle, finishing third. Levant (1:34.99) won his first swim of the day in the 200 free with Mason Gonzalez (1:36.72) in fourth place.

Patrick Conaton (47.97) led Stanford in the 100-yard backstroke with second place, followed by Benjamin Ho (48.03) in third and Abrahm DeVine (48.04) in fourth. Matt Anderson (54.12) placed third in the 100-yard breaststroke, Alex Liang (1:46.48) led Stanford with fourth place in the 200-yard butterfly and Brad Zdroik (20.15) was the fastest Cardinal in the 50-yard freestyle in third place.

On the diving side of the competition, Noah Vigran (303.23) won the 1-meter springboard with Conor Casey (280.80) in third place. On the 3-meter springboard, Casey (331.28) paced the Cardinal in second place, followed by Vigran (329.33) in third.

Cole Cogswell (44.38) was Stanford's fastest swimmer in the 100-yard freestyle with fourth place and Conaton (1:46.46) led the Cardinal with third place in the 200-yard backstroke.

Levant (4:18.53) won his second swim of the day, capturing the 500 free with James Murphy (4:24.73) in third place. Will Macmillan (48.13) led Stanford in the 100-yard butterfly, finishing third, before Alex Liang (3:48.36) placed second in the 400-yard individual medley, the final individual event of the afternoon.
Stanford's team of Cogswell, DeVine, Zdroik and Greenberg (1:19.47) finished the day with second place in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

The postseason begins next week with the Pac-12 Diving Championships on Feb. 27-March 2 in Federal Way, Washington. The swimming portion of the Pac-12 championships will take place March 6-9 in Federal Way, followed by the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas, on March 27-30.