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Currently Cardinal 2/28/20: Olympic hopefuls, championship aspirations and more

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Now that that’s out of the way, here is the first iteration of Currently Cardinal as we’ve rounded up all the noteworthy athletics news about the Cardinal and dropped it below:

Eight former Stanford runners competing in Olympic marathon trials | Go Stanford

Stanford will be well represented on Saturday’s Olympic Trials for the marathon, sporting eight former Cardinal athletes in the field. Among the alumni will be four men and four women racing including most recent graduate Megan Lacy (2016) as they each compete for their spot to represent the U.S.A. in this summer’s Olympics.

Stanford Women’s Tennis climbs back into the top 6 | ITA Rankings

After landing themselves at No. 1 a few weeks back, the Cardinal women’s tennis team dropped their marquee matchup against UCLA on February 9 but have rallied to three straight match victories. Their most recent victory over No. 3 Texas saw them move up from 12th overall to No. 6 as they’re working back towards the top of the rankings.

Brett Blair commits to Stanford baseball | ESPN 98.1

The Cardinal baseball team received a big-time commitment this past week, securing the services of the No. 124th-ranked shortstop in Brett Blair from Buchholz. At 6’2 and 208 pounds, Blair is set to join the Cardinal as a solid contact hitter and an excellent defensive player. He should make an impact early if he continues his upward trajectory.

Stanford hires Eric Sanders as assistant coach for inside linebackers | Go Stanford

Returning to the Stanford sidelines in 2020 will be former defensive assistant Eric Sanders, having spent the 2015 Rose Bowl Championship season with the Cardinal. Sanders spent the last four seasons in the NFL, most recently with the New York Jets and the three former seasons with the Cleveland Browns. He’ll be taking on coaching duties of the inside linebackers in 2020, something Sanders said he is excited about.

Indoor track and field team seeks NCAA bids at conference championship | Stanford Daily

The No. 6-ranked women’s indoor track and field team begins its postseason with events Friday and Saturday at the MPSF Championships at the University of Washington. It’s the final opportunity to qualify for the NCAA Championships as the top 16 individuals and the top 12 relay teams in the country advance to the national championships on March 13-16 in New Mexico.

Women’s Swimming & Diving lead in point totals at Pac-12 Championships | Go Stanford

The Cardinal women’s swim and dive team leads after two days of competition at the Pac-12 Championships, holding a 67-point lead over Cal after seven events. Only one-third of the events have been completed but with a handful of top-three finishes in several events, the No. 1 ranked swim and dive team in the country is in prime position to take the conference championship when the weekend is over.

Stanford women’s basketball team part of history in loss to Oregon | Palo Alto Online

The No. 4-ranked women’s basketball team will look to get back on track to close out the season against both Arizona and Arizona State before the Pac-12 Championship after being on the wrong end of history against Oregon last week. The Cardinal lost to the Ducks, as Oregon clinched the Pac-12 regular-season title and Sabrina Ionescu posted a triple-double to become the first player in NCAA basketball history to eclipse 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists.

Cardinal men’s basketball now ‘third-to-last in’ the NCAA Tournament | Bleacher Report

The Cardinal men’s basketball team is 19-9 on the season and after winning their last three consecutive games, is now the ‘third-to-last’ team in the 2020 NCAA Tournament, according to BR. Winning out would be helpful to close the regular season but even two wins down the stretch may do the job of securing their postseason fate.

No. 1 ranked Stanford men’s gymnastics team hosts reigning Olympic champion Japan | Go Stanford

The defending national champion men’s gymnastics team will host the reigning Olympic champion Japan this Saturday. The Cardinal are currently ranked first in several facets as well as a handful of other top national rankings in events and will also host Norway, No. 11 Cal and some World All-Stars in what should feel like an Olympic event.