Cal will be aiming for its fourth title since 2009 when the four-day NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships begin Thursday in Minneapolis.

The Bears, led by senior Cindy Tran, sophomore Elizabeth Pelton and freshman Missy Franklin, enter the meet as the Pac-12 champion. They finished second last year.

Stanford will look to improve its run of 32 straight finishes within the NCAA's top eight, a streak that has spanned each year of the meet's existence.

The Cardinal is led by seniors Maya DiRado and Felicia Lee.

  • Five wrestlers, led by two-time All-American Ryan Mango, will represent Stanford at the NCAA Championships that start Thursday in Oklahoma City. Mango redshirted last year to recover from injuries and moved up a weight class from 125 to 133 pounds.

  • Stanford's Pro Timing Day for NFL scouts is Thursday. Participants include Devon Carrington, Kevin Danser, Cameron Fleming, Tyler Gaffney, Ben Gardner, Ryan Hewitt, Jarek Lancaster, Josh Mauro, Trent Murphy, Ed Reynolds, Shayne Skov, Anthony Wilkerson, Khalil Wilkes and David Yankey.

  • For the second day in a row, the Saint Mary's baseball team (8-12) fell into an early hole and saw Minnesota pile on at the end in the Gaels' 12-1 loss at Louis Guisto Field.

    Horse racing

    El Camino Real Derby champion Tamarando is the 3-to-1 morning line favorite for Saturday's $550,000 Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park (Ky.). Russell Baze will ride Tamarando for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer in the 11/8-mile Kentucky Derby prep for 3-year-olds.

    Motor sports

    Five NASCAR Sprint Cup teams will take part in a Goodyear tire test at Sonoma Raceway on March 25-26 in advance of this summer's Toyota/Save Mart 350. Drivers will include Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon.

    Swimming

    Carondelet High senior Sandra Ortellado and Anita Alvarez of New York will make their synchronized swimming duet debut Thursday at the French Open in Paris.

    Staff writer Elliott Almond contributed to this report.