#3 Stanford Women's Swimming & Diving In Fifth Place After First Day Of Pac-10 Championships Despite Winning Three Of Six Events

Feb. 22, 2001

Federal Way, Wash. - Third-ranked Stanford sits in fifth place after the first day of the 2001 Pac-10 Women's Swimming and Diving Championships despite winning three of the six events contested and setting two new Pac-10 meet records Thursday at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center. USC leads the team competition with 360.50 points, while the Cardinal has recorded 282.50 points. Stanford's Jessica Foschi set a new Pac-10 meet record in winning the 500 freestyle with a personal-best time of 4:39.74, while the Cardinal's 400 medley relay team (Shelly Ripple, Tara Kirk, Misty Hyman, Lauren Thies) also set a Pac-10 meet record with a mark of 3:35.40. In addition, Ripple won the 200 individual medley with a career-best time of 1:57.83.

All three marks met NCAA 'A' Qualifying Standards and both individual performances were ranked among the best in Stanford history. Foschi's 4:39.74 in the 500 freestyle ranks third on the school's all-time list, while Ripple's 1:57.83 mark in the 200 individual medley is fourth.

Thies and Erin Sones both finished third in their respective events on Thursday. Thies recorded an NCAA 'A' Qualifying Standard time of 4:46.14 in the 500 freestyle, while Sones scored 279.05 points in the 1-meter diving competition. Two other Stanford athletes finished in the Top 10 in their respective events with McKenze Murphy taking seventh in the 1-meter diving competition (267.15 points) and Jessie Carr placing 10th in the 500 freestyle with an NCAA 'B' Qualifying Standard time of 4:52.93.Stanford continues its competition at the Pac-10 Championships on Friday and Saturday.

TEAM SCORES THROUGH SIX EVENTS
1. USC (360.50)
2. Arizona (342)
3. UCLA (324)
4. California (294)
5. Stanford (282.50)
6. Arizona State (170)
7. Washington State (131)
8. Washington (115)
9. Oregon State (102)

EVENT WINNERS & STANFORD PARTICIPANTS ONLY (FINAL RESULTS ONLY)200 FREESTYLE RELAY
1. California `A' (1:30.78) 'A'
3. Stanford `A' - Cropper, Champion, Bennett, Baumgartner - (1:33.96)

500 FREESTYLE
1. Jessica Foschi, Stanford (4:39.74) 'A'
3. Lauren Thies, Stanford (4:46.14) 'A'10. Jessie Carr, Stanford (4:52.93) 'B'

200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY
1. Shelly Ripple, Stanford (1:57.83) 'A'
20. Tara Kirk, Stanford (2:05.46)
DQ. Alexis Oakland, Stanford (DQ)

50 FREESTYLE
1. Haley Cope, California (22.32) 'A'
11. Kelly Bennett, Stanford (23.60)
20. Megan Baumgartner, Stanford (23.97)

1-METER DIVING
1. Kellie Brennan, USC (317.00)
3. Erin Sones, Stanford (279.05)
7. McKenze Murphy, Stanford (267.15)

400 MEDLEY RELAY
1. Stanford `A' - Ripple, Kirk, Hyman, Thies - 3:35.40 'A'
'A' - NCAA 'A' Qualifying Standard
'B' NCAA 'B' Qualifying Standard

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