Top-Ranked Women's Swimming Resumes Season At Texas Invitational Friday

Nov. 27, 2001

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Friday-Sunday, November 30-December 2 - at Texas Invite*
Friday, November 30 (10:00 a.m. - Prelims, 6:00 p.m. - Finals)
Saturday, December 1 (10:00 a.m. - Prelims, 6:00 p.m. - Finals)
Sunday, December 2 (9:30 a.m. - Prelims, 3:00 p.m. - Finals)
*Meet to be held at the Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center (Austin, TX)
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Top-ranked Stanford will conclude its fall season by competing at the Texas Invitational this Friday-Sunday, November 30-December 2 ... Stanford vaulted to its top-ranking by knocking off defending champion Georgia (158.5-141.5) and perennial national power Texas (168-132) in a three-day span (October 24-26) ... Stanford also won its 2001-02 season with a dual meet victory (143-117) over Pacific on October 12 ... Stanford has three returning 2001 NCAA champions on this year's team in seniors Shelly Ripple and Jessica Foschi, as well as sophomore Tara Kirk.

The teams competing against the Cardinal at this year's Texas Invite include Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, California, Nebraska, Rice, USC, Texas, TCU and Wisconsin. Nine of the 11 teams in this year's field are currently ranked in the latest CSCAA Top 25 poll. Last year, Stanford placed second at the event with 529.5 points with UCLA (553.5) the team winner. Tara Kirk had the team's best individual performance last season, winning both the 100 and 200 yard breast.

The Stanford women's swimming and diving program has been the most successful in NCAA Division I history. Stanford has won the most NCAA Division I titles with eight (nine national titles) and has finished in at least third place throughout the entire 21-year history of the NCAA Championships. Stanford has won six NCAA titles since 1991-92. The Cardinal has also finished third or better nationally for each of the last 26 seasons, including a second-place finish at the NCAA Championships last year. Stanford is in its 28th season of women's swimming and diving and has posted an all-time dual meet record of 206-16 (.928). Stanford women's swimmers and divers have claimed 71 individual NCAA titles and 38 relay crowns.

Stanford's roster for the 2001-02 season stands at 33, which is 14 more than the 19 members of last year's team. The Cardinal has a total of 19 newcomers (14 swimmers, five divers), while 13 letterwinners return from last year, as does senior diver Kim Powers (redshirted 2000-01 season due to an injury).

Following the Texas Invite this Friday-Sunday, the next scheduled meet for the team will be its Pac-10 opener versus Arizona at the Avery Aquatic Center on Friday, January 25 (12:00 p.m.). The Cardinal will also host Arizona State the following day on Saturday, January 26 (12:00 p.m.).

Stanford has opened the season with three impressive victories over Pacific, as well as defending national champion Georgia and perennial national power Texas.

Stanford closed out its fall dual meet season with a convincing 168-132 victory over perennial national power Texas. Stanford won 12 of the meet's 16 events as Shelly Ripple led the Cardinal for the third straight meet with three victories. Ripple won the 100 yard fly, 200 yard fly and 200 yard back. Senior Jessica Foschi (500 yard free, 1650 yard free) and Tara Kirk (100 yard breast, 200 yard breast) both added a pair of individual victories. Stanford's other winners were Amy Wagner (100 yard back), Lacey Boutwell (100 yard free), Tami Ransom (400 yard IM) and Kim Powers (3-meter diving). The Cardinal also won the 400 yard medley relay. Individual winners for Texas were Lauren Thies (200 yard free), Joscelin Yeo (50 yard free) and Nicole Pohorenic (1-meter diving). The Longhorns also captured the 400 yard free relay.

Stanford knocked off defending national champion Georgia, 158.5-141.5 as the Cardinal captured 10 of the meet's 16 events and tied for another. Shelly Ripple won three events (200 yard fly, 200 yard back, 200 yard IM), while Jessica Foschi (500 yard free, 1000 yard free) added a pair of individual victories. Tara Kirk won the 100 yard breast and tied for the 200 yard breast win with Georgia's Ashley Robley in her first meet of the season. Other winners for the Cardinal included Amy Wagner (100 yard back), Erica Sorgi (1-meter diving) and Ashlee Rosenthal (3-meter diving). Stanford also won the 200 yard medley relay. Georgia was paced by two-time individual winner Maritza Correia (50 yard free, 100 yard free), while Stephanie Williams (200 yard free) and Katie Yevak (100 yard free) also picked up victories for the Bulldogs. In addition, Georgia won the 400 yard free relay.

Stanford opened the 2001-02 campaign with a 143-117 home victory over Pacific on October 12. Stanford senior Shelly Ripple won three events (200 yard fly, 100 yard fly, 200 yard IM) in her first meet of the season, while senior Jessica Foschi (500 yard free, 1000 yard free) and freshman Sara Jones (50 yard free, 100 yard free) won two events each. Pacific had two-time individual winners in Heidi Schmidt (100 yard breast, 200 yard breast) and Sarah Marshall (100 yard back, 200 yard back). Robin Errecart (200 yard free) was Pacific's other individual winner. The Tigers also won both relay events (400 yard medley relay, 400 yard free relay) as the teams each won seven of the 14 events contested.

Shelly Ripple and Tara Kirk have both posted NCAA 'A' Qualifying standards in a pair of events in Stanford's first three meets. Lacey Boutwell and Jessica Foschi have both reached the 'A' Qualifying mark in one event. Below is a list of all of Stanford's current NCAA 'A' Qualifiers with their events, best time in the event and the date the time was recorded.

Lacey Boutwell - 200 yard free (1:47.19, 10/24/01)
Jessica Foschi - 500 yard free (4:45.72, 10/24/01)
Tara Kirk - 100 yard breast (1:01.30, 10/24/01), 200 yard breast (2:13.90, 10/24/01)
Shelly Ripple - 200 yard fly (1:57.26, 10/24/01), 200 yard IM (2:00.54, 10/24/01)

Several Stanford swimmers and relay teams make a strong showing on the first Speedo/CSCAA College Best Times List of the 2001-02 season. A complete list of Stanford's entries among the nation's Top 25 times is listed below. Shown in the list are the name of the swimmer, name of the event, ranking, time and date.

Lacey Boutwell - 200 yard free (No. 3, 1:47.19, 10/24/01), 100 yard free (No. 11, 50.67, 10/24/01), 20 yard fly (No. 19, 55.88, 10/24/01)
Jessica Foschi - 500 yard free (No. 2, 4:45.72, 10/24/01), 1000 yard free (No. 6, 9:55.92, 10/24/01), 1650 yard free (No. 13, 16:55.75, 10/26/01), 200 yard free (No. 23, 1:49.91, 10/12/01)
Tara Kirk - 100 yard breast (No. 2, 1:01.30, 10/24/01), 200 yard breast (No. 5, 2:13.90, 10/24/01)
Tami Ransom - 400 yard IM (No. 8, 4:18.53, 10/26/01)
Shelly Ripple - 200 yard fly (No. 1, 1:57.26, 10/24/01), 200 yard IM (No. 2, 2:00.54, 10/24/01), 100 yard fly (No. 6, 55.09, 10/12/01), 200 yard back (No. 10, 2:00.58, 10/24/01)
Amy Wagner - 100 yard back (No. 7, 55.51, 10/24/01)
200 Yard Medley Relay - (No. 1, 1:41.75, 10/24/01)
400 Yard Medley Relay - (No. 2, 3:41.90, 10/26/01)
400 Yard Free Relay - (No. 22, 3:27.46, 10/24/01)

1. Stanford (8), 2. Georgia, 3. USC, 4. Auburn, 5. Arizona, 6. Texas, 7. California, 8. Florida, 9. SMU, 10. UCLA, 11. North Carolina, 11. Arizona State, 13. Notre Dame, 14. Penn State, 15. Wisconsin, 15. Virginia, 17. Northwestern, 17. Northwestern, 19. Alabama, 20. Minnesota, 21. Michigan, 22. LSU, 23. Rice, 24. Princeton, 25. Pacific ... First-place votes in parenthesis

Shelly Ripple and Tara Kirk have remained undefeated in individual events during the first three Stanford meets of the season. Ripple is undefeated in four different individual events, winning all three of her individual events at each of Stanford's first three meets for nine consecutive individual victories. She has won all three 200 yard fly events she has entered, while posting a pair of wins in the 100 yard fly, 200 yard back and 200 IM. Kirk has won both times she entered the 200 yard breast, while winning a 100 yard breast and tying for first in the other. Jessica Foschi is also unbeaten in the 500 yard free (3-0), 1000 yard free (2-0) and 1650 yard free (1-0). Foschi does have a second and a sixth-place finish in a pair of 200 yard free entries.

Jessica Foschi and Tara Kirk have both extended individual winning streaks. Foschi has won the 500 yard free in each of her last 12 collegiate meets, while Tara Kirk has picked victories all 10 times she has entered the 100 yard breast in collegiate meets.

Freshman Amy Wagner picked up a pair of impressive victories for the Cardinal by winning the 100 yard back in dual meets versus both Georgia (10/24/01) and Texas (10/26/01).

The Stanford diving team competed in a pair of diving only meets in early November by hosting the Stanford Diving Invite (November 2-3) and traveling to the Trojan Diving Invite (November 8-10). Cardinal divers made a strong showing at both meets as six divers posted NCAA Qualifying marks.

Richard Quick is in his 14th year at the helm of the Stanford women's swimming and diving program. Quick's Stanford teams have won seven NCAA titles, including six in the past 10 seasons, while never finishing lower than third. He has won a total of 12 NCAA titles during his collegiate coaching career, the most in the history of Division I coaching.

Quick has led Stanford to 11 Pacific-10 Conference crowns. He has lost only five dual meets while at Stanford, sporting a dual meet record of 98-5 (.951) while coaching 75 All-Americans to 644 All-American honors. In addition, Quick has helped develop 38 NCAA champions at Stanford who have captured a combined 54 NCAA individual and 27 relay titles. Along the way, he has picked up five NCAA Coach of the Year honors and four Pac-10 Coach of the Year awards, most recently being honored by the Pacific-10 in 2000-01.

Quick's success is not limited to the Stanford campus. In 25 years as a collegiate head coach, he has compiled an overall dual meet record of 187-34 (.846) and a 155-25 (.861) record as a women's head coach. Quick has led his teams to 17 conference crowns, all on the women's side. Before coming to The Farm, Quick led the University of Texas to a then-unprecedented five straight NCAA titles (1984-1988), a string he extended to six straight in his first season with the Cardinal. To put things in perspective, of the past 18 NCAA titles awarded, Richard Quick coached squads have captured 12 of them.

Quick is also arguably the top women's swimming coach in the world with three stints as the Olympic head coach for the U.S. Women's Swimming Team and as a five-time member of the U.S. coaching staff at the Games.

(on this year's Stanford team)
'I really think our team has a chance to compete with the best teams in the nation. It should be a really exciting season. We need our experienced people to come through and have some of the new people step up, but we have a great mix. The leadership is extraordinary and the rest of the team should be able to feed off that leadership. This team seems to have a really nice chemistry and that makes a big difference.'
(on the trio of returning NCAA champions Jessica Foschi, Tara Kirk and Shelly Ripple)
'Obviously, our team is led by Shelly, Jessica and Tara. We will rely upon the leadership that we know they will provide. Not only are all three of them great athletes, but they are great leaders and great examples of doing what it takes to get it done. If the rest of the team can feed off that leadership, it will make a big difference.'
(on the early season victories over Georgia and Texas)
'We faced two great teams in Georgia and Texas. For us to come away with two victories was extremely significant, and it's a good step towards where we want to be in March (at the NCAA Championships).'

The Cardinal has been led early in the season in the sprint freestyle events by freshman Lacey Boutwell, who has already recorded an NCAA 'B' Qualifying Standard in the 100 yard free (50.67) and won the event versus Texas (10/26/01). Boutwell, Megan Baumgartner, Haley Champion, Sarah Jones, Allison Kirkwood and Sarah Watchorn have all competed in both the 50 and 100 yard free. Jones won the 50 yard free (50.16) in the team's season-opener versus Pacific (10/12/01), while no other NCAA Qualifying Standards have been recorded.

DISTANCE FREESTYLE (200, 500, 1000, 1650)
Jessica Foschi leads the team in both the 500 and 1650 yard free events, as well as the 1000 yard free (not an NCAA Championship event). Foschi, the defending NCAA champion in the 500 yard free, has won all six times she has entered one of those three events this season and has posted NCAA 'B' Qualifying Standards in both the 500 (4:45.72, 10/24/01) and 1650 (16:55.75, 10/26/01).

Lacey Boutwell has led the team in the 200 yard free, already picking up an NCAA 'A' Qualifying Standard with a time of 1:47.19 to finish second in the event against Georgia (10/24/01). Boutwell also finished second in the 200 yard free versus Georgia. Foschi (1:49.91, 10/12/01) and Tami Ransom (1:50.30, 10/26/01) have also posted NCAA 'B' Qualifying Standards in the 200 yard free.

Other competitors in the 200 yard free have included Evins Cameron, Sarah Umetsu, Sara Watchorn, Emily Carter and Crystal Rawlings. Cameron, Erin Glenn, Claire Henderson, Umetsu and Katy Blakemore have also competed in the 1000 yard free. Cameron, Henderson and Blakemore have also joined Foschi in the 1650 yard free.

BUTTERFLY (100, 200)
The versatile Shelly Ripple has been the team's clear leader in the butterfly events as she has won all five butterfly events she has entered. Ripple has three victories in the 200 yard fly and has already posted an NCAA 'A' Qualifying Standard of 1:57.26 versus Georgia (10/24/01). Ripple also has a 'B' mark in the 100 yard fly of 55.09 (10/12/01) against Pacific.

Lacey Boutwell has the team's other 'B' mark in a fly event with a time of 55.88 against Georgia (10/24/01) in the 100 yard fly.

Other competitors in the 100 yard fly have included Amy Wagner, Katie Ladewski and Haley Champion. Ladewski, Erin Glenn and Courtney Brigham have joined Ripple in the 200 yard fly.

BACKSTROKE (100, 200)
Amy Wagner has emerged as the team's leader in the 100 yard back by winning the event versus both Georgia (10/24/01) and Texas (10/26/01). Wagner recorded her best mark of the year and an NCAA 'B' Qualifying Standard time of 55.51 versus Georgia.

Shelly Ripple has picked up a pair of victories in the 200 yard back and recorded her top time of the season with a NCAA 'B' Qualifying Standard of 2:00.58 versus Georgia (10/24/01).

Other competitors in the 100 yard back have included Alexis Oakland, Megan Baumgartner, Sarah Jones and Haley Champion (relay split). Tami Ransom, Wagner and Oakland have joined Ripple in the 200 yard back.

Tara Kirk, the defending NCAA champion in the 100 yard breaststroke, is Stanford's leader in both breaststroke events. After missing the season-opener versus Pacific due to illness, Kirk came on to win the 100 yard breast and co-win the 200 yard breast versus Georgia, setting NCAA 'A' marks of 1:01.30 (100) and 2:13.90 (200) in both events. Kirk also won both events versus Texas (10/26/01).

Four others (Kirsten Gilbert, Amber Rais, Tenley Bick, Emily Carter) have competed in both events this year for the Cardinal.

Shelly Ripple has paced Stanford in the 200 yard IM this season, recording an NCAA 'A' Qualifying Standard of 2:00.54 versus Georgia (10/24/01) and picking up victories both times she entered the event this year. Tami Ransom has been the team's top performer in the 400 yard IM, winning the event against Texas (10/26/01) with an NCAA 'B' mark of 4:18.53. Ransom has also been a factor in the 200 yard IM with an NCAA 'B' mark of 2:02.41 against Georgia (10/24/01), while Jessica Foschi has an NCAA 'B' mark in the 400 yard IM against Texas (10/26/01).

Other individual medley competitors for the Cardinal have included Evins Cameron, Alexis Oakland and Tenley Bick in the 200 yard IM, as well as Cameron and Bick in the 400 yard IM.

FREESTYLE RELAYS (200, 400, 800)
The Cardinal has yet to record a victory in the free relay events. The team has had entries in the 400 yard free relay in each of its three meets, with its top squad of Lacey Boutwell, Sarah Jones, Jessica Foschi and Sara Watchorn finishing third against Georgia (10/24/01) with a time of 3:27.46 and a group of Jones, Foschi, Tami Ransom and Megan Baumgartner also finishing third against Texas (10/26/01) with a mark of 3:30.03.

Stanford has yet to swim either the 200 or 800 yard free relay this season.

MEDLEY RELAYS (200, 400)
Stanford has fared well in the medley relays early in the season. A team of Amy Wagner, Tara Kirk, Shelly Ripple and Tami Ransom recorded an NCAA 'B' Qualifying Standard and a victory in the 200 yard medley relay against Georgia (10/24/01). Wagner, Kirk, Ripple and Lacey Boutwell picked up a victory in the 400 yard medley relay versus Texas (10/26/01) with an NCAA 'B' mark.

Stanford's diving team has already participated in four events this season. The squad and its depth played a key role in the dual meet victories over Georgia (10/24/01) and Texas (10/26/01). Erica Sorgi (1-meter) and Ashlee Rosenthal (3-meter) picked up individual victories versus Georgia as the Cardinal finished 1-3-4 in the 1-meter and 1-2-3 in the 3-meter. In the win over Texas, Stanford finished 2-3-4 in the 1-meter, while Kim Powers won the 3-meter.

The Cardinal also hosted the Stanford Diving Invite (11/2-11/3/01) and competed at the Trojan Diving Invite (11/8-11/10/01).

A total of six Stanford divers have recorded NCAA Qualifying marks. The team's high scorers have been Ashlee Rosenthal (1-meter dual, 267.30, 10/26/01), McKenze Murphy (1-meter 6 optionals, 275.55, 11/8/01, 3-meter championship, 482.80, 11/9/01) and Kim Powers (3-meter dual, 283.65, 10/26/01, platform, 426.85, 11/3/01).

Stanford nearly won its ninth NCAA title (10th national) in 2000-01 when the Cardinal finished a mere 1.5 points behind first-place Georgia in the closest NCAA Championships ever. The Cardinal led the meet heading into the final event (800 yard free relay) thanks to an incredible effort from only nine NCAA qualifiers. The second-place finish was one spot better than in 2000 and extended Stanford's run of top three finishes at the NCAA Championships to 21, a streak that has spanned the entire history of the event.

Stanford had a great deal of individual success at the 2001 NCAA's as three of the top five individual high point scorers were from Stanford. Misty Hyman placed third with 54 points, while Jessica Foschi (51) and Shelly Ripple (49) were fourth and fifth.

The Cardinal won six of the 21 events at the NCAA Championships, more than any other school. Six different athletes were crowned NCAA champions 12 times. Four Stanford athletes won individual NCAA titles with victories by Jessica Foschi (500 yard free, 4:37.81), Misty Hyman (200 yard butterfly, 1:53.63), Tara Kirk (100 yard breaststroke, 59.18) and Erin Sones (platform diving, 463.05). Stanford also won the 200 (1:38.43) and 400 (3:32.43) yard medley relays with a team of Shelly Ripple, Kirk, Hyman and Siobhan Cropper in both events. The Cardinal set new NCAA, NCAA Meet and U.S. Open records in the 400 yard medley relay.

Stanford won 13 of the 21 events contested at the 2001 Pac-10 Championships (February 22-24 in Federal Way, Washington) but still finished fourth due to a lack of depth on the squad, the lowest the team had ever finished in the event. UCLA won the event with 1338.00 points, followed by Arizona (1289.50), USC (1112.50), Stanford (1085.50), California (1001.50), Arizona State (853.00), Washington State (432.00), Washington (365.00) and Oregon State (285.00).

Misty Hyman led Stanford with six Pac-10 individual championships. Hyman won the 100 and 200 yard fly, as well as the 100 yard back, and was also on Stanford title teams in the 200 yard medley relay, 400 yard medley relay and 800 yard freestyle relay. Shelly Ripple (200 yard IM, 200 yard medley relay, 400 yard medley relay, 800 yard freestyle relay) and Tara Kirk (100 yard breaststroke, 200 yard breaststroke, 200 yard medley relay, 400 yard medley relay) won four titles each. Jessica Foschi (500 yard freestyle, 1650 yard freestyle, 800 yard freestyle relay) and Lauren Thies (400 yard medley relay, 200 yard freestyle relay, 800 yard freestyle relay) followed with three each. Haley Champion (200 yard medley relay) and Erin Sones (platform diving) had one each.

Stanford finished the dual meet season with a 6-1 record and was 4-1 against five Pac-10 opponents. The Cardinal's only loss of the season came at the hands of #3 Arizona. The Cardinal rebounded six days later with a dominating 168-132 victory over then #2 UCLA. The Cardinal pulled out two wins in dramatic fashion over its final two weeks of the regular season, defeating Texas (190.50 - 181.50) on February 2-3 and California (151-149) in the regular season finale on February 10.

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