Women's Swimming In Second Place After First Day Of Texas Invitational

Nov. 30, 2001

Austin, Tex. - Stanford completed its first day of action at the 2001 Texas Invitational in second place as the Cardinal (204 points) trails host Texas (269) in the team scoring with Arizona (193), Arizona State (153) and Wisconsin (148) completing the top five. Seniors Jessica Foschi and Shelly Ripple had strong individual performances.

Foschi extended her string of victories in the 500 yard free to 13 straight meets with a dominating performance as she clocked an NCAA 'A' Qualifying Standard time of 4:38.95, beating her nearest competitor by more than two full seconds.

Ripple picked up a pair of second-place finishes in the 100 yard fly (52.81) and 200 yard IM (1:57.52), both NCAA 'A' marks. Ripple's time in the 100 yard fly set a new personal best and ranks No. 5 on Stanford's all-time list. California sophomore Natalie Coughlin won the event in a time of 51.22, just missing the NCAA record of 51.18 she set at the 2001 NCAA Championships. Coughlin was the only two-time winner on the first day of the event as she also captured the 50 yard free (22.21). Ripple was edged by a mere 0.01 second in the 200 yard IM as Auburn's Maggie Bowen (1:57.51) came away with the victory.

A Stanford 400 yard medley relay team of freshman Lacey Boutwell, sophomore Tara Kirk, Ripple and Foschi finished second with a time of 3:38.31.

Stanford's diving team had a tremendous day as the Cardinal had five of the top eight divers in the 1-meter competition. Senior Kim Powers was the top Stanford finisher in third-place (269.40 points), followed by freshman Erica Sorgi (5th, 258.65), junior McKenze Murphy (6th, 256.85, 268.10 prelims), freshman Ashlee Rosenthal (7th, 251.45) and freshman Lauren Donovan (8th, 240.75).

Other event winners included the Texas 200 yard free relay team (1:30.74), Longhorn diver Ally Hartzell in the 1-meter (288.70) and the Arizona 400 yard medley relay squad (3:37.43).All winning swimmers and relay teams set new meet records in their respective events.

Stanford had several other participants in Friday evening's finals session. A 200 yard free relay team of freshman Sara Jones, Boutwell, junior Sara Watchorn and Ripple finished fifth with an NCAA 'B' Qualifying time of 1:33.48. Stanford's 'B' team of sophomore Megan Baumgartner, Kirk, sophomore Haley Champion and freshman Tami Ransom finished 12th with a time of 1:36.63. Freshman Evins Cameron finished 12th in the 500 yard free with an NCAA 'B' mark of 4:53.00. Foschi (17th, 2:03.74, NCAA 'B' mark), Ransom (22nd, 2:06.33) and Cameron (23rd, 2:06.49, 2:06.16 prelims) all competed in the 200 yard IM. Freshman Sarah Jones placed 20th in the 50 yard free with a time of 23.74, while senior diver Alexis Sowa was 14th in the 1-meter (232.55 prelims). A 400 medley relay team of Baumgartner, freshman Emily Carter, senior Alexis Oakland and Watchorn finished 15th with a time of 3:53.10.

The Texas Invitational continues on Saturday (prelims - 8:00 a.m., PT, finals - 4:00 p.m., PT) and Sunday (prelims - 9:30 a.m., finals - 3:00 p.m., PT).

TEAM SCORES (DAY 1)
1. Texas (269), 2. Stanford (204), 3. Arizona (193), 4. Arizona State (153), 5. Wisconsin (148), 6. California (135), 7. USC (133), 8. Auburn (115), 9. UCLA (17), 10. Rice (16), 11. TCU (6), 12. Nebraska (4).

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