Women's Swimming Remains In Second After Second Day Of Texas Invitational

Dec. 1, 2001

Austin, Tex. - Top-ranked Stanford remained in second place after the second day of action at the 2001 Texas Invitational as the Cardinal (437 points) trails host Texas (506) in the team scoring. Arizona (363), Arizona State (333) and California (287) complete the top five. Sophomore Tara Kirk (100 yard breast) and junior McKenze Murphy (3-meter diving) both had individual victories for the Cardinal. California's Natalie Coughlin won a pair of events, setting a new American record in the 100 yard back (50.90) and also capturing the 200 yard free (1:43.77).Kirk, the only Stanford swimmer to ever break the 1:00 mark in the 100 yard breast, won the event with a season-best and NCAA 'A' Qualifying mark of 59.51.

Murphy led a strong Stanford team showing in the 3-meter diving event by winning with a score of 500.20. The Cardinal had four of the top six divers in the 3-meter competition. Senior Kim Powers followed Murphy with a fourth-place showing (485.20 points, 491.80 prelims), while freshmen Erica Sorgi (5th, 465.65) and Ashlee Rosenthal (6th, 459.35) were also among the top six in the event.

The Cardinal also had a pair of third-place showings from senior Shelly Ripple in the 100 yard back (54.00) and a team of Ripple, freshman Lacey Boutwell, junior Sara Watchorn and senior Jessica Foschi in the 800 yard free relay (7:19.19). Ripple met the NCAA 'A' mark in the 100 yard back, while the relay squad met the NCAA 'B' standard.

Other event winners included the Arizona 200 yard medley relay team (1:39.97), Auburn's Maggie Bowen in the 400 yard IM (4:09.86) and the Texas 800 yard free relay squad (7:14.58).All winning swimmers and relay teams set new meet records in their respective events.Stanford had several other participants in Saturday evening's finals session.

A 200 yard free relay team of Boutwell, Kirk, Ripple and freshman Sarah Jones finished fourth with an NCAA 'B' Qualifying time of 1:41.01. Stanford's 'B' team of sophomore Megan Baumgartner, freshman Kirsten Gilbert, sophomore Haley Champion and Watchorn finished 13th with a time of 1:46.22 (1:45.50 prelims).

The Cardinal had five swimmers in the 400 yard IM with Foschi leading the group with a ninth-place finish and an NCAA 'B' mark (4:16.09), followed by four freshman (Tenley Bick, 16th, 4:25.64, Evins Cameron, 17th, 4:25.64, Claire Henderson, 21st, 4:29.93, Tami Ransom, 23rd, 4:31.78).

In the 200 yard free, Ripple placed fifth (1:48.44) and Boutwell was 10th (1:48.26).Other joining individual champion Kirk in the 100 yard breast were freshman Kirsten Gilbert (16th, 1:05.74), Bick (20th, 1:06.14) and senior Alexis Oakland (21st, 1:06.18).

Baumgartner (13th, 56.70) and freshman Sarah Jones (21st, 57.50) supported Ripple in the 100 yard back.

Stanford also had a 'B' team of Cameron, Ransom, Jones, and freshman Katie Ladewski in the 800 yard free relay that finished ninth (7:32.92).

The Texas Invitational concludes on Sunday (prelims - 8:00 a.m., PT, finals - 4:00 p.m., PT) and Sunday (prelims - 7:30 a.m., finals - 1:00 p.m., PT).

TEAM SCORES (AFTER DAY 2 OF 3)
1. Texas (506), 2. Stanford (437), 3. Arizona (363), 4. Arizona State (333), 5. California (287), 6. USC (276), 7. Auburn (246), 8. Wisconsin (237), 9. TCU (39), 10. UCLA (29), 11. Rice (16), 12. Nebraska (10), 13. Hawaii (3).

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