Women's Swimming Finishes Second After Final Day Of Texas Invitational

Dec. 2, 2001

Austin, Tex. - Top-ranked Stanford finished in second place after the final day of action at the 2001 Texas Invitational as host Texas (719) earned the team title. The Cardinal scored 598 points, while four other Pac-10 schools rounded out the top six places with Arizona (492) taking third, followed by Arizona State (464), California (419.50) and USC (395). Stanford senior Shelly Ripple continued her dominance in the 200 yard fly, winning the event for the fourth straight time this year with a season-best mark and NCAA 'A' Qualifying Standard of 1:55.12. Ripple finished third in the 200 yard back as well, also recording a season-best and NCAA 'A' mark.

California's Natalie Coughlin concluded an incredible meet with her fifth individual victory, capturing the 100 yard free by meeting the NCAA 'A' mark with a time of 47.76 that just missed her second American record of the meet.

Stanford also had a pair of second-place individual showings. Sophomore Tara Kirk posted a season-best time and NCAA 'A' mark of 2:08.84 in the 200 yard breast, while senior Kim Powers was the runner-up in the platform diving competition with 410.75 points.

Powers led yet another strong effort by the Cardinal divers as Stanford finished in four of the top seven spots in the platform event. Junior McKenze Murphy placed third (399.50), followed by senior Alexis Sowa (5th, 358.90) and freshman Ashlee Rosenthal (7th, 352.25).

Other event winners included Arizona's Beth Botsford in the 200 yard back (1:53.76), Arizona State's Agnes Kovacs in the 200 yard breast (2:07.98), Texas' Nicole Pohorenec in platform diving (461.95) and a Texas 400 yard free relay squad (3:19.35). All swimming times met NCAA 'A' marks with Botsford, Kovacs and Pohorenec all setting new meet records.

Stanford had several other participants in Sunday evening's finals session.

Senior Alexis Oakland finished 23rd in the 200 yard backstroke (2:05.83), while freshman Lacey Boutwell was the team's top finisher in the 100 yard free (50.85).

Freshmen Tenley Bick (12th, 2:18.77) and Emily Carter (21st, 2:21.57) supported Kirk in the 200 yard breast.

Bick also finished 21st in the 200 yard fly (2:07.96), while Claire Henderson (22nd, 2:08.22) and Katie Ladewski (23rd, 2:09.24) competed in the event as well.

Stanford's 'B' team of freshmen Sarah Jones and Tami Ransom, Kirk and sophomore Megan Baumgartner placed 10th in the 400 yard free relay (3:30.80).

Stanford's next scheduled meet is its Pac-10 opener at home versus Arizona on Friday, January 25 (Noon).

1. Texas (719), 2. Stanford (598), 3. Arizona (492), 4. Arizona State (464), 5. California (419.5), 6. USC (395), 7. Auburn (384.5), 8. Wisconsin (373), 9. TCU (85), 10. UCLA (60), 11. Rice (16), 12. Nebraska (12), 13. Hawaii (3), 14. SMU (1).

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