No. 1 Women's Swimming And Diving Rolls To 167-133 Win At No. 9 USC

Feb. 2, 2002

Los Angeles, Calif. - Top-ranked Stanford (7-0, 4-0 Pac-10) stayed unbeaten by defeating No. 9 USC (4-4, 0-4 Pac-10) by a score of 167-133 in a Pac-10 women's swimming and diving meet on Saturday. The dual meet victory was the 12th in a row for the Cardinal dating back to last season and sets up a Pac-10 showdown with No. 4 California at the Avery Aquatic Center on Saturday, February 16 (12:00 p.m.), the final dual meet of the season for both teams. The Golden Bears will also head into their regular season finale 4-0 in Pac-10 action and 6-1 overall.

'It's always nice to beat UCLA and USC,' said Quick about the back-to-back wins over the Bruins and Trojans on Friday and Saturday. 'Our team swam very tough in these two meets.'

Stanford won 12 of the meet's 15 events (3-meter diving unavailable) against USC as Lacey Boutwell (100 free, 200 free, 100 fly) and Shelly Ripple (200 fly, 200 back, 400 IM) led the way with three individual victories each. Jessica Foschi (500 free, 1650 free) and Tara Kirk (100 breast, 200 breast) added two wins each for the Cardinal. Stanford also won both relay events (400 medley, 400 free).

Boutwell picked up three individual victories for the third time in the last four dual meets, highlighted by a pair of season-best times and NCAA 'A' performances in the 100 free (49.38) and 100 fly (53.82). Boutwell also clocked in at 1:48.19 in the 200 free.

'Lacey Boutwell stepped up and swam extremely well, especially in the 100 free and 100 fly versus USC,' said Quick. 'She took another step toward reaching her full potential, which I believe is enormous.'

Ripple remained undefeated in the 200 fly this year with her eighth straight win in the event and a time of 1:56.92. Ripple also captured the 200 back in 1:58.99 and the 400 IM in 4:17.01.

Foschi, the defending NCAA champion in the 500 free, picked up her 17th straight victory in the event with a time of 4:50.67 and also won the 1650 free (16:36.89).Kirk swept the 100 and 200 breast in 1:00.19 and 2:12.95, respectively.

'I never want to take forgranted the great and consistent job that Jessica Foschi, Shelly Ripple and Tara Kirk always do,' added Quick.

Stanford's 400 medley relay team (3:42.20) consisted of Megan Baumgartner, Kirk, Ripple and Sarah Jones. Boutwell, Jones, Sara Watchorn and Foschi clocked in at 3:24.87 in the 400 free relay, the best performance by the Cardinal in the event this season.

Jenny Parmenter won the 50 free (23.67) and Katie Meyer captured the 100 back (56.37) for the Trojan swimmers. Blythe Hartley won the 1-meter diving competition with 327.37 points.

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