No. 1 Women's Swimming And Diving Takes Lead After First Day Of 2002 Pac-10 Championships

Feb. 28, 2002

Long Beach, Calif./Tucson, Ariz. - Top-ranked Stanford sits atop the team scoring after the first day of the 2002 Pac-10 Women's Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday. Shelly Ripple (200 IM) and Lacey Boutwell (50 free) were individual winners for the Cardinal. Stanford's 400 medley relay team of Amy Wagner, Tara Kirk, Ripple and Sarah Jones were also victorious, making Stanford a winner in three of the day's six events.

The Cardinal scored 442 points with California (366) and USC (365.5) in second and third place, respectively. The field is rounded out by Arizona (297), UCLA (259), Arizona State (228), Washington (132.5), Washington State (129) and Oregon State (97).

Ripple defended her Pac-10 title in the 200 IM and set a new Pac-10 meet record with a season-best time of 1:56.64. Boutwell won her first career Pac-10 title with a mark of 22.93 in the 50 free. The 400 medley relay team clocked in at 3:36.54, the best time in the event by the Cardinal this season. The marks by Ripple and the 400 medley relay team were NCAA 'A' marks, while Boutwell's time was an NCAA 'B' mark.

California won the first event of the finals session, setting a new meet record of 1:30.47 in the 200 free relay with a team of Staciana Stitts, Natalie Coughlin, Danielle Becks and Michelle Harper. The Cardinal finished a close second in 1:30.96 with a group of Boutwell, Ripple, Jones and Sara Watchorn.

Arizona's Emily Mason pulled the biggest upset on the first day of the meet by defeating Stanford's Jessica Foschi in the 500 free, breaking an 18-race win streak in the event for the defending NCAA champion. Mason set a new meet record with a time of 4:38.79 with Foschi clocking in at 4:39.49 for second place. Stanford's Evins Cameron finished seventh in the 500 free with a season-best time of 4:48.32.

USC's Blythe Hartley won the 1-meter diving competition with a score of 325.50.

Stanford had four divers in the Top 10, led by Ashlee Rosenthal's second-place finish with 286.80 points. McKenze Murphy finished seventh (252.85) with Kim Powers eighth (246.05) and Alexis Sowa ninth (235.95).

Stanford's Alexis Oakland (2:01.91) and Tara Kirk (2:02.37) were also finalists in the 200 IM, finishing ninth and 17th.

Jones (23.39) and Watchorn (23.37) finaled for the Cardinal in the 50 free, finishing sixth and ninth.

The 2002 Pac-10 Championships continues with the second day of the three-day event on Friday, March 1. The swimming competition is being held at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach, California. The diving events are being held at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center in Tucson, Arizona.

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