No. 1 Women's Swimming And Diving Wins 2002 Pac-10 Championships
March 2, 2002
Long Beach, Calif./Tucson, Ariz. - No. 1 Stanford has captured the team title after the final day of competition at the 2002 Pac-10 Women's Swimming and Diving Championships. The Cardinal finished with 1320.5 points in the three-day event, followed by USC (1197.5), Arizona (1151.5), California (1096), UCLA (1064), Arizona State (818.5), Oregon State (477), Washington (449.5) and Washington State (401.5). Stanford's Shelly Ripple, winner of a total of three individual events at the 2002 Pac-10 Championships, set a new meet record by winning the 200 fly in a time of 1:53.50, the second-best mark ever at Stanford. Jessica Foschi was also an individual winner for the Cardinal with a time of 16:08.46 in the 1650 free, winning the event at the Pac-10 Championships for the third straight year. Tara Kirk set a new school record in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:07.79 despite finishing second in the event.
'It feels good to be the Pac-10 champions again,' said a happy Stanford head coach Richard Quick. 'It's a real honor to win the title in the best conference in the nation. It was a fantastic meet and will prepare us for the NCAA Championships later this month.'
The Pac-10 title was Stanford's 14th in school history and its first since 1999.
California's Natalie Coughlin set her second American record of the meet with a time of 1:50.90 in the 200 back. Arizona State's Agnes Kovacs set a new Pac-10 meet record in the 200 breast with a time of 2:07.75, just .04 seconds ahead of Kirk. Other individual winners were Arizona's Sarah Tolar in the 100 free (49.32) and USC's Nicci Fusaro in platform diving (474.60).
Arizona won the 400 free relay in a time of 3:17.91 with a team of Jenny Vanker, Katie Zimbone, Tolar and Kristen Brennen. Stanford also reached the NCAA 'A' qualifying standard in the event for the first time this season with a time of 3:19.66 recorded by Ripple, Foschi, Haley Champion and Lacey Boutwell.
Boutwell had an impressive second place finish in the 100 free, equaling a personal-best time of 49.38.
Evins Cameron (9th, 16:38.60), Katy Blakemore (20th, 17:08.95) and Erin Glenn (23rd, 17:13.81) all scored in the 1650 free. Cameron and Blakemore recorded personal-best marks, while Glenn's was a season-best.
Alexis Oakland (8th, 2:00.80, 1:58.88 prelims) was in the championship final in the 200 back, while Amy Wagner finished 11th (2:00.35). Wagner's time was a personal-best, while Oakland's prelim effort was a season-best.
Tami Ransom (14th, 51.28, 51.07 prelims), Sara Watchorn (16th, 51.57, 51.01 prelims) and Champion (18th, 50.80) scored along with Boutwell in the 100 free. Champion recorded a personal-best time in the finals, while Ransom and Champion had season-bests in the prelims.
Kirsten Gilbert earned a spot in the championship final of the 200 breast (8th, 2:17.23, 2:16.24 prelims) after swimming a new personal-best in the prelims. Tenley Bick finished 20th with a time of 2:19.77 (2:19.62 prelims).
The Cardinal had another strong and deep diving effort as six team members placed among the Top 20 in the platform competition. McKenze Murphy (387.45) led the group with a fifth place finish, followed by Erica Sorgi (6th, 379.75), Ashlee Rosenthal (7th, 379.10), Lauren Donovan (12th, 329.65), Alexis Sowa (13th, 326.50) and Erin Lashnits (20th, 274.55).
Stanford will be out of action for nearly three weeks before competing at the 2002 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas (Thursday-Saturday, March 21-23). The Cardinal has won eight NCAA titles all-time (nine national titles) with the team's most recent national championship in 1998.