No. 4 Stanford Trails No. 1 Auburn, Leads Pacific After First Day
Nov. 22, 2002
Stanford, Calif. - No. 4 Stanford trails No. 1 Auburn and leads Pacific after the first day of a double-dual meet on Friday at the Avery Aquatic Center. Auburn, the defending national champion, holds a 94-69 lead over Stanford after nine of 18 events. Stanford (129-34) and Auburn (140-25) both lead Pacific.
The final nine events of the double-dual meet will be contested on Saturday (10 am). Stanford will have a string of 15 consecutive dual meet victories on the line.
Stanford won five of the nine events on Friday as Tara Kirk highlighted the Cardinal effort with a pool record and NCAA 'A' qualifying performance in the 100 breast (59.74). The victory extended Kirk's unbeaten collegiate string in the event to 19 in a row.
'Tara's time in the 100 breast was extraordinary,' said a pleased Stanford head coach Richard Quick. 'To set a new pool record this early in the season is quite an accomplishment. She's in great shape and swimming very well.'
Kristen Caverly also reached an NCAA 'A' mark with a time of 4:10.37 in the 400 IM and a second-place finish to defending NCAA champion Maggie Bowen of Auburn (4:09.90). Lacey Boutwell closed out Stanford's individual winners with victories in the 50 free (23.58) and 100 fly (55.10).
'Lacey's victories in the 50 free and 100 fly kept us in the meet for a while today,' added Quick. 'Kristin had a great race with Maggie Bowen today and put up a couple of lifetime bests in the 400 IM and 100 back.'
Auburn won the other four events of the day, including both free relays. Kirsty Coventry, Cassidy Maxwell, Heather Kemp and Bowen covered the 200 free relay in 1:33.71 to tie a pool record. Kemp, Margaret Hoelzer, Coventry and Bowen then broke a 22-year-old pool record by swimming 7:20.68 in the 800 free relay. Heather Kemp was Auburn's other individual winner with a victory in the 500 free (4:49.34).
Auburn used its depth to outscore Stanford as the Tigers placed 25 teams or individuals among the top five in events, while the Cardinal placed just 14 in that category. Auburn broke open a tight meet by placing 1-2-3 in the 500 free, the seventh event of the day.
'Auburn demonstrated today why they are the defending national champions and the odds-on-favorite to win again this year,' said Quick. 'They are a very talented and deep team. They don't have a weakness in their lineup. It will be a challenge for us to try to close the gap on them tomorrow.'
Pacific had a pair of fourth-place teams in the 400 medley and 800 free relays. The top individual finisher for Pacific was Shannon Catalano's fifth-place finish in the 100 yard butterfly.
TEAM SCORES - AFTER 9 OF 18 EVENTS
Auburn 96, Stanford 69
Stanford 129, Pacific 34
Auburn 140, Pacific 25
INDIVIDUAL WINNERS AND ALL STANFORD SWIMMERS ONLY
200 YARD FREE RELAY
1. Auburn 'A' (Kirsty Coventry 23.89, Cassidy Maxwell 23.16, Heather Kemp 23.15, Maggie Bowen 23.51) 1:33.71.
Stanford Swimmers - 2. Stanford 'A' (Lacey Boutwell 23.52, Tami Ransom 23.47, Sara Watchorn 23.84, Sarah Jones 23.62) 1:34.45; 3. Stanford 'B' (Megan Baumgartner 24.42, Tara Kirk 23.83, Dana Kirk 23.93, Ashley Daly 24.30) 1:36.48.
500 YARD FREE
1. Heather Kemp (Auburn) 4:49.34.
Stanford Swimmers - 4. Dana Kirk 4:53.84; 5. Evins Cameron 4:55.67; 8. Erin Glenn 5:05.48; 9. Anna Strohl 5:06.38; 11. Katy Blakemore 5:07.16; 12. Claire Henderson 5:08.12.
400 YARD MEDLEY RELAY
1. Stanford 'A' (Kristen Caverly 55.73, Tara Kirk 1:00.06, Dana Kirk 54.47, Lacey Boutwell 53.04) 3:43.30.
Other Stanford Swimmers - DQ. Stanford 'B' (Megan Baumgartner, Kirsten Gilbert, Ashley Daly, Sarah Jones).
800 YARD FREE RELAY
1. Auburn 'A' (Heather Kemp 1:47.94, Margaret Hoelzer 1:49.31, Kirsty Coventry 1:51.56, Maggie Bowen 1:51.87) 7:20.68.
Stanford Swimmers - 3. Stanford 'A' (Dana Kirk 1:52.45, Lacey Boutwell 1:55.91, Kristen Caverly 1:51.64, Tami Ransom 1:55.85) 7:35.85; 6. Stanford 'B' (Evins Cameron 1:55.92, Ashley Daly 1:56.80, Laura Davis 1:58.24, Sara Watchorn 1:58.06) 7:49.02.