No. 4 Stanford Upended In Pac-10 Opener At No. 10 Arizona, 166.5-132.5

Jan. 24, 2003

Tucson, Ariz. - No. 4 Stanford (4-2, 0-1 Pac-10) was upended 166.5-132.5 in its Pac-10 opener at No. 10 Arizona (4-1, 2-1 Pac-10) on Friday at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center. Arizona started the meet with victories in each of the first four events to build an early lead and won 10 of 16 races overall. The loss marked just the second time the Cardinal has been beaten in its last 20 dual meets.

Tara Kirk and Dana Kirk both won a pair of events for the Cardinal. Tara remained unbeaten in breaststroke events this season with victories in the 100 (1:01.06) and 200 breast (2:12.13), recording NCAA 'A' marks in both. Dana swept the 100 (54.71) and 200 (2:00.42) fly with season-best and NCAA 'B' qualifying times in both events. Kristen Caverly (400 IM, 4:21.59, NCAA 'B' mark) and Lacey Boutwell (50 free, 23.58) were also individual winners for the Cardinal.

Four Wildcats won a pair of events each to pace Arizona's victory. Beth Botsford swept the backstroke, recording an NCAA 'A' mark in the 100 (54.80) and an NCAA 'B' time in the 200 (1:58.27). Jessica Hayes swept the 100 (50.94) and 200 (1:49.59) free, recording NCAA 'B' times in both. Emily Mason swept the 500 (4:56.05) and 1000 (10:09.21) free. Claire Febvey won both diving events, scoring 173.65 points in the one-meter and 177.10 points in the three-meter.

Arizona also won both key relay events, outscoring the Cardinal by a total of 26-8 in the relays. A team of Botsford, Jessica Wagner, April Beltran and Marshi Smith edged Stanford (Caverly, T. Kirk, D. Kirk, Boutwell) in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:42.66, just ahead of Stanford's 1:42.72. Both marks were NCAA 'B' times. Hayes, Jenna Gresdal, Smith and Ryann Hackett won the 400 free relay in 1:34.54.

The Cardinal will travel to No. 16 Arizona State on Saturday, January 25 (12 pm, MST).

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