No. 4 Stanford Evens Pac-10 Record With 159-141 Win At No. 16 Arizona State

Jan. 25, 2003

Tempe, Ariz. - No. 4 Stanford (5-2, 1-1 Pac-10) evened its Pac-10 record with a 159-141 win at No. 16 Arizona State (4-4, 0-4) on Saturday at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center. Tara Kirk had another big day for the Cardinal by defeating rival Agnes Kovacs in both the 100 and 200 breast. Kirk remained unbeaten collegiately in the 100 breast with her 21st straight win in the event by swimming an NCAA 'A' mark of 1:00.55 to defeat the second-place Kovacs (1:02.51) by nearly two full seconds. Kirk, who already has the best time in the 100 breast (59.74) this season, came back later in the meet to edge Kovacs in the 200 breast in a time of 2:09.66, also the best time in the nation this season. Kovacs, who had come into the 200 breast with the nation's top time (2:09.90), finished second to Kirk in 2:10.88.

Stanford won for the 19th in its last 21 dual meets.

Stanford also had two other swimmers win a pair of events in Kristen Caverly and Dana Kirk. Caverly captured the 200 back (1:59.58) and the 200 IM (2:00.93). Kirk swept the fly events by capturing the 100 (season-best 54.40) and 200 (2:00.57). All four winning times were NCAA 'B' marks. Caverly outraced second-place Kovacs (2:03.42) in the 100 IM.

Amy Wagner, Lacey Boutwell and Ashlee Rosenthal added one victory each for Stanford to give the Cardinal nine wins in 16 events. Wagner captured the 100 back in a season-best and NCAA 'B' time of 56.45. Boutwell tied her season-best time to win the 200 free in an NCAA 'B' mark of 1:49.04. Rosenthal won the three-meter diving competition by scoring 316.20 points.

Stanford's diving was a key with the Cardinal outscoring Arizona State, 23-15. Stanford finished 1-3-4 in the three-meter and 2-3-4 in the one-meter. Michaela Skloven finished third in both events for the Cardinal, scoring 277.80 points in the three-meter and 254.33 in the one-meter. McKenze Murphy was fourth in both events (270.45 three-meter, 248.40 one-meter).

Anna Strohl's second-place finish in the 200 fly (2:05.32) also gave the Cardinal a key 1-2 showing in the event.

Arizona State won both relays to outscore the Cardinal in relay events, 24-10. A team of Florencia Szigeti, Kovacs, Florence Mauro and Claire Hedenskog captured the 200 medley relay in an NCAA 'B' mark of 1:43.40. Szigeti, Mauro, Erin Baldinger and Hedenskog won the 200 free relay in 1:34.13.

Arizona State also had individual winners in Kathryn Hennesy (1000 free, 10:09.48), Hedenskog (50 free, 23.46, NCAA 'B' mark), Szigeti (100 free, 50.86 NCAA 'B' mark), Sandra Steffenson (500 free, 4:56.94) and Trisha Tumlinson (one-meter diving, 285.15).

The Cardinal will return home to host No. 13 UCLA (Friday, January 31, 1 pm, PST) and No. 5 USC (Saturday, February 1, 12 pm, PDT).

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