No. 8 Stanford To Defend Pac-10 Title Thursday-Saturday

Feb. 25, 2003

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THIS WEEK'S STANFORD MEET
Thursday-Saturday, February 27-March 1 (Prelims - 11 am; Finals - 6 pm)
Pac-10 Championships, Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatics Center, Federal Way, WA

A LOOK AT THE PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS
No. 8 Stanford (8-2, 4-1 Pac-10) will be attempting to defend its conference title at the 2003 Pac-10 Women's Swimming and Diving Championships this Thursday-Saturday. Stanford has won 14 of the 16 team titles in the history of the event. Stanford won last year's event, returning to the top after winning the first 13 consecutive crowns before falling to second in 2000 and fourth in 2001. The event will feature five of the nation's top 15 teams with No. 6 Arizona, No. 7 California, No. 9 USC, No. 12 UCLA and No. 15 Arizona State joining the eighth-ranked Cardinal. Arizona (2000) and UCLA (2001) won the meet in the two years the Cardinal fell out of the top spot. The meet will serve as final opportunity for individual swimmers and divers to qualify for the NCAA Championships to be hosted by Auburn from Thursday-Saturday, March 20-22. Stanford athletes have accounted for seven Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year honors, three Pac-10 Diver of the Year awards one Pac-10 Diving Freshman/Newcomer of the Year honor. Richard Quick has been named Pac-10 Swimming Coach of the Year four times and former coach George Haines once. Rick Schavone has been named the conference's Diving Coach of the Year four times. All told, Stanford has won 198 Pac-10 individual and relay titles.

2003 PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS ORDER OF EVENTS
Thursday - 200 free relay, 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 1-M diving, 400 medley relay
Friday - 200 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 3-M diving, 800 free relay
Saturday - 1650 free (no prelims), 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, platform diving, 400 free relay

WOMEN'S SWIMMING AND DIVING QUICK INDIVIDUAL NOTES
Stanford features seven-time NCAA champion Tara Kirk, currently the holder of the nation's best times this season in both the 100 (59.74) and 200 (2:09.66) breast ...Kirk also currently holds four American records (100, 200 breast; member of 200, 400 medley relay teams) and won NCAA titles in each of the four events in 2002 after winning three NCAA titles as a freshman (100 breast, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay) ... Kirk has extended her perfect string of victories in the 100 breast to 25 this season with wins the first eight times she has competed in the event during 2002-03 ... Kirk also has won all seven times she has competed in the 200 breast this season ... Kristen Caverly has three times that rank among the nation's top 10 marks this year through February 5 in the 400 IM (3rd, 4:10.37), 200 IM (10th, 1:59.58) and 200 breast (10th, 2:14.28) ... Kirk (100 breast, 200 breast) and Caverly (200 IM, 400 IM) have recorded NCAA 'A' qualifying marks this year ... Kirk leads the team with 15 dual meet individual victories this season, followed closely by Caverly (13) and Lacey Boutwell (13) ... Dana Kirk (7), Ashlee Rosenthal (5), Evins Cameron (3), McKenze Murphy (2) and Anna Strohl (1) have been Stanford's other individual winners ... Amy Wagner and Boutwell are both two-time NCAA champions, swimming the lead and anchor legs respectively on Stanford's winning 200 and 400 medley relay teams last year ... Boutwell earned five All-American honors in 2002, also taking eighth in the 100 free, and as a member of the Stanford's seventh-place 200 yard relay squad and eighth-place 800 yard relay team ... Wagner was a three-time All-American in 2002, also earning the honor in the 100 back with a ninth-place showing ... Other returning All-Americans from 2001-02 besides Tara Kirk and Boutwell include Wagner (100 back, member of 200 medley relay, member Sarah Jones (200 free relay), Tami Ransom (200 free relay), Rosenthal (three-meter diving) and Amy Wagner (100 back, 200 ) ... Stanford has four returning 2002 Pac-10 champions in Tara Kirk (100 breast, 200 breast, 400 medley relay), Boutwell (50 free), Jones (400 medley relay) and Wagner (400 medley relay) ... Stanford's freshman class includes four swimmers that have finaled at Senior Nationals in Caverly, Ashley Daly, Laura Davis and Dana Kirk.

STANFORD WOMEN'S SWIMMING AND DIVING QUICK TEAM NOTES
Stanford finished the regular season by winning its final four dual meets after dropping its Pac-10 opener at Arizona as both teams finished with 4-1 conference records, the only teams with one Pac-10 loss or fewer ... Stanford is currently ranked eighth in the latest CSCAA national poll ... Stanford has never lost three dual meets in a season during the 28 years (including this season) of the team's existence dating back to the 1974-75 campaign ... Stanford has won 22 of its last 24 dual meets and had won 15 straight dual meets before falling to Auburn (11/22-23) ... Stanford was 6-2 versus ranked teams in dual meets this season ... Stanford returns 18 letterwinners, including three NCAA champions, six All-Americans and nine of the 15 qualifiers for the 2002 NCAA Championships.

STANFORD WOMEN'S SWIMMING AND DIVING HISTORY
Stanford has won eight NCAA titles (1983,'89,'92,'93,'94,'95,'96,'98) with six in the last 11 years and nine national titles overall, including an AIAW title in 1980 ... Stanford has finished second twice (1999, 2001) and third (2000, '02) two other times at the NCAA Championships since its most recent national title in 1998 ... Stanford has finished in the top three at the NCAA's in each of the 22 years of the event and has finished in the top three nationally for 27 consecutive years ... Stanford has won 14 Pac-10 championships (1987-99, 2002) ... Stanford has an all-time dual meet record of 219-18 (.924) 29 seasons of dual meet competition ... Stanford has claimed 74 individual NCAA titles, 40 NCAA relay crowns, 142 Pac-10 individual championships and 56 Pac-10 relay titles.

STANFORD HAS WON 22 OF ITS LAST 24 DUAL MEETS
Stanford has won 22 of its last 24 dual meets dating back to the 2000-01 season. Stanford had a 15-match dual meet win streak snapped when the Cardinal lost to top-ranked Auburn as part of a double-dual meet versus Auburn and Pacific (11/22-23/02). The streak had begun with a victory over UCLA on January 26, 2001.

TARA KIRK UNBEATEN IN BREASTSTROKE EVENTS, EXTENDS UNDEFEATED STRING IN 100 BREAST TO 25
Tara Kirk is undefeated in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke this season, winning all eight times she has entered the 100 and each of six occasions in the 200. Kirk has won all 25 times she has entered the 100 breast in collegiate meets, which also includes nine as a sophomore and eight as a freshman. She broke her own Avery Aquatic Center pool record in the 100 breast earlier this season with a time of 59.74 in a double-dual meet versus Auburn/Pacific (11/22). Her former pool record was a mark of 1:00.23 versus California (2/16/02). The 59.74 time is also the best in the nation this season.

KRISTEN CAVERLY JUMPS ONTO ALL-TIME TOP 10 LIST IN THREE EVENTS
Kristen Caverly has made three new entries into the school's record book this season. Caverly has entered Stanford's record books at No. 3 in the 400 individual medley (4:10.37), No. 7 in the 200 breast (2:14.28) and No. 10 in the 200 individual medley (1:59.88).

TARA KIRK AND KRISTEN CAVERLY RECORD NCAA 'A' QUALIFYING MARKS
Tara Kirk and Kristen Caverly have become the first two Cardinal swimmers in 2002-03 to record NCAA 'A' qualifying marks. Kirk has reached the standard in both the 100 (59.74) and 200 (2:09.66) breast. Caverly has qualified in the 200 (1:59.88) and 400 (4:10.37) individual medley.

10 STANFORD SWIMMERS, FIVE RELAYS LISTED ON COLLEGESWIMMING.COM NATIONAL TOP 75 LISTS
The following Stanford swimmers and relay teams are listed on the most recent collegeswimming.com national top 75 lists thru February 5, 2003.
Lacey Boutwell - 100 free (No. 17, 50.17), 100 fly (No. 11, 54.32), 200 free (No. 22, 1:49.04), 50 free (No. 34, 23.38), 100 back (No. 66, 56.88)
Evins Cameron - 1000 free (No. 45, 10:04.42), 1650 free (No. 54, 16:53.30)
Kristen Caverly - 400 IM (No. 3, 4:10.37), 200 IM (No. 8, 1:59.88), 200 breast (No. 10, 2:14.28), 200 back (No. 14, 1:58.51), 100 breast (No. 18, 1:02.84), 100 back (No. 24, 55.73 ... relay split)
Ashley Daly - 200 IM (No. 21, 2:02.81), 100 fly (No. 71, 56.26)
Laura Davis - 100 fly (No. 53, 56.02), 200 breast (No. 74, 2:19.41)
Kirsten Gilbert - 100 breast (No. 25, 1:03.42), 200 breast (No. 49, 2:18.57)
Sarah Jones - 100 back (No. 75, 56.63)*
Dana Kirk - 100 fly (No. 14, 54.40), 200 fly (No. 20, 1:59.57)*, 200 free (No. 51, 1:49.76), 200 IM (No. 64, 2:04.25), 500 free (No. 68, 4:53.84)
Tara Kirk - 100 breast (No. 1, 59.74), 200 breast (No. 1, 2:09.66), 100 fly (unknown, 55.66)*
Amy Wagner - 100 back (No. 32, 55.94)
Relay Teams - 200 medley (No. 11, 1:42.72); 400 medley (No. 8, 3:42.39); 200 free (No. 14, 1:33.61); 400 free (No. 16, 3:22.52)*; 800 free (No. 40, 7:35.85)
*Indicates that a faster time has been recorded since February 5 but ranking updates have not been done since then

THREE AVERY AQUATIC CENTER POOL RECORDS GO DOWN IN 2002-03 REGULAR SEASON
Three Avery Aquatic Center pool records were broken in competition during the 2002-03 season. Stanford's Tara Kirk broke her own pool record in the 100 yard breast (11/22/02, 59.74). UCLA's 200 free relay team of Sara Platzer, Kim Vandenberg, Erica Shugart and Malin Svahnstrom set a new record with a time of 1:33.64 (1/31/03). Auburn's 800 free relay team of Heather Kemp, Margaret Hoelzer, Kirsty Coventry and Maggie Bowen set a new record with a time of 7:20.68.

CURRENT CSCAA WOMEN'S SWIMMING AND DIVING DIVISION I POLL (FEBRUARY 13, 2003)
1. Auburn (8), 2. Florida, 3. Georgia, 4. Texas, 5. SMU, 6. Arizona, 7. California, 8. Stanford, 9. USC, 10. Wisconsin, 11. North Carolina, 12. UCLA, 13. Virginia, 14. Penn State, 15. Arizona State, 16. Indiana, 17. Notre Dame, 18. Alabama, 19. Michigan, 20. Maryland, 21. Missouri, 22. Texas A&M, 23. Washington, 24. Florida State, 25T. Princeton, 25T. Purdue, 25T. Rutgers.

2002 PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS REVIEW (FEBRUARY 28-MARCH 2, 2002)
Stanford made its final preparations for the 2002 NCAA's by dominating the 2002 Pac-10 Championships to give the Cardinal its first title at the conference meet since 1999. A balanced and deep Stanford team scored 1320.5 points to outdistance second-place USC (1197.5) by 123 points. Shelly Ripple led the way by winning four Pac-10 titles, including three individual events. Ripple captured the 100 (52.16) and 200 (1:53.50) fly with career-best times in both and setting a new Pac-10 Meet record in the latter. Ripple also set a new Pac-10 Meet record with her victory in the 200 IM (1:56.64) and was part of Stanford's winning 400 medley relay team (3:36.54). Tara Kirk was the only other multiple champion, winning the 100 breast (58.68) and swimming on the 400 medley relay squad. Jessica Foschi and Lacey Boutwell were Stanford's other two individual winners with victories in the 1650 free (16:08.46) and 50 free (22.73), respectively. Sarah Jones and Amy Wagner were members of the winning 400 medley relay squad.

HEAD COACH RICHARD QUICK
Richard Quick is in his 15th year at the helm of the Stanford women's swimming and diving program. Quick's Stanford teams have won seven NCAA titles, including six in the past 11 seasons, while never finishing lower than third. He has won a total of 12 NCAA titles during his collegiate coaching career, the most in the history of Division I coaching. Quick has also led Stanford to 12 Pacific-10 Conference crowns. He won his first 57 dual meets at Stanford and has lost only six in his Cardinal career, sporting a dual meet record of 110-6 (.948) while coaching 82 All-Americans to 673 All-American honors. In addition, Quick has helped develop 40 NCAA champions at Stanford who have captured a combined 57 NCAA individual and 29 NCAA relay titles. Along the way, he has picked up five NCAA Coach of the Year honors and four Pacific-10 Coach of the Year awards, most recently being honored by the Pac-10 in 2000-01. Quick's success is not limited to the Stanford campus. Now in his 27th year as a collegiate head coach, he has compiled an overall dual meet record of 199-35 (.850) and a 167-26 (.865) record as a women's head coach. Quick has led his teams to 17 conference crowns, all on the women's side. Before coming to The Farm, Quick led Texas to a then-unprecedented five straight NCAA titles (1984-1988), a string he extended to six straight in his first season with the Cardinal. To put things in perspective, of the past 19 NCAA titles awarded, Richard Quick coached squads have captured 12 of them. Quick is also arguably the top women's swimming coach in the world with three stints as the Olympic head coach for the US Women's Swimming Team (1988,'96, 2000) and as a five-time member of the US coaching staff at the Games.

HEAD DIVING COACH DR. RICK SCHAVONE
One of the top diving instructors in the country, Dr. Rick Schavone is in his 24th year on The Farm. The 1992 and 1993 NCAA Diving Coach of the Year, Schavone serves as the head coach for both the men's and women's diving teams. Schavone has led his men's and women's divers to eight NCAA championships and 63 All-American honors. Stanford divers have also won 31 individual Pac-10 titles. Schavone has been named the Pac-10 Women's Diving Coach of the Year four times in the last eight years.

2002-03 MEET RECAPS

STANFORD COMES FROM BEHIND FOR EXCITING 154-146 WIN AT CALIFORNIA (FEBRUARY 15)
Stanford came from behind to edge California by a final score of 154-146 to close out its regular season in a meet that was not decided until the final event. Stanford did not lead in the meet until Kristen Caverly captured the 200 IM, the 15th of 16 scheduled events, to give the Cardinal a slim three-point advantage heading into the 400 free relay that concluded the meet's schedule. Stanford held onto the victory when a team of Tami Ransom, Sarah Jones, Dana Kirk and Lacey Boutwell touched first in a season-best time of 3:22.52, which was 3.39 seconds better than the previous best by a Cardinal 400 free relay squad in 2002-03. Stanford also came up with a huge diving performance, going 1-2-3 in both the one and three-meter events to outscore California 32-6 from the boards. Tara Kirk (100, 200 breast), Boutwell (50, 100 free) and Ashlee Rosenthal (one-meter, three-meter diving) each won two individual events for the Cardinal, who won nine of the 16 events contested. Dana Kirk was also an individual winner for Stanford.

STANFORD CONCLUDES HOME DUAL MEET SEASON WITH 167-133 WIN OVER USC (FEBRUARY 1)
Stanford concluded its home dual meet season and completed a sweep of the Los Angeles schools with a 167-133 victory over USC. Kristen Caverly won three individual events (100 back, 200 back, 400 IM) and the Cardinal swept the two relay events (400 medley, 400 free) to key the victory. Tara Kirk also continued her domination in the breaststroke events by sweeping the 100 and 200, while Lacey Boutwell was a winner in the 50 and 100 free. Caverly recorded an NCAA 'A' mark in the 400 IM (4:11.25), while both of Kirk's times in the 100 (1:01.10) and 200 (2:11.60) breast both met the NCAA 'A' standard.

STANFORD TAKES 159-141 WIN OVER UCLA (JANUARY 31)
Tara Kirk, Kristen Caverly and Evins Cameron won two events each, while Ashlee Rosenthal and McKenze Murphy combined to sweep the diving events to lead the Cardinal to a 159-141 win over UCLA. Kirk continued her unbeaten season in the 100 and 200 breast by winning both events. Caverly was victorious in the 200 back and 200 IM, while Cameron picked up wins in the 500 and 1000 free. Rosenthal won the one-meter and Murphy captured the there-meter diving. Lacey Boutwell (100 free) and Stanford's 200 free relay team were also winners.

STANFORD REBOUNDS WITH 159-141 VICTORY AT ARIZONA STATE (JANUARY 25)
One day after dropping its Pac-10 opener at Arizona, Stanford rebounded with a 159-141 win at Arizona State. Tara Kirk had another big day by defeating national 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 before coming back later in the meet to edge Kovacs in the 200 breast with a time of 2:09.66, beating Kovacs' previous best national time of 2:09.90. Kristen Caverly (200 back, 200 IM) and Dana Kirk (100 fly, 200 fly) also won twice, while Amy Wagner (100 back), Lacey Boutwell (200 free) and Ashlee Rosenthal (three-meter diving) were single winners.

STANFORD FALLS AT ARIZONA, 166.5-132.5 (JANUARY 24)
Stanford suffered its second dual meet setback of the season when the Cardinal fell at Arizona, 166.5-132.5, as the Wildcats won 10 of the meet's 15 events. The Kirk sisters led the Cardinal effort with Dana winning both the 100 and 200 fly, and Tara recording a victory in the 200 breast. Kristen Caverly (400 IM) and Lacey Boutwell (50 free) were also individual winners for the Cardinal.

STANFORD DIVERS COMPETE AT BRUIN DIVING INVITATIONAL (JANUARY 17-18)
Ashlee Rosenthal led all Stanford divers competing at the Bruin Diving Invitational when she won her first event of the season and the third of her career with a victory in the one-meter event. Rosenthal also finished third in the three-meter competition. Lauren Donovan (13th three-meter, 26th platform) and Michaela Skloven (7th platform, 9th one-meter, 14th three-meter) also competed.

STANFORD HOLDS OFF PACIFIC, 139-123 (JANUARY 11)
Stanford held off Pacific for a 139-123 victory to run its record to 4-1 this season. The Cardinal won the first six events and eight of 14 overall. Tara Kirk remained unbeaten collegiately with her 20th straight victory in the 100 breast. Kristen Caverly won a pair of events (200 free, 200 breast), while Evins Cameron (1000 free), Lacey Boutwell (100 back), Anna Strohl (200 fly) and Dana Kirk (200 IM) were also individual winners.

STANFORD SPLITS WITH LOSS TO NO. 1 AUBURN, WIN OVER PACIFIC (NOVEMBER 22-23)
Stanford had a 15-match dual win streak snapped when the Cardinal split a double-dual meet by losing to No. 1 and defending national champion Auburn (202.5-129.5) and defeating Pacific (201-121). Tara Kirk had another big meet, winning both the 100 (59.74) and 200 (2:10.92) breast, breaking her own pool record in the 100. Lacey Boutwell added victories in the 50 free (23.58) and 100 fly (55.10), while Kristen Caverly was a winner in the 100 back (55.90) and co-winner with Auburn's Maggie Bowen in the 200 IM (1:59.88). Kirk (100, 200 breast) and Caverly (200, 400 IM) both set NCAA 'A' Qualifying standards.

STANFORD DIVERS COMPETE AT TROJAN INVITE (NOVEMBER 7-8)
Stanford continued its 2002-03 diving campaign at the Trojan Invite hosted by USC. Three divers -- McKenze Murphy, Ashlee Rosenthal and Michaela Skloven -- competed for the Cardinal. Rosenthal finished second (528.05) in the one-meter event as the top Cardinal finisher. Murphy was Stanford's top finisher in the three-meter event, also finishing second (471.90).

STANFORD SWEEPS DOUBLE-DUAL MEET VERSUS TEXAS/USC (NOVEMBER 1-2)
Stanford opened its 2002-03 campaign by sweeping No. 7 Texas (184-169) and No. 8 USC (190-163) in a double-dual meet at Austin (November 1-2). Lacey Boutwell highlighted Stanford's effort by winning three individual events (100 free - 50.17, 100 fly - 54.32, 200 free - 1:49.04). Tara Kirk swept the 100 (1:00.69) and 200 (2:12.09) breast, setting NCAA 'A' qualifying marks in both events. Kristen Caverly made her collegiate debut by winning the 200 IM (2:00.73), while finishing second in the 100 back (56.38), 200 back (1:59.09), 100 breast (1:02.84) and 400 IM (4:14.10). Caverly's 200 and 400 IM times met the NCAA 'A' qualifying standard. McKenze Murphy was victorious in platform diving (410.45).

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