No. 7 Stanford Heads To 2003 NCAA Championships Thursday-Saturday

March 19, 2003

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    THIS WEEK'S STANFORD MEET
    2003 NCAA Championships, Martin Aquatics Center, Auburn, AL
    Thu.-Sat., March 20-22, 2003 (Prelims - 11 am; Diving Prelims 1 pm; Finals - 7 pm)
    Thu. - 200 free relay, 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 1-M diving, 400 medley relay
    Fri. - 200 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 3-M diving, 800 free relay
    Sat. - 1650 free (no prelims), 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, platform diving, 400 free relay

    A LOOK AT THE 2003 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
    No. 7 Stanford (8-2 dual, 2nd at Pac-10's) will participate in the 2003 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships this Thursday-Saturday, March 20-22. The event will hosted by Auburn at the Martin Aquatics Center this Thursday-Saturday. Stanford has qualified 10 swimmers and two divers for the meet. Host Auburn enters the event as the nation's top-ranked team and the defending champion. Georgia (1999-2001) won the event for three consecutive years prior to Auburn breaking its string and Stanford's most recent title in 1998. Florida, Georgia, Texas, SMU, Arizona, Stanford, California, USC and Wisconsin round out the top 10 ranked teams heading into the 2003 NCAA's. Stanford is coming off a second-place finish at the 2003 Pac-10 Championships (February 27-March 1) in its most recent action when the Cardinal finished ahead of three top 10 teams in Arizona, California and USC but behind 2003 Pac-10 champion and No. 12 UCLA.

    WOMEN'S SWIMMING AND DIVING QUICK NOTES
    Stanford has qualified 12 student-athletes for the 2003 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championship ... The team's 10 swimmers are Megan Baumgartner, Lacey Boutwell, Kristen Caverly, Ashley Daly, Laura Davis, Kirsten Gilbert, Sarah Jones, Dana Kirk, Tara Kirk and Amy Wagner ... Divers McKenze Murphy and Ashlee Rosenthal have also qualified ... Tara Kirk swept the 100 and 200 breast at the 2003 Pac-10 Championships, while the Cardinal also won the 200 (Wagner, Tara Kirk, Dana Kirk, Jones) and 400 medley relay (Wagner, Tara Kirk, Dana Kirk, Boutwell) ... Stanford has three returning 2002 NCAA champions in seven-time national winner Tara Kirk, as well as two-time NCAA champions Boutwell and Wagner ... Stanford returns a total of six All-Americans in Kirk (8), Boutwell (5), Murphy (3), Wagner (3), Jones (1) and Rosenthal (1) ... Kirk is the NCAA's top seed in the 100 breast (58.41) and is second-seeded in the 200 breast (2:09.37), and currently holds three American records (100 breast, 58.41; 200 breast, 2:07.36; 400 medley relay, 3:31.74) ...Kirk won four NCAA titles in 2002 (100 and 200 breast, 200 and 400 medley relay), as well as three as a freshman (100 breast, 200 and 400 medley relay) ... Boutwell and Wagner were both members of the winning 200 and 400 medley relays teams at the 2002 NCAA's ... Kirk has extended her unbeaten collegiate string of victories in the 100 breast to 26 this season with wins each of the nine times she has competed in the event, breaking her own American record in her most recent outing to win the Pac-10 title for the third straight year ... Kirk also has won all eight times she has competed in the 200 breast this season, most recently with her second career Pac-10 title in a time of 2:07.37, just .001 shy of equaling her own American record ... Dana Kirk and Kristen Caverly have also picked up a pair of top 10 NCAA seeds ... Kirk earned her seeds in the 200 fly (No. 4, 1:56.02) and 100 fly (No. 10, 53.32) by finishing third in both events at the 2003 Pac-10's ... Caverly's 400 IM time of 4:10.37 recorded early in the season (11/22/02) gives her the No. 4 seed in the event and her 200 breast time of 2:12.96 recorded at the 2003 Pac-10's has her seeded No. 10 ... Caverly is also seeded No. 12 in the 200 IM (1:59.88) with a time that has also held up since early in the campaign (11/23/02) ... Tara Kirk's 100 breast time of 58.41 to win the 2003 Pac-10 title also set a school record ... Caverly (400 IM, No. 3, 4:10.37; 200 breast, No. 6, 2:12.96; 400 IM, No. 10, 1:59.88) has put her name on Stanford's all-time top 10 list in three events, while Dana Kirk (100 fly, No. 8, 53.32) and Jones (100 free, No. 10, 22.89) have also entered Stanford's career list ... Tara Kirk leads the team with 17 individual victories this season, followed closely by Caverly (13) and 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 ... Stanford finished the regular season by winning its final four dual meets after dropping its Pac-10 opener at Arizona ... Stanford is currently ranked eighth in the latest CSCAA national poll ... 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 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 ... Last year, the Cardinal extended its string of top three finishes at the NCAA Championships to 22 years, finishing one-half point ahead of fourth-place USC ... Stanford streak of national top three finishes extends five years before the existence of the NCAA Championships to 27 ... 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, 144 Pac-10 individual championships and 59 Pac-10 relay titles ... Stanford has had 82 All-Americans earn a total of 673 All-American honors since Richard Quick began coaching the program in 1988.

    A LOOK BACK AT THE 2002 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
    Stanford extended its streak of top three finishes at the NCAA Championships to 22 consecutive years with a third-place showing (301), one-half point ahead of USC (300.5). Although Stanford finished well-behind 2002 NCAA champion Auburn (474), the Cardinal won more events than the Tigers or any other school with victories in the five of the 21 events contested. Tara Kirk and Shelly Ripple highlighted Stanford's individual efforts. Kirk swept the 100 and 200 breast, while Ripple won the 200 fly in her final individual collegiate race for her first career NCAA individual title. In addition, Kirk and Ripple both picked up two more NCAA championships by leading Stanford's 200 and 400 medley relay teams to victory. Ripple also finished fourth on the NCAA's high individual point total list with 54. Kirk defended her NCAA title in the 100 breast by setting a new NCAA Meet record in 59.03. Kirk then picked up an American record by winning the 200 breast in 2:07.36. Ripple closed out her collegiate career with a win in the 200 fly after having finished second in five previous individual events at the NCAA Championships during her four years on The Farm. Ripple set new NCAA and school records with a time of 1:53.23. Stanford also won both the 200 and 400 medley races with identical teams of Amy Wagner, Kirk, Ripple and Lacey Boutwell. The 400 medley relay team set a new American record of 3:31.74. Stanford picked up a total of 29 All-American honors from a total of 11 different student-athletes at the 2002 NCAA Championships. Stanford was led by Ripple with six, followed by Boutwell (5), Kirk and Jessica Foschi (4), Wagner (3), Sara Watchorn (2), Sarah Jones (1), Kim Powers (1), Tami Ransom (1), Ashlee Rosenthal (1) and Erica Sorgi (1). Stanford had a total of 16 participants at the 2002 NCAA Championships, including a school record four divers.

    TARA KIRK UNBEATEN IN BREASTSTROKE EVENTS, EXTENDS UNDEFEATED STRING IN 100 BREAST TO 26
    Tara Kirk is undefeated in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke this season, winning all nine times she has entered the 100 and on each of the eight occasions in the 200. Kirk has won all 26 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 American record in the 100 breast with her time of 58.41 to win the 2003 Pac-10's in her most recent outing and scooped up the Avery Aquatic Center pool record in the 100 breast earlier in the season with a time of 59.74 in a double dual meet versus Auburn/Pacific (11/22).

    CAVERLY, SARAH JONES, DANA KIRK AND TARA KIRK RECORD NEW TOP 10 LIST MARKS
    Tara Kirk's 100 breast time of 58.41 to win the 2003 Pac-10 set a new school record, while Kristen Caverly (400 IM, No. 3, 4:10.37; 200 breast, No. 6, 2:12.96; 200 IM, No. 10, 1:59.88) has put her name on Stanford's all-time top 10 list in three events. Dana Kirk (100 fly, No. 8, 53.32) and Sarah Jones (100 free, No. 10, 22.89) have also entered Stanford's career list ... Kristen Caverly has made three new entries into the school's record book this season.

    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 (1/31/03, 1:33.64), and Auburn's 800 free relay team of Heather Kemp, Margaret Hoelzer, Kirsty Coventry and Maggie Bowen (11/22/02, 7:20.68) both set new pool records.

    CURRENT CSCAA WOMEN'S SWIMMING AND DIVING DIVISION I POLL (FEBRUARY 27, 2003)
    1. Auburn (8), 2. Florida, 3. Georgia, 4. Texas, 5. SMU, 6. Arizona, 7. Stanford, 8. California, 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, 25. Purdue.

    STANFORD DEFEATS SIX RANKED TEAMS DURING 2002-03 DUAL MEET SEASON
    Six of Stanford's eight dual meet victories in 2002-03 came against teams that are both currently and were ranked at the time they competed versus Stanford this season in Arizona State (15/16), California (9/8), Texas (4/7), UCLA (12/13), USC - twice (9/8).

    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.

    2003 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
    STANFORD EVENT-BY-EVENT PREVIEW
    DAY 1 - THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 2003

    EVENT 1 - 200 FREE RELAY
    Stanford is seeded No. 10 in the 200 free relay after a team of Lacey Boutwell, Sarah Jones, Megan Baumgartner and Ashley Daly finished third at the 2003 Pac-10's with a season-best time of 1:31.34.
    2002 NCAA's: Stanford finished seventh when Boutwell, Jones, Tami Ransom and Sara Watchorn finished in 1:31.27 (1:31.00 prelims).

    EVENT 2 - 500 FREE
    Stanford has no entries in this event.
    2002 NCAA's: Jessica Foschi earned All-American honors by finishing second (4:41.10) and Evins Cameron was 33rd (4:50.11 prelims).

    EVENT 3 - 200 IM
    Five Stanford swimmers have qualified to swim in the 200 IM at the NCAA's, led by No. 12 seed Kristen Caverly in the 200 IM. Caverly earned her seed time of 1:59.88 when she tied defending NCAA champion and top-seeded Maggie Bowen of Auburn during a double-dual meet at Stanford on November 23, 2002. The mark also ranks No. 10 on Stanford's all-time list. Caverly finished fourth in the event at the 2003 Pac-10's with a mark of 2:00.35. Laura Davis is seeded No. 43 in the event after earning her seed time of 2:02.74 during a prelim swim at the 2003 Pac-10's. Davis finished seventh at the Pac-10's with a mark of 2:03.48 in the finals. No. 45 Ashley Daly was disqualified at the Pac-10's but had already earned her seed time of 2:02.81 during a dual meet versus UCLA on January 31, 2003. Tara Kirk's seed is No. 59T after recorded her seed time of 2:03.56 by finishing 11th in the Pac-10 'B' final. Dana Kirk did not swim the event at the Pac-10's but is seeded No. 70 with a time of 2:04.25 earned during a dual meet versus Arizona State on January 25.
    2002 NCAA's: Shelly Ripple earned All-American honors by finishing second with a time of 1:55.58, the second-best mark in Stanford history. Tara Kirk (25th, 2:01.83 prelims), Tami Ransom (44th, 2:03.50 prelims) and Alexis Oakland (58thT, 2:04.80 prelims) also competed for the Cardinal.

    EVENT 4 - 50 FREE
    Lacey Boutwell (No. 14) is Stanford's top entry after recording her seed time of 22.86 with a fourth-place finish in the 2003 Pac-10 finals. Boutwell won the 2002 Pac-10 champion in the event when she swam the sixth-best time in Stanford history (22.73). Sarah Jones (No. 18) is also on a late-season hot streak and picked up her seed time of 22.89 in the Pac-10 prelims before finishing seventh in the finals with a mark of 23.20. Megan Baumgartner also qualified for the event with a time of 23.32 to finish 10th in the Pac-10 'B' finals.
    2002 NCAA's: Boutwell finished tied for 24th (23.14 prelims), while Jones was 31st (23.18 prelims) and Sara Watchorn was 36th (23.26 prelims).

    EVENT 5 - ONE-METER DIVING
    Ashlee Rosenthal and McKenze Murphy have qualified for Stanford in the diving events. Rosenthal finished second in the event at both the 2003 Zone E Meet and Pac-10's. Murphy was seventh at the Pac-10's and eighth at the Zone E Meet.
    2002 NCAA's: Erica Sorgi (17th) was Stanford's top finisher, followed by Kim Powers (22nd), Rosenthal (25th) and Alexis Sowa (34th).

    EVENT 6 - 400 MEDLEY RELAY
    Two-time defending NCAA champion and American record holder Stanford is seeded No. 3 in the event after a team of Amy Wagner, Tara Kirk, Dana Kirk and Lacey Boutwell recorded a season-best time of 3:35.94 to win the 2003 Pac-10 title.
    2002 NCAA's: Stanford broke the American record and won the event for the second straight year when a team of Wagner, Tara Kirk, Shelly Ripple and Boutwell recorded a time of 3:31.74.

    2003 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
    STANFORD EVENT-BY-EVENT PREVIEW
    DAY 2 - FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2003

    EVENT 7 - 200 MEDLEY RELAY
    Two-time defending NCAA champion Stanford is seeded No. 3 in the event after a team of Amy Wagner, Tara Kirk, Dana Kirk and Sarah Jones broke a Pac-10 Meet record with a season-best time of 1:38.80 to win the 2003 conference championship.
    2002 NCAA's: Stanford won the event for the second straight year when a team of Wagner, Tara Kirk, Shelly Ripple and Lacey Boutwell recorded a time of 1:37.79.

    EVENT 8 - 400 IM
    Kristen Caverly is the No. 4 seed in the event but Stanford's sole entry. Caverly earned her seed time of 4:10.37 when she finished second in the event to second-seeded Maggie Bowen of Auburn during a double dual meet at Stanford on November 22. Caverly placed third at the 2003 Pac-10's with a time of 4:11.89.
    2002 NCAA's: Evins Cameron (32nd, 4:20.99) and Tami Ransom (42nd, 4:29.63) competed for the Cardinal.

    EVENT 9 - 100 FLY
    Dana Kirk (No. 10, 53.32) leads Stanford's four entries after recording her seed time to finish third at the 2003 Pac-10's. Lacey Boutwell (No. 20, 54.15) picked up her seed time during the Pac-10 prelims before finishing eighth in the finals with a mark of 54.64. Ashley Daly (No. 21, 54.23) and Laura Davis (No. 25T, 54.42) both notched their seed times to place ninth and 10th in the Pac-10 'B' final, respectively.
    2002 NCAA's: Shelly Ripple earned All-American honors with a second-place finish and the second-best time in Stanford history (51.50).

    EVENT 10 - 200 FREE
    Stanford has no entries in this event.
    2002 NCAA's: Jessica Foschi earned All-American honors by finishing 11th (1:46.86) as Stanford's sole entry.

    EVENT 11 - 100 BREAST
    American record holder and two-time defending NCAA champion Tara Kirk is the top seed in the event after breaking her own American record with a time of 58.41 to win the 2003 Pac-10's and extend her collegiate unbeaten streak in the event to 26. Kirsten Gilbert (No. 25T, 1:02.71) picked up her seed time in the Pac-10 prelims before finishing seventh with a mark of 1:03.25. Ashley Daly (No. 38, 1:03.63) completed Stanford's entries after picking up her seed time during an exhibition swim at the Pac-10's.
    2002 NCAA's: Kirk won the event for the second year in a row with an NCAA Meet record time of 59.03. Gilbert was 18th with a career-best mark of 1:02.20, ranking her seventh on Stanford's all-time Top 10 list.

    EVENT 12 - 100 BACK
    Amy Wagner (No. 8T, 54.09) has recovered from early-season back problems to lead Stanford in this event. Wagner earned her seed time during a second-place finish at the 2003 Pac-10's. Sarah Jones (No. 23T, 54.83) picked up her seed time in the Pac-10 prelims before finishing eighth in the finals with a mark of 55.65. Megan Baumgartner (No. 48, 56.32) was 10th in the Pac-10 'B' final with her seed time.
    2002 NCAA's: Wagner earned All-American honors by placing ninth with a time of 54.16. Jones (22nd, 55.69 prelims) and Alexis Oakland (26thT, 55.88 prelims) also competed for the Cardinal.

    EVENT 13 - THREE-METER DIVING
    Ashlee Rosenthal and McKenze Murphy have qualified for Stanford in the diving events. Rosenthal finished third at both the 2003 Zone E Meet and Pac-10's, while Murphy was fourth at both meets.
    2002 NCAA's: Rosenthal earned her first All-American honor by finishing 14th. Kim Powers (20th), Alexis Sowa (26th) and Erica Sorgi (32nd) also competed for the Cardinal.

    EVENT 14 - 800 FREE RELAY
    Stanford does not have a relay team qualified in this event.
    2002 NCAA's: Stanford finished eighth when a team of Lacey Boutwell, Shelly Ripple, Jessica Foschi and Sara Watchorn recorded a time of 7:14.96.

    2003 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
    STANFORD EVENT-BY-EVENT PREVIEW
    DAY 3 - SATURDAY, MARCH 22, 2003

    EVENT 15 - 1650 FREE
    Stanford has no entries in this event.
    2002 NCAA's: Jessica Foschi earned All-American honors by finishing 11th (16:21.84) and Evins Cameron was 35th (16:57.08).

    EVENT 16 - 200 BACK
    Amy Wagner (No. 42, 2:00.63) is the team's lone entry in this event. Wagner earned her seed time in the prelims at the 2003 Pac-10's. Kristen Caverly also swam a qualifying time of 1:58.51 during the Auburn-Pacific double dual meet on November 23, 2002, but is not entered in the NCAA field.
    2002 NCAA's: Wagner finished tied for 18th (1:58.89 prelims) and Alexis Oakland was 25th (1:59.53).

    EVENT 17 - 100 FREE
    Lacey Boutwell (No. 15, 49.69) is Stanford's top seed in this event. Boutwell recorded her seed time of 49.69 as a leadoff relay split of Stanford's winning 400 free relay team at the 2003 Pac-10's. Sarah Jones (No. 64, 50.80) recorded her seed time in the Pac-10 prelims before finishing 8th with a time of 50.95 in the finals. Megan Baumgartner (No. 67, 50.93) also picked up her seed time in the Pac-10 prelims before placing 16th in the 'B' final with a mark of 51.73.
    2002 NCAA's: Boutwell earned All-American honors with an eighth-place finish in a time of 49.52 after posting a career-best mark of 49.22 in the prelims to rank seventh on Stanford's all-time Top 10 list. Sara Watchorn (38th, 50.54 prelims) and Tami Ransom (68th, 52.16 prelims) also competed for the Cardinal.

    EVENT 18 - 200 BREAST
    American record holder and defending NCAA champion Tara Kirk is seeded second in the event but has the top collegiate yard time in the event this season. Georgia's Sarah Poewe has a converted short course meter time of 2:07.22 to rank ahead of Kirk's actual 2:07.37 to win the 2003 Pac-10 title and fall just .001 seconds shy of equaling the American record mark of 2:07.36 that Kirk set at the 2002 NCAA's. Kirk is unbeaten in seven 200 breast races this season. Kristen Caverly (No. 10, 2:12.96) gives the Cardinal a second top 10 seed after putting up her seed time to finish fifth at the Pac-10's. Kirsten Gilbert (No. 39T, 2:16.94) earned her seed time in the Pac-10 prelims before finishing 13th in the 'B' finals with a mark of 2:17.29.
    2002 NCAA's:Kirk set an American record and won the NCAA title in the event for the first time with a mark of 2:07.36. Gilbert was 31st with a time of 2:17.90.

    EVENT 19 - 200 FLY
    Dana Kirk earned the No. 4 seed by finishing third at the 2003 Pac-10 Championships in a time of 1:56.02. She is Stanford's only competitor in the event.
    2002 NCAA's: Shelly Ripple set a new NCAA record and won her first career individual NCAA title with a time of 1:53.23.

    EVENT 20 - PLATFORM DIVING
    McKenze Murphy is expected to be Stanford's only competitor in the event. Murphy finished fourth at the Pac-10's and fifth at the NCAA Zone Meet. Ashlee Rosenthal is eligible to compete but does not normally participate in platform diving.
    2002 NCAA's: Erica Sorgi (11th) and Kim Powers (12th) both earned All-American honors, while Alexis Sowa (19th) and Rosenthal (22nd) also competed.

    EVENT 21 - 400 FREE RELAY
    Stanford is seeded No. 10 in the 200 free relay after a team of Lacey Boutwell, Sarah Jones, Megan Baumgartner and Ashley Daly finished third at the 2003 Pac-10's with a season-best time of 1:31.34.
    2002 NCAA's: Stanford finished ninth in 3:19.37 with a team of Shelly Ripple, Jessica Foschi, Sara Watchorn and Boutwell in the 'B' final.

    2002-03 MEET RECAPS

    ROSENTHAL AND MURPHY QUALIFY FOR NCAA'S AT ZONE E MEET (MARCH 13-15)
    Ashlee Rosenthal and McKenze Murphy earned spots in the NCAA Championships with their performances at the NCAA Zone E Meet. Rosenthal was second in the one-meter and third in the three-meter competition. Murphy was fourth in the three-meter, fifth in the platform and eighth in the one-meter.

    STANFORD FINISHES SECOND AT PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS (FEBRUARY 27-MARCH 1)
    Stanford finished second at the 2003 Pac-10 Championships and won five of the 21 individual events. The Cardinal scored finished with 1308 points behind conference champion UCLA (1399). Tara Kirk led the way by sweeping the 100 (American record 58.41) and 200 (2:07.37) breast. Stanford also won three of the five relay events. The Cardinal captured the 400 free relay (3:19.82) with a team of Lacey Boutwell, Sarah Jones, Ashley Daly and Megan Baumgartner. A team of Amy Wagner, Tara Kirk, Dana Kirk and Jones won the 200 medley relay (1:38.80). Wagner, Tara Kirk, Dana Kirk and Boutwell won the 400 medley relay (3:35.94).

    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 (500 free) 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 Tara winning both the 100 and 200 breast, while Dana recorded wins in the 100 and 200 fly. 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).

    COACHES BIOGRAPHIES

    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 (1989, '92, '93, '94, '95, '96, '98), 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 NCAA for the 1991-92 season and 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 200-36 (.847) and a 168-27 (.862) 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 was also named the Pac-10 Women's Diving Coach of the Year four times in the last eight years.

    NCAA SWIMMER AND DIVER BIOGRAPHIES
    (For information prior to the 2002-03 season, please refer to the 2002-03 roster)

    MEGAN BAUMGARTNER, Jr. (50 Free, 100 Free, 100 Back)
    (NCAA Seed, Bests - Career, Season): 50 Free (#49, 23.32, 23.32); 100 Free (#67, 50.01, 50.93), 100 Back (#48, 56.06, 56.32)
    2003 Pac-10 Championships: Placed 10th in the 50 free (23.32) and 100 back (56.32), as well as 16th in the 100 free (51.73, 50.93 prelims) ... Contributed to three scoring Stanford relay teams, including the anchor for Stanford's winning 400 free relay squad (3:19.82) ... Also swam the third leg on Stanford's third-place 200 free relay squad (1:31.34) and the opening leg on Stanford's third-place 'B' relay squad in the 400 medley relay (3:33.22).
    Stanford's All-Time Top 10 Individual Rankings (NCAA Events Only): None

    LACEY BOUTWELL, So. (50 Free, 100 Free, 100 Fly) * 2-Time NCAA Champion * 3-Time All-American
    Current American Records (1): 400 Medley Relay (3:31.74, 2002)
    (NCAA Seed, Bests - Career, Season): 50 Free (#14, 22.73, 22.86); 100 Free (#15, 49.22, 49.69), 100 Fly (#14, 53.82, 54.15)
    2003 Pac-10 Championships: Placed fourth in the 50 (22.86) and 100 (49.83) free ... Swam the opening leg on Stanford's winning 400 free relay team (3:19.82), swimming her NCAA seed time of 49.69 ... Anchored Stanford's victorious 400 medley relay squad (3:35.94) ... Swam the opening leg on Stanford's third-place 200 free relay squad (1:31.34) ... Swam the second leg on Stanford's sixth-place 800 free relay team (7:20.97).
    2002-03 Regular Season Highlights: Won 13 regular season individual events, ranking tied for second on the team Kristen Caverly ... Opened the season with three individual victories in a double dual meet versus Texas and USC (11/1 - 11/2), picking up wins in the 100 free, 200 free and 100 fly ... Won both the 50 and 100 free at California (2/15), versus USC (2/1) ... Had victories in the 50 free and 100 fly in a double-dual meet versus Auburn and Pacific (11/22 - 11/23) ... Recorded a 50 free victory at Arizona (1/24), as well as a 100 free win against UCLA (1/31) and a 100 back triumph against Pacific (1/11).
    Stanford's All-Time Top 10 Individual Rankings (NCAA Events Only): 50 Free (#6, 22.73), 100 Free (#7, 49.22), 100 Fly (#10, 53.82)

    KRISTEN CAVERLY, Fr. (200 Breast, 200 IM, 400 IM)
    (NCAA Seed, Bests - Career, Season): 200 Breast (#10, 2:12.96, 2:12.96); 200 IM (#12, 1:59.88, 1:59.88); 400 IM (#4, 4:10.37; 4:10.37)
    2003 Pac-10 Championships: Finished third in the 400 (4:11.89) and fourth in the 200 (2:00.35) IM, and fourth in the 200 breast (2:12.96).
    2002-03 Regular Season Highlights: Won 13 regular season individual events, ranking tied for second on the team with Lacey Boutwell ... Won six different events during the year and was a four-time winner in the 200 IM at Texas/USC (11/1 - 11/2), at Arizona State (1/25), versus UCLA (1/31) and at California (2/15) ... Caverly won a season-high three events versus USC (2/1) with victories in the 100 and 200 back, as well as the 400 IM ... She won the 200 free and 200 breast versus Pacific (1/11), as well as the 100 back versus Auburn/Pacific (11/22 - 11/23), the 400 IM at Arizona (1/24) and the 200 back at Arizona State and UCLA.
    Stanford's All-Time Top 10 Individual Rankings (NCAA Events Only): 200 Breast (#6, 2:12.96), 200 IM (#10, 1:59.88), 400 IM (#3, 4:10.37)

    ASHLEY DALY, Fr. (100 Fly, 100 Breast, 200 IM)
    (NCAA Seed, Bests - Career, Season): 100 Fly (#21, 54.23, 54.23); 100 Breast (#38, 1:03.63, 1:03.63); 200 IM (#45, 2:02.81, 2:02.81)
    2003 Pac-10 Championships: Placed ninth in the 100 fly (54.23) and 12th in the 200 back (2:01.86) ... Earned her 100 breast NCAA seed time of 1:03.63 in a time trial ... Contributed to three scoring relay teams, including Stanford's winning 400 free relay team (3:19.82), as well as the anchor leg on Stanford's third-place 200 free relay squad (1:31.98) and the third leg on Stanford's sixth-place 800 free relay squad (1:49.95).
    2002-03 Regular Season Highlights: Earned her NCAA seed time of 2:02.81 in the 200 IM versus UCLA (1/31).
    Stanford's All-Time Top 10 Individual Rankings (NCAA Events Only): None

    LAURA DAVIS, Fr. (100 Fly, 200 IM)
    (NCAA Seed, Bests - Career, Season): 100 Fly (#25T, 54.42); 200 IM (#43, 2:02.74)2003 Pac-10 Championships: Finished seventh in the 200 IM (2:03.48, 2:02.74 prelims), 10th in the 100 fly (54.42) and 23rd in the 200 fly (2:06.11, 2:04.71 prelims) ... Contributed to two scoring relay teams, swimming the second leg on Stanford's third-place 400 medley relay 'B' squad (3:33.22) and the third leg on Stanford's sixth-place 800 free relay squad (1:49.95).
    2002-03 Regular Season Highlights: Earned her NCAA seed time of 2:02.81 in the 200 IM versus UCLA (1/31).
    Stanford's All-Time Top 10 Individual Rankings (NCAA Events Only): None

    KIRSTEN GILBERT, So. (100 Breast, 200 Breast)
    NCAA Seed, Bests - Career, Season: 100 Breast (#25T, 1:02.20, 1:02.43); 200 Breast (#39T, 2:16.24, 2:16.94)
    2003 Pac-10 Championships: Finished seventh in the 100 (1:03.05, 1:02.71 prelims) and 13th in the 200 (2:17.29, 2:16.94 prelims) breast, as well as 35th in the 200 IM (2:06.79).
    Stanford's All-Time Top 10 Individual Rankings (NCAA Events Only): 100 Breast (#7, 1:02.20)

    SARAH JONES, So. (50 Free, 100 Free, 100 Back) * All-American
    NCAA Seed, Bests - Career, Season: 50 Free (#18, 22.89, 22.89); 100 Free (#64, 50.45, 50.80); 100 Back (#23T, 54.83, 54.83)
    2003 Pac-10 Championships: Finished seventh in the 50 free (23.20, 22.89 prelims), eighth in the 100 free (50.95, 50.80 prelims) and eighth in the 100 back (55.65, 54.83 prelims) ... Contributed to two winning Stanford relay teams, including swimming the anchor leg on Stanford's 200 medley relay squad (1:38.80) and the second leg on the 400 free relay (3:19.82) ... Also swam the second leg on Stanford's third-place 200 free relay squad (1:31.98).
    Stanford's All-Time Top 10 Individual Rankings (NCAA Events Only): 50 Free (#10, 22.89)

    DANA KIRK, Fr. (100 Fly, 200 Fly, 200 IM)
    NCAA Seed, Bests - Career, Season: 100 Fly (#10, 52.92, 53.32); 200 Fly (#4, 1:56.00, 1:56.02); 200 IM (#70, 2:01.01, 2:04.25)
    2003 Pac-10 Championships: Finished third in both the 100 (53.32) and 200 (1:56.02) fly, recording NCAA seed times in both ... Also placed 19th in the 500 free (4:54.08) ... A member of two of Stanford's three winning relay teams, swimming the third leg on both the 200 (1:38.80) and 400 (3:35.94) relays ... Also swam the first leg of Stanford's sixth-place 800 free relay squad (7:20.97).
    2002-03 Regular Season Highlights: Won seven regular season events to rank fourth on the team ... Picked up four of her wins during the team's Arizona trip, sweeping both the 100 and 200 fly at Arizona (1/24) and Arizona State (1/25) ... Also won the 500 free at California (2/15) and the 200 IM versus Pacific (1/11).
    Stanford's All-Time Top 10 Individual Rankings (NCAA Events Only): 100 Fly (#8, 23.32), 200 Fly (#5, 1:56.02)

    TARA KIRK, Jr. (100 Breast, 200 Breast, 200 IM) * 7-Time NCAA Champion * 8-Time All-American
    Current American Records (3): 100 Breast (58.41, 2003); 200 Breast (2:07.36, 2002), 400 Medley Relay (3:31.74, 2002)
    NCAA Seed, Bests - Career, Season: 100 Breast (#1, 58.41, 58.41); 200 Breast (#2, 2:07.36, 2:07.37), 200 IM (#59T, 2:01.83, 2:03.56)
    2003 Pac-10 Championships: Swept the 100 (58.41) and 200 breast (2:07.36), breaking her own American record in the 100 and falling just .001 seconds shy of her American record in the 200 ... Also finished 11th in the 200 IM (2:03.56) ... Swam the second leg on Stanford's winning 200 (1:38.80) and 400 (3:35.94) relay squads.
    2002-03 Regular Season Highlights: Led Stanford with 17 regular season individual victories, winning all nine times she entered the 100 breast to extend her collegiate unbeaten string in the event to 26 and all eight times she entered the 200 breast ... Broke her own Avery Aquatics Center pool record in the 100 breast with a time of 59.74 in the Auburn/Pacific (11/22 - 11/23) dual meet.
    Stanford's All-Time Top 10 Individual Rankings (NCAA Events Only): 100 Breast (#1, 58.41); 200 Breast (#1, 2:07.36)

    MCKENZE MURPHY, Sr. (Diving) * 3-Time All-American
    2003 NCAA Zone E Championships: Finished fourth in the three-meter (499.15), fifth in the platform (394.85) and eighth in the one-meter (485.05).
    2003 Pac-10 Championships: Finished fourth in the three-meter (507.35) and platform (435.15), as well as seventh in the one-meter (256.85).
    2002-03 Regular Season Highlights: Won the platform versus Texas/USC (11/1 - 11/2) and the three-meter versus UCLA (1/31).

    ASHLEE ROSENTHAL, So. (Diving)
    2003 NCAA Zone E Championships: Finished second in the one-meter (548.00) and third in the three-meter (519.65) with career-high scores in both events ... Did not participate in the platform.
    2003 Pac-10 Championships: Finished second in the one-meter (310.95) and third in the three-meter (507.35) ... Did not participate in the platform.
    2002-03 Regular Season Highlights: Won five diving events beginning with her first career victory in the one-meter at the Bruin Diving Invitational (1/17 - 1/18) ... Swept the one-meter and three-meter in the final dual meet of the season at California (2/15) ... Also had a one-meter win versus UCLA (1/31) and a three-meter victory at Arizona State (1/25).

    AMY WAGNER, So. (100 Back, 200 Back) * 2-Time NCAA Champion * 3-Time All-American
    Current American Records (1): 400 Medley Relay (3:31.74, 2002)
    (NCAA Seed, Bests - Career, Season): 100 back (#8T, 53.80, 54.09); 200 back (#42, 1:58.89, 2:00.63)
    2003 Pac-10 Championships: Finished second in the 100 back with her season-best and NCAA seed time of 54.09 ... Earned her 200 back NCAA seed time of 2:00.63 in the prelims before finishing eighth in the finals ... Also finished 22nd in the 50 free (23.88) ... Swam the leadoff leg of the winning 200 (1:38.80) and 400 (3:35.94) medley relays.

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