Stanford Signs Seven To National Letters-Of-Intent

Nov. 24, 2003

Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford women's swimming and diving program has announced the signing of seven student-athletes to national letters of intent to attend Stanford in 2004-05. The six new incoming swimmers are Katherine Bell (Decatur, GA/Westminster Schools/Dynamo Swim Club), Caroline Bruce (Wichita, KS/Trinity Academy/Wichita Swim Club), Brooke Bishop (Los Altos, CA/Mountain View HS/Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics), Elizabeth Durot (Atlanta, GA/Marist School/Dynamo Swim Club), Erica Liu (Saratoga, CA/Archbishop Mitty HS/DeAnza Cupertino Aquatics) and Caroline Rodriguez (Chesterfield, MO/Lafayette HS/Rockwood Swim Association). The team's incoming diver is local product Katie Lampe (Los Gatos, CA/Los Gatos HS/Stanford Diving).

'This is one of the most balanced classes we have ever recruited since I've been at Stanford,' said Stanford head coach Richard Quick. 'We cover all of the NCAA Championships events with a quality swimmer. I'm really pleased with the quality and balance of this class.'

Bell was the 2002 Georgia Co-Swimmer of the Year, a two-time state champion and a multiple-event Senior National qualifier. She swims for the Dynamo Swim Club coached by Ed Spenser.

'Katherine Bell is a very fine prospect in the breaststroke, sprint freestyle and individual medley events,' commented Quick. 'She is going to be a real contributor to our program throughout her career.'

Bishop qualified for the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials in both the 50 meter free and 100 meter back. She is a three-time Senior Nationals finalist and a six-time Central Coast Section champion. Bishop was also named the Outstanding Swimmer for Pacific Swimming in 2000-01. She is currently ranked among the world's best in the 50-meter long course rankings in the 100 meter back (83rd, 1:03.75) and 50 meter free (96th, 26.19). Bishop swims for the Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics Swim Club coached by Scott Shea.

'Brooke Bishop is a very high quality swimmer in both the backstroke and freestyle events,' said Quick. 'She will play enormous roles on our relay teams, as well as her individual events.'

Bruce, the sister of current Stanford men's swimmer Michael Bruce, was the NISCA Swimmer of the Year in 2003 and a national champion in the 200 meter breast at the 2003 Summer Senior Nationals. The six-time Senior Nationals finalist also finished third in the 200 meter IM and fifth in the 100 meter breast in the summer of 2003. In addition, she had a huge meet at the Region 8 Sectional Championships, winning five individual events (100 meter back, 100 meter breast, 200 meter breast, 200 meter IM, 400 meter IM) and posting 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifying times in four of the events. Bruce also qualified for the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 100 and 200 meter breast, as well as the 200 meter IM. She is currently ranked among on world's 50-meter long course list in four events (200 meter breast, 11th, 2:27.88; 100 meter breast, 35th, 1:09.86; 200 meter IM, 35th, 2:16.82; 400 meter IM, 81st, 4:52.75). Bruce swims for the Wichita Swim Club coached by Eric Nelson.

'Caroline Bruce is the cornerstone of this class,' emphasized Quick. 'I am extremely happy that she is coming to Stanford. We will have huge shoes to fill in Tara Kirk (in the breaststroke events) after this season and Caroline Bruce should be a big part of that.'

Durot is a four-time Senior Nationals qualifier and ranks among the world's 50-meter long course rankings in the 800 (77th, 8:48.27), 400 (98th, 4:17.96) and 200 (114th, 2:02.74) meter free, as well as the 200 meter fly (112th, 2:15.71). She also qualified for the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials in four events (200 meter free, 400 meter free, 800 meter free, 200 meter fly). Durot swims for the Dynamo Swim Club coached by Ed Spenser.

'Elizabeth Durot is rapidly improving, and I think she will develop into a national caliber swimmer in the middle distance freestyle events really soon,' said Quick.

Liu was a member of the 2002 U.S. Junior National Team and a 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier in the 100 and 200 meter breast, as well as the 200 meter IM. She is also a four-time Senior Nationals finalist and Central Coast Section champion. At the 2003 Summer Senior Nationals, she finished ninth in the 100 meter breast. Liu finished second in the 100 meter breast, third in the 200 meter breast and fourth in the meter IM at the 2002 Summer Senior Nationals. She ranks 114th in the world 50-meter long course rankings in the 200 meter breast (2:34.73). Liu swims for DeAnza Cupertino Aquatics coached by Pete Raykovich.

'Erica Liu is an outstanding breaststroker and an extraordinary swimmer,' said Quick.

Rodriguez is a four-time high school state champion, winning the Missouri state crown three times in the 100 yard back and once in the 50 yard free. She is also a four-time NICSC All-American. Rodriguez swims for the Rockford Swim Association coached by Jim Halliburton.

'Caroline Rodriguez is an incredible athlete with amazing underwater ability,' said Quick. 'People have compared her to (former Stanford All-American) Misty Hyman in regards to her underwater ability, which means she has the potential to be an outstanding swimmer.'

Lampe was the NorCal and Central Coast Section champion, as well as a prep All-American in the spring of 2003. She has also qualified for Junior Nationals eight times with a top finish of fourth-place at the 2002 Winter Junior Nationals. Lampe dives for Stanford Diving coached by Dr. Rick Schavone.

'Katie has great potential and should be an excellent addition to an already strong women's diving program,' said Stanford diving coach Dr. Rick Schavone. 'She specializes in the platform, which is the primary area our team needs to improve.'

Stanford (1-0) is ranked fourth in the nation in the latest CSCAA national poll released November 12. The Cardinal opened its season with a victory over Texas on October 24-25 in a meet in Los Angeles that also included USC. Stanford and USC did not score against each other. Stanford returns to action at Pacific on January 10, 2004 (12 pm, PT). Stanford has won nine national titles and eight NCAA crowns, including six during the 1990's.


Name - Event(s) - Hometown (Last School/Club)
Katherine Bell - Breast/IM - Decatur, GA (Westminster Schools/Dynamo Swim Club)
Caroline Bruce - Breast/IM - Wichita, KS (Trinity Academy/Wichita Swim Club)
Brooke Bishop - Back/Sprint Free - Los Altos, CA (Mountain View HS/Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics)
Elizabeth Durot - Free/Fly - Atlanta, GA (Marist School/Dynamo Swim Club)
Katie Lampe - Diving - Los Gatos, CA (Los Gatos HS/Stanford Diving)
Erica Liu - Breast/IM - Saratoga, CA (Archbishop Mitty HS/DeAnza Cupertino Aquatics)
Caroline Rodriguez - Back/Fly - Chesterfield, MO (Lafayette HS/Rockwood Swim Association)

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