No. 4 Stanford Completes Weekend Sweep With 166-134 Win Over No. 6 Arizona

Jan. 24, 2004

Stanford, Calif. - No. 4 Stanford (4-0, 2-0 Pac-10) completed a weekend sweep of the Arizona schools with a convincing 166-134 victory over No. 6 Arizona (3-2, 2-2 Pac-10) in a Pac-10 women's swimming and diving short course yards meet on Saturday at the Avery Aquatic Center. The win also ran Stanford's string of consecutive dual meet victories to eight and helped the Cardinal avenge its most recent dual meet loss at Arizona exactly a year ago on January 24, 2003.

Stanford held a slim 118-109 advantage after 12 of 16 events before the Cardinal swept the final four events to break open a tight meet.

'We beat a good team today, and I liked the way we raced,' said Stanford head coach Richard Quick. 'Our team competed the way we had to. We did win the events we should have, but we really won the meet with the performance of our depth.'

Lacey Boutwell (50 free, 200 free), Dana Kirk (100 fly, 200 fly), Tara Kirk (100 breast, 200 breast) and Ashlee Rosenthal (1-meter diving, 3-meter diving) won two individual events each for the Cardinal. Kristen Caverly was also a winner in the 200 IM, while the Cardinal swept the 200 medley and 200 free relays.

Tara Kirk once again posted a pair of NCAA `A' qualifying times in her sweep of the 100 (1:00.57) and 200 (2:12.29) breast. The victory in the 100 kept Kirk unbeaten during her collegiate career in the event, running her string of consecutive collegiate victories to 31. Kirk has been unbeaten in both events during her junior and senior years, last falling in a collegiate 200 breast during the Pac-10 Championships during her sophomore season in 2002.

Dana Kirk's sweep of the 100 (54.38, NCAA `B') and 200 (1:56.54, NCAA `A) fly kept her unbeaten in both events this season.

Boutwell won two individual events for the first time this year, recording NCAA `B' marks in both the 50 (25.51) and 200 (1:48.80) free.

Rosenthal's sweep of the 1-meter (275.40) and 3-meter (288.68) diving competition helped the Cardinal stake a 25-13 advantage on the boards.

Caverly's time of 2:00.66 to win the 200 IM met the NCAA `A' qualifying standard.

Stanford also swept both relays. In the 200 medley relay, a team of Megan Baumgartner, Tara Kirk, Dana Kirk and Boutwell recorded an NCAA `B' mark of 1:41.55. Tami Ransom, Sarah Jones, Baumgartner and Lisa Falzone were winners in the 200 free relay in a time of 1:34.38.

Emily Mason (500 free, 4:49.34, NCAA `B'; 1000 free, 9:56.69) and Jenna Gresdal (100 back, 55.67, NCAA `B'; 200 back, 1:59.27, NCAA `B') both won a pair of events for the Wildcats, while Arizona's Jessica Hayes was victorious in the 100 free (51.13, NCAA `B').

Stanford will take a key road trip to Los Angeles next Friday and Saturday to face No. 10 UCLA (January 30, 1 pm) and No. 7 USC (January 31, 12 pm).

'Our results today are only good if we continue to improve next weekend,' concluded Quick.

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