No. 3 Stanford Suffers First Loss Of The Season At No. 9 UCLA, 151-92

Jan. 30, 2004

Los Angeles, Calif. - No. 9 UCLA (7-1, 4-1 Pac-10) handed No. 3 Stanford (4-1, 2-1 Pac-10) its first dual meet loss of the season with a 151-92 victory over the Cardinal in a Pac-10 women's swimming and diving short course meters meet on Friday at the Men's Gym Pool. The loss snapped Stanford's run of eight straight victories as the Cardinal's previous most recent loss in a dual meet came over a year ago at Arizona on January 24, 2003. The win was also just UCLA's second in 24 career meetings with the Cardinal.

'We faced an excellent UCLA team that was more ready to compete than we were today,' explained head coach Richard Quick.

Stanford did manage to win five events as Kirsten Caverly (200 IM), Morgan Hentzen (400 free), Tara Kirk (200 breast) and Cassidy Krug (1-meter diving) were individual winners, while the Cardinal's 200 medley relay team of Megan Baumgartner, Tara Kirk, Dana Kirk and Sarah Jones opened the meet with a victory.

Tara Kirk recorded Stanford's only NCAA `A' qualifying time of the day as she remained unbeaten in all collegiate breaststroke events over the past two seasons by winning the 200 in 2:28.43. Caverly's win in the 200 IM (2:15.15) and Hentzen's time of 4:13.11 that gave her a slim victory margin of .003 seconds in the 400 free were NCAA `B' marks. Krug scored 282.52 points in her 1-meter diving win, while Stanford's 200 medley relay team won in an NCAA `B' time of 1:54.35.

Others recording NCAA `B' standards for Stanford were Dana Kirk with a second-place finish in the 200 fly (2:12.92) and a third-place showing in the 200 free (2:02.85), as well as Lacey Boutwell with a second-place finish in the 100 free (56.99) and Tara Kirk with a third-place showing in the 200 IM (2:17.32).

UCLA's Kim Vandenberg had the swim of the day, recording an NCAA `A' time of 2:08.84 in the 200 fly to hand second-place Dana Kirk her first defeat of the season by 4.08 seconds.

Vandenberg was also an individual winner in the 200 free in an NCAA `B' time of 2:00.68. Sara Platzer (50 free, 25.87), Malin Svahnstrom (100 free, 56.68) and Naoko Watanabe (200 back, 2:13.40) added one victory each for the Bruins while recording NCAA `B' marks. In addition, the Bruins picked up victories from Katie Nelson in the 800 free (8:33.13) and Sara Clark in 3-meter diving (276.75).

UCLA also won the 200 free relay to conclude the meet as a team of Vandenberg, Amy Thurman, Platzer and Svahnstrom came home in an NCAA `B' time of 1:44.47.

The victory by the Bruins was just their second in 24 all-time tries versus the Cardinal.Stanford will conclude its road trip in Los Angeles when the Cardinal travels to No. 8 USC (3-3, 1-2 Pac-10) on Saturday, January 31 (12 pm).

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