No. 3 Stanford Rebounds With 173-127 Win At No. 8 USC

Jan. 31, 2004

Los Angeles, Calif. - No. 3 Stanford (5-1, 3-1 Pac-10) rebounded with a 173-127 victory at No. 8 USC (3-4, 1-3 Pac-10) in a Pac-10 women's swimming and diving short course meters dual meet on Saturday at McDonald Swim Stadium. The victory came one day after the Cardinal suffered its first loss of the season at the hands of ninth-ranked UCLA. Stanford was led by the sister duo of Tara and Dana Kirk, who swept the 100 and 200 breast and fly, respectively. Cassidy Krug also led a huge performance by the Cardinal diving squad, winning both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving competition. Lacey Boutwell (200 free) and a 400 medley relay team of Lisa Falzone, the Kirk sisters and Desiree Stahley were also winners for the Cardinal.

Tara Kirk highlighted Stanford's performances by recording an NCAA `A' qualifying mark of 1:08.61 to win the 100 breast as she remained unbeaten collegiately in the event with her 32nd consecutive victory. Kirk was also a winner in the 200 breast, picking up an NCAA `B' mark of 2:30.88. Kirk is also unbeaten in the 200 during her junior and senior seasons, last falling in a collegiate 200 breast at the Pac-10 Championships during her sophomore campaign in 2002.

Dana Kirk swept the 100 and 200 fly, edging USC's Jana Krohn in one of the closest races of the day in the 200 as both swimmers clocked NCAA `A' times with Kirk finishing in 2:11.36 and Krohn touching the wall at 2:11.65. Kirk remained unbeaten this season in the 100 with an NCAA `B' time of 1:00.52.

Krug's sweep of the 1-meter (273.90) and 3-meter (282.60) diving competition led an onslaught by the Cardinal divers, outscoring USC by a count of 32-6 from the boards.

Boutwell's victory in the 200 free came in an NCAA `B' qualifying time of 2:01.45, while Stanford's winning 400 medley relay team finished in 4:13.56. Boutwell also had an NCAA `B' mark of 57.09 to finish second in the 50 free.

Others recording NCAA `B' times for Stanford included Evins Cameron (400 IM, 4:53.36), Lauren Costella (1500 free, 16:32.67), Laura Davis (400 IM, 4:53.24), Morgan Hentzen (400 free, 4:14.39), Desiree Stahley (200 free, 2:03.43) and Anna Strohl (200 fly, 2:15.76). Hentzen took second in the 400 free, just .001 seconds behind winner Kalyn Keller of USC (4:14.38).

Keller and teammate Kaitlin Sandeno each won three events each for the Trojans. In addition to her narrow victory in the 400 free, Keller also won the 1500 free (16:28.36) and the 400 IM (4:46.05) with the times for all three of her victories meeting NCAA `B' standards. Sandeno was a winner in the 50 (26.09) and 100 (56.09) free in NCAA `B' times, while also capturing the 100 back (1:03.14). Jo Fargus added a victory for the Trojans in the 200 back with an NCAA `B' mark of 2:14.11, while a 400 free relay team of Sandeno, Krohn, Caitlin Connelay and Fargus won the event in 3:49.89.

Stanford will next be in action in its final regular season meet of the year when the Cardinal hosts No. 4 and unbeaten California (8-0, 4-0 Pac-10) in a critical Pac-10 dual meet at the Avery Aquatic Center on Saturday, February 14 (12 pm).

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