No. 4 Stanford Trails No. 6 Texas, 95-72, Midway Through Two-Day Meet In Austin

Oct. 29, 2004

Austin, Texas - No. 4 Stanford trails No. 6 Texas by a score of 95-72 after the first day of a two-day short-course yards meet in Austin on Friday. No. 13 USC is also participating in the event but the competition between the Cardinal and the Trojans is non-scoring. Texas leads USC by a wide 121-46 margin in their scoring.

Freshman Caroline Bruce had another outstanding day for the Cardinal, winning the 200 breast (2:12.28) and the 400 IM (4:16.92). Bruce's time in the 200 breast was her second NCAA 'A' qualifying mark of the year as she outdistanced her closest competitor by 3.42 seconds. Her 2:12.28 time also places her fifth on Stanford's all-time list of competitors in the event. Her 4:16.92 time in the 400 IM was an NCAA 'B' mark.

'Caroline Bruce was really good again today,' said Stanford head coach Richard Quick about the Cardinal freshman and 2004 Olympian that has already won five individual events just a meet and a half into her collegiate career. 'She's just a tough competitor, and that's really had a positive influence on our team.'

Bruce had previously put up an NCAA 'A' mark of 1:02.00 to win the 100 breast at Hawaii on October 23.

Desiree Stahley picked up her second career victory and second in as many weeks in the 500 free, clocking in with a time of 4:51.85 that was just .20 seconds off her career-best. The Cardinal took the first three spots in the event when Morgan Hentzen (4:52.07) and Elizabeth Durot (4:52.22) finished second and third, respectively. All three times were NCAA 'B' marks.

'Desiree Stahley is really growing as a competitor,' exclaimed Quick. 'She beat two Olympians in the 500 free today. That's not bad.'Cassidy Krug came up with Stanford's other victory by capturing the 3-meter diving competition with 471.50 points for her first victory of the season. Ashlee Rosenthal gave Stanford the top two spots in the event by finishing second with 438.00 points.

'Our divers did a great job today,' commented Quick.

Texas won the other three individual events contested on Friday, as well as both relays. Sara Wanezek was a double individual winner for the Longhorns, taking the 100 free (50.78) and 100 fly (55.19) with NCAA 'B' times in both. Hayley McGregory picked up a victory for Texas in the 200 back with an NCAA 'B' mark of 1:58.41. A Texas team of Wanezek, Kristy Siminski, Connie Brown and McGregory captured the 200 free relay in 1:33.98. In the 400 medley relay, it was a Longhorn squad of McGregory, Elizabeth Tinnon, Wanezek and Siminski that was victorious in an NCAA 'B' time of 3:42.62.

Stanford's top finishers in the individual events Texas won were Bruce in the 200 back (4th, 2:01.60, NCAA 'B') and Lacey Boutwell in both the 100 fly (5th, 56.28) and 100 free (6th, 51.71). The Cardinal was third in the 200 free relay (1:34.65) with a group of Boutwell, Brooke Bishop, Sarah Jones and Stahley. In the 400 medley relay, Stanford was second with Bishop, Bruce, Boutwell and Erica Liu in a time of 3:45.44.

Stanford was competing without two of its top swimmers in Dana Kirk (aggravated back) and Amy Wagner (illness). Caverly also did not participate in the 200 breast due to a back flair-up.

'We still have a chance (to win) tomorrow,' emphasized Quick. 'But, we just really have to be better and step it up.'

Stanford, which has won 28 of its last 32 dual meets dating back to the final dual meet of the 1999-2000 campaign, will conclude the two-day meet versus Texas and USC on Saturday with nine events scheduled beginning at 10:00 am, CDT. The second day of the meet will kick off with 200 medley relay, followed by the 1650 free, 200 free, 100 back, 100 breast, 200 fly, 200 IM and 400 free relay. The 1-meter diving will also be contested.

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