No. 6 Stanford Returns To Pool Versus Pacific Saturday

Jan. 13, 2005

No. 6 Stanford (1-1) returns to the pool after nearly two months out of competition to host unranked Pacific (4-3) in a non-conference dual meet this Saturday, January 15 (1:00 pm, PT). Stanford was a 144-107 winner over the Tigers the last time the teams squared off at Avery Aquatic Center on January 10, 2004.

Stanford will begin its Pac-10 dual meet season with a trip to the Arizona schools next Friday and Saturday. The Cardinal will be in Tempe first to face No. 18 Arizona State on Friday, January 21 (12 pm, MT; 11 am, PT) before heading to Tucson to face No. 5 Arizona on Saturday, November 22 (1 pm, MT; 12 pm, PT). Stanford had an impressive sweep of the schools at the Avery Aquatic Center the last time they met. The Cardinal was a 169.5-125.5 winner over the SunDevils (January 23, 2004) before coming up with a resounding 166-134 victory over Arizona (January 24, 2004), who ended up finishing third at the NCAA Championships in March of 2004. Stanford split a pair of meets the last time it traveled to the Arizona schools, falling 166.5-132.5 at Arizona in its 2003 Pac-10 opener (January 24, 2003) before salvaging the split with a 159-141 win at Arizona State (January 24, 2005).

STANFORD IN 2004-05Stanford is 1-1 in the first dual two dual meets of the 2004-05 campaign and has a victory at the Speedo Cup, while its divers have also competed at the Trojan Diving Invitational. The Cardinal started with a season-opening 180-120 win at then No. 22 Hawaii in a short-course yards meet on October 23 before falling 197-156 to No. 6 Texas in Austin in a two-day dual meet October 29-30. Stanford's divers then competed at the Trojan Diving Invitational hosted by USC in Los Angeles from November 5-6. The Cardinal swimmers came back for a dominating victory November 18-20 at the Speedo Cup at UC Irvine, winning the event comfortably with 1221.5 points despite not swimming in the finals session on the third and final day of competition. The 2004-05 Cardinal features three 2004 Olympians in Caroline Bruce, Kristen Caverly and Dana Kirk, as well as 13 All-Americans and 22 letterwinners on its 31-member roster.

Speedo Invitational (November 18-20, 2004) ... No. 4 Stanford won the short-course yards 2004 Speedo Cup despite competing in the finals of only one race, finishing with 1211.5 points. Caroline Bruce was named the Swimmer of the Meet, winning the 100 breast (1:01.75) and 200 IM (2:00.44) in NCAA 'A' times. She also recorded an NCAA 'A' time of 2:14.21 as the top qualifier in the prelims of the 200 breast but did not swim in the finals. Stanford totaled nine wins in the event as Lacey Boutwell (200 free), Laura Davis (400 IM), Dana Kirk (100 fly), Brooke Bishop (50 free) were also individual winners. The Cardinal won the 800 free relay with a team of Desiree Stahley, Elizabeth Durot, Morgan Hentzen and Boutwell, as well as the 400 medley relay with a group of Bishop, Bruce, Kirk and Boutwell.

Non-Scoring At Trojan Diving Invitational (November 5-6, 2004) ... Diving OnlyAshlee Rosenthal highlighted the performances by Stanford's divers at the Trojan Diving Invitational. Rosenthal finished second in the 3-meter competition on the opening day of the meet and was third in the 1-meter the following day. Cassidy Krug took fourth in the 3-meter and was fifth in the 1-meter. Erin Lashnits was ninth in both events, while Katie Lampe was 11th in the 3-meter and 12th in the 1-meter.

at Texas 197, Stanford 156 (October 29-30, 2004) ... No. 6 Texas posted a 197-156 victory over No. 4 Stanford despite four individual victories by Cardinal freshman Caroline Bruce over the two-day short-course yards meet. No. 13 USC also participated in the meet but the competition between the Cardinal and the Women of Troy was non-scoring. Texas posted a 230-123 victory in its scoring versus USC. Stanford actually won eight of the 18 events contested in the meet led by Bruce, who swept both breaststroke (100, 200) and individual medley (200, 400) events. In the 100 breast, she recorded an NCAA 'A' mark and season-best time of 1:01.70 that places her fifth on Stanford's all-time list of performers in the event. She picked up another NCAA 'A' mark in the 200 breast with a time of 2:12.28 that also places her fifth on Stanford's all-time list of performers in the event. Other individual winners for the Cardinal included Brooke Bishop (50 free), Lauren Costella (1650 free), Cassidy Krug (3-meter diving) and Desiree Stahley (500 free). Stanford swam the meet without two of its top swimmers in Dana Kirk (aggravated back) and Amy Wagner (illness), while another of its top swimmers in Kristen Caverly swam in only two events before sitting out the remainder of the meet when a back injury flared up.

Stanford 180, at Hawaii 120 (October 23, 2004) ... Caroline Bruce led No. 4 Stanford to a 180-120 victory in a short-course yards meet at No. 22 Hawaii with three individual victories (100 breast, 200 breast, 200 IM), while Dana Kirk (100 fly, 200 fly) won two individual events. Both were also members of Stanford's winning 200 medley relay. Lacey Boutwell (200 free), Lauren Costella (1000 free) and Desiree Stahley (500 free) added one victory each. Amy Wagner returned to the pool for the Cardinal for the first time since the 2002-03 campaign after missing last year due to an injury to open Stanford's winning 200 meter medley relay with the backstroke leg. Brooke Bishop brought the Cardinal home with the freestyle leg. Bruce recorded the only NCAA 'A' qualifying standard of the meet, hitting the mark exactly with a time of 1:02.00 in her 100 breast win. Stahley's victory was the first individual win of her collegiate career.

• Stanford has won 28 of its last 33 dual meets overall despite falling at No. 6 Texas October 29-30.

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