No. 6 Stanford Cruises To 159-96 Win Over Pacific
Jan. 15, 2005
No. 6 Stanford returned to competition for the first time since November 20 and cruised to a 159-96 non-conference victory over Pacific in a short-course yards dual meet at the Avery Aquatic Center on Saturday. Stanford had eight different swimmers win at least one individual event. Brooke Bishop (100 back, 100 free), Laura Davis (200 fly, 400 IM), Elizabeth Durot (200 free, 500 free) and Lacey Boutwell (50 free, 200 back) led the way with two individual victories each. Katherine Bell (200 breast), Caroline Bruce (100 breast), Dana Kirk (100 fly) and Desiree Stahley (1000 free) added one apiece.
Stanford also won the 200 medley relay when a team of Amy Wagner, Erica Liu, Kirk and Boutwell clocked in at 1:45.15. Pacific captured the 200 freestyle relay to end the meet in 1:37.60 with a squad of Jacqueline Moirao, Kristen Peterson, Jennifer Radecke and Lyndsay McNamee. Stanford actually had a faster exhibition team in the event as Boutwell, Bishop, Sarah Jones and Bruce covered the distance in 1:36.45.
Davis swam the 200 breast (2:18.21) fast enough to earn a third individual victory but swam the event as an exhibition, while Lisa Falzone's exhibition time of 2:02.91 would have also given her a win in the 200 back.
No NCAA 'A' qualifying marks were recorded in the meet but Stanford swimmers did reach the NCAA 'B' standard on eight occasions. Davis picked up 'B' times in both the 200 breast (2:18.21) and 400 IM (4:21.53), while Durot reached the mark in the 200 (1:50.56) and 500 (4:52.10) free. Bishop (100 back, 55.70), Bruce (100 breast, 1:02.29) and Kirk (100 fly, 54.70) all recorded NCAA 'B' times to win their respective events, while Liu's second-place finish in the 100 breast (1:03.85) was also an NCAA 'B' mark.
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 meet No. 5 Arizona on Saturday, November 22 (1 pm, MT; 12 pm, PT).
'Today's meet serves the purpose of preparing our team for the Pac-10 dual meet schedule,' said Stanford head coach Richard Quick. 'We face two excellent teams next week, and although we did as well as we expected to today considering our intense training, we're going to have to improve quite a bit to succeed against the type of competition that both Arizona schools will bring.'
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).