No. 5 Stanford Hosts No. 11 UCLA And No. 18 USC Friday And Saturday

Jan. 27, 2005

No. 5 Stanford (4-1, 2-0 Pac-10) concludes its 2004-05 home schedule by hosting the Pac-10's Los Angeles schools this weekend. The Cardinal welcomes No. 11 UCLA (5-1, 2-1 Pac-10) on Friday, January 28 (1:00 pm, PT) and then hosts No. 18 USC (1-2-1, 0-1-1 Pac-10) on Saturday, January 29 (12:00 pm, PT). Stanford has won three consecutive dual meets. Stanford will honor its senior class in a ceremony prior to Saturday's meet at the Avery Aquatic Center.

Stanford will be looking to avenge a crushing 151-92 defeat at the hands of the Bruins when they met in Los Angeles last season (January 30, 2004), marking only the second time in 24 career meeting between the schools that Stanford had lost to UCLA. The Cardinal responded with a 173-127 victory at USC the following day (January 31, 2004). Stanford swept the two schools the last time they met at the Avery Aquatic Center with a 159-141 win over UCLA (January 31, 2003) and a 167-133 win against USC (February 1, 2003).

Three consecutive dual meet wins over Pacific (January 15), No. 17 Arizona State (January 21) and No. 4 Arizona (January 22) have moved the Cardinal up three spots to No. 5 in the most recent College Swim Coaches Association national poll released on January 27.

Stanford will conclude its 2004-05 regular season dual meet schedule at No. 10 California (7-1, 3-1 Pac-10) on Saturday, February 12 (12:00 pm, PT) in Berkeley. California edged the Cardinal, 151-149, at the last time the teams met on February 14, 2004, coming back from a seven-point deficit heading into the final event (400 free relay) before an Avery Aquatic Center record crowd of 1784. The victory was the first time the Golden Bears had defeated Stanford since the 1975-76 season and only the third time ever in 31 dual meets between the schools.

Stanford is 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the Pac-10 during the first five dual meets of the 2004-05 campaign and also has a victory at the Speedo Cup, while its divers have also competed at the non-team scoring Trojan Diving Invitational. The Cardinal started with a season-opening 180-120 win at then No. 22 Hawaii on October 23 before falling 197-156 to No. 6 Texas in Austin in a two-day dual meet that also included non-scoring events versus USC from October 29-30. Stanford's divers then competed at the Trojan Diving Invitational hosted by USC from November 5-6. The Cardinal swimmers came back for a dominating victory November 18-20 at the Speedo Cup hosted by UC Irvine, winning the event comfortably with 1221.5 points despite not swimming in the evening finals session on the third and final day of competition. After nearly two months out of competition, the swimmers returned with a 159-96 victory over Pacific in their home-opener and final non-conference dual meet on January 15. Stanford came up with a 177-117 win at No. 18 Arizona State to open Pac-10 action on January 21 and then surprised No. 4 Arizona on the road, 165-135, on January 22. 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.

Stanford 165, at Arizona 135 (January 22, 2005) ... No. 6 Stanford knocked off previously unbeaten and No. 4 Arizona in a short-course yards Pac-10 dual meet at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center. Stanford used its superior depth to outscore the Wildcats, 165-135, despite both teams winning eight events. Kristen Caverly (100 and 200 breast) and Dana Kirk (100 and 200 fly) won two events each to lead the Cardinal. Caroline Bruce (200 IM), Lauren Costella (1000 free) and Ashlee Rosenthal (1-meter diving) also had victories in individual events for Stanford, while a Cardinal relay team of Brooke Bishop, Bruce, Kirk and Lacey Boutwell won the 400 medley relay to open the event.

Stanford 177, at Arizona State 117 (January 21, 2005) ... No. 6 Stanford opened its Pac-10 season with a convincing 177-117 win at No. 18 Arizona State in a short-course yards dual meet at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center. Stanford won 13 of the 16 events contested with eight different Stanford women's and divers claiming individual victories. Lacey Boutwell (50 free, 100 free), Caroline Bruce (200 breast, 400 IM), Dana Kirk (100 fly, 200 fly) and Ashlee Rosenthal (1-meter diving, 3-meter diving) were two-time winners for the Cardinal. Brooke Bishop (200 back), Lauren Costella (1650 free), Desiree Stahley (200 free) and Elizabeth Durot (500 free) added one victory each. The Cardinal also captured the 200 medley relay with a team of Amy Wagner, Bruce, Kirk and Boutwell. The highlight of the meet arguably came when Bruce outdueled 2000 Olympic gold medalist Agnes Kovacs in the 200 breast. Bruce, who finished ninth in the 200 meter breast at the 2004 Games in Sydney, clocked in with a season-best and NCAA 'A' qualifying time of 2:11.69 that ranks her as the No. 3 all-time performer at Stanford, finishing .37 seconds ahead of Kovacs' NCAA 'A' mark of 2:12.06. Bruce's time also moved her season's national rank up to fourth in the country in the event.

at Stanford 159, Pacific 96 (January 15, 2005) ... Swimming Only No. 5 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. Stanford had eight different swimmers win at least one individual event and officially captured 13 of the 14 events. 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 with a team of Amy Wagner, Erica Liu, Kirk and Boutwell. An exhibition Cardinal team of Boutwell, Bishop, Sarah Jones and Bruce actually had a faster time than the Tigers in the 200 free relay as well but the Tigers claimed the fastest team not swimming the event as an exhibition.

Speedo Invitational (November 18-20, 2004) ... Swimming Only 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) and 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 (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 right on the dot 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 31 of its last 36 dual meets overall.

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