Pac-10 Women's Swimming Championships This Week

Feb. 22, 2005

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WHAT: Pacific-10 Conference Women's Swimming Championships

WHERE: Weyerhauser King County Aquatics Center, Federal Way, Wash.

WHO: Women's swimming teams from ARIZONA, ARIZONA STATE, CALIFORNIA, OREGON STATE, STANFORD, UCLA, USC, WASHINGTON and WASHINGTON STATE will compete for the 2005 Pac-10 Women's Swimming Championship.

WHEN: Wednesday through Saturday, February 23-26, 2005; Preliminaries begin at 11:00 a.m. and finals begin at 6 p.m. each evening.

TICKETS: Tickets for the 2005 Pacific-10 Conference Women's Swimming Championships are available only at the Championship site. An All-Session adult pass is $25, an All-Session student/senior citizen pass is $15. Single-day tickets are available at $10 for adults or $5 for a student/senior citizen.

MEDIA CONTACT: The Oregon State sports information office will handle publicity of the 2005 Women's Swimming Championships. Kip Carlson, assistant sports information director, can be reached at (541) 737-3720.

MEET RESULTS: At the conclusion of each event, results will be faxed to the Pac-10 SID offices. Also, the results will be posted on the Pac-10 web site (www.pac-10.org) on the swimming page, as well as on OSU's web site (www.osubeavers.com). Please contact Noah Cohan at the Pacific-10 Conference office for more information.

THE PARTICIPANTS

Pac-10 Notes: The 2005 Pac-10 Championships feature some of the top teams in the country ... The latest CSCAA-Top 25 poll includes 7 Pac-10 teams: No. 5 STANFORD, No. 6 ARIZONA, No. 9 CALIFORNIA, No. 11 UCLA, No. 15 ARIZONA STATE, No. 20 USC and No. 21 WASHINGTON... Team results at last year's NCAA's found five Pac-10 teams in the Top-10. Arizona placed third, followed by No. 5 Stanford, No. 6 California, No. 7 UCLA and No. 9 USC ... Two other teams placed in the Top-20 , No. 14 Arizona State, and No. 20 Oregon State.

School Notes: Sixth-ranked ARIZONA's (9-2 Overall, 6-1 Pac-10) only two losses came to No. 4 Texas and the fifth-ranked Stanford Cardinal. The Wildcats have finished in the top-five at the Pac-10 Championships every year since 1996. The women last won the team championships in 2000, but have consecutively posted at least one individual champion each year since 1997. In 2004 ARIZONA STATE (5-4-1, 1-4-1) earned its highest conference finish since the 1995 season, placing fifth at the Pac-10 Women's Swimming Championship held in Long Beach, Calif. Senior All-American Florencia Szigeti is the reigning Pac-10 Champion in the 200 freestyle. Freshman Caitlin Andrew was the Pac-10 Co-Swimmer of the Month for January. Andrew had individual wins against California and Stanford, winning the 100 butterfly against Cal in 54.0 seconds. CALIFORNIA (9-2, 5-2) finished fourth at last year's Pac-10 championships. Three of the four members of the Bear's Pac-10 and NCAA champion 800 freestyle relay team return this year. Last year, Cal's winning 800 team set a Pac-10 record in the race. OREGON STATE (6-6, 1-5) All-American Mari Embertson finished fourth in the 400 individual medley at last year's Pac-10 Championships. Embertson and freshman Courtney Eads will look to lead the Beavers in the pool. STANFORD (7-1, 5-0) is the defending conference champion and has won 15 of the 18 Pac-10 Championships contested. Stanford's Caroline Bruce was named the Pac-10's January Co-Swimmer of the Month. Bruce led the Cardinal to a perfect 5-0 dual meet record in January. UCLA (6-3, 3-3) had four individual champions and one relay champion at the 2004 Pac-10 Championships; eight school records fell during the meet. Junior Kim Vandenberg, ranked fourth nationally in the 200 Fly, 12th in the 100 Fly and 25th in the 200 Free, will lead the way for the Bruins. USC (1-5-1, 0-4-1) has won at least three Pac-10 individual titles in each of the last four years and at least one each year since 1994. Sophomore Kalyn Keller is out to defend a pair freestyle titles after wining the 500 and 1650 free in 2004. A Trojan has won the Pac-10 title in the 400 IM each of the past four years. WASHINGTON (13-4, 2-2) is the only team ranked in the top 25 without a diving team. Washington is led by junior Sharon Olson and freshman Cailyn Shortt. Olson has posted NCAA provisional times in four events (100, 200 and 500 freestyles and 200 IM). She holds school records in seven events and has won 22 events this season. WASHINGTON STATE (4-3, 0-2) had five swimmers place on the Cougar all-time top 10 list at the 2004 Pac-10 Championships. WSU finished first in the nation academically for spring semester 2004 with a 3.66 grade point average.

2004 TEAM RESULTS
1. STAN 1,380.0
2. UCLA 1,329.0
3. ARIZ 1,221.5
4. CAL 1,117.5
5. ASU 863.0
6. USC 806.5
7. OSU 405.5
8. WASH 396.0
9. WSU 278.0

2004 INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONS
50 Freestyle Lacey Boutwell, STAN 22.60
100 Freestyle Natalie Coughlin, CAL 47.87
200 Freestyle Florencia Szigeti, ASU 1:46.46
500 Freestyle Kalyn Keller, USC 4:37.76*
1650 Freestyle Kalyn Keller, USC 15:48.99*
100 Backstroke Natalie Coughlin, CAL 51.91
200 Backstroke Jessica Hayes, ARIZ 1:56.41
100 Breaststroke Tara Kirk, STAN 59.14
200 Breaststroke Tara Kirk, STAN 2:07.13@
100 Butterfly Dana Kirk, STAN 52.30
200 Butterfly Kaitlin Sandeno, USC 1:56.06*
200 IM Natalie Coughlin, CAL 1:54.95*!
400 IM Kaitlin Sandeno, USC 4:05.74*


2004 RELAY CHAMPIONS
200 Freestyle Relay UCLA 1:31.32
400 Freestyle Relay California 3:18.25
800 Freestyle Relay California 7:08.13
200 Medley Relay Stanford 1:39.87
400 Medley Relay Stanford 3:35.93

*Pac-10 Meet Record
! Pac-10 Record
@ American Record


2005 NCAA Championships: The NCAA Women's Swimming Championships will be held at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Ind., March 17-19. For ticket info, call (765) 494-3194.

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