Stanford Earns 17 Spots In Thursday's Pac-10 Championships Finals Session

Feb. 24, 2005

Federal Way, Wash. - No. 5 Stanford qualified for 17 spots in Thursday evening's finals session during the morning prelims held Thursday on the second day of competition for the 2005 Pac-10 Women's Swimming and Diving Championships held at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center. Stanford will have more individual competitors in Thursday night's championship finals session than any other school with 10 of the 17 qualifiers earning spots in championship finals. Stanford will also compete in the 200 free relay championship final on Thursday evening.

Brooke Bishop (50 free), Lacey Boutwell (50 free), Caroline Bruce (200 IM), Kristen Caverly (200 IM), Ashley Daly (200 IM), Laura Davis (200 IM), Elizabeth Durot (500 free), Cassidy Krug (1-meter diving), Ashlee Rosenthal (1-meter diving) and Desiree Stahley (500 free) make up Stanford's 10 individual competitors in Thursday's championship finals.

The 1-2 finish of Bruce and Davis in the 200 IM highlighted Stanford's performance during Thursday's prelims. Bruce recorded a personal-best and NCAA 'A' time of 1:58.15 to qualify first, while Davis was second in an NCAA 'A' time of 1:59.95. Stanford will have four of the eight swimmers in Thursday's night's championship finals as Caverly (2:00.36, NCAA 'A') and Daly (2:01.85, NCAA 'B') will join Bruce and Davis after taking fourth and eighth in the prelims. Dana Kirk (2:02.80, NCAA 'B') and Erica Liu (2:02.88, NCAA 'B') finished 13th and 15th, respectively, to qualify for the consolation finals. Katherine Bell's 22nd-place finish (2:03.89, NCAA 'B') gives her a spot in Thursday night's bonus finals. Carly Geehr (2:04.64) took 26th and is the second alternate for Thursday's finals.

Krug (294.85) and Rosenthal (278.30) qualified for Thursday's finals by finishing second and third in the 1-meter competition with Krug posting her personal-best point total for a 1-meter championship event.

Bishop (22.88) and Boutwell (22.92) finished second and fourth in the 50 free, both in NCAA 'A' times, to qualify for the championship finals. Sarah Jones took 11th in an NCAA 'B' time of 23.38 to earn a spot in the consolation finals.

In the 500 free, Stahley was fourth in a time of 4:47.36 and Durot took sixth in 4:48.06 to earn spots in the championship final. Morgan Hentzen was 11th (4:50.42) and Lauren Costella took 15th (4:51.69) to earn spots in the consolation final. Erin Glenn added a personal-best time of 4:55.37 to take 22nd and earn a spot in the consolation finals. Glenn had twice previously finished 25th at the Pac-10's in the 1650 free but has earned a spot in an evening finals session for the first time in her collegiate career.

The defending champion Cardinal scored 120 points in the finals of two events contested on Wednesday and holds a six-point lead over second-place California heading into Thursday's finals session. The four-day short-course yards meet will continue through Saturday with finals in 19 of 21 events still to be contested. Remaining prelim sessions on Friday and Saturday begin at 11 am with finals set to start Thursday-Saturday at 6 pm. Stanford has won 15 of the 18 Pac-10 Championships held.

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