Stanford In The Lead After Day Two Of Pac-10 Swimming And Diving Championship

Feb. 24, 2005

By George Edgar

FEDERAL WAY - A pair of 1-2 finishes, a close race in the 500 freestyle, and a new meet record highlighted the second day of the Pac-10 women's swimming championships at the King County Aquatics Center.

In the 500 freestyle, Arizona's Emily Mason outdueled California's Ashley Chandler over the last half of the race to take the championship. Chandler, a junior from Chandler, Arizona, led with two laps to go, but Mason passed her at the final turn and outtouched her at the wall. Mason, a senior from Phoenix, finished in 4:41.21, while Chandler came in second at 4:41.65. Stanford freshman Elizaboth Durot came in third place in 4:41.78.

'She wanted to win,' said Arizona coach Frank Busch. 'It was a challenge; all the girls werfe swimming well. Emily's a senior, she was excited and wanted to win. It came down to looking at what you're willing to give for it.'

Mason was the 2004 NCAA champion at 400 meters, and is currently ranked No. 1 in both the 500 and 200 freestyle this season.

'I've been working a lot on my back half of the races,' Mason said afterwards. 'I just have a lot of confidence in the last half, knowing I can catch them. I think it has a lot to do with confidence.'

Both of the 1-2 finishes belonged to Stanford, as they swept the top two places in the 200 yard individual medley and the 50 freestyle.

In the 200 IM, freshman Caroline Bruce won in 1:58.40, followed by junior teammate Kristin Caverly in 1:58.65. California junior Helen Silver, from nearby Bainbridge Island, led the first half of the race through the butterfly and backstroke legs, but Bruce took command in the breaststroke leg. Whitney Myers of Arizona finished in third at 1:59.90, while Silver came in fourth at 1:59.93.

'I was real pleased with the individual medley race,' Stanford coach Richard Quick. 'Going 1-2 is a special situation. I was real pleased with both girls; they should be getting better at the NCAA's.'

Bruce said the 1-2 finish was 'amazing. We were hoping to place pretty high. It was important to us, and good for the rest of the team.'

Stanford went 1-2 again in the fast and furious 50 freestyle, as senior Lacey Boutwell won in 22.63 seconds, followed by freshman Brooke Bishop in 22.72.

Arizona capped the evening's competition with a dominant win in the 200 freestyle relay as the Wildcats team of Jenna Gresdal, Marshi Smith, Jessica Hayes, and Courtney Cashion, set a Pac-10 meet record of 1:30.07. The previous meet record of 1:30.47 was set in 2002 by California. Stanford finished in second place with 1:31.18.

'To break a meet record in a prestigious conference like this is a great job,' said Busch afterwards.

The women's diving competition got underway on Thursday, as USC junior Blythe Hartley won the 1-meter springboard event, scoring 318.90 points. Stanford's Ashlee Rosenthal placed second with 295.45 points, followed by teammate Cassidy Krug with 291.25.

In the men's diving competition, also at Federal Way, Joona Puhakka from Arizona State won his second title in as many days as he defended his 3-meter championship. Puhakka scored 611.90 points in the event. On the first day of the meet, Puhakka, who competed for Finland in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, won the 1 meter springboard event. Mike Hilde of USC finished in second place with 558.15 points, while his Trojans' teammate Ray Vincent took third with 527.75 points.

Swimming and Diving
Pac-10 Women's Championships
at King County Aquatics Center, Federal Way

500 freestyle
1, Emily Mason, Arizona, 4:41.21;
2, Ashley Chandler, California, 4:41.65;
3, Elizabeth Durot, Stanford, 4:41.78;
4, Kayln Keller, USC, 4:43.23;
5, Desiree Stahley, Stanford, 4:47.90;
6, Lauren Medina, California, 4:49.95;
7, Erin Reilly, California, 4:51.96;
8, Stacy Vazhenin, USC, 4:52.66.

200 individual medley
1, Caroline Bruce, Stanford, 1:58.40;
2, Kristin Caverly, Stanford, 1:59.65;
3, Whitney Myers, Arizona, 1:59.90;
4, Helen Silver, California, 1:59.93;
5, Agnes Kovacs, Arizona State, 2:00.01;
6, Laura Davis, Stanford, 2:01.05;
7, Emily Verdin, California, 2:02.30;
8, Ashley Daly, Stanford, 2:02.86.

50 freestyle
1, Lacey Boutwell, Stanford, 22.63;
2, Brooke Bishop, Stanford, 22.72;
3, Jenna Gresdal, Arizona, 22.73;
4, Kim Vandenberg, UCLA, 22.93;
5,(tie) Marshi Smith, Arizona, and Katie Arnold, UCLA, 22.91;
7, Courtney Cashion, Arizona, 23.10;
8, Florencia Szigeti, Arizona State, 23.15.

200 freestyle relay
1, Arizona (Jenna Gresdal, Jessica Hayes, Marshi Smith, Courtney Cashion) 1:30.07 (New meet record; old meet record, 1:30.47, California);
2, Stanford, 1:31.18;
3, Arizona State 1:31.74611.90 points;
2, Mike Hilde, USC, 558.15;
3, Ray Vincent, USC, 527.75;
4, John Collier, Arizona, 525.60;
5, Louis Gagnet, California, 524.70;
6, Kenny Jenkins, USC, 504.10;
7, Kevin McLean, Stanford, 464.55; Nathaniel Kim, Stanford, 419.60