Stanford Has 22 Swimmers Qualify For Finals Session During Friday's Pac-10 Prelims

Feb. 25, 2005

Federal Way, Wash. - Stanford had 22 swimmers qualify for the finals session during prelims Friday at the 2005 Pac-10 Women's Swimming and Diving Championships being held at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center. The defending champion Cardinal scored 577 points in the first two days of the short-course yards competition on Wednesday and Thursday to post a large lead of 156 points over second-place Arizona through seven of 21 events.

Seven of the Cardinal qualifiers for Friday's evening session earned a spot in championship finals.

Caroline Bruce highlighted Stanford's performances in Friday's prelims by qualifying first in the 400 IM with a personal-best and NCAA 'A' time of 4:14.85 that ranks her as the No. 8 all-time performer at Stanford. Stanford will have three participants in the 400 IM finals with Kristen Caverly (4:17.13) and Laura Davis (4:19.12) taking fourth and seventh in the prelims of the event.

Cassidy Krug led a strong Stanford effort in the 3-meter diving competition by winning the prelims with a career-high 502.00 points. Ashlee Rosenthal (460.85) and Sara Bowling (437.30) also qualified for the finals by taking third and sixth, respectively.

Dana Kirk was second in the 100 fly with an NCAA 'A' time of 53.59.Lacey Boutwell (1:47.43, NCAA 'A') and Elizabeth Durot (1:48.86) were fourth and seventh in the 200 free, while Erica Liu's seventh-place finish in the 100 breast (1:03.17) rounded out Stanford's championship qualifiers on Friday.

Stanford will also compete in the finals of the 400 medley relay on Friday evening.

Friday's finals session begin at 6 pm, PT.

The four-day meet concludes Saturday with the final seven events with prelims beginning each day at 11 am, PT, and finals starting at 6 pm, PT. Saturday's events include the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, platform diving and 400 free relay. Stanford has won 15 of the 18 Pac-10 Championships contested.

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