No. 5 Stanford Qualifies 13 Swimmers For 2005 NCAA Championships

March 7, 2005

Stanford, Calif. - Fifth-ranked Stanford has qualified 13 swimmers for the 2005 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championship to be held March 17-19 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. The 13 Stanford swimmers that have earned a spot in the meet include Brooke Bishop, Lacey Boutwell, Caroline Bruce, Kristen Caverly, Lauren Costella, Laura Davis, Elizabeth Durot, Morgan Hentzen, Sarah Jones, Dana Kirk, Erica Liu, Desiree Stahley and Amy Wagner.

Stanford is looking to return to a familiar place among the top three teams when the squad competes at the NCAA's. Stanford has won more national titles (8) than any other team in the history of collegiate women's swimming and had finished at least third nationally for 27 consecutive years, including each of the first 22 years the NCAA meet existed from 1981-2002, before slipping to sixth in 2003. Stanford moved back up one spot to fifth last season and has plenty of reasons to believe it can keep climbing back up the ladder in 2005.

The Cardinal roared through its dual meet season with a 7-1 overall record and a 5-0 mark against Pac-10 squads, suffering its only loss of the campaign to No. 4 Texas last October. Stanford then dominated at the Pac-10 Championships, winning its second straight conference crown and 16th in the 19-year history of the event. The Cardinal won eight of the 21 events contested and scored 1499 points to easily outdistance second-place and sixth-ranked Arizona (1237).

Stanford's NCAA qualifiers feature 2004 Olympians Caroline Bruce, Kristen Caverly and Dana Kirk, as well experienced senior Lacey Boutwell. Bruce was named the Pac-10 Swimmer of the Meet after winning three individual events (200 breast, 200 IM, 400 IM). Boutwell won a pair of races (50 free, 100 free) at the Pac-10's, while Kirk captured the 200 fly. Bruce and Kirk also swam on Stanford's winning 200 and 400 medley relay teams, while Boutwell anchored the 400 squad.

Bruce heads into the NCAA's seeded among the top three in a trio of individual events, ranking second in the 100 breast (1:00.03) as well as third in both the 200 breast (2:09.76) and 200 IM (1:58.15). Kirk has qualified second in the 200 (1:54.89) and fourth in the 100 (52.90) fly, while Caverly is fourth in the 400 IM (4:10.83) and Boutwell fifth in the 100 free (48.85). Stanford also features a 400 medley relay team that is seeded third with a qualifying time of 3:35.87.

Stanford's divers will attempt to add to the Cardinal contingent at the national championships when they compete at the 2005 NCAA Zone E Meet to be held this Thursday-Saturday, March 10-12, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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