Stanford Hosts Alumnae Meet This Saturday

Oct. 20, 2005

THIS WEEK'S STANFORD MEET
Stanford will host its annual women's swimming Alumnae Meet at the Avery Aquatic Center this Saturday, October 22 (10 am, PT). The meet will run in conjunction with an Alumni Meet for the Stanford men's swimming team.

WHAT STANFORD'S ALUMNAE HAS DONE
Stanford's Alumnae has been responsible for more NCAA team championships (8) than any other collegiate women's swimming program in the nation and also added an AIAW national title in 1980, the season before the NCAA began sponsoring a national championship. Former Stanford swimmers have also captured 16 Pac-10 team titles in 19 years of the conference championship meet and have led the Cardinal to an all-time dual meet record of 231-21. A total of 37 former Stanford coaches and swimmers, as well as two current roster members, have participated in the Olympic Games and combined to win 50 medals (30 goals, 16 silver, four bronze).

2005-06 STANFORD TEAM OPENS WITH 199-114 VICTORY OVER SAN JOSE STATE
Stanford cruised to a 199-114 victory over San Jose State in a season-opening non-conference swim meet for both teams on October 14. Stanford won 12 of the first 14 events contested before swimming exhibition in the final two events to give first-year head coach and former Cardinal swimmer Lea Maurer a victory in her collegiate coaching debut. Brooke Bishop (200 back, 200 free), Morgan Hentzen (500 free, 1000 free), Cassidy Krug (1-meter, 3-meter), Erica Liu (100 breast, 200 breast) and Laura Wadden (100 fly, 200 fly) were all two-time individual event winners for the Cardinal. Bishop put up two of the three NCAA times of the day, reaching the 'B' qualifying standard in both of her events. Caroline Rodriguez (100 back) added one individual win for the Cardinal. Dana Kirk had the third and final NCAA 'B' mark of the day with the top time in the 200 fly as an exhibition swimmer.

A PEAK AT THE 2005-06 CARDINAL
Stanford has a deep and veteran team in 2005-06 with 12 All-Americans and 21 returning letterwinners on a 30-member roster. Caroline Bruce, the NCAA champion in both the 100 and 200 breast as a rookie last season, leads the strong group of returnees. Bruce finished second on the Individual High Point List at the 2005 NCAA Championships and totaled five All-American honors. Dana Kirk was also a five-time All-American a year ago and enters the season as the team's active leader with 14 career All-American honors. Brooke Bishop picked up All-American status in four events last year, while Kristen Caverly and Laura Davis were each three-time All-Americans in 2004-05. Cassidy Krug and Desiree Stahley picked up two All-American awards, while Sara Bowling, Lauren Costella and Elizabeth Durot had one apiece. Tami Ransom (2) and Morgan Hentzen (1) did not earn All-American honors last season but were previous selections.

UP NEXT
Stanford concludes a busy October at the Avery Aquatic Center by with a two-day dual meet against perennial national power Texas next Friday-Saturday, October 28-29. Friday's meet is scheduled to start at 1 pm, PT, while action is slated to get started Saturday at 9 am, PT.

Lea Maurer BEGINS FIRST SEASON AS HEAD COACH
Lea Maurer is in her first season as the head women's swimming and diving head coach at Stanford and has a 1-0 overall dual meet record. The former Lea Loveless takes the reigns of Stanford's nationally prominent program from her collegiate coach Richard Quick, who retired after leading Stanford to seven national titles in his 17 seasons on The Farm. Maurer swam on three of Quick's national championship squads (1992, '93, '94) when she competed at Stanford from 1990-94, winning 10 NCAA individual and relay titles during her collegiate swimming career. Among Maurer's NCAA crowns were three consecutive victories in the 100 back (1992, '93, '94) as well as a 200 back title in 1993. She was also a member of six victorious NCAA relay teams. Maurer added 15 Pac-10 titles (seven individual, eight relays) and 21 All-American honors (19 at Stanford) to her collegiate swimming resume. She was a member of 400 (1993) and 800 (1992) free relay teams that set school records that still stand today. In addition, Maurer is still second on Stanford's all-time list of performers in the 100 and 200 back, as well as sixth in the 200 individual medley. After finishing her collegiate swimming career at Stanford following the 1993-94 campaign, she started in the coaching profession as an assistant at Northwestern for a program that placed 11th at the NCAA's and third in the Big 10 in 1995. In 1996, she began a prep dynasty as the head boys' and girls' coach at Lake Forest High School (Lake Forest, IL), leading the boys' squad to the 2002-03 mythical National Championship and the girls' team to the mythical 2003 Public School National Championship. She coached 2003 National High School Swimmer of the Year Matt Grevers, who recorded the second-fastest prep time ever in the 50 free and went on to win the NCAA title in the 100 back as a sophomore at Northwestern in 2005. In 10 years at Lake Forest, her girls' team also won a pair of state titles (2002, '03) while her boys' squad was the state champion in 2003. In addition, she was named the Illinois Swimming Association Coach of the Year on eight occasions (five girls, three boys) while coaching 85 All-American and honorable mention All-American swimmers, as well as nine individual and seven relay state champions.

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