No. 3 Stanford Opens Pac-10 Action By Hosting Arizona And Arizona State

Jan. 18, 2006

Stanford, Calif. - BACK IN ACTION
No. 3 Stanford (10-0, 0-0 Pac-10) returns to action with its first two Pac-10 dual meets of the campaign at the Avery Aquatic Center this Friday and Saturday, January 20 and 21. The Cardinal will host No. 5 Arizona (5-0, 4-0 Pac-10) in a key contest between a pair of unbeaten squads on Friday (1:00 pm, PT) in a double dual meet with the men’s squads from both teams. On Saturday, the Cardinal will face unranked Arizona State (3-4, 1-2 Pac-10) beginning at 2:00 pm, PT.

STANFORD STAYS AT NO. 3 IN COLLEGESWIMMING.COM POLL FOR SECOND STRAIGHT WEEK
Stanford held onto its No. 3 spot in the most recent national poll released by collegeswimming.com on January 6, 2006.

FANTASTIC FALL
Stanford is coming off a fantastic fall as the Cardinal posted an official 10-0 record, taking dual meets from San Jose State and now No. 10 Texas while going a perfect 8-0 to win the Big West Shootout and easily winning the Speedo Cup. Among the many highlights from the fall season were Brooke Bishop’s six wins in the Texas meet, Elizabeth Durot’s performance to win Swimmer of the Meet honors at the Speedo Cup and Erica Liu’s team-leading three victories at the Big West Shootout.

2005-06 MEET RECAPS
STANFORD DIVERS CLOSE OUT FALL SEASON AT TEXAS INVITATIONAL (DECEMBER 1-3, 2005)
Cassidy Krug’s second-place showing in the 3-meter diving competition highlighted Stanford’s performance at the Texas Invitational.

STANFORD DOMINATES IN SPEEDO CUP VICTORY (NOVEMBER 17-19, 2005)
Stanford put together a dominating performance to win the three-day Speedo Cup as the Cardinal won all but one of the meet’s 18 events. Elizabeth Durot was named the Swimmer of the Meet after capturing the 200, 500 and 1650 free. Other Stanford individual winners included Brooke Bishop (50 free, 100 back, 200 back), Caroline Bruce (200 breast), Laura Davis (400 IM), Dana Kirk (100 fly, 200 fly, 200 IM), Erica Liu (100 breast), Madeline Rovira (100 free). Stanford also captured the 200 free (Caroline Rodriguez, Rovira, Alexa Merz, Bishop), 200 medley (Bishop, Bruce, Kirk, Rovira), 400 medley (Bishop, Liu, Kirk, Rovira) and 800 free (Morgan Hentzen, Durot, Desiree Stahley, Bishop).

STANFORD DIVERS COMPETE AT TROJAN DIVING INVITATIONAL (NOVEMBER 11-12, 2005)
Cassidy Krug was third in the 1-meter and fourth in the 3-meter to lead Stanford’s effort at the non-team scoring Trojan Diving Invitational. Sara Bowling had the other Cardinal finish in the top five, taking fifth in the platform. 

STANFORD WINS BIG WEST SHOOTOUT WITH PERFECT RECORD (NOVEMBER 4-5, 2005)
No. 4 Stanford captured the Big West Shootout with a perfect 8-0 record over two days of competition at the Anteater Aquatics Complex. Stanford's closest competitor both days was Hawaii as the Cardinal prevailed over the Rainbow Wahine on Saturday, 66-46, after outscoring them by a count of 80-59 on Friday. Stanford's other victories Saturday were over UC Davis (94-18), UC Irvine (94-22) and Washington (83-20). On Friday, the Cardinal also defeated Idaho (116-13), Pepperdine (118-21) and UC Davis (107-32). Erica Liu won three events, taking the 200 breast on both days and the 100 breast Friday. Kristen Caverly’s double in the 200 back and 200 IM highlighted the Cardinal performance on Saturday, while Elizabeth Durot captured the 500 free each day. Other Stanford individual event winners included Lauren Costella (1000 free) and Dana Kirk (100 fly) on Saturday, as well as Brooke Bishop (100 fly), Laura Davis (200 fly) and Morgan Hentzen (1650 free) on Friday. The Cardinal also swept the 200 medley and 200 free relays to open and close the Friday's action, and was also victorious in the 400 free relay Saturday with a time of 3:25.35.

STANFORD IMPRESSIVE IN 192-156 WIN OVER NO. 7 TEXAS (OCTOBER 28-29, 2005)
Stanford picked up an impressive 192-156 victory over No. 7 Texas as Brooke Bishop posted six victories (four individual, two relays) during the two-day meet and was also a member of an exhibition Stanford squad in the 400 free relay that had the fastest time in the event. Bishop had victories on her own in the 50 free, 100 free, 100 back and 200 back, where she recorded an NCAA “A” time of 1:56.75 that was her career-best and made her Stanford’s fifth-fastest performer all-time in the event. She was also a member of Stanford’s winning 200 free and 400 medley relay squads. Dana Kirk swept the 100 and 200 fly, while Kristen Caverly (200 breast), Lauren Costella (1650 free), Laura Davis (400 IM) and Morgan Hentzen (500 free) also had individual wins for the Cardinal. Madeline Rovira, Desiree Stahley and Erica Liu joined Bishop on the winning 200 free relay, while Bishop was joined on the victorious 400 medley relay by Liu, Kirk and Rovira.

STANFORD OPENS WITH 199-94 VICTORY OVER SAN JOSE STATE (OCTOBER 14, 2005)
Stanford cruised to a 199-94 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 meet with the top time in the 200 fly as an exhibition swimmer.

Lea Maurer IN 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 10-0 (1.000) 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.

A BRIEF LOOK 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 27-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 added 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 status last year but have in previous seasons.

STANFORD WOMEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING HISTORY
Stanford has won 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. Stanford swimmers have also captured 16 Pac-10 team titles in the 19 years the Pac-10 Championships have been in existence and have led the Cardinal to an all-time dual meet record of 233-21 (.917). 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).

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