Stanford To Compete At NCAA Championships Thursday-Saturday

March 15, 2006

THIS WEEK’S STANFORD MEET
2006 NCAA Championships, Gabrielsen Natatorium, Athens, GA
Thursday-Saturday, March 16-18, 2006 (Prelims - 11 am, ET • Finals - 7 pm, ET)
Thu. - 200 free relay • 500 free • 200 IM • 50 free • 1-M diving • 400 medley relay
Fri. - 200 medley relay • 400 IM • 100 fly • 200 free • 100 breast • 100 back • 3-M diving • 800 free relay
Sat. - 1650 free (no prelims) • 200 back • 100 free • 200 breast • 200 fly • platform diving • 400 free relay
*Short-Course Yards Meet

A QUICK LOOK AT THE 2006 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
No. 4 Stanford (3rd at Pac-10 Championships, 13-2, 4-2 Pac-10) will compete at the 2006 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships this Thursday-Saturday, March 16-18. The event will be held at Gabrielsen Natatorium on the campus of the University of Georgia. The two teams that have combined for the last seven seasons competition as the top two ranked teams. Georgia, who returned to the throne in 2005 after winning the event for three consecutive years from 1999-2001, is the nation’s top-ranked team. Auburn, winners of three straight NCAA crowns from 2002-04, is ranked second. The Top 10 is rounded out by California, Stanford, Florida, Arizona, UCLA, Texas, SMU and Wisconsin. Stanford is coming off a third-place finish at the Pac-10's as the two-year Cardinal run at the top of the conference heap came to an end. Stanford was 13-2 in overall dual meets and 4-2 against Pac-10 competition.

STANFORD IN 2005-06
Stanford’s final action prior to the NCAA Championships came when Cassidy Krug qualified for the NCAA’s with her performance at the NCAA Zone E Championships, joining a previous group of 10 Stanford swimmers that had already qualified. Stanford began its 2005-06 postseason with a third-place showing (1227 points) at the Pac-10 Championships to end a run of two straight conference crowns. Stanford was 13-2 in overall dual meets and 4-2 against conference competition. Stanford started the season with a 199-94 victory over San Jose State before an impressive 192-156 win against Texas. The Cardinal got to 10-0 in a hurry by winning all eight dual meets during the Big West Shootout. After the divers competed in the non-team scoring Trojan Invite, the Cardinal swimmers got back in the pool and dominated the Speedo Cup with 1760.5 total points, more than twice as many as runner-up Nevada (723). The divers closed out the fall portion of the schedule by competing in the 1-meter event only at the Texas Invitational. When the Cardinal returned to action after a long holiday break, the club responded by sweeping Arizona (137-106) and Arizona State (182-112) in impressive fashion. Stanford would finally see its hopes for an unbeaten regular season end with a 180-120 loss at UCLA before coming back the next day for a 158-142 win at USC. The divers made a trip to Brigham Young for a non-team scoring meet before returning the next day for the final home meet of the season, a 169-131 to local rival California.

STANFORD WOMEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING HISTORY
• Stanford has won eight NCAA titles (1983, ’89, ’92, ’93, ’94, ’95, ’96, ’98) with six in the last 14 seasons and nine national titles overall, including an AIAW crown in 1980
• Stanford’s eight NCAA titles are more than any other school in the history of NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving
• Stanford has finished second twice (1999, 2001) and third (2000, ’02) two other times at the NCAA Championships since its most recent national title in 1998
• Last year, the Cardinal was fifth at the NCAA Championships for a second straight season and the previous season (2003) the team was sixth to
• Stanford had a string of 27 straight national (22 at the NCAA Championships) Top Three finishes going from 1976-2002
• Stanford has finished no worse than eighth nationally in each of the first 31 years of the school’s program (1974-75 through 2003-04)
• Stanford finished third at the Pac-10 Championships this year but has won 16 of the 20 league meets since the event began in 1987 (1987-99, 2002, ’04, ’05)
• Stanford has an all-time dual meet record of 243-33 (.880) in 32 seasons of dual meet competition
• Stanford has won 46 of its last 53 dual meets overall
• Stanford has never lost more than two dual meets in a single campaign over the 32-season history of the program

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS QUALIFIERS
A total of 10 Stanford swimmers have qualified for the 2006 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships to be held Thursday-Saturday, March 16-18, at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. Stanford has also qualified a relay team in both the 800 free and 400 medley relays. The names of Stanford’s qualifiers with the number of events they have qualified for, the names of their qualifying events, seed and qualifying short-course yards time (if applicable) are listed below.
Andrea Axtell (2) – 200 back (#12, 1:56.80), 100 back (#31, 54.91)
Brooke Bishop (3) – 200 back (#6T, 1:56.11), 50 free (#12T, 22.58), 100 back (#12, 53.94)
Kristen Caverly (3) – 200 IM (#3, 1:58.54), 200 breast (#7, 2:12.11), 400 IM (#22T, 4:16.90)
Lauren Costella (1) – 1650 free (#17, 16:23.14)
Laura Davis (3) – 400 IM (#27, 4:17.23), 200 IM (#33, 2:01.35), 200 fly (#33T, 2:00.66)
Elizabeth Durot (3) – 1650 free (#15, 16:21.95), 500 free (#17, 4:45.45), 200 free (#39, 1:48.57)
Dana Kirk (3) – 100 fly (#2, 52.29), 200 fly (#4, 1:56.64), 200 IM (#13, 2:00.50)
Cassidy Krug (3) – 1-meter diving, 3-meter diving, platform diving
Madeline Rovira (2) – 100 free (#61, 50.67), 50 free (#83, 23.55)
Desiree Stahley (3) – 1650 free (#22, 16:28.98), 200 free (1:48.33), 500 free (#33, 4:48.49)
• Relays (2) – 400 Medley (#10, 3:39.37), 800 free (#14, 7:14.94)

STANFORD ALL-TIME TOP 10 PERFORMERS
Nine current Stanford swimmers rank among the school’s all-time Top 10 performers. The names of the swimmers, along with the name of their event(s), ranking, short-course yards time and year of their performance are listed below (through meets of March 15, 2006).
Andrea Axtell 200 back (#7, 1:56.80, 2006)
Brooke Bishop 200 back (#5, 1:56.11, 2006), 50 free (#6, 22.58, 2006), 100 back (#7, 53.94)
• Caroline Bruce* – 100 breast (#2, 59.55, 2005), 200 breast (#2, 2:08.67, 2005), 400 IM (#3, 4:10.31, 2005), 200 IM (#4, 1:57.66, 2005)
Kristen Caverly 200 breast (#4, 2:11.13, 2006), 400 IM (#4, 4:10.37, 2002), 200 IM (#6, 1:58.54, 2006)
Lauren Costella 1650 free (#5, 16:05.94, 2005)
Laura Davis 200 fly (#9, 1:58.44, 2005), 200 IM (#10, 1:59.60)
Elizabeth Durot 500 free (#4, 4:41.78, 2005), 200 free (#7, 1:46.84, 2005) (R), 1650 free (#8, 16:12.97)
Dana Kirk 100 fly (#4, 52.29, 2006), 200 fly (#4, 1:54.00, 2004)
(R) Relay Split
*Injured and not scheduled to compete in 2006 NCAA Championships

STANFORD’S EVENT WINNERS
A total of 18 Stanford swimmers and divers (listed below) have won 133 events (includes multiple-winners in relays) during the 2005-06 season.
Brooke Bishop (33) – 50 free (7), 100 back (6), 100 free (4), 200 back (3), 200 free relay (3), 200 medley relay (3), 400 medley relay (3), 200 free (2), 100 fly (1), 800 free relay (1)
Dana Kirk (20) – 100 fly (7), 200 fly (6), 200 IM (3), 200 medley relay (2), 400 medley relay (2)
Elizabeth Durot (12) – 500 free (8), 200 free (2), 1650 free (1), 800 free relay (1)
Erica Liu (12) – 100 breast (4), 200 breast (3), 200 medley relay (2), 400 medley relay (2), 200 free relay (1)
Cassidy Krug (10) – 1-meter diving (6), 3-meter diving (4)
Madeline Rovira (9) – 100 free (2), 200 free relay (2), 50 free (1), 400 medley relay (2), 400 free relay (1), 200 medley relay (1)
Kristen Caverly (5) – 200 back (2), 200 IM (2), 200 breast (1)
Lauren Costella (5) – 1000 free (3), 1650 free (2)
Morgan Hentzen (5) – 500 free (2), 1000 free (1), 1650 free (1), 800 free relay (1)
Laura Davis (4) – 200 fly (2), 400 IM (2)
Desiree Stahley (4) – 500 free (1), 200 free relay (1), 400 free relay (1), 800 free relay (1)
Laura Wadden (4) – 200 medley relay (2), 100 fly (1), 200 fly (1)
Andrea Axtell (3) – 100 back (1), 200 back (1), 200 medley relay (1)
Caroline Bruce (2) – 200 breast (1), 200 medley relay (1)
Caroline Rodriguez (2) – 100 back (1), 200 free relay (1)
Lisa Falzone (1) – 400 free relay (1)
Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy (1) – 400 free relay (1)
Alexa Merz (1) – 200 free relay (1)

Day 1 (Events 1-6) - Thursday, March 16

EVENT 1 - 200 FREE RELAY
Stanford does not have an entry in the 200 free relay despite a second-place showing at the Pac-10 Championships behind the NCAA's top seed Arizona. Stanford's Pac-10 team of Madeline Rovira, Alexa Merz, Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy and Brooke Bishop finished in a time of 1:31.62 at the Pac-10's, just .02 seconds off the final qualifying entry for the NCAA's.
NCAA History: Stanford finished sixth at the 2005 NCAA Championships in a finals time of 1:30.87 with a team of Bishop, Lacey Boutwell, Sarah Jones and Desiree Stahley. Stanford has won the national title in the event five times, most recently in 1994.

EVENT 2 - 500 FREE
Elizabeth Durot and Desiree Stahley represent the Cardinal in the event with Durot the No. 17 seed (4:45.45) and Stahley checking in at No. 33 (4:48.49). Durot has gone significantly faster in the event with a career-best time of 4:41.78 when she finished third at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships. Durot slipped to sixth at the 2006 Pac-10's and one spot below the fifth-place Stahley, who edged Durot (4:48.59) by one-tenth of a second in a time that was close to the personal-best 4:47.11 she recorded at the 2005 NCAA's.
NCAA History: Stanford had three of the nation's top 21 finishers in the event at the 2005 NCAA's but no All-Americans as Morgan Hentzen (17th), Durot (18th) and Stahley (21st) all just missed All-American status. Lauren Costella also competed in the event for the Cardinal, finishing 52nd. Stanford has won the event seven times at the NCAA level, most recently with Jessica Foschi's victory in 2001, while also including two in a row from Janet Evans (1990-91) and three straight by Marybeth Linzmeier (1982-84). Evans' time of 4:34.39 recorded to win in 1990 still stands as the American record.

EVENT 3 - 200 IM
Stanford is expected to do well in the 200 IM with third-seed Kristen Caverly (1:58.54) and No. 13 Dana Kirk (2:00.50) possible finalists, as well as a very capable Laura Davis (2:01.35) checking in at No. 33. Caverly is coming off her first career Pac-10 victory in any event when she swam her personal-best 1:58.54 to edge NCAA top seed Whitney Myers of Arizona by .26 seconds to give Stanford its second straight 200 IM champion at the Pac-10 meet and 14th in school history. Kirk has steadily improved in the event and finished fourth at the Pac-10's in 2006 in her first trip to the conference championship finals in the event. Davis checked in just behind Kirk at the conference meet in fifth after picking up her NCAA seed time in the prelims.
NCAA History: Three Stanford swimmers scored at the 2005 NCAA Championships, led by the third-place showing of Caroline Bruce with a time of 1:57.66 that made her the No. 4 all-time performer in the event at Stanford. Caverly and Davis also competed in the consolation finals, finishing 10th and 11th, respectively. Stanford has won the event five times in school history with Jenny Thompson's 1995 victory the latest.

EVENT 4 - 50 FREE
Brooke Bishop is looking to take over the reigns for the graduated Lacey Boutwell in the event and will come into the 50 free tied for 12th in the seeding with a 22.58 mark that ranks her as the No. 6 all-time performer at Stanford. Bishop is coming off her first individual Pac-10 title in the event when she clocked in with a 22.62 time. Among the swimmers she beat at the Pac-10's were three Arizona swimmers (Courtney Cashion, Jenna Gresdal, Lacey Nymeyer) that are seeded above her at the NCAA's. Madeline Rovira (No. 83, 23.55) was the final qualifier for the event.
NCAA History: Lacey Boutwell has been the seventh-place finisher at the NCAA's in the event each of the last two seasons. Last year, Bishop joined Boutwell as an All-American with an 11th-place finish, while Sarah Jones was 58th. Stanford has won the event eight times with a three-peat by Catherine Fox from 1997-99 providing for the last three. Jenny Thompson picked up two in a row from 1992-93, Jenna Johnson won two in a row from 1986-87 after Krissie Bush picked up Stanford's first 50 free NCAA title in 1984.

EVENT 5 - 1-METER DIVING
Cassidy Krug will be the lone Cardinal representative in the diving events this season. Krug was second in the 1-meter at the Pac-10's (331.80) before a third-place finish at NCAA Zone E Championships (594.00) helped her qualify for the NCAA's. Krug is a two-time All-American in the event, earning the status in each of her first two seasons. She was also the 1-meter champ at the Pac-10 Championships as a freshman in 2004.
NCAA History: Krug was Stanford's top diver in the event last season with a 14th-place showing, while Ashlee Rosenthal placed 18th. Stanford has never won an NCAA 1-meter diving title.

EVENT 6 - 400 MEDLEY RELAY
Stanford is seeded 10th in the event after the time of 3:39.37 recorded by a team of Brooke Bishop, Kristen Caverly, Dana Kirk and Madeline Rovira was good for a fourth-place finish at the NCAA's.
NCAA History: Stanford is coming off a third-place showing at last year's NCAA's with a team of Bishop, Caroline Bruce, Kirk and Lacey Boutwell. Two years ago, Stanford took second with a foursome of Boutwell, Tara Kirk, Dana Kirk and Tami Ransom. Stanford has won the event nine times at the NCAA level, most recently in 2002 with a team of Amy Wagner, Tara Kirk, Shelly Ripple and Boutwell that set an American record (3:31.74) that still holds.

Day 2 (Events 7-14) - Friday, March 17

EVENT 7 - 200 MEDLEY RELAY
Stanford does not have an entry in the 200 medley relay after a disappointing fifth-place finish at the Pac-10's ended a run of three straight league titles in the event for the Cardinal. Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy, Kristen Caverly, Dana Kirk and Alexa Merz checked in 1:40.98 at the 2006 Pac-10's.
NCAA History: Stanford has won this event more than any other at the NCAA's (11), most recently in back-to-back fashion in 2001 and 2002. Last year, Stanford was fourth at the NCAA's with a team of Amy Wagner, Caroline Bruce, Kirk and Brooke Bishop.

EVENT 8 - 400 IM
This could be a key event for the Cardinal as Kristen Caverly (No. 22T, 4:16.90) and Laura Davis (No. 27, 4:17.23) are both looking to move up in order to help the Cardinal's fate in the team competition. Both have shown the potential to be among the nation's best in the event as NCAA consolation finalists last year. Caverly also has a sixth-place NCAA showing in the event to her credit as a freshman in 2003 and is the No. 4 all-time performer in the event for the Cardinal with the 4:10.37 she recorded during the 2002-03 regular season. Davis was a strong third in the event at the 2006 Pac-10's with a time of 4:18.98 that was not near her qualifying mark, while Caverly did not swim the event at the Pac-10's.
NCAA History: Caverly (10th, 4:13.81) and Davis (13th, 4:15.76) earned All-American honors for the Cardinal last season, while Lauren Costella (30th, 4:21.80 prelims) also competed. Summer Sanders set an American record that still stands (4:02.28) when she won her second straight and Stanford's fourth consecutive title the last time the Cardinal won the event in 1992.

EVENT 9 - 100 FLY
Dana Kirk is primed to win her first NCAA title of any kind and this event just may be her ticket. Stanford's No. 4 all-time performer in the event is seeded second after recording a personal-best time of 52.29 to win the Pac-10's for the second time in her career. In order to win, Kirk will have to beat defending NCAA champion and top seed Mary DeScenza of Georgia, who checks in with an impressive NCAA seed time of 51.75.
NCAA History: Kirk has been the face of the 100 fly for the Cardinal for each of the past three NCAA Championships, taking sixth as a freshman in 2003 before moving up to second in 2004 but dropping back to fifth in 2005. Jenna Johnson (1986, '89), Janel Jorgensen (1990, '93), Jenny Thompson (1994, '95) and Misty Hyman (1998, '99) have won the event twice each for the Cardinal.

EVENT 10 - 200 FREE
Desiree Stahley (No. 33, 1:48.33) and Elizabeth Durot (No. 39, 1:48.57) represent the Cardinal in this event and would do wonders for the team's point total if they could find a way to score a few points. Both were in the field at last year's NCAA's but did not score. Stahley managed a 10th place finish as a consolation finalist at the 2006 Pac-10's, while Durot was 18th overall after competing in the bonus finals.
NCAA History: The Cardinal did not score last year when Durot (21st, 1:47.73 prelims), Lacey Boutwell (27th, 1:48.68 prelims) and Stahley (38th, 1:49.73 prelims) represented the squad. Marybeth Linzmeier won both of Stanford's NCAA titles in the event, taking the crown in 1982 and 1984.

EVENT 11 - 100 BREAST
Stanford will be unable to defend its string of five consecutive national titles in the event because the Cardinal has no 100 breast entries this season. Defending champion Caroline Bruce is out of the NCAA Championships due to an injury.
NCAA History: Stanford has won the event five straight years with Caroline Bruce's victory in 2005 extending the four consecutive wins by Tara Kirk from 2001-04. Bruce checked in with a time of 59.55 in 2005 to make her the No. 2 all-time performer in the event at Stanford behind the 58.41 Kirk swam to set an American record in 2003. Kirk also set a world short-course meters record in the event in 2004 with a time of 1:04.79. She continues to hold the NCAA Meet Record (58.62) she established in 2003. Stanford had won the event just once (Lori Heisick, 1991) before Kirk's reign.

EVENT 12 - 100 BACK
Brooke Bishop (No. 12, 53.94) represents Stanford's best chance to score in this event but up-and-coming Andrea Axtell (No. 31, 54.91) gives the Cardinal additional hope to get on the scoreboard in the event. Bishop was sixth at the Pac-10's with a mark of 54.26, while Axtell chalked up a personal-best with her seed time that was good for 10th at the conference meet.
NCAA History: Bishop had the top Stanford showing at the event last season when she finished 22nd (54.87 prelims), while Amy Wagner (43rd, 56.29 prelims) and Sarah Jones (46th, 57.00) also participated. Stanford has won the event six times at the NCAA's with the first three by head coach Lea Maurer (formerly Loveless) from 1992-94. Jessica Tong added a NCAA title in 1996, before Catherine Fox won it back-to-back in 1997 and 1998.

EVENT 13 - 3-METER DIVING
Cassidy Krug is the lone Cardinal representative in the diving events this season. Krug was second in the Pac-10 3-meter (354.90) and took fourth at the NCAA Zone E Championships (639.40) to help her qualify for the NCAA's. Krug was an All-American in the event last season.
NCAA History: Eileen Richetelli won Stanford's two titles in the event in back-to-back fashion in 1992 and 1993. Last year, Ashlee Rosenthal's eighth-place showing made her an All-American for the fourth straight year, while Krug's 15th-place finish was her first All-American performance.

EVENT 14 - 800 FREE RELAY
Stanford garnered the second to last entry with the No. 14 seed in the event thanks to the time of 7:14.94 recorded by Brooke Bishop, Elizabeth Durot, Madeline Rovira and Desiree Stahley to finish fourth at the Pac-10's.
NCAA History: Stanford moved up seven spots to ninth from 16th the previous year at the 2005 NCAA's when a team of Durot, Lacey Boutwell, Stahley and Morgan Hentzen clocked in with a time of 7:14.38. Stanford has won the race eight times, most recently in 1999 with a group Misty Hyman, Gabrielle Rose, Sylvia Berekneyi and Catherine Fox.

Day 3 (Events 15-21) - Saturday, March 18

EVENT 15 - 1650 FREE
Stanford has the potential for a big scoring event with three swimmers seeded right on the edge of the cutoff mark for scoring. Elizabeth Durot (No. 15, 16:21.95) is at the head of the trio, followed by Lauren Costella (No. 17, 16:23.14) and Desiree Stahley (No. 22, 16:28.98). All three scored for the Cardinal at last year's NCAA's to earn All-American recognition. Costella (4th, 16:33.98) and Stahley (5th, 16:36.23) finished among the Top 5 at this year's Pac-10 meet, while Durot placed 11th.
NCAA History: Costella is a two-time All-American in the event for the Cardinal, taking sixth last season with a personal-best time of 16:05.94 that makes her the No. 5 all-time performer at Stanford ninth as a freshman in 2004. Durot (10th, 16:15.32) and Stahley (14th, 16:19.56) also had All-American performances last season. The trio has helped the Cardinal fill a previous void in the event that had left Stanford without a participant at the 2003 NCAA's. Stanford has won the event five times at the NCAA Championships, most recently when Janet Evans won on back-to-back occasions in 1990 and 1991 with her time of 15:39.14 recorded for her first NCAA win still an American record. Marybeth Linzmeier posted the first three Cardinal victories in the event for three consecutive seasons from 1982-84.

EVENT 16 - 200 BACK
Stanford will have participants in the event for the first time since 2003. In fact, the race could end up being one of the team's strongest with Brooke Bishop (No. 6T, 1:56.11) and Andrea Axtell (No. 12, 1:56.80) both potential championship finalists. Axtell has been improving rapidly and finished ahead of Bishop at the Pac-10's with her fourth-place showing in her NCAA seed time. Bishop was eighth at the Pac-10's in 1:59.38.
NCAA History: Stanford has not scored at the NCAA's since Shelly Ripple finished second in 2000 and has not had a participant in the event for the last two years. 

EVENT 17 - 100 FREE
With Brooke Bishop swimming the 50 free, as well as both the 100 and 200 back, this will leave Madeline Rovira (No. 61, 50.67) as the lone Stanford participant. Rovira's 17th-place showing (50.68) at the Pac-10's was Stanford's top individual finish in the event.
NCAA History: Stanford is expected to suffer growing pains in trying to replace Lacey Boutwell, who made appearances in the championship finals of the event at the NCAA's for each of the last four years, including her personal-best short-course meters time of 54.49 to finish third as a junior in 2005. Bishop supported Boutwell last season with a 26th-place finish. Stanford has a strong reputation at the national level in the event and has won a national title on seven occasions, including a clean sweep of four in a row by Jenny Thompson from 1992-95 that became five straight when Claudia Franco added Stanford's most recent title in the event in 1996. Jenna Johnson won the first two for Stanford in 1986 and 1987.

EVENT 18 - 200 BREAST
Two-time All-American Kristen Caverly is a nice back-up to have in the event. Moving into the top spot for the Cardinal after the season-ending injury to Caroline Bruce, it is not outlandish to say that the seventh-seeded Caverly (2:12.11) is in a large group of swimmers battling for second-place behind favored winner Rebecca Soni, who comes in with a 2.08.16 seed time that is 2.88 seconds faster than her closest competitor and makes her a legitimate threat to break Tara Kirk's NCAA record of 2:07.13. Caverly finished third in the event at the Pac-10's for the second consecutive year. 
NCAA History: Stanford has won the last four NCAA tiles in the event with Kirk dominating the event over her last three years. Kirk's run was capped with a short-course meters world record in 2004 (1:04.79). Caroline Bruce picked up where Kirk left off in 2005 with a win in a time of 2:08.67 that makes her the No. 2 all-time performer at Stanford behind Kirk. Stanford has won the event six times with Susan Rapp (1984, '87) and Jill Johnson (1990) preceding Kirk's three-year run.

EVENT 19 - 200 FLY
If Dana Kirk doesn't win her first NCAA title in the 100 fly contested on Friday, this will be her last shot at that elusive dream in her illustrious collegiate career. Kirk, who comes into the event seeded fourth (1:56.64) would need to shock top seed and three-time defending champion Mary DeScenza of Georgia. Kirk's best NCAA finish in the race came in 2004 when she was fourth, while she placed fifth in 2005 and ninth in 2003. Kirk is coming off her second straight Pac-10 title in the event. Laura Davis (No.33T, 2:00.66) has also qualified for the Cardinal.
NCAA History: Kirk (5th, 1:54.89) and Davis (13th, 1:58.98) both scored for the Cardinal with All-American performances last year. Stanford has won the event seven times at the NCAA's, most recently by Shelly Ripple when she set a school record (1:53.23) that still stands. Misty Hyman, who was the 2000 Olympic gold medalist in the event, added NCAA titles in 1998 and 2001. Janel Jorgensen (1990, '93) and Summer Sanders (1991-92) gave the Cardinal four consecutive wins during the first four years of the 1990's.

EVENT 20 - PLATFORM DIVING
Cassidy Krug is qualified for the event but is not expected to compete. Stanford's top platform diver and 2004 All-American Sara Bowling took seventh at the NCAA Zone E Championships (and fifth at the Pac-10 Championships), not qualifying for the NCAA's for the second straight year.
NCAA History: The Cardinal has not seen a diver to the platform event for the last two seasons since Sara Bowling earned All-American honors with a seventh-place finish in 2004 (413.60, 419.75 prelims). Stanford's last diving national title came in the platform when Erin Sones won the event in 2001, while Eileen Richetelli captured three (1992-93, '95) during her collegiate career.

EVENT 21 - 400 FREE RELAY
Stanford does not have an entry in the 400 free relay after a disappointing fifth-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships by Madeline Rovira, Desiree Stahley, Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy and Brooke Bishop in a time of 3:22.52.
NCAA History: Stanford was 10th in the event at the NCAA's last season when a team of Bishop, Caroline Bruce, Dana Kirk and Lacey Boutwell recorded a time of 3:20.83 (3:20.54 prelims). Stanford has won the race at the NCAA's seven times with Gabrielle Rose, Jessica Amey, Claudio Franco and Catherine Fox the most recent to accomplish the feat in 1997, capping off a string of four straight national titles for the Cardinal.

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•Stanford coming off third-place showing at Pac-10 Championships
No. 4 Stanford To Compete At 2006 NCAA Championships
This Thursday-Saturday, March 16-18

THIS WEEK’S STANFORD MEET
2006 NCAA Championships, Gabrielsen Natatorium, Athens, GA
Thursday-Saturday, March 16-18, 2006 (Prelims - 11 am, ET • Finals - 7 pm, ET)
Thu. - 200 free relay • 500 free • 200 IM • 50 free • 1-M diving • 400 medley relay
Fri. - 200 medley relay • 400 IM • 100 fly • 200 free • 100 breast • 100 back • 3-M diving • 800 free relay
Sat. - 1650 free (no prelims) • 200 back • 100 free • 200 breast • 200 fly • platform diving • 400 free relay
*Short-Course Yards Meet

A QUICK LOOK AT THE 2006 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
No. 4 Stanford (3rd at Pac-10 Championships, 13-2, 4-2 Pac-10) will compete at the 2006 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships this Thursday-Saturday, March 16-18. The event will be held at Gabrielsen Natatorium on the campus of the University of Georgia. The two teams that have combined for the last seven seasons competition as the top two ranked teams. Georgia, who returned to the throne in 2005 after winning the event for three consecutive years from 1999-2001, is the nation’s top-ranked team. Auburn, winners of three straight NCAA crowns from 2002-04, is ranked second. The Top 10 is rounded out by California, Stanford, Florida, Arizona, UCLA, Texas, SMU and Wisconsin. Stanford is coming off a third-place finish at the Pac-10's as the two-year Cardinal run at the top of the conference heap came to an end. Stanford was 13-2 in overall dual meets and 4-2 against Pac-10 competition.

STANFORD IN 2005-06
Stanford’s final action prior to the NCAA Championships came when Cassidy Krug qualified for the NCAA’s with her performance at the NCAA Zone E Championships, joining a previous group of 10 Stanford swimmers that had already qualified. Stanford began its 2005-06 postseason with a third-place showing (1227 points) at the Pac-10 Championships to end a run of two straight conference crowns. Stanford was 13-2 in overall dual meets and 4-2 against conference competition. Stanford started the season with a 199-94 victory over San Jose State before an impressive 192-156 win against Texas. The Cardinal got to 10-0 in a hurry by winning all eight dual meets during the Big West Shootout. After the divers competed in the non-team scoring Trojan Invite, the Cardinal swimmers got back in the pool and dominated the Speedo Cup with 1760.5 total points, more than twice as many as runner-up Nevada (723). The divers closed out the fall portion of the schedule by competing in the 1-meter event only at the Texas Invitational. When the Cardinal returned to action after a long holiday break, the club responded by sweeping Arizona (137-106) and Arizona State (182-112) in impressive fashion. Stanford would finally see its hopes for an unbeaten regular season end with a 180-120 loss at UCLA before coming back the next day for a 158-142 win at USC. The divers made a trip to Brigham Young for a non-team scoring meet before returning the next day for the final home meet of the season, a 169-131 to local rival California.

STANFORD WOMEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING HISTORY
• Stanford has won eight NCAA titles (1983, ’89, ’92, ’93, ’94, ’95, ’96, ’98) with six in the last 14 seasons and nine national titles overall, including an AIAW crown in 1980
• Stanford’s eight NCAA titles are more than any other school in the history of NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving
• Stanford has finished second twice (1999, 2001) and third (2000, ’02) two other times at the NCAA Championships since its most recent national title in 1998
• Last year, the Cardinal was fifth at the NCAA Championships for a second straight season and the previous season (2003) the team was sixth to
• Stanford had a string of 27 straight national (22 at the NCAA Championships) Top Three finishes going from 1976-2002
• Stanford has finished no worse than eighth nationally in each of the first 31 years of the school’s program (1974-75 through 2003-04)
• Stanford finished third at the Pac-10 Championships this year but has won 16 of the 20 league meets since the event began in 1987 (1987-99, 2002, ’04, ’05)
• Stanford has an all-time dual meet record of 243-33 (.880) in 32 seasons of dual meet competition
• Stanford has won 46 of its last 53 dual meets overall
• Stanford has never lost more than two dual meets in a single campaign over the 32-season history of the program

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS QUALIFIERS
A total of 10 Stanford swimmers have qualified for the 2006 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships to be held Thursday-Saturday, March 16-18, at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. Stanford has also qualified a relay team in both the 800 free and 400 medley relays. The names of Stanford’s qualifiers with the number of events they have qualified for, the names of their qualifying events, seed and qualifying short-course yards time (if applicable) are listed below.
Andrea Axtell (2) – 200 back (#12, 1:56.80), 100 back (#31, 54.91)
Brooke Bishop (3) – 200 back (#6T, 1:56.11), 50 free (#12T, 22.58), 100 back (#12, 53.94)
Kristen Caverly (3) – 200 IM (#3, 1:58.54), 200 breast (#7, 2:12.11), 400 IM (#22T, 4:16.90)
Lauren Costella (1) – 1650 free (#17, 16:23.14)
Laura Davis (3) – 400 IM (#27, 4:17.23), 200 IM (#33, 2:01.35), 200 fly (#33T, 2:00.66)
Elizabeth Durot (3) – 1650 free (#15, 16:21.95), 500 free (#17, 4:45.45), 200 free (#39, 1:48.57)
Dana Kirk (3) – 100 fly (#2, 52.29), 200 fly (#4, 1:56.64), 200 IM (#13, 2:00.50)
Cassidy Krug (3) – 1-meter diving, 3-meter diving, platform diving
Madeline Rovira (2) – 100 free (#61, 50.67), 50 free (#83, 23.55)
Desiree Stahley (3) – 1650 free (#22, 16:28.98), 200 free (1:48.33), 500 free (#33, 4:48.49)
• Relays (2) – 400 Medley (#10, 3:39.37), 800 free (#14, 7:14.94)

STANFORD ALL-TIME TOP 10 PERFORMERS
Nine current Stanford swimmers rank among the school’s all-time Top 10 performers. The names of the swimmers, along with the name of their event(s), ranking, short-course yards time and year of their performance are listed below (through meets of March 15, 2006).
Andrea Axtell 200 back (#7, 1:56.80, 2006)
Brooke Bishop 200 back (#5, 1:56.11, 2006), 50 free (#6, 22.58, 2006), 100 back (#7, 53.94)
• Caroline Bruce* – 100 breast (#2, 59.55, 2005), 200 breast (#2, 2:08.67, 2005), 400 IM (#3, 4:10.31, 2005), 200 IM (#4, 1:57.66, 2005)
Kristen Caverly 200 breast (#4, 2:11.13, 2006), 400 IM (#4, 4:10.37, 2002), 200 IM (#6, 1:58.54, 2006)
Lauren Costella 1650 free (#5, 16:05.94, 2005)
Laura Davis 200 fly (#9, 1:58.44, 2005), 200 IM (#10, 1:59.60)
Elizabeth Durot 500 free (#4, 4:41.78, 2005), 200 free (#7, 1:46.84, 2005) (R), 1650 free (#8, 16:12.97)
Dana Kirk 100 fly (#4, 52.29, 2006), 200 fly (#4, 1:54.00, 2004)
(R) Relay Split
*Injured and not scheduled to compete in 2006 NCAA Championships

STANFORD’S EVENT WINNERS
A total of 18 Stanford swimmers and divers (listed below) have won 133 events (includes multiple-winners in relays) during the 2005-06 season.
Brooke Bishop (33) – 50 free (7), 100 back (6), 100 free (4), 200 back (3), 200 free relay (3), 200 medley relay (3), 400 medley relay (3), 200 free (2), 100 fly (1), 800 free relay (1)
Dana Kirk (20) – 100 fly (7), 200 fly (6), 200 IM (3), 200 medley relay (2), 400 medley relay (2)
Elizabeth Durot (12) – 500 free (8), 200 free (2), 1650 free (1), 800 free relay (1)
Erica Liu (12) – 100 breast (4), 200 breast (3), 200 medley relay (2), 400 medley relay (2), 200 free relay (1)
Cassidy Krug (10) – 1-meter diving (6), 3-meter diving (4)
Madeline Rovira (9) – 100 free (2), 200 free relay (2), 50 free (1), 400 medley relay (2), 400 free relay (1), 200 medley relay (1)
Kristen Caverly (5) – 200 back (2), 200 IM (2), 200 breast (1)
Lauren Costella (5) – 1000 free (3), 1650 free (2)
Morgan Hentzen (5) – 500 free (2), 1000 free (1), 1650 free (1), 800 free relay (1)
Laura Davis (4) – 200 fly (2), 400 IM (2)
Desiree Stahley (4) – 500 free (1), 200 free relay (1), 400 free relay (1), 800 free relay (1)
Laura Wadden (4) – 200 medley relay (2), 100 fly (1), 200 fly (1)
Andrea Axtell (3) – 100 back (1), 200 back (1), 200 medley relay (1)
Caroline Bruce (2) – 200 breast (1), 200 medley relay (1)
Caroline Rodriguez (2) – 100 back (1), 200 free relay (1)
Lisa Falzone (1) – 400 free relay (1)
Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy (1) – 400 free relay (1)
Alexa Merz (1) – 200 free relay (1)

 

EVENT 1 - 200 FREE RELAY
Stanford does not have an entry in the 200 free relay despite a second-place showing at the Pac-10 Championships behind the NCAA's top seed Arizona. Stanford's Pac-10 team of Madeline Rovira, Alexa Merz, Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy and Brooke Bishop finished in a time of 1:31.62 at the Pac-10's, just .02 seconds off the final qualifying entry for the NCAA's.
NCAA History: Stanford finished sixth at the 2005 NCAA Championships in a finals time of 1:30.87 with a team of Bishop, Lacey Boutwell, Sarah Jones and Desiree Stahley. Stanford has won the national title in the event five times, most recently in 1994.

EVENT 2 - 500 FREE
Elizabeth Durot and Desiree Stahley represent the Cardinal in the event with Durot the No. 17 seed (4:45.45) and Stahley checking in at No. 33 (4:48.49). Durot has gone significantly faster in the event with a career-best time of 4:41.78 when she finished third at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships. Durot slipped to sixth at the 2006 Pac-10's and one spot below the fifth-place Stahley, who edged Durot (4:48.59) by one-tenth of a second in a time that was close to the personal-best 4:47.11 she recorded at the 2005 NCAA's.
NCAA History: Stanford had three of the nation's top 21 finishers in the event at the 2005 NCAA's but no All-Americans as Morgan Hentzen (17th), Durot (18th) and Stahley (21st) all just missed All-American status. Lauren Costella also competed in the event for the Cardinal, finishing 52nd. Stanford has won the event seven times at the NCAA level, most recently with Jessica Foschi's victory in 2001, while also including two in a row from Janet Evans (1990-91) and three straight by Marybeth Linzmeier (1982-84). Evans' time of 4:34.39 recorded to win in 1990 still stands as the American record.

EVENT 3 - 200 IM
Stanford is expected to do well in the 200 IM with third-seed Kristen Caverly (1:58.54) and No. 13 Dana Kirk (2:00.50) possible finalists, as well as a very capable Laura Davis (2:01.35) checking in at No. 33. Caverly is coming off her first career Pac-10 victory in any event when she swam her personal-best 1:58.54 to edge NCAA top seed Whitney Myers of Arizona by .26 seconds to give Stanford its second straight 200 IM champion at the Pac-10 meet and 14th in school history. Kirk has steadily improved in the event and finished fourth at the Pac-10's in 2006 in her first trip to the conference championship finals in the event. Davis checked in just behind Kirk at the conference meet in fifth after picking up her NCAA seed time in the prelims.
NCAA History: Three Stanford swimmers scored at the 2005 NCAA Championships, led by the third-place showing of Caroline Bruce with a time of 1:57.66 that made her the No. 4 all-time performer in the event at Stanford. Caverly and Davis also competed in the consolation finals, finishing 10th and 11th, respectively. Stanford has won the event five times in school history with Jenny Thompson's 1995 victory the latest.

EVENT 4 - 50 FREE
Brooke Bishop is looking to take over the reigns for the graduated Lacey Boutwell in the event and will come into the 50 free tied for 12th in the seeding with a 22.58 mark that ranks her as the No. 6 all-time performer at Stanford. Bishop is coming off her first individual Pac-10 title in the event when she clocked in with a 22.62 time. Among the swimmers she beat at the Pac-10's were three Arizona swimmers (Courtney Cashion, Jenna Gresdal, Lacey Nymeyer) that are seeded above her at the NCAA's. Madeline Rovira (No. 83, 23.55) was the final qualifier for the event.
NCAA History: Lacey Boutwell has been the seventh-place finisher at the NCAA's in the event each of the last two seasons. Last year, Bishop joined Boutwell as an All-American with an 11th-place finish, while Sarah Jones was 58th. Stanford has won the event eight times with a three-peat by Catherine Fox from 1997-99 providing for the last three. Jenny Thompson picked up two in a row from 1992-93, Jenna Johnson won two in a row from 1986-87 after Krissie Bush picked up Stanford's first 50 free NCAA title in 1984.

EVENT 5 - 1-METER DIVING
Cassidy Krug will be the lone Cardinal representative in the diving events this season. Krug was second in the 1-meter at the Pac-10's (331.80) before a third-place finish at NCAA Zone E Championships (594.00) helped her qualify for the NCAA's. Krug is a two-time All-American in the event, earning the status in each of her first two seasons. She was also the 1-meter champ at the Pac-10 Championships as a freshman in 2004.
NCAA History: Krug was Stanford's top diver in the event last season with a 14th-place showing, while Ashlee Rosenthal placed 18th. Stanford has never won an NCAA 1-meter diving title.

EVENT 6 - 400 MEDLEY RELAY
Stanford is seeded 10th in the event after the time of 3:39.37 recorded by a team of Brooke Bishop, Kristen Caverly, Dana Kirk and Madeline Rovira was good for a fourth-place finish at the NCAA's.
NCAA History: Stanford is coming off a third-place showing at last year's NCAA's with a team of Bishop, Caroline Bruce, Kirk and Lacey Boutwell. Two years ago, Stanford took second with a foursome of Boutwell, Tara Kirk, Dana Kirk and Tami Ransom. Stanford has won the event nine times at the NCAA level, most recently in 2002 with a team of Amy Wagner, Tara Kirk, Shelly Ripple and Boutwell that set an American record (3:31.74) that still holds.
 

 

 

 

EVENT 7 - 200 MEDLEY RELAY
Stanford does not have an entry in the 200 medley relay after a disappointing fifth-place finish at the Pac-10's ended a run of three straight league titles in the event for the Cardinal. Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy, Kristen Caverly, Dana Kirk and Alexa Merz checked in 1:40.98 at the 2006 Pac-10's.
NCAA History: Stanford has won this event more than any other at the NCAA's (11), most recently in back-to-back fashion in 2001 and 2002. Last year, Stanford was fourth at the NCAA's with a team of Amy Wagner, Caroline Bruce, Kirk and Brooke Bishop.

EVENT 8 - 400 IM
This could be a key event for the Cardinal as Kristen Caverly (No. 22T, 4:16.90) and Laura Davis (No. 27, 4:17.23) are both looking to move up in order to help the Cardinal's fate in the team competition. Both have shown the potential to be among the nation's best in the event as NCAA consolation finalists last year. Caverly also has a sixth-place NCAA showing in the event to her credit as a freshman in 2003 and is the No. 4 all-time performer in the event for the Cardinal with the 4:10.37 she recorded during the 2002-03 regular season. Davis was a strong third in the event at the 2006 Pac-10's with a time of 4:18.98 that was not near her qualifying mark, while Caverly did not swim the event at the Pac-10's.
NCAA History: Caverly (10th, 4:13.81) and Davis (13th, 4:15.76) earned All-American honors for the Cardinal last season, while Lauren Costella (30th, 4:21.80 prelims) also competed. Summer Sanders set an American record that still stands (4:02.28) when she won her second straight and Stanford's fourth consecutive title the last time the Cardinal won the event in 1992.

EVENT 9 - 100 FLY
Dana Kirk is primed to win her first NCAA title of any kind and this event just may be her ticket. Stanford's No. 4 all-time performer in the event is seeded second after recording a personal-best time of 52.29 to win the Pac-10's for the second time in her career. In order to win, Kirk will have to beat defending NCAA champion and top seed Mary DeScenza of Georgia, who checks in with an impressive NCAA seed time of 51.75.
NCAA History: Kirk has been the face of the 100 fly for the Cardinal for each of the past three NCAA Championships, taking sixth as a freshman in 2003 before moving up to second in 2004 but dropping back to fifth in 2005. Jenna Johnson (1986, '89), Janel Jorgensen (1990, '93), Jenny Thompson (1994, '95) and Misty Hyman (1998, '99) have won the event twice each for the Cardinal.

EVENT 10 - 200 FREE
Desiree Stahley (No. 33, 1:48.33) and Elizabeth Durot (No. 39, 1:48.57) represent the Cardinal in this event and would do wonders for the team's point total if they could find a way to score a few points. Both were in the field at last year's NCAA's but did not score. Stahley managed a 10th place finish as a consolation finalist at the 2006 Pac-10's, while Durot was 18th overall after competing in the bonus finals.
NCAA History: The Cardinal did not score last year when Durot (21st, 1:47.73 prelims), Lacey Boutwell (27th, 1:48.68 prelims) and Stahley (38th, 1:49.73 prelims) represented the squad. Marybeth Linzmeier won both of Stanford's NCAA titles in the event, taking the crown in 1982 and 1984.

EVENT 11 - 100 BREAST
Stanford will be unable to defend its string of five consecutive national titles in the event because the Cardinal has no 100 breast entries this season. Defending champion Caroline Bruce is out of the NCAA Championships due to an injury.
NCAA History: Stanford has won the event five straight years with Caroline Bruce's victory in 2005 extending the four consecutive wins by Tara Kirk from 2001-04. Bruce checked in with a time of 59.55 in 2005 to make her the No. 2 all-time performer in the event at Stanford behind the 58.41 Kirk swam to set an American record in 2003. Kirk also set a world short-course meters record in the event in 2004 with a time of 1:04.79. She continues to hold the NCAA Meet Record (58.62) she established in 2003. Stanford had won the event just once (Lori Heisick, 1991) before Kirk's reign.

EVENT 12 - 100 BACK
Brooke Bishop (No. 12, 53.94) represents Stanford's best chance to score in this event but up-and-coming Andrea Axtell (No. 31, 54.91) gives the Cardinal additional hope to get on the scoreboard in the event. Bishop was sixth at the Pac-10's with a mark of 54.26, while Axtell chalked up a personal-best with her seed time that was good for 10th at the conference meet.
NCAA History: Bishop had the top Stanford showing at the event last season when she finished 22nd (54.87 prelims), while Amy Wagner (43rd, 56.29 prelims) and Sarah Jones (46th, 57.00) also participated. Stanford has won the event six times at the NCAA's with the first three by head coach Lea Maurer (formerly Loveless) from 1992-94. Jessica Tong added a NCAA title in 1996, before Catherine Fox won it back-to-back in 1997 and 1998.

EVENT 13 - 3-METER DIVING
Cassidy Krug is the lone Cardinal representative in the diving events this season. Krug was second in the Pac-10 3-meter (354.90) and took fourth at the NCAA Zone E Championships (639.40) to help her qualify for the NCAA's. Krug was an All-American in the event last season.
NCAA History: Eileen Richetelli won Stanford's two titles in the event in back-to-back fashion in 1992 and 1993. Last year, Ashlee Rosenthal's eighth-place showing made her an All-American for the fourth straight year, while Krug's 15th-place finish was her first All-American performance.

EVENT 14 - 800 FREE RELAY
Stanford garnered the second to last entry with the No. 14 seed in the event thanks to the time of 7:14.94 recorded by Brooke Bishop, Elizabeth Durot, Madeline Rovira and Desiree Stahley to finish fourth at the Pac-10's.
NCAA History: Stanford moved up seven spots to ninth from 16th the previous year at the 2005 NCAA's when a team of Durot, Lacey Boutwell, Stahley and Morgan Hentzen clocked in with a time of 7:14.38. Stanford has won the race eight times, most recently in 1999 with a group Misty Hyman, Gabrielle Rose, Sylvia Berekneyi and Catherine Fox.

EVENT 15 - 1650 FREE
Stanford has the potential for a big scoring event with three swimmers seeded right on the edge of the cutoff mark for scoring. Elizabeth Durot (No. 15, 16:21.95) is at the head of the trio, followed by Lauren Costella (No. 17, 16:23.14) and Desiree Stahley (No. 22, 16:28.98). All three scored for the Cardinal at last year's NCAA's to earn All-American recognition. Costella (4th, 16:33.98) and Stahley (5th, 16:36.23) finished among the Top 5 at this year's Pac-10 meet, while Durot placed 11th.
NCAA History: Costella is a two-time All-American in the event for the Cardinal, taking sixth last season with a personal-best time of 16:05.94 that makes her the No. 5 all-time performer at Stanford ninth as a freshman in 2004. Durot (10th, 16:15.32) and Stahley (14th, 16:19.56) also had All-American performances last season. The trio has helped the Cardinal fill a previous void in the event that had left Stanford without a participant at the 2003 NCAA's. Stanford has won the event five times at the NCAA Championships, most recently when Janet Evans won on back-to-back occasions in 1990 and 1991 with her time of 15:39.14 recorded for her first NCAA win still an American record. Marybeth Linzmeier posted the first three Cardinal victories in the event for three consecutive seasons from 1982-84.

EVENT 16 - 200 BACK
Stanford will have participants in the event for the first time since 2003. In fact, the race could end up being one of the team's strongest with Brooke Bishop (No. 6T, 1:56.11) and Andrea Axtell (No. 12, 1:56.80) both potential championship finalists. Axtell has been improving rapidly and finished ahead of Bishop at the Pac-10's with her fourth-place showing in her NCAA seed time. Bishop was eighth at the Pac-10's in 1:59.38.
NCAA History: Stanford has not scored at the NCAA's since Shelly Ripple finished second in 2000 and has not had a participant in the event for the last two years. 

EVENT 17 - 100 FREE
With Brooke Bishop swimming the 50 free, as well as both the 100 and 200 back, this will leave Madeline Rovira (No. 61, 50.67) as the lone Stanford participant. Rovira's 17th-place showing (50.68) at the Pac-10's was Stanford's top individual finish in the event.
NCAA History: Stanford is expected to suffer growing pains in trying to replace Lacey Boutwell, who made appearances in the championship finals of the event at the NCAA's for each of the last four years, including her personal-best short-course meters time of 54.49 to finish third as a junior in 2005. Bishop supported Boutwell last season with a 26th-place finish. Stanford has a strong reputation at the national level in the event and has won a national title on seven occasions, including a clean sweep of four in a row by Jenny Thompson from 1992-95 that became five straight when Claudia Franco added Stanford's most recent title in the event in 1996. Jenna Johnson won the first two for Stanford in 1986 and 1987.

EVENT 18 - 200 BREAST
Two-time All-American Kristen Caverly is a nice back-up to have in the event. Moving into the top spot for the Cardinal after the season-ending injury to Caroline Bruce, it is not outlandish to say that the seventh-seeded Caverly (2:12.11) is in a large group of swimmers battling for second-place behind favored winner Rebecca Soni, who comes in with a 2.08.16 seed time that is 2.88 seconds faster than her closest competitor and makes her a legitimate threat to break Tara Kirk's NCAA record of 2:07.13. Caverly finished third in the event at the Pac-10's for the second consecutive year. 
NCAA History: Stanford has won the last four NCAA tiles in the event with Kirk dominating the event over her last three years. Kirk's run was capped with a short-course meters world record in 2004 (1:04.79). Caroline Bruce picked up where Kirk left off in 2005 with a win in a time of 2:08.67 that makes her the No. 2 all-time performer at Stanford behind Kirk. Stanford has won the event six times with Susan Rapp (1984, '87) and Jill Johnson (1990) preceding Kirk's three-year run.

EVENT 19 - 200 FLY
If Dana Kirk doesn't win her first NCAA title in the 100 fly contested on Friday, this will be her last shot at that elusive dream in her illustrious collegiate career. Kirk, who comes into the event seeded fourth (1:56.64) would need to shock top seed and three-time defending champion Mary DeScenza of Georgia. Kirk's best NCAA finish in the race came in 2004 when she was fourth, while she placed fifth in 2005 and ninth in 2003. Kirk is coming off her second straight Pac-10 title in the event. Laura Davis (No.33T, 2:00.66) has also qualified for the Cardinal.
NCAA History: Kirk (5th, 1:54.89) and Davis (13th, 1:58.98) both scored for the Cardinal with All-American performances last year. Stanford has won the event seven times at the NCAA's, most recently by Shelly Ripple when she set a school record (1:53.23) that still stands. Misty Hyman, who was the 2000 Olympic gold medalist in the event, added NCAA titles in 1998 and 2001. Janel Jorgensen (1990, '93) and Summer Sanders (1991-92) gave the Cardinal four consecutive wins during the first four years of the 1990's.

EVENT 20 - PLATFORM DIVING
Cassidy Krug is qualified for the event but is not expected to compete. Stanford's top platform diver and 2004 All-American Sara Bowling took seventh at the NCAA Zone E Championships (and fifth at the Pac-10 Championships), not qualifying for the NCAA's for the second straight year.
NCAA History: The Cardinal has not seen a diver to the platform event for the last two seasons since Sara Bowling earned All-American honors with a seventh-place finish in 2004 (413.60, 419.75 prelims). Stanford's last diving national title came in the platform when Erin Sones won the event in 2001, while Eileen Richetelli captured three (1992-93, '95) during her collegiate career.

EVENT 21 - 400 FREE RELAY
Stanford does not have an entry in the 400 free relay after a disappointing fifth-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships by Madeline Rovira, Desiree Stahley, Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy and Brooke Bishop in a time of 3:22.52.
NCAA History: Stanford was 10th in the event at the NCAA's last season when a team of Bishop, Caroline Bruce, Dana Kirk and Lacey Boutwell recorded a time of 3:20.83 (3:20.54 prelims). Stanford has won the race at the NCAA's seven times with Gabrielle Rose, Jessica Amey, Claudio Franco and Catherine Fox the most recent to accomplish the feat in 1997, capping off a string of four straight national titles for the Cardinal.

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