No. 6 Stanford Travels To No. 11 Texas Friday-Saturday

Oct. 26, 2006

No. 6 Stanford (2-0, 1-0 Pac-10) will travel to No. 11 Texas (1-0, 0-0 Big 12) for a two-day dual meet this Friday-Saturday, October 27-28 (4 pm, CT/11 am, CT) at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. The meet features two of the most success programs in the history of collegiate women's swimming and diving. 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. Texas has captured seven NCAA crowns to rank second all-time and also has nine national titles with AIAW championships in 1981 and 1982.

The schedule of events for the two-day Stanford-Texas 19-event dual meet scheduled for this Friday-Saturday, October 27-28, is as follows.

Friday, October 27
200 free relay
400 IM
100 free
200 back
200 breast
3-meter diving
100 fly
500 free
400 medley relay

Saturday, October 28
200 medley relay
1650 free
200 free
100 back
100 breast
200 fly
50 free
1-meter diving
200 IM
400 free relay

Stanford came up with an impressive 192-156 victory over in a two-day dual meet at the Avery Aquatic Center the last time the teams met October 28-29, 2005. Brooke Bishop six victories (four individual, two relays) for the Cardinal and was also a member of an exhibition Stanford squad in the 400 free relay that had the fastest time in the event. Bishop picked up four individual wins in the 50 free, 100 free, 100 back and 200 back. She also helped lead the Cardinal 200 free and 400 medley relay squads to victories.

'Texas is a really good team,' said Stanford head coach Lea Maurer following the meet. 'By beating Texas people will know that Stanford is also a really good team. We want to exceed our expectations in the past. This was a good test of our mental tenacity and our ability to step up, and I think we did that well.'

Dana Kirk (100 fly, 200 fly) added a pair of individual wins for the Cardinal, while other Stanford swimmers to pick up individual victories included Kristen Caverly (200 breast), Lauren Costella (1650 free), Laura Davis (400 IM) and Morgan Hentzen (500 free). Madeline Rovira, Desiree Stahley and Erica Liu joined Bishop in the 200 free relay win. In the 400 medley relay, Bishop swam with Liu, Kirk and Rovira.

Stanford has been ranked No. 6 in the first College Swim Coaches Association of America Poll for the 2006-07 season. Below is a listing of the Top 25 ...

1. California, 2. Florida, 3. Auburn, 4. Arizona, 5. Georgia, 6. Stanford, 7. USC, 8. SMU, 9. Texas A&M, 10. Michigan, 11. Texas, 12. UCLA, Wisconsin, 14. Florida State, 15. Tennessee, 16. Minnesota, 17. Indiana, 18. Penn State, 19. Rutgers, 20. Notre Dame, 21. Virginia, 22. North Carolina, 23. Kentucky, 24. Princeton, 25. Purdue

Stanford opened its 2006-07 campaign with victories over both Oregon State and San Jose State in a double dual meet on October 6 at the Avery Aquatic Center. The Cardinal outscored Oregon State, 92-45, while its victory margin over the Spartans was 109-30. Oregon State defeated San Jose State by a count of 99-39. Elaine Breeden led the way for Stanford in her collegiate debut, clocking the meet's only NCAA 'A' qualifying time to win the 200 fly in 1:58.08 and adding a second individual victory in the 100 free with an NCAA 'B' mark of 50.63. Brooke Bishop (200 free, 1:49.49; 200 back, 1:59.48) and Julia Smit (100 back, 55.78; 200 breast, 2:19.99) each added a pair of victories with all but Smit's 200 breast time meeting the NCAA 'B' standard. Bishop added another victory by anchoring Stanford's winning 200 medley relay team that finished in 1:45.36 and also featured Andrea Axtell, Desiree Stahley and Laura Wadden. Lauren Costella (1000 free, 10:03.31), Cassidy Krug (3-meter, 269.20), Michelle Liu (50 free, 24.24), Caitlin Reynolds (500 free, 4:59.09) and Brooke Sullivan (1-meter diving, 242.00) added one win each for the Cardinal.

The following Stanford swimmers have recorded NCAA 'A' and 'B' qualifying times in 2006-07...

NCAA 'A' Qualifiers
Elaine Breeden (200 fly, 1:58.08)

NCAA 'B' Qualifiers
Elaine Breeden (100 free, 50.63)
Brooke Bishop (200 free, 1:49.49; 200 back, 1:59.48)
Julia Smit (100 back, 55.78)
200 Free Relay - Michelle Liu, Julia Smit, Elaine Breeden, Brooke Bishop (1:33.60)

Lea Maurer is in her second season as the head women's swimming and diving head coach at Stanford and has a 15-2 overall dual meet record. The former Lea Loveless took the reigns of her alma maters' nationally prominent program prior to the 2005-06 campaign and the led the Cardinal to a fifth-place showing at the NCAA's in her first season at the helm, as well as a third-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships and a 13-2 overall dual meet record. Maurer swam on three 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.

Stanford's divers will host California in a non-conference meet on Wednesday, November 8 (2:00 pm, PT), before the entire team will head to Knoxville, Tennessee, for a two-day double dual meet Friday-Saturday November 10-11 versus host Tennessee and defending national champion The times for the meet have not yet been announced.

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