No. 3 Stanford To Take On No. 4 Auburn And No. 15 Tennessee Friday And Saturday

Nov. 9, 2006

No. 3 Stanford (3-0, 1-0 Pac-10) will travel to Knoxville, Tennessee, to square off against No. 4 and defending national champion Auburn (1-0, 1-0 SEC) and the host Lady Vols (3-0, 2-0 SEC) this Friday-Saturday, November 10-11 (4 pm, ET/10 am, ET). The short-course yards tri-meet will be scored in a dual-meet competition format with each team scoring separately against the other two squads in the event. Stanford, who has moved up three spots in the latest Collegiate Swimming Coaches of America poll, has jumped out to a 3-0 record and a 1-0 Pac-10 mark in 2006-07 with victories over San Jose State, Oregon State and Texas after finishing fifth at the 2006 NCAA Championships. Tennessee is also 3-0 (2-0 Pac-10) with wins over Louisville, Kentucky and South Carolina, while Auburn recorded a victory in its only dual meet of the season versus fellow Southeastern Conference foe Louisiana State.

The schedule of events for the two-day tri-meet between Stanford, Auburn and Tennessee scheduled for this Friday-Saturday, November 10-11, is as follows.

Friday, November 10 (4 pm, ET)
200 free relay
400 IM
100 free
200 back
200 breast
3-meter diving concludes (10 minute swimming break)
100 fly
500 free
400 medley relay

Saturday, November 11 (10 am, ET)
200 medley relay
1000 free
200 free
100 back
100 breast
200 fly
50 free
1-meter diving concludes (10 minute swimming break)
200 IM
400 free relay
*All events short-course yards

Stanford has moved up three spots to No. 3 in the most recent College Swim Coaches Association of America Poll. Below is a listing of the Top 25.

1. California, 2. Florida, 3. Stanford, 4. Auburn, 5. Arizona, 6. USC, 7. SMU, 8. Georgia, 9. Texas, 10. Michigan, 11. Texas, 12. UCLA, 13. Florida State, 14. Indiana, 15. Tennessee, 16. Penn State, 17. Minnesota, 18. Virginia, 19. Wisconsin, 20. Notre Dame, 21. Rutgers, 22. Arizona State, 23. North Carolina, 24. Princeton, 25. Missouri

The following Stanford swimmers have recorded NCAA `A' and `B' qualifying times in 2006-07. The top times for each individual qualifier or qualifying relay team is listed below.

NCAA `A' Qualifiers
Brooke Bishop (50 free, 22.71)
Caroline Bruce (200 breast, 2:10.19)
Elaine Breeden (200 fly, 1:58.08)
Julia Smit (200 IM, 2:00.08; 400 IM, 4:10.96)

NCAA `B' Qualifiers
Elaine Breeden (100 free, 50.34; 100 fly, 53.85)
Brooke Bishop (100 free, 49.61; 200 free, 1:49.49; 100 back, 54.59; 200 back, 1:59.48)
Caroline Bruce (100 breast, 1:01.88)
Lauren Costella (1650 free, 16:38.06)
Julia Smit (100 back, 55.12 relay split; 200 back, 1:59.32)
Whitney Spence (200 free, 1:49.80)
Desireé Stahley (500 free, 4:53.78; 1650 free, 16:45.78)
200 Free Relay - Madeline Rovira, Elaine Breeden, Michelle Liu, Brooke Bishop (1:32.71)
400 Free Relay - Elaine Breeden, Desireé Stahley, Madeline Rovira, Brooke Bishop (3:23.71)
200 Medley Relay - Brooke Bishop, Caroline Bruce, Elaine Breeden, Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy (1:41.14)
400 Medley Relay - Julia Smit, Caroline Bruce, Elaine Breeden, Brooke Bishop (3:41.53)

The following swimmers have either moved into or moved up on Stanford's All-Time Top 10 performers list this season.

Julia Smit (400 IM, 4:10.96, #5)

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. The Cardinal has also finished among the nation's top eight in each of the 32 years of the program's history and has never placed lower than sixth in any of the 24 NCAA Championships.

Lea Maurer begins her second season as the head coach of the Stanford women's swimming and diving program in 2006-07. In her first season, Maurer led the Cardinal to a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships, a third-place showing at the Pac-10's and a 13-2 overall regular season dual meet record. Seven of Maurer's swimmers and divers combined for a total of 14 All-American honors. A former Stanford swimmer, Maurer took the reigns of Stanford's nationally prominent program after her former collegiate coach Richard Quick announced in May of 2005 after 17 years at the helm. The former Lea Loveless, who was officially inducted into the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame on November 3, 2006, swam on three of Quick's national championship squads (1992, '93, '94) when she competed on The Farm from 1991-94. Maurer won 10 NCAA individual and relay titles during her collegiate swimming career, including three consecutive wins in the 100 back (1992, '93, '94) as well as a 200 back victory in 1993. She was also a member of six winning 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 seventh in the 200 individual medley. She continued to compete until 2000, spending a total of 11 years (1989-96, 1998-2000) on the USA National Team. Maurer held the American record in the 100 meter backstroke from 1992-2001, originally setting the mark on the leadoff leg of a gold medal 4x100 American medley relay team at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and breaking her own record during the prelims of a winning performance at the 1998 World Championships. Maurer, who was also a bronze medalist in the 100 back at the 1992 Olympics, earned a spot on the USA Swimming All-Century team in the event.

Stanford's divers will travel to the Indiana Open Invitational from Friday-Sunday, November 17-19, before the entire team finishes the fall portion of its schedule at the Texas Invitational (Thursday-Saturday, November 30 - December 2). Competition will begin at 10:00 am each day of the Indiana Open Invitational while the starting times for the Texas Invitational are still to be announced.


No. 6 Stanford posted an impressive non-conference dual meet win at No. 11 Texas by winning 14 of the first 16 events contested in the two-day meet with the final 195-150 margin of victory reflecting the Cardinal competing exhibition in final three swimming events. Julia Smit recorded a pair of NCAA `A' marks in the meet, recording a time of 2:00.08 as an exhibition swimmer in the 200 IM and winning the 400 IM in dominating fashion by clocking in with a time of 4:10.96 that made her the No. 5 all-time Stanford performer in the event and was just under 10 seconds better than her nearest competitor. Smit also won the 200 back in an NCAA `B' time of 1:59.32 Brooke Bishop and Caroline Bruce also put up NCAA `A' marks during the meet with Bruce hitting the standard with a time of 2:10.19 to take the 200 breast, while Bishop checked in with a 22.71 as an exhibition swimmer in the 50 free that was the fastest time in the race. Bishop also was credited with a pair of victories in the meet, taking the 100 free (49.61) and 100 back (54.59) with NCAA `B' marks in both. Elaine Breeden swept the meet's 100 and 200 fly events with a NCAA `B' time of 53.85 in the 100. Other Stanford individual winners included Lauren Costella (1650 free, 16:38.06), Cassidy Krug (1-meter diving, 287.77), Whitney Spence (200 free, 1:49.80) and Desireé Stahley (500 free, 4:53.78) with all the swimmers recording NCAA `B' times. Stanford also won the meet's first three relays and had the fastest time in the fourth as an exhibition team, all in NCAA `B' times. A 200 free relay team of Madeline Rovira, Breeden, Michelle Liu and Bishop turned in an effort of 1:32.71. Smit, Bruce, Breeden and Bishop won the 400 medley relay in 3:41.53. Bishop, Bruce, Breeden and Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy captured the 200 medley relay in 1:41.14. Breeden, Stahley, Rovira and Bishop swam the 400 free relay exhibition and recorded the fastest time in the event (3:23.71). Other individuals to add NCAA `B' marks during the meet for Stanford included Breeden (100 free, 50.34), Stahley (16:45.78, 1650 free) and Smit (100 back, 55.12 ... leadoff leg of 400 medley relay).

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.