Stanford Divers To Compete At Indiana Open Invitational Friday-Sunday

Nov. 17, 2006

The divers from the No. 1 Stanford (5-0, 1-0 Pac-10) women’s swimming and diving team will compete at the three-day Indiana Open Invitational this Friday-Sunday, November 17-19. The event will be held at the Indiana University Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center in Bloomington, Indiana. The 1-meter competition will take place on Friday, followed by Saturday’s 3-meter event and Sunday’s platform. The diving events will be held in conjunction with swimming events but Stanford will not be participating in any swimming action.

Stanford has moved up two spots to No. 1 in the most recent College Swim Coaches Association of America Poll released on November 16. The Cardinal began the season ranked sixth before moving up three spots to No. 3 and then bolted to the top after a victory over defending national champion Auburn and Tennessee during a two-day tri-meet November 10-11 in Knoxville. Below is a listing of the Top 25 …
1. Stanford, 2. Arizona, 3. Auburn, 4. California, 5. Texas A&M, 6. Florida, 7. SMU, 8. Georgia, 9. USC, 10. Michigan, 11. Texas, 12. Indiana, 13. Florida State, 14. UCLA, 15. Tennessee, 16. Penn State, 17. North Carolina, 18. Wisconsin, 19. Virginia, 20. Notre Dame, 21. Minnesota, 22. Rutgers, 23. Missouri, 24. Arizona State, 25. Princeton

The following Stanford swimmers have recorded NCAA ‘A’ and ‘B’ qualifying times in 2006-07. The top times for each individual qualifier and the top qualifying relay team is listed below with the event, time, date swam and national ranking as of November 17, 2006.

NCAA ‘A’ Qualifiers (Event, Time, Date, National Ranking)
Brooke Bishop (50 free, 22.71, 10/28/06, #4)
Caroline Bruce (200 breast, 2:10.19, 10/27/06, #1)
Elaine Breeden (200 fly, 1:58.08, 10/6/06, #1)
Julia Smit (200 back, 1:56.00, 11/10/06, #1 • 200 IM, 2:00.08, 10/28/06, #2 • 400 IM, 4:10.09, 11/10/06, #1)

NCAA ‘B’ Qualifiers (Event, Time, Date, National Ranking)
Elaine Breeden (100 free, 50.34, 10/27/06, #10 • 100 fly, 53.85, 10/27/06, #1)
Brooke Bishop (100 free, 49.61, 10/27/06, #3 • 200 free, 1:49.49, 10/6/06, #19 • 100 back, 54.59, 10/28/06, #10 • 200 back, 1:59.48, 10/6/06, #10)
Caroline Bruce (100 breast, 1:01.88, 10/28/06, #4)
Lauren Costella (1650 free, 16:38.06, 10/28/06, #2)
Elizabeth Durot (500 free, 4:51.56, 11/10/06, #15)
Julia Smit (100 back, 54.90, 11/10/06, #5)
Whitney Spence (200 free, 1:49.80, 10/28/06, #27)
Desireé Stahley (500 free, 4:53.78, 10/27/06, #27 • 1650 free, 16:45.78, 10/28/06, #4)
200 Free Relay* – Madeline Rovira, Elaine Breeden, Michelle Liu, Brooke Bishop (1:32.71, 10/27/06, #2)
400 Free Relay* – Elaine Breeden, Brooke Bishop, Fiona O’Donnell-McCarthy, Julia Smit (3:22.61, #3)
200 Medley Relay* – Brooke Bishop, Caroline Bruce, Elaine Breeden, Fiona O’Donnell-McCarthy (1:41.14, 10/28/06, #1)
400 Medley Relay* – Julia Smit, Caroline Bruce, Elaine Breeden, Brooke Bishop (3:41.53, 10/27/06, #2)
*Top Relay Time Only

Three Stanford swimmers and one Cardinal relay team boast the top times in the nation this season. Freshmen Julia Smit and Elaine Breeden both have claimed the top time in a pair of events this season. Smit ranks atop the nation’s list in both the 200 back (1:56.00) and 400 IM (4:10.09), while Breeden paces the country in both the 100 (53.85) and 200 (1:58.08) fly. Caroline Bruce also has the country’s top showing in the 200 breast (2:10.09), while the 1:41.14 mark recorded by Stanford’s 200 medley relay team of Brooke Bishop Bruce, Breeden and Fiona O’Donnell-McCarthy is the nation’s fastest this season.

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, 4:10.09, 11/10/06, #4 • 200 back, 1:56.00, 11/10/06, #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. Maurer now has an 18-2 (.900) all-time dual meet record both at Stanford and as a collegiate head coach with the Cardinal off to a 5-0 record in dual meet action in 2006-07 and moving into the No. 1 spot on the Collegiate Swimming Coaches of America poll released on November 16, 2006. 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.

One of the top diving instructors in the country, Dr. Rick Schavone is in his 29th season on The Farm as the head coach for both the men and women’s diving teams in 2006-07. Schavone has coached his men’s and women’s divers to a total of eight individual NCAA championships and 76 All-American honors during his tenure with the Cardinal. He has had at least one All-American on the women’s side for 12 straight seasons and in 24 of his last 25. Stanford divers have also combined to win 32 individual Pac-10 titles. Schavone was the 1992 and 1993 NCAA Diving Coach of Year, while earning the Pac-10’s top coaching honor on the women’s side four times in the last 11 seasons and for the men in 1994-95. Schavone has also served as the head coach for several United States’ diving teams. The top events he has coached in have included competitions in Rome and Vienna with the U.S. National Team in 1999, the 1997 World University Games in Sicily, and the 1990 Goodwill Games. He has also headed the U.S. National Team at the 1993 World University Games, four World Age Group Championships (1984, ’87, ’88, ’89) and the 1985 European Youth Championships in Aachen, Germany. Schavone was one of only 12 coaches nationwide who qualified for the 1988, 1992 and 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials. In the summer of 1995, he traveled with the U.S. National Team to China and served as a coach at the World Cup in Atlanta.

Both the Stanford swimmers and divers will finish the fall portion of their schedule at the Texas Invitational from Thursday-Saturday, November 30 – December 2. Prelims will begin each day at 10 am, CT, with all three finals sessions scheduled to start at 6 pm, CT.

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