No. 1 Stanford To Close Out Fall Season At Texas Invitational Thursday-Saturday

Nov. 29, 2006

NEXT MEET
The No. 1 Stanford (5-0, 1-0 Pac-10) women's swimming and diving team will compete at the three-day Texas Invitational this Thursday-Saturday, November 30 - December 2. The event will be held at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. Preliminary action will begin each day at 10 am, CT, while each of the three finals sessions are scheduled to start at 6 pm, CT. Thursday's events include the 200 free relay, 500 free, 100 fly, 200 IM, 50 free, 3-meter diving and 400 medley relay. The 200 medley relay, 400 IM, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 1-meter diving and 800 free relay will be contested on Friday, before the meet concludes Saturday with the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, platform diving, 200 fly and 400 free relay. The meet will feature seven teams ranked in the most recent national poll released by the College Swim Coaches Association of America with the Cardinal joined by No. 6 Florida, No. 9 USC, No. 11 Texas, No. 14 UCLA, No. 18 Wisconsin and No. 24 Arizona State to highlight the 14-team field. The meet will be held in conjunction with the men's Texas Invitational.

STANFORD NO. 1 IN MOST RECENT 2006-07 CSCAA POLL
Stanford is the nation's No. 1 team 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

STANFORD'S 2006-07 NCAA QUALIFIERS
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 29, 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, #2 • 200 IM, 2:00.08, 10/28/06, #4 • 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, #15 • 100 fly, 53.85, 10/27/06, #5)
Brooke Bishop (100 free, 49.61, 10/27/06, #5 • 200 free, 1:49.49, 10/6/06, #35 • 100 back, 54.59, 10/28/06, #3 • 200 back, 1:59.48, 10/6/06, #13)
Caroline Bruce (100 breast, 1:01.88, 10/28/06, #5)
Lauren Costella (1650 free, 16:38.06, 10/28/06, #7)
Elizabeth Durot (500 free, 4:51.56, 11/10/06, #24)
Julia Smit (100 back, 54.90, 11/10/06, #6)
Whitney Spence (200 free, 1:49.80, 10/28/06, #44)
Desireé Stahley (500 free, 4:53.78, 10/27/06, #43 • 1650 free, 16:45.78, 10/28/06, #11)
200 Free Relay* - Madeline Rovira, Elaine Breeden, Michelle Liu, Brooke Bishop (1:32.71, 10/27/06, #6)
400 Free Relay* - Elaine Breeden, Desireé Stahley, Madeline Rovira, Brooke Bishop (3:23.71, 10/28/06, #6)
200 Medley Relay* - Brooke Bishop, Caroline Bruce, Elaine Breeden, Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy (1:41.14, 10/28/06, #2)
400 Medley Relay* - Julia Smit, Caroline Bruce, Elaine Breeden, Brooke Bishop (3:41.53, 10/27/06, #3)
*Top Relay Time Only

THREE STANFORD SWIMMERS BOAST NATION'S TOP TIMES
Three Stanford swimmers boast the top times in the nation this season. Freshmen Julia Smit and Elaine Breeden have the nation's top times in the 400 IM (4:10.09) and 200 fly (1:58.08), respectively. Caroline Bruce also has the country's top showing in the 200 breast (2:10.09).

ALL-TIME TOP 10 STANFORD PERFORMERS
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 WOMEN'S SWIMMING AND DIVING -- A HISTORY OF EXCELLENCE
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. Stanford has an all-time dual meet record of 236-21 (.918) and has never lost more than two dual meets in a season.

LEA MAURER IN SECOND SEASON AS HEAD COACH
Lea Maurer is in 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.

DR. RICK SCHAVONE IN 29TH SEASON AS HEAD DIVING COACH
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.

UP NEXT
After more than a month out of action following the Texas Invitational this Thursday-Sunday, Stanford will return to competition by opening Pac-10 action with a pair of Pac-10 dual meets Friday, January 12 and Saturday, January 13 at No. 2 Arizona and No. 24 Arizona State.


2006-07 MEET RECAPS


KRUG TAKES A PAIR OF SECOND-PLACE FINISHES AT INDIANA OPEN INVITATIONAL
Cassidy Krug finished second in both the 1-meter and 3-meter events at the Indiana Open Invitational. Katie Lampe (14th, 3-meter; 19th, 1-meter), Sarah Ohr (15th, 1-meter; 17th, 3-meter) and Brooke Sullivan (16th, 1-meter; 18th, 3-meter) also competed for the Cardinal in the non-scoring diving only event.


STRONG FINISH LIFTS NO. 3 STANFORD TO WINS OVER AUBURN AND TENNESSEE
No. 3 Stanford won five consecutive events late in the meet to secure victories over defending national champion and No. 4 Auburn and No. 15 Tennessee on the final day a two-day tri-meet. The late Cardinal surge broke open a tight meet between Stanford and Auburn after the Tigers had cut into the 37-point Cardinal lead at the end of the first day by winning three consecutive events early on the second day action. Stanford ended up with a 191.5-161.5 victory over Auburn and outscored Tennessee, 245-108. Auburn defeated Tennessee by a final score of 203-143.5. Julia Smit won three individual events for the Cardinal with NCAA `A' times in both the 400 IM (4:10.09) and 200 back (1:56.00) that made her Stanford's fourth and fifth-best all-time performer in the respective events. Brooke Bishop (50 free, 100 free), Elaine Breeden (100 fly, 200 fly), Caroline Bruce (100 breast, 200 breast) and Cassidy Krug (1-meter diving, 3-meter diving) added two wins each. Bishop, Bruce, Breeden and Smit also swam the Cardinal to victory in both the 200 and 400 medley relays.


STANFORD OPENS 2006-07 CAMPAIGN DOUBLE DUAL SWEEP OF OREGON STATE AND SAN JOSE STATE
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. Brooke Bishop (200 free, 200 back) and Julia Smit (100 back, 200 breast) each added a pair of victories. Bishop came up with another win by anchoring Stanford's winning 200 medley relay team that finished in 1:45.36 and also featured Andrea Axtell, Desireé Stahley and Laura Wadden. Lauren Costella (1000 free), Cassidy Krug (3-meter diving), Michelle Liu (50 free), Caitlin Reynolds (500 free) and Brooke Sullivan (1-meter diving) added one win each for the Cardinal.

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