No. 1 Stanford To Visit No. 2 Arizona And No. 23 Arizona State Friday And Saturday

Jan. 11, 2007

THIS WEEK'S MEETS
The No. 1 Stanford (5-0, 1-0 Pac-10) women's swimming and diving team resumes action with a pair of Pac-10 dual meets this Friday and Saturday at No. 2 Arizona (5-0, 3-0 Pac-10) and No. 23 Arizona State (4-3, 1-2 Pac-10). The Cardinal will travel to Tucson on Friday, January 12 (2 pm, MT/1 pm, PT) to take on the Wildcats. The meet will mark the first action for Stanford since December 2 when Arizona won the Texas Invitational and finished ahead of the second-place Cardinal in the event but was unable to convince the pollsters enough to move ahead of Stanford in the national rankings. Stanford completes its trip to the desert at Arizona State on Saturday, January 13 (2 pm, MT/1 pm, PT).

RECENT DUAL MEET HISTORY VERSUS ARIZONA AND ARIZONA STATE
Stanford swept Arizona and Arizona State last season on back-to-back days (January 20-21, 2006) at the Avery Aquatic Center. The Cardinal first came up with a 137-106 victory over Arizona as Brooke Bishop led the way with individual wins in the 50 free and 200 back. Stanford returned the following day for an easy 182-112 win over the Sun Devils with Bishop (100 free, 200 free) and Cassidy Krug (1-meter diving, 3-meter diving) taking two individual events each. Stanford also swept the schools the last time they met in Arizona, defeating the Sun Devils by a count of 177-117 (January 21, 2005) and the Wildcats by a score of 165-135 (January 22, 2005).

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 and have remained there since a pair of victories 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 with the points for each team ÂÂÂÂ�
1. Stanford (209)
2. Arizona (204)
3. Auburn (191)
4. California (190)
5. Texas A&M (186)
6. Georgia (171)
7. Florida State (161)
8. Southern Methodist (161)
9. Florida (158)
10. Michigan (149)
11. USC (142)
12. Texas (134)
13. Indiana (127)
14. UCLA (115)
15. Penn State (113)
16. Tennessee (99)
17. North Carolina (96)
18. Wisconsin (93)
19. Notre Dame (86)
20. Virginia (85)
21. Minnesota (66)
22. Rutgers (62)
23. Arizona State (54)
24. Missouri (50)
25. Kentucky (39)

STANFORD'S 2006-07 NCAA QUALIFIERS
The following Stanford swimmers have recorded NCAA 'A' and 'B' qualifying times in 2006-07. The top NCAA qualifying time for each individual who has reached an NCAA standard and the top qualifying relay team is listed below with the event, time, date swam and national ranking as of January 10, 2007.

 
NCAA QUALIFYING TIMES (Name - Event - A/B - Time - Date - National Ranking as of January 10, 2007)
Andrea Axtell
200 back - B - 1:59.71 - 12/2/06 - #27

Brooke Bishop
100 back - A - 54.03 - 12/1/06 - #4
50 free - A - 22.60 - 12/1/06 - #5
100 free - A - 49.61 - 10/27/06 - #13
200 back - B - 1:59.48 - 10/6/06 - #24
200 free - B - 1:49.49 - 10/6/06 - #59

Elaine Breeden
200 fly - A - 1:54.24 - 12/1/06 - #1
100 fly - A - 52.78 - 11/30/06 - #3
200 IM - B - 2:01.48 - 11/30/06 - #23
200 free - B - 1:47.92 - 12/1/06 - #20
100 free - B - 50.10 - 12/2/06 - #26

Caroline Bruce
100 breast - A - 1:00.20 - 12/1/06 - #4
200 breast - A - 2:10.19 - 10/27/06 - #2
200 IM - A - 1:59.64 - 11/30/06 - #8

Lauren Costella
1650 free - B - 16:29.86 - 12/1/06 - #12

Elizabeth Durot
500 free - A/B - 4:51.56 - 11/10/06 - #46
1650 free - B - 16:42.17 - 12/1/06 - #31
200 free - B - 1:49.30 - 12/1/06 - #49T

Kelley Hug 
100 fly - B - 55.05 - 11/30/06 - #38
100 back - B - 55.94 - 12/1/06 - #44

Nilasha Ghosh
100 fly - B - 54.99 - 11/30/06 - #35T
400 IM - B - 4:21.28 - 12/1/06 - #44
200 IM - B - 2:03.16 - 11/30/06 - #50


Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy
100 back - B - 55.52 - 12/1/06 - #27
50 free - B - 23.09 - 11/30/06 - #32T
100 free - B - 50.32 - 12/2/06 - #34T

Caroline Rodriguez
100 back - B - 55.76 - 12/1/06 - #34

Madeline Rovira
100 free - B - 50.09 - 12/2/06 - #25
50 free - B - 23.41 - 11/30/06 - #61

Julia Smit
200 back - A - 1:53.95 - 12/2/06 - #1
400 IM - A - 4:07.28 - 12/1/06 - #1
200 IM - A - 1:57.94 - 11/30/06 - #2
100 back - B - 54.14 (R) - 12/1/06 - #5
50 free - A - 22.76 (R) - 11/30/06 - #11
100 free - A - 49.95 - 12/2/06 - #21

Whitney Spence
500 free - B - 4:46.87 - 11/30/06 - #13
200 free - B - 1:48.39 - 12/1/06 - #28T
200 fly - B - 2:01.36 - 12/2/06 - #42
100 free - B - 50.72 - 12/2/06 - #57

Desireé Stahley
500 free - A - 4:44.85 - 11/30/06 - #7
100 free - B - 50.68 - 12/2/06 - #50T
200 free - B - 1:47.51 - 12/1/06 - #14
1650 free - B - 16:39.28 - 12/1/06 - #29

200 Free Relay (Julia Smit, Madeline Rovira, Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy, Brooke Bishop)*
A - 1:30.01 - 11/30/06 - #3

400 Free Relay (Julia Smit, Elaine Breeden, Madeline Rovira, Brooke Bishop)*
A - 3:17.76 - 12/2/06 - #4

800 Free Relay (Julia Smit, Desireé Stahley, Elizabeth Durot, Whitney Spence)*
B - 7:16.47 - 12/1/06 - #8

200 Medley Relay (Caroline Rodriguez, Caroline Bruce, Elaine Breeden, Brooke Bishop)*
A - 1:39.07 - 12/1/06 - #4

400 Medley Relay (Julia Smit, Caroline Bruce, Elaine Breeden, Brooke Bishop)*
A - 3:35.00 - 11/30/06 - #1
*Top Stanford Relay Time Only

STANFORD BOASTS NATION'S TOP TIME IN THREE INDIVIDUAL EVENTS, ONE RELAY
Three Stanford swimmers boast the top times in the nation this season. Freshmen Julia Smit has the nation's top time in both the 200 back (1:53.95) and 400 IM (4:07.28), while fellow rookie Elaine Breeden has the country's best mark in the 200 fly (1:54.24). Both freshmen are also members of a Stanford 400 medley relay squad that is the nation's best with a mark of 3:35.00. Smit led off the relay with the backstroke leg, followed by Caroline Bruce (breast), Breeden (fly) and Brooke Bishop (free).

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.

Elaine Breeden
200 fly - 1:54.24 - 12/1/06 - #5
100 fly - 52.78 - 11/30/06 - #6

Julia Smit
400 IM - 4:07.28 - 12/1/06 - #2
200 back - 1:53.95 - 12/2/06 - #3
200 IM - 1:57.94 - 11/30/06 - #6
100 back - 54.14 (R) - 12/1/06 - #8
50 free  - 22.76 (R) - 11/30/06 - #8

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 first 32 years of the program's history from the 1974-75 season through the 2005-06 campaign and has never placed lower than sixth in any of the 24 NCAA Championships. Stanford has an all-time dual meet record of 249-23 (.915) 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 that marked a new school record for regular season dual meet wins. 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. This year's squad moved has been the nation's top-ranked team since moving into 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 seasons 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 eighth 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 for the 20th century 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 the 2006 FINA World Cup in China, 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 is one of the very few coaches nationwide who has coached at the last five U.S. Olympic Trials in 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004. 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
Stanford will home for a pair of Pac-10 dual meets against No. 14 UCLA (Friday, January 19) and No. 11 USC (Saturday, January 20). Start times for both meets is 1 pm, PT.

2006-07 MEET RECAPS

NOVEMBER 30 - DECEMBER 2, 2006
NO. 1 STANFORD FINISHES SECOND AT TEXAS INVITATIONAL
No. 1 Stanford finished second to No. 2 Arizona at the three-day Texas Invitational with the 860 points by the Wildcats bettering the 756 posted by the Cardinal. Rookie sensation Julia Smit had another huge meet for the Cardinal, winning both the 400 IM (4:07.28) and 200 back (1:53.95) with times that made her the No. 2 and No. 3 all-time performer at Stanford in each respective event. Smit also swam on three winning Stanford relay teams (200 free, 400 medley, 800 free). She helped the Cardinal set a new school record in the 200 free (1:30.01) by swimming a 50 free leadoff leg of 22.76, which also made her the No. 8 all-time performer at Stanford in the 50 free. Smit was followed by Madeline Rovira, Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy and Brooke Bishop in the 200 free win. She also led off both of the other relay wins as well with Desireé Stahley, Elizabeth Durot and Whitney Spence following Smit in the 800 free (7:16.47), and Caroline Bruce, Elaine Breeden and Bishop behind Smit in the 400 medley (3:35.00). Breeden took the 200 fly in a time of 1:54.24 that makes her the No. 5 all-time performer at Stanford, while Bishop was a winner in the 100 free (54.04).

NOVEMBER 17-18, 2006
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.

NOVEMBER 10-11, 2006
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.

OCTOBER 27-28, 2006
NO. 6 STANFORD IMPRESSIVE IN 190-155 WIN AT NO. 11 TEXAS
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 won three events and 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. Brooke Bishop and Caroline Bruce 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 and 100 back. Elaine Breeden swept the meet's 100 and 200 fly events. Other Stanford individual winners included Lauren Costella (1650 free), Cassidy Krug (1-meter diving), Whitney Spence (200 free) and Desireé Stahley (500 free). Stanford also won the meet's first three relays and had the fastest time in the fourth as an exhibition team. The 200 free relay team consisted of Madeline Rovira, Breeden, Michelle Liu and Bishop. Smit, Bruce, Breeden and Bishop won the 400 medley relay, while Bishop, Bruce, Breeden and Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy captured the 200 medley relay.
 
OCTOBER 6, 2006
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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