No. 1 Stanford Finishes Dual Meet Season Unbeaten With 153-147 Win At No. 3 California
Feb. 3, 2007
Berkeley, Calif. - No. 1 Stanford (10-0, 6-0 Pac-10) finished off an unbeaten regular season dual meet campaign with an exciting 153-147 win over No. 3 California (10-1, 5-1 Pac-10) at the Spieker Aquatics Complex. Stanford's unbeaten regular season was its first since 2001-02 and 13th in school history. Freshmen Julia Smit (200 free, 200 back, 200 IM) and Elaine Breeden (100 fly, 200 fly) continued their outstanding rookie seasons by combining to win five individual events, while Brooke Bishop (50 free, 100 back) and Cassidy Krug (1-meter, 3-meter) were also double individual winners.
'We were so composed as a team today,' said Stanford head coach Lea Maurer. 'I couldn't be more proud of how we handled ourselves and represented Stanford. It was really important for the team to finish about an unbeaten regular season. The great thing is we were able reach a happy medium and do it without going to the emotional well too much. We were able to do it without peaking and comprising our goals for the NCAA Championships.'
Breeden set personal-bests and nearly broke school records in both of her fly victories, finishing just three-hundredths of a second shy of Shelly Ripple's record in the 200 with her time of 1:53.23 and .36 seconds short of Misty Hyman's 100 fly record with a mark of 51.70. Breeden is now Stanford's No. 2 all-time performer in the 200 and No. 3 in the 100.
'This was the most exciting dual meet I've ever swam in my entire life,' said Breeden, who out swam Olympian Dana Vollmer in both of her victories. 'To have all of your teammates around you cheering for the common goal of the team winning was amazing.'
'It was huge for the team to go unbeaten,' added Breeden. 'It was a goal at beginning of year. We still want to focus on the upcoming championships meets, but nobody can take this away from us.'
Smit's 200 free win in 1:45.91 was also a personal-best and made her the No. 4 all-time performer in the event at Stanford. She clocked a 1:56.20 in the 200 back and a 1:58.12 in the 200 IM.
Bishop checked in with a 22.41 to capture the 50 free and a 53.88 to win the 100 back.
Krug scored 301.57 points in her 1-meter victory and 298.05 to take the 3-meter.
All of Stanford's winning times met the NCAA `A' qualifying standard other than Durot's win in the 1000 free, which is not an official NCAA event.'This was a meet of great performances and momentum swings,' summed up Maurer. 'We handled those momentum swings well and had a phenomenal all-around team effort. It was great to come away with the win.'
Stanford will next compete in the Pac-10 Women's Swimming and Diving Championships. The diving portion of the event will be held at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center (Federal Way, Washington) next Friday-Sunday, February 9-11. The swimmers will compete the following Wednesday-Sunday, February 14-17, at the Belmont Plaza (Long Beach, California) and then have one final opportunity to qualify for the NCAA Championships the following day at the Pac-10 Invite.
A full recap will follow.