Elaine Breeden Named CollegeSwimming.com Swimmer Of The Week

Feb. 7, 2007

Somers, Wis. - CollegeSwimming.com named Stanford freshman swimmer Elaine Breeden a National Collegiate Swimmer of the Week on Wednesday. Breeden was the Division I women's representative and one of six swimmers across the country selected based on their performances from January 29 - February 5, 2007.

Breeden swept the 100 and 200 fly to help lead top-ranked Stanford to a thrilling 153-147 victory at No. 3 California on February 3 to complete the team's first unbeaten dual meet season since 2001-02 and the 14th in school history. Breeden recorded the nation's top time this season in her 200 win (1:53.23) and the country's second-best mark in the 100 victory (51.70), which were both NCAA `A' marks. She also nearly broke school records in both of the events, missing Shelly Ripple's 200 standard by a mere three-hundredths of a second and Misty Hyman's 100 mark by just 0.36. She is now the No. 2 all-time performer at Stanford in the 200 and ranks No. 3 in the 100. Breeden also broke Spieker Aquatics Complex pool records previously held by California's Natalie Coughlin and defeated 2004 Olympic gold medalist Dana Vollmer in both events.

Breeden is the third Stanford women's swimmer to win the honor this season, following the selections of Julia Smit (November 15, 2006) and Caroline Bruce (January 24, 2007).

The National Collegiate Swimmers of the Week are selected by a panel of collegiate coaches and nominated by coaches, sports information directors, conference representatives and Somers, Wis. staffers.

Breeden also earned Stanford's Muscle Milk Student Athlete of the Week honor with her performance.

The divers from top-ranked Stanford (10-0, 6-0 Pac-10) begin postseason action at the 2007 Pac-10 Men's & Women's Diving Championships this Friday-Sunday, February 9-11, in Federal Way, Washington. The swimmers return to the pool for the 2007 Pac-10 Women's Swimming Championships from Wednesday-Saturday, February 14-17, in Long Beach, California.