Pac-10 Women's Swimming Championships
Feb. 13, 2007
WHAT: Pacific-10 Conference Women's Swimming Championships.
WHERE: Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool, Long Beach, Calif.
WHEN: Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 14-17.
WHO: Women's swimming teams from ARIZONA, ARIZONA STATE, CALIFORNIA, OREGON STATE, STANFORD, UCLA, USC, WASHINGTON and WASHINGTON STATE will compete for bragging rights at the 2007 Pac-10 Women's Swimming Championship.
TICKETS: Admission to the 2007 Pacific-10 Conference Diving Championship is free.
MEDIA CONTACT: The Stanford sports information office will handle publicity for the 2007 Women's Swimming Championship. Kyle McRae, the Cardinal's swimming and diving contact, can be reached at (650) 544-5617.
MEET RESULTS: At the conclusion of the event, results will posted on the Pac-10 web site (www.pac-10.org) , as well as on Stanford's web site (www.gostanford.com). Please contact Becca Faulds at the Pacific-10 Conference office for more information.
Four Pac-10 teams finished in the Top-10 at the NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga. ARIZONA led the group with a third-place finish (415), followed by fourth-place CALIFORNIA (291), fifth-place STANFORD (209), and sixth-place USC (193). The Pac-10 collected five individual national titles and three relay championships at the event.
Arizona's Whitney Myers, a junior from Oxford, Ohio, was named Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year after she won the 400-yard individual medley at the 2006 Pac-10 Championships, touching in 4:14.18. At the NCAA Championships, Myers won both the 200 and 400 IM events, and was a member of Arizona's 400-yard freestyle relay team that finished in 3:12.77, setting U.S. Open, NCAA, pool and school records at the meet. The junior also contributed to Arizona's win in the 400-yard medley relay that finished in 3:31.70. Myers was a finalist for the 2005-06 Swimming and Diving Honda Sports Award to determine the top woman collegiate athlete in the sport.
USC's Rebecca Soni, a freshman from Plainsboro, N.J., won Newcomer of the Year honors and was named Swimmer of the Meet at the 2006 Pac-10 Championships, after swimming the fastest 200-yard breaststroke in the country (2:08.16). Soni earned two Pac-10 individual titles in the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststrokes and finished third in the 200-yard IM. She also contributed to a USC victory in the 400-yard medley relay. At the NCAA Championships, Soni won the Trojans' first NCAA title in the 200-yard breaststroke since 1997. Soni, who touched in 2:09.37, was the first USC freshman to win an NCAA title since 2004 and finished the season undefeated in the event.
Arizona's Frank Busch earned Pac-10 Coach of the Year, leading the Wildcats to a third place finish at the NCAA Championships for the third straight year. The Wildcats finished the meet with 415 points, the most ever accumulated at the meet in school history, while winning two individual and three relay events. Busch coached his Arizona team to the school's second Pac-10 championship in school history. The women's swimming Coach of the Year award is the sixth of Busch's career.
STANFORD's Julia Smit won three individual events during a tri-meet against Tennessee and defending national champion Auburn. In addition to her three first-place finishes, she swam backstroke on Stanford's winning 200 and 400 medley relay squads. As a freshman, she has already entered Stanford's list of all-time Top 10 performers in five events: 400 IM (second - 4:07.28), 200 Back (third - 1:53.95), 200 IM (sixth - 1:57.94), 50 Free (eighth - 22.76), and 100 Back (eighth - 54.14). In addition, she has recorded NCAA `A' times in each of the five events and also swam on four relay teams that have already reached the NCAA `A' standard.
CALIFORNIA'S Dana Vollmer swam five individual automatic NCAA Championship qualifying times and took part in three automatic NCAA Championship qualifying relays, Dec. 1-3, at the Georgia Invitational. The Olympic gold medalist walked away from the event with three individual crowns in the 50 freestyle (22.68), the 100 butterfly (52.71), and the 200 fly, all of which were NCAA `A' marks. Vollmer then went on to take fourth in the 500 free, setting an NCAA `B' mark with a time of 4:46.51.
CALIFORNIA'S Emily Silver won nine individual events, including four victories in the 50-yard freestyle, in NCAA B qualifying times during the month of January. In addition to her individual titles, Silver was also a part of four winning relay teams that clocked NCAA B cuts during the month of January. Out of the 16 events in which Silver competed, she finished first in all but three where she garnered second in the 100 free, 200 free and 100 fly.
The last time ARIZONA entered the water it won 11 of 16 events during its competition against Arizona State. It all began with the 200 medley relay comprised of redshirt freshman Justine Schluntz, freshman Annie Chandler, sophomore Lara Jackson and junior Lacey Nymeyer, which won with a time of 1:41.89 ... The Wildcats' only two losses came to first-ranked Stanford and California. The defending Pac-10 Champs have finshined in the Top-5 at the Pac-10 Championships every year since 1996.
Despite a loss to No. 1 Stanford, ARIZONA STATE's Caitlin Andrew achieved a pair of NCAA `B' cut performances. Andrew recorded two first-place finishes against the Cardinal, highlighted by her `B' cut performance in the 100 fly (54.56). Andrew also won the 100 free, touching in 51.29 and was part of ASU's `B' cut 200 free relay, joining sophomore Jen Beckberger, senior Abra Armour and freshman Jess Perazzo, who ultimately completed the event in 1:32.57
CALIFORNIA All-American sophomore Jessica Hardy, the defending NCAA champion in the 100-yard breaststroke, was the first Bear to automatically qualify for the 2007 NCAA Championships, but four teammates joined her at the Georgia Invitational. Sophomore Dana Vollmer, senior Erin Reilly and juniors Emily Silver and Rachel Ridgeway have also automatically qualified for individual events at the NCAA Championships.
OREGON STATE finished at the .500 mark for the first time in two seasons ... The Beavers have placed seventh the last three years under coach Larry Liebowitz ... OSU (8-8, 1-6) has never finished higher than seventh at the Pac-10 Championships due to a lack of a diving team. There was one instance in 1994 where a team without a diving team finished higher than seventh. In 1994 Washington became the only team without a diving team to finish higher than seventh as the Huskies were able to move ahead of Arizona and finished sixth at the Pac-10 Championships.
STANFORD is the nation's No. 1 team in the most recent College Swim Coaches Association of America Poll and has been since a poll released on November 16 ... Three Stanford swimmers boast the top times in the nation this season. Freshman 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, followed by Caroline Bruce (breast), Breeden (fly) and Brooke Bishop (free).
UCLA currently stands in first-place with 331 points after the diving portion of the meet ... Senior Katie Nelson, the 13th-ranked miler in the country will defend her 2006 Pac-10 title in that event, while senior Katie Arnold will look to recapture the Pac-10 crown in the 100 Backstroke (2004) ... As it stands, the Bruins have qualified seven swimmers for the NCAA Championships (Katie Arnold, Jane Imagane, Katie Nelson, Anna Poteete, Nicolette Teo, Amy Thurman and Chiemi Yamamoto).
USC senior Kalyn Keller and sophomore Rebecca Soni remain the only Trojans to clock NCAA automatic times this year. Keller did it in the 500 free (4:43.58) at the Texas Invitational and Soni did it at the same meet in the 200 breast (2:09.39). Soni also recently posted an automatic in the 100 breast at Cal (1:01.37) a few weeks ago ... Keller's 500 free time is fifth fastest in the nation according to CollegeSwimming.com. She has the 19th fastest time in the 200 fly (1:59.76) and 20th in the 1650 free (16:30.59) ... Soni's 200 breast is fastest in the country, her 100 time is eighth and her 4:16.82 in the 400 IM is 17th fastest.
In WASHINGTON's last dual of the season the Huskies won seven of 14 events and posted two top-10 times, including a school record in the 1000 freestyle by sophomore Kim Jasmer. Jasmer followed up with a record-breaking swim in the 1000 freestyle, winning the event in a time of 9:53.35. The time surpassed the previous record of 9:55.52 set by All-American Sharon Olson in 2004 ... Earlier in the season, Jasmer broke her own school record with a time of 4:46.50 in the 500 freestyle. The time was fast enough for an NCAA consideration standard and eclipsed her previous record of 4:49.15.
WASHINGTON STATE senior Erin McCleave set her fifth Gibb Pool record of the season against Northern Arizona Jan. 13 ... Her time of 16:49.79 in the 1650 freestyle broke a pool record that had not been beaten since 1981 ... McCleave set a WSU record in the 100 freestyle finals at the Texas Invitational with a time of 50.40...McCleave also set three Gibb Pool records against Washington Nov. 10 in the 100, 200 and 500 freestyle events ... Her first Gibb Pool record of the season came in the first home dual meet of the season when she swam the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:51.93 against San Jose State Oct. 20 ... At UC Davis Oct. 27, McCleave turned in her first NCAA 'B' Consideration Standard time in the 200 freestyle...since then, the Rutherglen, Australia native has recorded nine additional NCAA 'B' Consideration times.