Stanford Takes Lead After Day Two of Pac-10 Championships

Feb. 15, 2007

Long Beach, Calif.- Today marked the second day of the Pac-10 Women's Swimming Championships in Long Beach, CA. Coming into the day's events, Cal had a 2 point edge over Stanford, however the Cardinal surpassed California and the rest of the group by finishing first in two of the four event finals.

Preliminaries were held at 11AM this morning with the 500 free, 200 IM and 50 yd. freestyle. Washington Sophomore Kimberly Jasmer had a prelim time of 4:42.86 that qualified her for NCAA's, and ranked her 5th fastest in the country. In the 200 IM, Julia Smit was one of three Stanford swimmers to have qualifying NCAA times. Sophomore Dana Vollmer from Cal took first place in the preliminary standings with a 22.57 time for the 50 free.

Finals took place at 6:00 PM as Stanford took two of the four Pac-10 titles for the night. In the first event, the 500 yd freestyle, Stanford Junior Elizabeth Durot won the Pac-10 title with a time of 4:41.47.

'I didn't have a lot of expectations coming into this race,' said Durot.'This was an tough and even competition. This is a good pool to swim at.Every time I swim here I have a good race,' she added.

Stanford had a strong showing in the 200 IM with two freshmen finishing first and second. Julia Smit took the title with a time of 1:55.38, as fellow Freshman teammate Elaine Breeden came in second. Arizona's Whitney Myers finished third with a time of 1:58.38.

The 50 free was a thrilling competition as both Arizona's Lara Jackson and Cal's Dana Vollmer tied the current Pac-10 record at 22.05 seconds. The record was set in 2003 by Cal's Natalie Coughlin. Arizona's Lacey Nymeyer and Stanford's Brooke Bishop came in second and third, respectively.

The 200 yd freestyle relay wrapped up the night's events. Arizona broke the standing Pac-10 record (1:30.07) with a final time of 1:28.71. Stanford and Cal, who finished second and third respectively, also broke the record.

Arizona Sophomore Lara Jackson ended the day breaking and tying a Pac-10 record. 'I was totally surprised and wasn't expecting to do any of this,'Lara said. 'There's stellar competition here. It's an honor to be ranked in the top of the events. This is good practice for NCAA's.'

Arizona head coach, Frank Busch, agrees with Jackson about the competition.'This meet has been really fast. We raced better tonight than in the morning. I thought we raced really well as a team.'

Preliminaries for the 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 220 free, 100 breast, and 100 backstroke will begin tomorrow at 11:00 AM.

Day two final standings (including diving results):

1. Stanford 546.5
2. California 442
3. Arizona 409.5
4. UCLA 359
5. USC 262
6. Oregon St. 86
7. Washington 181
8. Arizona St. 178
9. Washington St. 165
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