Stanford Finishes Second At 2007 Pac-10 Championships
Feb. 17, 2007
Long Beach, Calif. - Stanford finished second at the 2007 Pac-10 Women's Swimming Championships despite winning three of the five individual events during the final session of the four-day meet on Saturday evening at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool. Arizona used its team depth to erase the slim 24-point lead the Cardinal held going into the session. Arizona finished the meet with 1481.5 points, while Stanford was second with 1410. Elaine Breeden (200 fly, 1:52.99), Caroline Bruce (200 breast, 2:09.32) and Julia Smit (200 back, 1:54.88) were Stanford's winners on Saturday with Breeden breaking Shelly Ripple's school record in the 200 fly.
'I couldn't be more proud of our team,' said Stanford head coach Lea Maurer. 'They had great energy, class and camaraderie during this meet. Everyone in the Stanford women's swimming family really supported each other. We made a lot of NCAA cuts, had some great performances and really gave an excellent Arizona team that has a great shot at a national championship a run for their money.'
'Elaine Breeden's school record 200 fly swim was really amazing tonight,' Maurer continued. 'What she and Julia Smit are doing by putting themselves side-by-side in our record books with American swimming icons is a huge accomplishment. Not only are they already doing that, but they are also looking forward to doing even more at the NCAA Championships. They know what they've done to this point is huge, but they also know there are a lot of people in country swimming similarly fast times, and they are just trying to get better for the NCAA's.'
California was a close third in the meet with 1355 points, followed by UCLA (1024.5), USC (826), Arizona State (544), Oregon State (471), Washington (411) and Washington State (378).
Stanford's divers return to the boards for the NCAA Zone E Championships to be held March 1-3 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The divers will be attempting to qualify to join the swimmers at the NCAA Championships to be conducted March 8-10 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A list of qualifying swimmers and the NCAA meet psych sheet is expected to be released sometime after February 27 when the final nominations are due for the event.
A full recap will follow.