Pac-10 Women's Swimming and Diving 2006-07 Season Review
July 16, 2007
Three Pac-10 teams finished in the Top-10 at the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. ARIZONA led the group with a second-place finish (477), followed by third-place CALIFORNIA (372.5) and fourth-place STANFORD (333). The Pac-10 collected eight individual national titles and five relay championships at the event.
Arizona's Lacey Nymeyer, a junior from Tucson, Ariz., swam the second leg of the first-place 200 free relay that defended its national title for the second straight year, while setting a new American and NCAA record with a time of 1:27.23 at the NCAA Championships. Nymeyer also anchored the second-place 400 medley relay that crushed the previous school record with a time of 3:30.89. In addition to her success in the relay, she captured the fourth title for her team in the 200 free, taking her first individual NCAA crown of her collegiate career after shattering the school record with a time of 1:43.49. She then went on to finish second in the 100 free to break the school record she set during the morning prelims with a time of 47.34.
Stanford's Julia Smit, a freshman from Mt. Sinai, N.Y., had an excellent NCAA meet with six All-American honors, finishing second in the 200 back, third in both the 200 and 400 IM, third as a member of the 400 medley relay team, fifth on the 200 free relay squad and seventh on the 800 free relay. Prior to her stellar performance at the NCAA Championships, Smit won three Pac-10 individual titles in the 200 back, 200 and 400 IM, while breaking school records in the 200 IM and as a member of the 200 free relay. Despite being a freshman, Smit is already among the school's all-time top eight in six events.
Arizona's Frank Busch led the Wildcats to a second place finish at the NCAA Championships for the third straight year. The Wildcats finished the meet with 477 points, the most ever accumulated at the meet in school history, while winning two individual and two relay events. Busch coached his Arizona team to the school's third Pac-10 championship in school history. The women's swimming Coach of the Year award is the seventh of Busch's career.
Stanford's Cassidy Krug, a senior from Coraopolis, Pa., rounded out her collegiate career by sweeping the 1-meter and 3-meter titles at the 2007 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships after doing the same at the NCAA Zone E Meet and the Pac-10 Championships. Her sweep of the two events in each of the three competitions accounted for her unbeaten run during the 2007 postseason. Krug's outstanding season left a mark on the Stanford record books as she became the first Cardinal diver to ever win an NCAA 1-meter title and the first since Erin Sones captured the platform in 2001 to capture any NCAA diving event. In addition, she is only the second Stanford women's diver to win NCAA Diver of the Year honors and capture more than one NCAA title in her career and is the first to be named a nominee for the 2006-07 Swimming and Diving Honda Sports Award. Krug completed her collegiate career with seven All-American honrs. while becoming just the second women's diver in Stanford history to win at least one All-American honor in each of her four seasons.
California's Samantha Young, a freshman from Shoreline, Wash., took fifth place on the 1-meter springboard and sixth place on the platform at the 2007 Pac-10 Diving Championships, which was the first time in several years a Bear had finished in the top 10 in any event at the Conference meet. Her performance qualified her for the NCAA Zone E Regionals where she finished sixth in the platform, 14th in the 1-meter and 19th in the 3-meter final. Before the Pac-10 Championships, Young led the Golden Bears on both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards and on the platform.
In his 29th year at Stanford, Rick Schavone helped lead the Cardinal to a combined 35 men's and women's Pac-10 diving titles. During that time he has coached his men's and women's divers to a combined 10 NCAA titles and 79 All-American honors. With Krug being the latest addition, Schavone has had at least one All-American on the women's side for 13 straight seasons and 25 of his last 26. The Women's Diving Coach of the Year award is Schavone's fifth time receiving the honor and he also garnered the Pac-10 Men's Diving Coach of the Year during the 1994-95 campaign. The Carindal finished the year with a fourth place finish at the NCAA Championships while taking second in the Conference.