Stanford To Open 2007-08 Season By Hosting San Jose State Friday

Oct. 3, 2007

San Jose State at Stanford
Avery Aquatic Center/Maas Family Diving Facility • Stanford, CA
Friday, October 5, 2007 (1 pm, PT)
Event Order:
200 Medley Relay, 1000 Free, 200 Free, 100 Back, 100 Breast, 200 Fly, 50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Back, 200 Breast, 500 Free, 100 Fly, 200 IM, 200 Free Relay
*1-Meter and 3-Meter Diving events will also begin at 1 pm, PT; ^No Prelims; *Short-Course Yards Meet

Stanford and San Jose State start their respective 2007-08 women's swimming and diving seasons with the season-opener for both teams at Stanford on Friday, October 5 (1 pm, PT). Stanford was victorious the last time the teams met to begin the 2006-07 regular season (October 6, 2006, at Stanford) when the Cardinal outscored the Spartans, 109-30, as part of a tri-meet between Stanford, San Jose State and Oregon State. The last time the teams met in a dual was also at the Avery Aquatic Center when the Cardinal came away with an easy 199-94 in Lea Maurer's debut as the team's head coach (October 14, 2005).

Stanford returns the Big Four in 2007-08 in Brooke Bishop, Elaine Breeden, Caroline Bruce and Julia Smit. The foursome combined to win 10 individual All-American honors at the 2007 NCAA Championships, while adding another 11 among them on four All-American relay squads.

Brooke Bishop - Posted a solid 2007 NCAA meet with three individual All-American honors in the 50 free (5th), 100 back (6th) and 100 back (10th). She also added three more All-American honors by anchoring the 200 free, 200 medley and 400 medley relay squads.
Elaine Breeden - Had the top individual finish of the group when she won her first NCAA title on the final day of the 2007 NCAA's in the 200 fly. Breeden, who will not swim against San Jose State due to an injury, was also second in the 100 fly and fifth in the 200 IM at the 2007 NCAA's. She also added All-American honors as a member of the 200 free, 200 medley and 400 medley relay squads.
Caroline Bruce - Returned from a shoulder injury that forced her to miss most of 2005-06 to garner an individual All-American honor by taking third in the 100 breast after winning the event, as well as the 200 breast, at the 2005 NCAA's as a collegiate rookie. Bruce added an additional two All-American honors swimming the breaststroke on the 200 and 400 medley relay teams.
Julia Smit - Made a huge impression in her collegiate rookie season, taking three individual All-American honors by placing among the nation's top three in the 200 back (2nd), 200 IM (3rd) and 400 IM (3rd). Smit also picked up three additional All-American honors by swimming on Stanford's 200 free, 400 medley and 800 free relay teams at the 2007 NCAA's.
Other Returning All-Americans - Shana Karp (14th, platform diving) and Laura Wadden (15th, 200 fly) are Stanford's other returning individual All-Americans from the 2006-07 season. Elizabeth Durot (800 free relay), Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy (200 free relay), Caroline Rodriguez (200 medley relay) and Whitney Spence (800 free relay) are also back after picking up one All-American honor each in 2006-07 as members of All-American relay squads at the 2007 NCAA Championships. Andrea Axtell (200 back) and Madeline Rovira (400 medley relay) were All-Americans in 2005-06.
Lost All-Americans - Stanford will be looking to replace just one All-American from 2006-07, but the one they must replace will be significant. Cassidy Krug finished her collegiate eligibility as a senior by sweeping the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events at the 2007 NCAA Championships.

• Stanford has won more NCAA team championships (8) than any other collegiate women's swimming program in the nation and also added an AIAW national title in 1980, the season before the NCAA began sponsoring a national championship
• Stanford has also finished second twice (1999, 2000) and third (2000, '02) two other times at the NCAA Championships since its most recent national title in 1998
• Stanford moved up one spot to fourth at the 2007 NCAA Championships after having finished fifth at the event in each of the three previous campaigns (2004-06)
• The Cardinal has finished among the nation's top eight in each of the first 33 years of the program's history from the 1974-75 season through the 2006-07 campaign and has never placed lower than sixth in any of the 25 NCAA Championships, including a string of 27 straight top thee national finishes from 1976-2002
• Stanford has won 16 of the 21 Pac-10 Championships since the event began in 1987 (1987-99, 2002, 2004-05) and was second in 2007
• Stanford has an all-time dual meet record of 254-23 (.917), which includes a current string of 10 straight dual meet victories
• Stanford has been unbeaten in regular season dual meets 14 times with its most recent occasion its 10-0 record in 2006-07
• Stanford never lost more than two dual meets in a season with the program in its 33rd season of existence

Lea Maurer is in her third season as the head coach of the Stanford women's swimming and diving program in 2007-08. Maurer has a 23-2 (.920) all-time dual meet record both at Stanford and as a collegiate head coach. Maurer has coached 11 swimmers and divers for a combined total of 42 All-American honors in her first two seasons. Maurer led the Cardinal to its first unbeaten dual meet season (10-0) in 2006-07 since the Cardinal was also unbeaten in 2001-02. The 2006-07 squad finished fourth at the NCAA Championships for its highest finish since taking third also in 2001-02. The 2006-07 Cardinal was second at the Pac-10 Championships. Stanford had 12 swimmers and divers combine for 28 All-American honors. In her first season in 2005-06, Maurer led the Cardinal to a fifth place finish at the NCAA Championships, a third place showing at the Pac-10's and a 13-2 overall regular season dual meet record that is a school record for regular season dual meet wins. Maurer had seven swimmers and divers combine for 14 All-American showings. A former Stanford swimmer, Maurer took the reigns of Stanford's nationally prominent program in May of 2005. The former Lea Loveless, who was officially inducted into the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame on November 3, 2006, swam on three national championship squads (1992, '93, '94) when she competed on The Farm from 1991-94. Maurer won 10 NCAA individual and relay titles during her collegiate swimming career, including three consecutive wins in the 100 back (1992, '93, '94) as well as a 200 back victory in 1993. She was also a member of six winning NCAA relay teams. Maurer added 15 Pac-10 titles (seven individual, eight relays) and 21 All-American honors (19 at Stanford) to her collegiate swimming resume. She was a member of 400 (1993) and 800 (1992) free relay teams that set school records that still stand today. In addition, Maurer is still second on Stanford's all-time list of performers in the 100 and 200 back, as well as ninth in the 200 individual medley. She continued to compete until 2000, spending a total of 11 years (1989-96, 1998-2000) on the USA National Team. Maurer held the American record in the 100 meter backstroke from 1992-2001, originally setting the mark on the leadoff leg of a gold medal 4x100 American medley relay team at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and breaking her own record during the prelims of a winning performance at the 1998 World Championships. Maurer, who was also a bronze medalist in the 100 back at the 1992 Olympics, earned a spot on the USA Swimming All-Century team for the 20th century in the event. After finishing her collegiate swimming career at Stanford following the 1993-94 campaign, she started in the coaching profession as an assistant at Northwestern for a program that placed 11th at the NCAA's and third in the Big 10 in 1995. The following year, she began a prep dynasty as the head boys' and girls' coach at Lake Forest High School (Lake Forest, IL), leading the boys' squad to the 2002-03 mythical National Championship and the girls' team to the mythical 2003 Public School National Championship. She coached 2003 National High School Swimmer of the Year Matt Grevers, who recorded the second-fastest prep time ever in the 50 free and went on to win the NCAA title in the 100 back as a sophomore at Northwestern in 2005. In 10 years at Lake Forest, her girls' team also won a pair of state titles (2002, '03) while her boys' squad was the state champion in 2003. In addition, she was named the Illinois Swimming Association Coach of the Year on eight occasions (five girls, three boys) while coaching 85 All-American and honorable mention All-American swimmers, as well as nine individual and seven relay state champions. Maurer also started Scout Aquatics in 2002, growing the program to its current total of 150 swimmers. As the head senior coach for the organization, she was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the program. Several of her swimmers have finaled at the U.S. Olympic Trials, U.S. Nationals, U.S. Open and Junior Nationals. Maurer ventured into the international coaching scene as an assistant for the 2007 Pan American Games team. She is the sixth head coach of a Stanford program that began in 1974 and has won more NCAA Division I team titles (8) than any other collegiate women's swimming and diving program in the nation. Maurer graduated from Stanford with a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies and a Master of Arts in Education in 1994. She is married to former Stanford men's swimmer and her current volunteer assistant coach Erik Maurer, who won the 1992 NCAA title in the 50 free and four relay crowns while competing for the Cardinal from 1989-93. The couple has two children - Luke (born August 13, 2001) and Rex (born August 17, 2004).

Shane Whildin is in third season as an assistant women's swimming and diving coach at Stanford in 2007-08. Prior to coming to Stanford, Whildin spent a year and a half working with current Cardinal head coach Lea Maurer as an assistant senior swim coach for Scout Aquatics, a club team in Lake Forest (Ill.) formed by Maurer in 2002. Whildin was also a professional in the Health and Physical Education department at Lake Forest High School, where Maurer coached the national prep power before being named the head coach at Stanford on May 20, 2005. After graduating with a degree in Communications and Business from Missouri in 2003, Whildin also spent a year as a search consultant at Timeline Recruiting, a physician placement firm in Columbia, Missouri. He was a four-year member of the men's swimming and diving team while at Missouri, serving as a team captain in his junior season and twice receiving the Missouri Team Leadership Award. Whildin's best 100 butterfly time is still among the school's top five in the event. He was also a two-time qualifier for the Olympic Trials.

Erik Maurer is serving his third season as a volunteer assistant coach at Stanford in 2007-08. Maurer has been coaching with his wife Lea since 1996, working with both Lake Forest High School and Scout Aquatics and now at Stanford. He also served as Lea's coach from 1997-2000, helping her to a 1998 World Championship title in the 100 meter back when she set a new American record with a time of 1:00.77. Maurer was a tremendous swimmer of his own accord as a collegian at Stanford (1990-94), which was highlighted by a victory in the 50 free in 1992, five NCAA relay titles that included a pair of American record performances and two NCAA team titles in 1992 and 1993. He was Stanford's Team MVP in 1990-91 and co-MVP in 1991-92. After earning a Bachelors degree in History from Stanford (1993) and an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management (1998), Maurer began work with Prospect Partners in 1998 and became a Principal of the Firm in 2000. Prospect Partners is a Chicago-based Private Equity firm focused on leveraged buyouts and recapitalizations of niche companies with $10 to $40 million in revenue.

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