No. 3 Stanford Starts Strong on Day One of Texas Invitational

Nov. 29, 2007

Austin, Texas - No. 3 Stanford starts the weekend off with a bang as the Cardinal swims to six individual NCAA automatic cuts, while qualifying the 200 free relay as well.

Senior Brooke Bishop started the night off right, anchoring the Cardinal's third place 200 free relay with the fastest split of the session at 21.97. Sophomore Julia Smit lead the way with a 22.65, missing the automatic cut in the 50 free by only.03 of a second. She was followed by junior Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy and freshman Kate Dwelley, as the relay finished with a 1:30.18, an NCAA `A' cut.

Elaine Breeden provided the next highlight by winning the 100 butterfly, also with an NCAA automatic time of 52.74, while Dwelley earned an individual NCAA `A' cut with a 53.66 swam in the preliminary sessions this morning. Breeden and Dwelley were two of eleven Stanford affiliates who earned a second swim in the 100 fly.

Smit earned her first individual automatic cut of the meet with a second place finish in the 200 IM, with a time of 1:56. 74, while senior Caroline Bruce also earned an individual `A' cut with a time of 1:59.88, which was good enough to earn her fourth place overall.

Bishop swam to her first individual NCAA `A' cut in the 50 freestyle finishing with a time of 22.51. Bishop was one of nine Stanford affiliates earning a second swim in the 50 freestyle.

The Cardinal's 400 Medley Relay swam to an impressive second place finish, missing the NCAA Automatic qualifying standard by a tenth, swimming to a final time of 3:38.13. Smit achieved her second individual NCAA `A' cut, leading off the relay with a time of 54.27. Smit was followed by Bruce (1:01.86), Breeden (52.90), and anchored by Bishop (49.10).

'We had one of the best first days of any invitational since I have been at Stanford. I keep handing them tough assignments and they continue to answer the charge.' Said Stanford Head Coach Lea Maurer. 'I am looking for each day to get better and better for the Cardinal. '

Other notable swims included NCAA `B' cuts swam by Whitney Spence, Elizabeth Durot, and Caitlin Reynolds in the 500 free with times of 4:46.48, 4:49.79 and 5:52.55, respectively. Sophomores Kelley Hug and Nilasha Ghosh swam to `B' cuts in the 100 fly with times of 54.29 and 55.00, respectively. Freshman Elizabeth Smith swam to a very strong `B' cut in the 200 IM with a time of 2:00.79, missing the `A' mark by less then half a second. While Ghosh and freshman Julie Smith swam consideration cuts in the 200 IM, with time of 2:02.77 and 2:03.76, respectively. O'Donnell-McCarthy achieved the teams final individual NCAA `B' standard with a time of 23.17.

Recent Stanford graduates Dana and Tara Kirk also competed in today swimming events finishing with fourth and fifth place finishes in the 100 fly (53.07 and 53.23), while also earning second swims in the 50 free (23.98 and 23.45).

Cardinal divers had a strong showing on the first day of the Texas Invitational. Freshman Meg Hostage led the Cardinal with a third place finish on 3-meter (297.50) while Junior Sarah Ohr placed 6th (249.70). Mary Yarrison (Texas) won the event with a score of 337.60.
Senior Katie Lampe (11th, 253.70), Shana Karp (20th, 234.65), Carmen Stellar (25th, 215.25), and Hallie Ivester (26th, 208.00) also competed for the Cardinal in the 3-meter prelims.

Stanford Divers will continue action Friday, November 30th, competing in the 1-meter. The preliminaries will begin at 12:30 pm, CT (10:30 am, PT).

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