No. 3 Stanford Takes On No. 17 Arizona State Friday

Jan. 24, 2008

NEXT MEETS
Friday, January 25, 2008 (11 am, PT)
No. 17 Arizona State (8-1, 2-1 Pac-10) at No. 3 Stanford (2-1, 1-0 Pac-10)
Avery Aquatic Center • Stanford, CA

Saturday, January 26, 2008 (12 pm, PT)
No. 4 Arizona (8-0, 3-0 Pac-10) at No. 3 Stanford (2-1, 1-0 Pac-10)
Avery Aquatic Center • Stanford, CA
Notes: *Short-Course Yards Meets

BACK IN ACTION
The No. 3 Stanford (2-1, 1-0 Pac-10) women's swimming and diving team resumes action with a pair of Pac-10 dual meets this Friday and Saturday as No. 17 Arizona State (8-1, 2-1 Pac-10) and No. 4 undefeated Arizona (8-0, 3-0 Pac-10) travel west to the Bay Area. The Cardinal first takes on Arizona State on Friday at 11 am and will then face Arizona on Saturday at 12 pm. These meets will mark the first action for Stanford since December 1, when the Cardinal competed at the Texas Invitational.

STANFORD AND ARIZONA TWO OF THE NATION'S BEST, WHILE ASU GAINS NATIONAL RECOGNITION
Stanford and Arizona have perennially been two of the top teams in the nation. The Cardinal has won more NCAA (8) and national (9) titles than any other school, while the Wildcats are the defending Pac-10 champions and have finished in the top three at the NCAA Championships for the past three years. Last year Arizona finished second at the NCAA Championships, while the Cardinal rallied for a fourth place finish. Riding on the coattails of their senior captain, Caitlin Andrews, Arizona State has entered into the nation's top 20 according to the most recent collegeswimming.com national poll.

LAST YEAR'S RESULTS
Stanford extended its unbeaten streak last season in Arizona as the Cardinal rolled over the WIldcats (143-94), posting the fastest time in 12 out of the 13 events competed. The Cardinal then took down Arizona State, 170-122, winning 13 out of 16 events competed.

STANFORD RANKED NO. 3 IN MOST RECENT NATIONAL POLL
Stanford is ranked No. 3 in the most recent 2007-08 collegeswimming.com national poll behind Georgia and defending three-time national champions Auburn. Arizona, California, Texas A&M, Florida, Tennessee, Minnesota and North Carolina round out the Top 10.

STANFORD AUTOMATIC NCAA QUALIFICATIONS
The Stanford squad is coming off of a strong fall showing, culminating with a second place finish at the Texas Invitational in December and has achieved multiple NCAA 'A' standards going into conference competition.

Individuals - Time, National Ranking
Brooke Bishop - 50 Free (22.37, 3rd), 100 Free (48.70, 4th)
Elaine Breeden - 100 Fly (52.70, 2nd), 200 Fly (1:54.11, 1st), 200 IM (2:00.14, T 20th)
Caroline Bruce - 100 Breast (1:01.56, 9th), 200 Breast (2:11.53 6th), 200 IM (1:59.88, 16th)
Kate Dwelley- 100 Free (49.34, 24th, 200 Free (1:46.03, 8th), 100 fly (53.66, 17th)
Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthey- 100 Free (49.39, 26th)
Julia Smit- 50 Free (22.65, 10th), 100 Back (54.27, 14th), 200 Back (1:54.39, 3rd), 200 IM (1:56.74, 3rd), 400 IM (4:06.95, 2nd)

Relays - Time, National Ranking
200 free- 1:30.18, 5th
400 free- 3:15.29, 1st (New Stanford Record)
800 free- 7:17.08 (B), 6th (Avery Aquatics Center Record)
200 medley- 1:39.44, 2nd
400 medley- 3:38.13 (B), 2nd

DIVING
The Stanford diving team is also coming off of a strong pre-season, as the team prepares for conference competition. Freshman standout, Meg Hostage led the way at the most recent Texas Invitational finishing in the top 3 on both boards, while winning the platform competition. Other notable top ten finishes included Shana Karp (2nd, Platform), Hallie Ivester (5th, Platform), Sarah Ohr (6th, 3-Meter), Katie Lampe (7th, Platform), and Carmen Stellar (8th, Platform).

THE BIG FOUR
Stanford features the Big Four of Brooke Bishop, Elaine Breeden, Caroline Bruce and Julia Smit in 2007-08. The foursome combined to win 22 All-American honors at the NCAA Championship with a total of 11 in both individual events and as members of relay squads.
Brooke Bishop - Posted a solid 2007 NCAA meet with three individual All-American honors in the 50 free (5th-T), 100 back (6th-T) and 100 free (10th). She also added three more All-American honors by anchoring the 400 medley (3rd), 200 medley (4th) and 200 free (5th) relay squads. Bishop started the 2007-08 season with a win in the 100 back versus San Jose State. Bishop followed that up with three victories against Washington (50 free, 400 medley relay, 800 free relay).
Elaine Breeden - Had the top individual finish of the group at the 2007 NCAA meet when she won her first national collegiate title on the final day of the event in the 200 fly. Breeden was also second in the 100 fly and fifth in the 200 IM at the 2007 NCAA's, while adding All-American honors as a member of the 400 medley (3rd), 200 medley (4th) and 200 free (5th) relay squads. Breeden made her 2007-08 debut against Washington by helping the Cardinal win the 400 medley relay and also swimming in the 200 and 500 free after not competing in the season-opener against San Jose State due to injury.
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 at the 2007 NCAA Championships 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 in 2007 swimming the breast on the 200 and 400 medley relay teams. She started the 2007-08 campaign by being the only Stanford swimmer to win a pair of individual races in the season-opening meet versus San Jose State with 100 breast 200 back triumphs, while adding a third swimming the breast on Stanford's winning 200 medley relay squad. She followed that performance by winning the 200 breast and 400 medley relay against Washington.
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) at the 2007 NCAA Championships. 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. She started the season with victories in two events (200 breast, 1000 free) that she rarely swims and added another anchoring the winning 200 medley relay team against San Jose State. She returned to a more familiar event against Washington with a victory over U.S. National Team member Ariana Kukors in the 400 IM by recording a blistering early-season NCAA 'A' time of 4:09.97. Smit also played a big role in Stanford's 800 free relay pool record swim of 7:17.08 by swimming a leadoff 200 free NCAA 'B' mark of 1:47.92.

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) 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. Durot also has one career individual All-American honor to her credit in the 1650 free as a freshman in 2005. Andrea Axtell (200 back) and Madeline Rovira (400 medley relay) were All-Americans in 2005-06.

STANFORD WOMEN'S SWIMMING AND DIVING -- A HISTORY OF EXCELLENCE
• 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, 2001) 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 26 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 256-23 (.918), which includes a current string of 12 straight dual meet victories
• Stanford has been unbeaten in regular season dual meets 14 times with the most recent occasion its 10-0 record in 2006-07
• Stanford has never lost more than two dual meets in a season with the program in its 33rd season of existence

HEAD COACH LEA MAURER
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 25-3 (.893) 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 has started her third season in 2007-08 with victories over San Jose State and Washington. Stanford has now 12 straight dual meet wins with the two victories this season following Stanford's 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 set 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.

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.

STANFORD ALL-TIME TOP 10 PERFORMERS
Eight current Stanford swimmers rank among the school's all-time Top 10 performers. The names of the swimmers, along with the name of their event(s), ranking, short-course yards time and year of their performance are listed below (through meets of November 6, 2007).• Andrea Axtell - 200 back (#8, 1:56.80, 2006)
• Elaine Breeden - 200 fly (#1, 1:52.99, 2007) • 200 free relay (#1, 1:29.40) • 200 medley relay (1:37.71) • 100 fly (#2, 51.44, 2007), 200 IM (#4, 1:56.92, 2007)
• Brooke Bishop - 200 free relay (#1, 1:29.40) • 400 free relay (#1, 3:15.29) • 200 medley relay (1:37.71) • 100 free (#2, 48.38, 2006)* • 50 free (#3, 22.17, 2006/2007) • 100 back (#5, 53.49, 2007)* • 200 back (#6, 1:56.11, 2006)
• Caroline Bruce - 200 medley relay (1:37.71) • 100 breast (#2, 59.55, 2005), 200 breast (#2, 2:08.67, 2005), 400 IM (#5, 4:10.31, 2005), 200 IM (#6, 1:57.66, 2005)
• Elizabeth Durot - 500 free (#4, 4:41.47, 2007) • 200 free (#9, 1:46.84, 2005)* • 1650 free (#8, 16:12.97, 2005)
• Kate Dwelley - 400 free relay (#1, 3:15.29) • 100 free (#9, 49.34, 2007) • 200 free (#6, 1:46.06, 2007) • 100 fly (#10, 53.66, 2007)
• Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy - 200 free relay (#1, 1:29.40) • 400 free relay (#1, 3:15.29) • 200 medley relay (1:37.71)
• Julia Smit - 200 IM (#1, 1:55.38, 2007) • 400 free relay (#1, 3:15.29) • 200 free relay (#1, 1:29.40) • 400 IM (#2, 4:04.02, 2007) • 200 back (#2, 1:53.39, 2007) • 200 free (#3, 1:45.41, 2007)* • 50 free (#4, 22.39, 2007)* • 100 back (#6, 53.77)* • 100 free (#10, 49.35, 2007)* • 200 breast (#10, 2:14.50, 2007)
• Elizabeth Smith- 200 Breast (#9, 2:13.74, 2007)
• Laura Wadden - 200 fly (#10, 1:58.23, 2007)
*Relay Split

AVERY AQUATIC CENTER RECORDS
• 50 Free - Brooke Bishop, Stanford (22.58, 2006)
• 100 Free - Natalie Coughlin, California (48.89, 2002)
• 200 Free - Stephanie Williams, Georgia (1:46.55, 2001)
• 500 Free - Janet Evans, Stanford (4:42.05, 1990)
• 1000 Free - Janet Evans, Stanford (9:30.69, 1990)
• 1650 Free - Jennifer Hooker, MVN (16:05.21, 1978)
• 100 Back - Catherine Fox, Stanford (53.89, 1997)
• 200 Back - Lea Loveless, Stanford (1:55.77, 1994)
• 100 Breast - Tara Kirk, Stanford (59.74, 2002)
• 200 Breast - Agnes Kovacs, Arizona State (2:10.40, 2002)
• 100 Fly - Natalie Coughlin, California (52.35, 2002)
• 200 Fly - Limin Liu, Nevada (1:56.08, 1998)
• 200 IM - Julia Smit, Stanford (1:57.43, 2006)
• 400 IM - Summer Sanders, Stanford (4:08.52, 1992)
• 200 FR - Stanford - Smit, Breeden, O'Donnell-McCarthy, Bishop (1:32.18, 2006)
• 400 FR - California - Reilly, Andrews, Rogers, Silver (3:20.73, 2006)
• 800 FR - Stanford - Smit, Bishop, Spence, Dwelley (7:17.08, 2007)
• 200 MR - Stanford - Ripple, T. Kirk, Boutwell, Watchorn (1:40.87, 2002)• 400 MR - USC - Meyer, MacGregor, Campbell, Zhong (3:40.39, 1999)
*All Records Short-Course Yards; Bold indicates current Stanford student-athletes

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