Stanford Edges Cal in Final Regular Season Dual Meet
Feb. 16, 2008
Stanford - No. 2 Stanford (7-1, 6-0 Pac-10) finished a second consecutive unbeaten Pac-10 dual meet campaign and won its 12th straight Pac-10 dual meet with a 177-123 victory over No. 8 California (5-2, 4-2 Pac-10) on Saturday afternoon at the Avery Aquatic Center.
Sophomore Lauren Boyle entered the record books with her performance against the Cardinal. After taking an early lead in the 1000-yard free, Boyle slipped to second place, behind Stanford's Elizabeth Durot. After 20 laps, Boyle fought back and pulled in the lead once again and crept further away from the pack and continued to extend her lead. In the final few laps, she was only racing the clock--and by the end, she had set a new Cal school record with a time of 9:42.14.
'It was definitely the excitement of the day--Stanford is always a competitive meet,' Boyle said. 'Compared to all the other dual meets, it's completely different. It's more like an NCAA or Pac-10 championship.'
Stanford's Julia Smit broke pool records in the 200 free, 500 free and in finishing off the 400 free relay for a foursome that also included Kate Dwelley, Breeden and Liz Smith. Smit excited a large and enthusiastic crowd on a pair of occasions when she broke Janet Evans' 18-year-old pool record with a personal-best and NCAA `A' time of 4:41.79 to take the 500 free and by holding off California's Hannah Wilson to claim victory in the 400 free relay as the Cardinal finished with a pool record and NCAA `A' time of 3:15.54. Smit won by comfortable margins in both her pool record 200 free (1:44.52) and 200 back (1:57.18) victories, recording NCAA `A' marks in both and the top time in the nation this season in the 200 free.
The Cardinal also set a pool record in the 200 medley relay to open the meet when Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy, Smith, Breeden and Bishop went an NCAA `A' time of 1:38.54 to edge a California foursome of Lauren Rogers, Emily Silver, Vollmer and Madison Kennedy that checked in with an NCAA `A' mark of 1:38.86 that also eclipsed the former pool record.
Rogers then broke the 100 back pool record two events later to win in an NCAA `A' time of 53.17, giving the Golden Bears victories in two of the meet's first four events.
Stanford took control of the meet by winning the next four events with victories from Kraemer (100 breast), Breeden (200 fly), Bishop (50 free) and Hostage (3-meter diving).
Vollmer was able to keep Elaine Breeden from sweeping the fly events when she broke a pool record to take the 100 fly in an NCAA `A' time of 51.79 and finish just two-tenths of a second ahead of Breeden.
Hostage wrapped up the diving competition during a swimming break with a 1-meter victory (286.65) before California's Rachel Ridgeway took the 200 IM (2:00.22, NCAA `A') to round out the individual swimming events.
Although the Cardinal had already clinched a meet victory, the 400 free relay that concluded the action was filled with drama. Vollmer put the Golden Bears ahead by .72 after the first leg by clocking a pool record and NCAA `A' 100 free leadoff split of 48.65. A strong second leg by Breeden (48.45) put the Cardinal back in front at the halfway point before Smith extended that lead to 0.74 with a third leg of 49.45 and handed the race off to Smit. Wilson surprisingly closed the gap on Smit to just .17 during their first 50 to put the Golden Bears but Smit regrouped and pulled away to give the Cardinal a final margin of an even 1.00.
Seniors from both teams were honored in a ceremony prior to their final regular season collegiate dual meet. Bishop, Elizabeth Durot and Katie Lampe were introduced for the Cardinal. Ridgeway, Silver and Kelly Stravers were recognized for the Golden Bears.