No. 2 Stanford To Compete At NCAA Championships Thursday-Saturday

March 19, 2008


NEXT STANFORD MEET
2008 NCAA Championships, McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, Columbus, OH
Thursday-Saturday, March 20-22, 2008 (Prelims - 11 am, ET • Diving - 1:30 pm, ET • Finals - 7 pm, ET)
Thu. - 200 Free Relay • 500 Free • 200 IM • 50 Free • 1-M Diving • 400 Medley Relay
Fri. - 200 Medley Relay • 400 IM • 100 Fly • 200 Free • 100 Breast • 100 Back • 3-M Diving • 800 Free Relay^
Sat. - 1650 Free (Timed Finals) • 200 Back • 100 Free • 200 Breast • 200 Fly • Platform Diving • 400 Free Relay
^No Prelims; *Short-Course Yards Meet

A QUICK LOOK AT THE 2008 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
No. 2 Stanford (2nd Place at Pac-10 Championships, 7-1, 6-0 Pac-10) will compete at the 2008 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships this Thursday-Saturday, March 20-22. The event will be held at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on the campus of The Ohio State University. The Cardinal will be looking to take the title away from the one of two teams that have combined to win all nine of the national championships since Stanford was last a winner in 1998. Auburn has returned to the top in 2006 and 2007 and has won fiver of the last six national crowns. Georgia, who won the event for three consecutive years from 1999-2001 then picked up another in 2005. Georgia finished the 2007-08 regular season with a No. 1 dual meet ranking from collegeswimming.com followed by Stanford, Florida, Arizona, Auburn, Texas A&M, Tennessee, California, Minnesota and Virginia to round out the Top 10.

STANFORD ENDS REGULAR SEASON WITH 12 STRAIGHT PAC-10 WINS
Stanford has won its last 12 consecutive conference dual meets over the past two seasons. California is the last team to have defeated Stanford in a Pac-10 meet with its 169-131 victory over Stanford at the Avery Aquatic Center on February 11, 2006.

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, 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 26 straight top three national finishes from 1976-2002
• Stanford finished second at the Pac-10 Championships this season for the second consecutive year and has won 16 of the 22 league meets since the event began in 1987 (1987-99, 2002, 2004-05)
• Stanford has an all-time dual meet record of 261-24 (.916)
• Stanford has been unbeaten in regular season dual meets 14 times with its most recent occasion its 10-0 record this season
• Stanford has a current string of 12 straight Pac-10 dual meet victories
• Stanford has never lost more than two dual meets in a season with the program in 34 seasons of existence

STANFORD IN 2007-08
Stanford started the 2007-08 campaign back on October 5 with a 191-99 victory over San Jose State. The Cardinal came back with a 116-89 victory over Washington on November 3 before dropping its only regular season dual meet at Georgia by a close 156-144 count six days later on November 9. Stanford was second for the first of two times on the season to Arizona at the Texas Invitational from November 29 - December 1 to end the fall portion of its schedule. The team roared back into action with five consecutive convincing dual meet victories over Arizona State (184-110, January 25) and Arizona (174-126, January 26), at UCLA (166-133, February 1) and USC (180-120, February 2) and against California (177-123, February 16) before taking second to Arizona again at the Pac-10 Championships (February 27 - March 1).

2008 NCAA Championships
Stanford Event-By-Event Previews

Day 1 (Events 1-6) - Thursday, March 20, 2008

EVENT 1 - 200 FREE RELAY
Stanford has the No. 10 seed in the event after a team of Kate Dwelley, Elaine Breeden, Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy and Brooke Bishop took fourth at the Pac-10 Championships with Stanford's qualifying time of 1:29.84 that was just a bit shy of the school record time of 1:29.40 set by Julia Smit, Breeden, O'Donnell-McCarthy and Bishop during 2007 NCAA prelim action.
Stanford's NCAA History: Stanford took fifth at the 2007 NCAA Championships when a team of Smit, Breeden, O'Donnell-McCarthy and Bishop clocked a 1:29.57 in the finals. Stanford has won the national title in the event five times, most recently in 1994.

EVENT 2 - 500 FREE
Stanford has two swimmers qualified for the 500 free but both will need to move up significantly to score points in the event. Whitney Spence, the seventh place finisher in the 500 free at the Pac-10's, is seeded No. 29 with the qualifying time of 4:45.07 she swam in a dual meet against California on February 16. Elizabeth Durot, a three-time Pac-10 finalist and 2007 conference champion in the event, comes in at No. 40 after going 4:47.43 in the Pac-10 prelims before finishing ninth. Durot is capable as she showed with a time of 4:41.47 to win the 2007 Pac-10's that makes her Stanford's No. 4 all-time performer in the event. A pair of Stanford swimmers -- Kate Dwelley (4:41.67) and Julia Smit (4:41.74) -- have better times than either Spence or Durot this season but are being used in other events.
Stanford's NCAA History: Spence and Durot are both NCAA veterans in the event. Spence just missed out on scoring in 2007 when she placed 17th. Durot has participated in the event in each of her first three seasons on The Farm, finishing as high as 18th in her 2005 rookie campaign and taking 44th last year. Stanford has won the event seven times at the NCAA level, most recently with Jessica Foschi's victory in 2001, while also including two in a row from Janet Evans (1990-91) and three straight by Marybeth Linzmeier (1982-84). Evans' time of 4:34.39 recorded to win in 1990 still stands as the American record.

EVENT 3 - 200 IM
Stanford is set up to score big points in the 200 IM with five of the top 28 qualifiers and four of the top 10 performers in school history entered into the event. Elaine Breeden (#5, 1:56.45) and Julia Smit (#6, 1:56.65) lead the way after taking second and third at the 2008 Pac-10 Championships, respectively. Breeden picked up her top time of the season at the Pac-10's, while Smit recorded her mark in a dual meet versus Arizona on January 26. Smit broke Stanford's school record when she went 1:55.38 to win the 2007 Pac-10's, while Breeden is No. 4 with her 1:56.45 this season. Not far behind Breeden and Smit are freshman sensations Liz Smith and Kate Dwelley. Smith was seventh at the Pac-10's after recording her NCAA qualifying time of 1:58.43 in the conference prelims that also makes her No. 9 on Stanford's all-time list. Dwelley went 1:58.98 in an exhibition swim at the league meet. Opponents will also need to be wary of Caroline Bruce, who is entered in the event as the #28 seed after going 1:59.88 at the Texas Invitational last November 29. Bruce was third at the event at the 2005 NCAA Championships as a rookie when she clocked a 1:57.66 that makes her No. 6 all-time at Stanford.
Stanford's NCAA History: Smit and Breeden made strong showings for Stanford at the 2007 NCAA's by finishing third and fifth, respectively. Bruce was 18th. Stanford has won the event five times in school history with Jenny Thompson's 1995 victory the latest.

EVENT 4 - 50 FREE
Brooke Bishop will make her fourth and final appearance in the event after reaching the championship finals each of the last two years and the consolation finals as a 2005 rookie. Bishop, who finished as high as third at the 2006 NCAA's, will have a challenge to get back to the championship finals for a third straight year though as she enters her final NCAA meet ranked No. 14 in the event with a time of 22.37 she recorded back on November 29 at the Texas Invitational. Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy, who tied for 54th at the 2006 NCAA's, is also entered in the event at No. 52 after going 22.96 in the Pac-10 prelims before finishing 15th while swimming the consolation finals.
Stanford's NCAA History: Stanford has had an NCAA finalist in the event each of the last four seasons with Bishop tying for fifth last season and taking third in 2006 preceded by a pair of seventh-place finishes by Lacey Boutwell in 2004 and 2005. Stanford has won the event eight times with a three-peat by Catherine Fox from 1997-99 providing for the last three. Jenny Thompson picked up two in a row from 1992-93, Jenna Johnson won two in a row from 1986-87 after Krissie Bush captured Stanford's first 50 free NCAA title in 1984.

EVENT 5 - 1-METER DIVING
Three Stanford divers have big shoes to fill in trying to replace 2007 NCAA champion Cassidy Krug. The Cardinal will feature a pair of 2008 postseason champions trying to accomplish the task in Pac-10 champion Sarah Ohr and NCAA Zone E winner Meg Hostage. Shana Karp, who is Stanford's only NCAA veteran in the event with a 39th place showing in 2007, was fifth at this year's Pac-10's and 13th at the NCAA Zone E Meet.
Stanford's NCAA History: Cassidy Krug became Stanford's first NCAA winner of the event with her 2007 victory.

EVENT 6 - 400 MEDLEY RELAY
Stanford is sixth heading into the event with a seed time of 3:34.90. Stanford was fourth at the Pac-10 Meet when a team of Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy, Liz Smith, Elaine Breeden and Brooke Bishop checked in with a time of 3:36.13.
Stanford's NCAA History: Stanford has finished no worse than fourth in the event for each of the past five years since Stanford won its most recent title with back-to-back victories in 2001 and 2002. Stanford has won the event nine times at the NCAA level.

Day 2 (Events 7-14) - Friday, March 21, 2008

EVENT 7 - 200 MEDLEY RELAY
Stanford has the nation's third-seeded 200 medley relay squad after a team of Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy, Liz Smith, Elaine Breeden and Brooke Bishop set a new school record of 1:37.57 during a second place finish at the 2008 Pac-10 Championships.
Stanford's NCAA History: Stanford has won this event more than any other at the NCAA's (11), most recently in back-to-back fashion in 2001 and 2002. Last year, Stanford was fourth in a time of 1:38.37 with a team of Caroline Rodriguez, Caroline Bruce, Breeden and Bishop.

EVENT 8 - 400 IM
Julia Smit is Stanford's only entry in the event but comes in as the No. 4 seed and has a legitimate chance to win the event. Smit recorded her best time of the season (4:06.95) at the Texas Invitational back on November 29 and lost by 2.80 seconds to national top seed Ari Kukors of Washington during Smit's second place finish at the 2008 Pac-10's. But, Smit did break the Pac-10 Meet record and ranks second on Stanford's all-time list of top performers with the 4:04.02 mark she put up to win the 2007 Pac-10 title that is faster than Kukors' 4:04.68 qualifying time this year. She also beat Kukors head-to-head when two raced earlier this season in a dual meet at Stanford on November 3.
Stanford's NCAA History: Smit and Kristen Caverly have given the Cardinal third place finishers each of the last two seasons. Stanford has not had a winner in the event since Sanders captured her second straight and Stanford's fourth consecutive title when she set her American record that still stands the last time the Cardinal won the event in 1992.

EVENT 9 - 100 FLY
Elaine Breeden is looking to add an NCAA title in the 100 fly to her resume after winning the 200 fly at the national level in 2007. Breeden comes in seeded fourth with two of the three swimmers in front of her -- California's Dana Vollmer and Arizona State's Caitlin Andrew -- from the Pac-10. Breeden was competitive with both of her conference foes at the Pac-10 meet, checking in with a time of 51.75 compared to Vollmer's winning 51.25 and Andrew's second place 51.68. Breeden will also have to get by national top seed Christine Magnuson (Tennessee) to claim the victory. Magnuson comes in with a qualifying time of 51.00. In addition, Breeden is shooting for Misty Hyman's school record (51.34) that she fell just short of while taking second at the 2007 Pac-10's. Laura Wadden (#42, 54.34) is also entered for the Cardinal.
Stanford's NCAA History: Stanford's history in the 100 free includes eight NCAA titles with Misty Hyman (1998, '99), Jenny Thompson (1994, '95), Janel Jorgensen (1990, '93) and Jenna Johnson (1986, '89) all winning two each. Prior to Breeden's second place finish to Vollmer at the 2007 NCAA's, Dana Kirk has been Stanford's face of the 100 fly by reaching the championship finals of the NCAA's in each of the previous four years. Kirk was sixth as a freshman in 2003 before moving up to second in 2004, dropping back to fifth in 2005 and finally moving back up to third in 2006.

EVENT 10 - 200 FREE
Stanford's new face in the 200 free is rookie Kate Dwelley, who comes into the event seeded No. 7 with the time of 1:45.09 she swam to win the 2008 Pac-10 title. Whitney Spence (#41, 1:47.57) and Elizabeth Durot (#61T, 1:48.73) are also entered for Stanford.
Stanford's NCAA History: Stanford has not scored in the event for the last three seasons with Desiree Stahley's 20th place showing in 2007 the team's best. Marybeth Linzmeier won both of Stanford's NCAA titles in the event, taking crowns in 1982 and 1984.

EVENT 11 - 100 BREAST
Stanford will feature three of the Top 15 seeds in the 100 breast in Caroline Bruce (#7, 1:00.56), Liz Smith (#11, 1:00.91) and Kerry Kraemer (#14T, 1:01.32). Bruce, who won the event at the 2005 NCAA's but then missed the 2006 NCAA Meet due to an injury, had a promising third place showing at the 2008 Pac-10's. Smith recorded her qualifying time during an exhibition swim at the Pac-10's, while Kraemer was ninth at the Pac-10 after recording her NCAA qualifying time in a dual meet against California on February 16. All three of them may have a hard time catching USC's Rebecca Soni, who owns a top time this season of 58.54.
Stanford's NCAA History: Caroline Bruce was 10th in the event for the Cardinal at the 2007 NCAA's but Stanford has not had a championship finalist since Bruce's victory in 2005 extended four consecutive wins by Tara Kirk (2001-04). Bruce checked in with a time of 59.55 in 2005 to make her the No. 2 all-time performer in the event at Stanford behind the 58.41 Kirk swam to set an American record in 2003. Kirk also set a world short-course meters record in the event in 2004 with a time of 1:04.79 and continues to hold the NCAA Meet Record (58.62) she established in 2003. Stanford had won the event just once (Lori Heisick, 1991) before Kirk's reign.

EVENT 12 - 100 BACK
The 100 back will be a key event for Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy (#16T, 53.89) and Brooke Bishop (#24T, 54.24) to try to score points in for the Cardinal. O'Donnell-McCarthy hopes for a tremendous improvement upon her 46th place showing at the 2007 NCAA's, while Bishop hopes to regain the form that placed her tied for sixth nationally in 2007 after recording her NCAA qualifying time to take fifth and edge the seventh place O'Donnell-McCarthy at the 2008 Pac-10's.
Stanford's NCAA History: Bishop has been an NCAA championship finalist each of the last two seasons, taking fifth in the 100 back at the 2006 NCAA's before tying for sixth a year ago. Stanford has won the event six times at the NCAA's with the first three by current head coach Lea Maurer (formerly Loveless) from 1992-94. Jessica Tong added an NCAA title in 1996, before Catherine Fox won it back-to-back in 1997 and 1998.

EVENT 13 - 3-METER DIVING
Once again, Stanford will be replacing 2007 NCAA champion Cassidy Krug with the trio of Meg Hostage, Shana Karp and Sarah Ohr. Hostage won the Pac-10 Meet in the event, while taking second at the NCAA Zone E's. Ohr was fifth at the Pac-10's and eighth at Zones, while Karp was 12th at Zones and 20th at Pac-10's.
Stanford's NCAA History: Krug won the 2007 title and earned three of her seven career All-American honors in the 3-meter. Eileen Richetelli won Stanford's other two titles in the event in back-to-back fashion in 1992 and 1993.

EVENT 14 - 800 FREE RELAY
Stanford is seeded fourth in the 800 free relay with a seed time of 7:04.60 that is just .54 seconds off the school record set way back in 1992.
Stanford's NCAA History: Stanford moved up seven spots to seventh after finishing a disappointing 14th at the 2006 NCAA's. Stanford has won the race eight times at the NCAA's, most recently in 1999 with a group Misty Hyman, Gabrielle Rose, Sylvia Berekneyi and Catherine Fox.

Day 3 (Events 15-21) - Saturday, March 22, 2008

EVENT 15 - 1650 FREE
Elizabeth Durot is Stanford's lone entry in the event and comes into the NCAA Meet fresh off the top time of her career (16:05.92) that she recorded to finish second at the 2008 Pac-10 Championships and become the No. 5 all-time performer at Stanford in the event. Durot is also a three-year veteran in the event at the NCAA level, finishing as high as 10th during her freshman campaign in 2005 to earn All-American honors and taking 36th at the 2007 NCAA's.
Stanford's NCAA History: Stanford has not scored in the event since Lauren Costella was sixth and Durot took 10th in 2005. Desiree Stahley was Stanford's top finisher in 2007 when she finished just out of the points with an 18th place showing. Stanford also did not have a participant in the event in either 2003 or 2004. Stanford has won the event five times but not since Janet Evans won on back-to-back occasions in 1990 and 1991 with the time of 15:39.14 she recorded for her first NCAA win still an American record. Marybeth Linzmeier posted the first three Cardinal victories in the event for three consecutive seasons from 1982-84.

EVENT 16 - 200 BACK
Julia Smit was second at the 2007 NCAA's in the event but is seeded just eighth with her 1:54.39 qualifying time that she recorded back at the Texas Invitational last November 29. Smit, who is Stanford's only entry, was third in the event at the 2008 Pac-10 Championships with a time of 1:57.02.
Stanford's NCAA History: Smit's second place finish in 2007 marked the first time a Cardinal swimmer had reached the championship finals at the NCAA's since Shelly Ripple took second in 2000. Stanford has won the event twice at the NCAA level with Lea Loveless taking the title in 1993 and Misty Hyman winning in 1998.

EVENT 17 - 100 FREE
The event will mark the final individual collegiate races for Brooke Bishop, who will come into the meet tied for 11th on the psyche sheet and looking to reach the championship finals in the event for the first time in her career after a 10th place finish last year. Bishop was Stanford's top finisher in the event at the 2008 Pac-10's with a seventh place showing and also Stanford's No. 2 all-time performer with the 48.38 relay split she swam to lead off the Cardinal 400 free relay team at the 2006 NCAA's. Kate Dwelley (#25, 49.22) and Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy (#36T, 49.39) are also entered for the Cardinal.
Stanford's NCAA History: Bishop's 10th place showing in 2007 marked the first time the Cardinal had scored in the event since Lacey Boutwell made appearances in the finals for four consecutive seasons from 2002-05. Stanford does have a strong history in the event at the national level and has won a national title on seven occasions, including four in a row by Jenny Thompson from 1992-95 that became five straight when Claudia Franco added Stanford's most recent title in 1996. Jenna Johnson won the first two for Stanford in 1986 and 1987.

EVENT 18 - 200 BREAST
Stanford is loaded in the 200 breast for the 2008 NCAA Championships with second-seeded Liz Smith (2:09.11) and fourth-seeded Caroline Bruce (2:10.51). Smith has had an amazing rookie season on The Farm but has her work cut out for her if she hopes to upset top-seeded Rebecca Soni, who broke the NCAA record and beat the second place Smith by 3.68 seconds to win the 2008 Pac-10 title when she clocked a 2:06.11 at this season's conference meet. Smit's qualifying time actually came in the final dual meet of the regular season against California but is still a full three seconds off Soni's Pac-10 time. Bruce, who actually won the event at the 2005 NCAA's and finished third in 2007, hopes to use that NCAA experience to make a run at Soni. She also won the event in both 2005 and 2007 at the Pac-10 Championships and ranks as Stanford's No. 2 all-time performer in the event with a top time of 2:08.67. Kerry Kraemer (#31T, 2:14.38) will also be swimming the event.
Stanford's NCAA History: Bruce's third place effort in 2007 and a fifth place showing by Kristen Caverly in 2006 followed four consecutive NCAA titles from 2002-05 with Bruce taking the 2005 crown in her 2:08.67 time. Tara Kirk had dominated the event at the national level over her final three years (2002-04) with a run that was highlighted by a short-course meters world record in 2004 (1:04.79). Stanford has won the event six times with Susan Rapp (1984, '87) and Jill Johnson (1990) preceding Kirk's three-year run.

EVENT 19 - 200 FLY
Elaine Breeden is Stanford's lone returning NCAA individual winner after taking the event in 2007 and is the top seed again this year after breaking her own school record and a Pac-10 Meet mark with a 1:52.27 to capture her second conference title in as many years. She is expected to continue a long-standing rivalry with California's Dana Vollmer in the event after edging her by one-tenth of a second to win this year's league crown and also defeating her in a dual meet during the regular season but needing to come from behind in the final 50 yards on both occasions. Laura Wadden (#27, 1:59.03) and Whitney Spence (#39T, 2:00.31) are also both competing in the event for the second consecutive season.
Stanford's NCAA History: Wadden supported Breeden's winning performance last season by scoring with a 15th place effort of her own, while Spence was 41st. Stanford's strong reputation for fliers includes eighth champions in the 200 with two each by Janel Jorgensen (1990, 1993), Summer Sanders (1991, 1992) and Misty Hyman (1998, 2001), as well as one apiece by Ripple (2002) and Breeden (2007). Dana Kirk also made a run at a national title but came up shy despite four consecutive Top 10 national finishes from 2003-06.

EVENT 20 - PLATFORM DIVING
Stanford will feature a pair of divers with high 2008 postseason platform finishes to their credit in NCAA Zone E champion Meg Hostage and Shana Karp, who was second at both the 2008 Pac-10 and NCAA Zone E competitions. Sarah Ohr, who was ninth in the event at the 2008 Pac-10's and 18th at the NCAA Zone E's, is also qualified.
Stanford's NCAA History: Karp was the first Stanford diver to compete in the event since Sara Bowling earned All-American honors with a seventh-place finish in 2004. Karp captured her first All-American honors in 2007 by taking 14th as Stanford's only entrant. Erin Sones won the event in 2001, while Eileen Richetelli captured three NCAA crowns (1992-93, '95) during her collegiate career.

EVENT 21 - 400 FREE RELAY
Stanford has the fourth-seeded 400 free relay team after a foursome of Kate Dwelley, Julia Smit, Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy and Brooke Bishop broke the school record with a time of 3:15.29 at the Texas Invitational last November 29.
Stanford's NCAA History: Stanford has been ninth at the NCAA's by winning the consolation finals each of the past two years. Bishop has been on both teams, while Smith and Breeden were also members of the 2007 squad. Stanford has won the race at the NCAA's seven times with Gabrielle Rose, Jessica Amey, Claudio Franco and Catherine Fox the most recent to accomplish the feat in 1997, capping off a string of four straight national titles for the Cardinal.

NCAA Championships Swimmer And Diver Biographies
(For additional information, please refer to the 2007-08 media guide)

Brooke Bishop • Sr. • Los Altos, CA (Mountain View HS/Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics)
2008 NCAA Individual Events (Seed, Qualifying Time): 100 Free (#11T, 48.70) • 50 Free (#14T, 22.37) • 100 Back (#24T, 54.24)
Collegiate All-American (13): 2007 (6): 400 Medley Relay (3rd) • 200 Medley Relay (4th) • 200 Free Relay (5th) • 50 Free (5th-T) • 100 Back (6th-T) • 100 Free (10th) -- 2006 (3): 50 Free (3rd) • 100 Back (5th) • 400 Medley Relay (6th) -- 2005 (4): 400 Medley Relay (3rd) • 200 Medley Relay (4th) • 200 Free Relay (6th) • 50 Free (11th)
Pac-10 Champion (4): 2007 (1): 200 Medley Relay -- 2006 (1): 50 Free -- 2005 (2): 200 Medley Relay • 400 Medley Relay
Stanford All-Time Top 10 Rankings/Personal-Best SCY Time: 200 Free Relay (#1, 1:29.48, 2007) • 400 Free Relay (#1, 3:15.29, 2008) • 200 Medley Relay (#1, 1:37.57, 2007) • 100 Free (#2, 48.38 Relay Split, 2006) • 50 Free (#3, 22.17, 2006/2007) • 100 Back (#5, 53.49, 2006) • 200 Back (#6, 1:56.11, 2006)
2008 Pac-10 Championships: 200 Medley Relay (2nd, 1:37.57) • 400 Free Relay (3rd, 3:16.00) • 50 Free (4th, 22.45) • 200 Free Relay (4th, 1:29.84) • 400 Medley Relay (#4, 3:36.13) • 100 Back (#5, 54.24) • 100 Free (7th, 49.02)

Elaine Breeden • So. • Lexington, KY (Trinity Christian Academy/Wildcat Aquatics)
2008 NCAA Individual Events (Seed, Qualifying Time): 200 Fly (#1, 1:52.27) • 100 Fly (#4, 51.75) • 200 IM (#5, 1:56.45)
NCAA Champion (1): 2007 (1): 200 Fly
Collegiate All-American (6): 2007 (6): 200 Fly (1st) • 100 Fly (2nd) • 400 Medley Relay (3rd) • 200 Medley Relay (4th) • 200 IM (5th) • 200 Free Relay (5th)
Pac-10 Champion (3): 2008 (1): 200 Fly -- 2007 (2): 200 Fly • 200 Medley Relay
Stanford All-Time Top 10 Rankings/Personal-Best SCY Time: 200 Fly (#1, 1:52.27, 2008) • 200 Free Relay (#1, 1:29.48, 2007) • 200 Medley Relay (#1, 1:37.57, 2007) • 100 Fly (#2, 51.44, 2007) • 200 IM (#4, 1:56.45, 2007)
2008 Pac-10 Championships: 100 Fly (1st, 1:52.27) • 200 IM (2nd, 1:56.45) • 200 Medley Relay (2nd, 1:37.57) • 100 Fly (3rd, 51.75) • 400 Free Relay (3rd, 3:16.00) • 200 Free Relay (4th, 1:29.84) • 400 Medley Relay (4th, 3:36.13) • 50 Free (Exhibition, 22.88)

Caroline Bruce • Jr. • Wichita, KS (Trinity Academy/Wichita Swim Club)
2008 NCAA Individual Events (Seed, Qualifying Time): 200 Breast (#4, 2:10.51) • 100 Breast (#7, #1:00.56) • 200 IM (#28, 1:59.88)
NCAA Champion (2): 2005 (2): 100 Breast • 200 Breast
Collegiate All-American (9): 2007 (4): 200 Breast (3rd) • 400 Medley Relay (3rd) • 200 Medley Relay (4th) • 100 Breast (10th) -- 2005 (5): 100 Breast (1st) • 200 Breast (1st) • 200 IM (3rd) • 400 Medley Relay (3rd) • 200 Medley Relay (4th)
Pac-10 Champion (7): 2007 (2): 200 Breast • 200 Medley Relay -- 2005 (5): 200 Breast • 200 IM • 400 IM • 200 Medley Relay • 400 Medley Relay
Stanford All-Time Top 10 Rankings/Personal-Best SCY Time: 100 Breast (#2, 59.55, 2005) • 200 Breast (#2, 2:08.67, 2005) • 200 IM (#6, 1:57.66, 2005) • 400 IM (#6, 4:10.31, 2005)
2008 Pac-10 Championships: 100 Breast (3rd, 1:00.56) • 200 Breast (3rd, 2:10.51) • 100 Back (24th, 59.10, 56.43 prelims)

Elizabeth Durot • Sr. • Atlanta, GA (Marist School/Dynamo Swim Club)
2008 NCAA Individual Events (Seed, Qualifying Time): 1650 Free (#8, 16:05.92) • 500 Free (#40, 4:47.83) • 200 Free (#61T, 1:48.73)
Collegiate All-American (1): 2005 (1): 1650 Free (10th)
Pac-10 Champion (1): 2007 (1): 500 Free
Stanford All-Time Top 10 Rankings/Personal-Best SCY Time: 1650 Free (#5, 16:05.92, 2008) • 500 Free (#7, 4:41.47, 2007) • 200 Free (#9, 1:46.84, Relay Split, 2005)
2008 Pac-10 Championships: 1650 Free (2nd, 16:05.92) • 800 Free Relay (2nd, 7:05.70) • 500 Free (9th, 4:48.50, 4:47.83 prelims) • 200 Free (24th, 1:51.26, 1:50.15 prelims)

Kate Dwelley • Fr. • Brentwood, CA (Liberty HS/Parkway Swim Club)
2008 NCAA Individual Events (Seed, Qualifying Time):
200 Free (#7, 1:45.09) • 200 IM (#18T, 1:58.98) • 100 Free (#25, 49.22)
Pac-10 Champion (1): 2008 (1): 200 Free
Stanford All-Time Top 10 Rankings/Personal-Best SCY Time: 400 Free Relay (#1, 3:15.29, 2008) • 200 Free (#3, 1:45.09, 2008) • 500 Free (#5, 4:41.67, 2008) • 50 Free (#8, 22.70, 2008) • 100 Free (#9, 49.22, 2008) • 100 Fly (#10, 53.66, 2007)
2008 Pac-10 Championships: 200 Free (1st, 1:45.09) • 500 Free (2nd, 4:41.67) • 800 Free Relay (2nd, 7:05.70) • 400 Free Relay (3rd, 3:16.00) • 200 Free Relay (4th, 1:29.84) • 100 Free (8th, 49.22) • 200 IM (Exhibition, 1:58.98)

Meg Hostage • Fr. • Potomac, MD (Academy of the Holy Cross/Montgomery Dive Club)
2008 NCAA Individual Events:
1-Meter Diving • 3-Meter Diving • Platform Diving
Pac-10 Champion (1): 2008 (1): 3-Meter
2008 NCAA Zone E Championships: 1-Meter (1st, 577.05) • Platform Diving (1st, 541.90) • 3-Meter (2nd, 602.45)
2008 Pac-10 Championships: 3-Meter (1st, 300.90) • 1-Meter (2nd, 289.25) • Platform (11th, 209.50)

Shana Karp • So. • Chevy Chase, MD (Betheda-Chevy Chase HS/Montgomery Dive Club)
2008 NCAA Individual Events:
1-Meter Diving • 3-Meter Diving • Platform Diving
2008 NCAA Zone E Championships: Platform Diving (2nd, 531.15) • 3-Meter (12th, 510.20) • 1-Meter Diving (13th, 469.05)
2008 Pac-10 Championships: Platform (2nd, 264.80) • 1-Meter (5th, 260.90) • 3-Meter (20th, 237.20)

Kerry Kraemer • Fr. • Burnsville, MN (Black Dog Swim Club)
2008 NCAA Individual Events (Seed, Qualifying Time):
100 Breast (#14T, 1:01.32) • 200 Breast (#31T, 2:14.38)
Stanford All-Time Top 10 Rankings/Personal-Best SCY Time: 100 Breast (#5, 1:01.32, 2008) • 200 Breast (#10, 2:14.38, 2008)
2008 Pac-10 Championships: 100 Breast (9th, 1:02.14) • 200 Breast (11th, 2:15.94, 2:14.62 prelims) • 200 IM (29th, 2:04.01 prelims) • 200 Free Relay (Exhibition, 1:42.48)

Fionna O'Donnell-McCarthy • Jr. • Cleveland, OH (Hawken School/Lake Erie Silver Dolphins/DeAnza Cupertino Aquatics)
2008 NCAA Individual Events (Seed, Qualifying Time): 100 Back (#16T, 53.89) • 100 Free (#36T, 49.39) • 50 Free (#52, 22.96)
Pac-10 Champion (1): 2007 (1): 200 Medley Relay
Stanford All-Time Top 10 Rankings/Personal-Best SCY Time: 200 Free Relay (#1, 1:29.48, 2007) • 400 Free Relay (#1, 3:15.29, 2008) • 200 Medley Relay (#1, 1:37.57, 2007) • 100 Back (#8, 53.89)
2008 Pac-10 Championships: 200 Medley Relay (2nd, 1:37.57) • 200 Free Relay (4th, 1:29.84) • 400 Medley Relay (4th, 3:36.13) • 100 Back (7th, 54.38, 54.11 prelims) • 50 Free (15th, 22.99, 22.96 prelims) • 100 Free (20th, 50.54) • 400 Free Relay (Exhibition, 3:21.87)

Sarah Ohr • Jr. • Kennesaw, GA (Harrison HS/Atlanta Diving)
2008 NCAA Individual Events:
1-Meter Diving • 3-Meter Diving • Platform Diving
Pac-10 Champion (1): 2008 (1): 1-Meter
2008 NCAA Zone E Championships: 1-Meter Diving (4th, 507.10) • 3-Meter (8th, 523.95) • Platform (18th, 386.70)
2008 Pac-10 Championships: 1-Meter (1st, 302.25) • 3-Meter (5th, 285.50) • Platform (9th, 221.85)

Julia Smit • So. • Mt. Sinai, NY (Mt. Sinai HS/Three Village Swim Club)
2008 NCAA Individual Events (Seed, Qualifying Time):
400 IM (#4, 4:06.95) • 200 IM (#6, 1:56.65) • 200 Back (#8, 1:54.39)
Pac-10 Champion (3): 2007 (3): 200 Back • 200 IM • 400 IM
Stanford All-Time Top 10 Rankings/Personal-Best SCY Time: 200 IM (#1, 1:55.38, 2007) • 400 IM (#1, 4:04.02, 2007) • 200 Free Relay (#1, 1:29.48, 2007) • 400 Free Relay (#1, 3:15.29, 2008) • 200 Back (#2, 1:53.39, 2007) • 200 Free (#2, 1:44.52, 2008) • 50 Free (#4, 22.39, Relay Split, 2007) • 100 Back (#6, 53.77, Relay Split, 2007) • 100 Free (#10, 49.35, Relay Split, 2007)
2008 Pac-10 Championships: 400 IM (2nd, 4:08.09) • 800 Free Relay (2nd, 7:05.70) • 200 Back (3rd, 1:57.02) • 200 IM (3rd, 1:57.03)

Liz Smith • Fr. • Ballwin, MO (Parkway South HS/Parkway Swim Club)
2008 NCAA Individual Events (Seed, Qualifying Time):
200 Breast (#2, 2:09.11) • 100 Breast (#11, 1:00.91) • 200 IM (#12, 1:58.43)
Stanford All-Time Top 10 Rankings/Personal-Best SCY Time: 200 Breast (#3, 2:09.11, 2008) • 100 Breast (#4, 1:00.91, 2008), 400 IM (4th, 4:09.70) • 200 IM (9th, 1:58.43)
2008 Pac-10 Championships: 200 Breast (2nd, 2:09.79) • 200 Medley Relay (2nd, 1:37.57) • 400 IM (3rd, 4:09.70) • 400 Free Relay (3rd, 3:16.00) • 400 Medley Relay (4th, 3:36.13) • 200 IM (7th, 1:59.07, 1:58.43 prelims) • 100 Breast (Exhibition, 1:00.91 prelims)

Whitney Spence • So. • San Diego, CA (Mt. Carmel HS/Pacific Swim Club)
2008 NCAA Individual Events (Seed, Qualifying Time):
500 Free (#29, 4:45.07) • 200 Fly (#39T, 2:00.31) • 200 Free (#41, 1:47.57)
2008 Pac-10 Championships: 800 Free Relay (2nd, 7:05.70) • 500 Free (7th, 4:47.90, 4:47.76 prelims) • 200 Free (8th, 1:48.97, 1:47.84 prelims) • 200 Fly (13th, 2:00.91, 2:00.31 prelims) • 400 Free Relay (Exhibition, 3:21.87)

Laura Wadden • Jr. • Evanston, IL (Evanston Township HS/Wildkit Swimming Organization)
2008 NCAA Individual Events (Seed, Qualifying Time):
200 Fly (#27, 1:59.03) • 100 Fly (#42, 54.34)
Stanford All-Time Top 10 Rankings/Personal-Best SCY Time: 200 Fly (#10, 1:58.23, 2007)
2008 Pac-10 Championships: 200 Back (6th, 1:58.56, 1:58.14 prelims) • 200 Fly (8th, 2:01.01, 1:59.98 prelims) • 100 Fly (16th, 54.34) • 200 IM (Exhibition, 2:03.22 prelims) • 200 Free Relay (Exhibition, 1:33.25) • 200 Medley Relay (Exhibition, 1:42.88)

STANFORD COACHING STAFF - SWIMMING

Lea Maurer - HEAD COACH
Lea Maurer is in her third season as the head coach of the Stanford women's swimming and diving program in 2007-08. Maurer's first three teams have performed well both during the postseason and the regular season dual meet campaign.

At the NCAA Championships, her first squad was fifth at the 2005 NCAA's before last year's squad moved up to fourth with 11 swimmers and divers combining for a total of 42 All-American honors during the period.

Her teams were second at the conference meet in both 2008 and 2007 after a third place finish in 2006.

During her first three seasons on the job, she has posted a 30-3 (.909) dual meet record and her swimmers are unbeaten against Pac-10 squads in dual meets each of the past two campaigns and have won 13 straight meets overall against league foes. Her 2006-07 squad was a perfect 10-0 in all dual meets, while her 2005-06 team set a new school record for dual meet wins and was 13-2 overall.

The 2006-07 squad's fourth place finish at the NCAA Championships was its highest finish since taking third in 2001-02. Stanford had 12 swimmers and divers combine for 28 All-American honors. The Cardinal's 10-0 dual meet season mark earned the team a top ranking from collegeswimming.com. The unbeaten mark was the first for the Cardinal since 2001-02.

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.

Shane Whildin - ASSISTANT COACH
Shane Whildin is in his third season as the assistant women's swimming and diving coach at Stanford in 2007-08. In his first two seasons, the Cardinal has finished fourth (2007) and fifth (2006) at the NCAA Championships. The squad also has two second place finishes and a third place effort in his first three campaigns as well as a combined 30-3 (.909) dual meet mark.

Prior to arriving at 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 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 ranked among the school's Top 5 at the time he recorded the mark. He was also a two-time qualifier for the Olympic Trials.

Erik Maurer - VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT COACH
Volunteer assistant coach Erik Maurer is in his third season with the Cardinal in 2007-08. In his first two seasons, the Cardinal has finished fourth (2007) and fifth (2006) at the NCAA Championships. The squad also has two second place finishes and a third place effort in his first three campaigns as well as a combined 30-3 (.909) dual meet mark.

Maurer has been coaching with his wife, Lea, since 1996, working with both Lake Forest High School and Scout Aquatics prior to his current role at Stanford. He served as Lea's coach from 1997-2000, helping her to a 1998 World Championship win in the 100 meter back, where she set a new American record (1:00.77) in the process.

Maurer had an outstanding collegiate career at Stanford (1990-94), which was highlighted by a victory in the 50 free at the 1992 NCAA Championships. Maurer was also a member of five NCAA champion relay teams, including a pair of American record performances and two NCAA team titles in 1992 and 1993. He was named Stanford's team MVP in 1990-91 and co-MVP in 1991-92.

After earning a Bachelor's 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 partner 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.

STANFORD COACHING STAFF - DIVING

Dr. Rick Schavone - HEAD COACH
One of the top diving instructors in the country, Dr. Rick Schavone is in his 30th season on The Farm as the head coach for both the men's and women's diving teams in 2007-08. Throughout his illustrious career Schavone has molded Stanford into one of the top all-around diving programs in the nation.

Schavone has coached his men's and women's divers to a total of 10 individual NCAA championships and 79 All-American honors during his tenure with the Cardinal. He has had at least one All-American on the women's side for 13 straight seasons and in 25 of his last 26 years. Stanford divers have also combined to win 36 individual Pac-10 titles with victories by Sarah Ohr (1-meter) and Meg Hostage (3-meter) on the women's side this year the latest. Hostage went on to win the NCAA Zone E Meet in both the 1-meter and platform, while taking second in the 3-meter.

Last season, Schavone was named the women's 2007 NCAA and Pac-10 Diving Coach of the Year and has now earned the NCAA honor three times (1992, 1993, 2007) as well as receiving the Pac-10 honor five times in the last 12 seasons.

Schavone coached Cassidy Krug to an undefeated championship season in 2007, as she swept the 1-meter and 3-meter boards at the Pac-10 Championships, NCAA Zone E Championships and NCAA Championships. Krug was also named NCAA and Pac-10 Diver of the Year. Schavone also coached Krug to a first place finish in the 3-meter at the 2007 U.S. Summer Senior Nationals after a fourth place effort in 2006 and a seventh place showing in the 3-meter at the 2006 FINA Diving World Cup in China.

Schavone's record of two or more All-American honors earned by his divers was extended to 11 consecutive seasons in 2007 as freshman Shana Karp finished 14th on the platform and sophomore Dwight Dumais picked up a 14th place finish in the 1-meter on the men's side, both earning honorable mention All-American status. Krug was also the highlight for Schavone in 2005-06 when she picked up seventh and ninth place finishes in the 3-meter and 1-meter events at the NCAA's.
Krug has been the face of Stanford women's diving over the last four season, picking up seven All-American honors during her collegiate career with at least one each season. Ashlee Rosenthal (2001-05) also earned at least one All-American honor in each of her four seasons with Krug and Rosenthal two of four Stanford divers who earned at least one All-American honor in each of their four collegiate campaigns.

Along with Rosenthal and Krug, Sarah Bowling earned All-American status on platform in the 2003-04 season. Krug also picked up her first Pac-10 title with a victory in the 1-meter competition at the 2004 conference meet and was named the Pac-10's co-Freshman/Newcomer of the Year.

Schavone coached Rosenthal (1-meter, 3-meter) and McKenze Murphy (1-meter) to a combined three All-American honors in 2002-03. Erica Sorgi and Kim Powers earned All-American honors in the platform in 2001-02, while Rosenthal added All-American status in the 3-meter. In 2000-01, Schavone's divers earned four All-American honors with Erin Sones capturing both the NCAA and Pac-10 titles in the platform. Sones (Pac-10 Diver of the Year) and Murphy (Pac-10 Diving Freshman/Newcomer of the Year) swept the conference's diving honors in 1999-2000. Powers, who earned six All-American honors during her career, was a co-winner of the Pac-10 Diver of the Year in 1998-99.

Schavone's crew had an excellent showing in 1997-98 when Stanford had women's divers place in the top eight in all three events at the NCAA's to help the Cardinal win its most recent national title.

In 1996-97, his women's divers also earned All-American honors in all three events to make him Pac-10 Women's Diving Coach of the Year.

Schavone was named both the men and women's Pac-10 Diving Coach of the Year in 1994-95 as Stanford divers David Johns and Eileen Richetelli earned the league's Most Valuable Male and Female Diver honors, respectively. Richetelli finished her career with five national titles, and 11 All-American honors, just one shy of the maximum 12 possible in a collegiate career.

The women's diving corps proved to be the deciding factor during the Cardinal's run to its fourth straight national title in 1994-95 as Stanford divers accounted for 64 team points while runner-up Michigan did not enter a diver. Stanford ended up winning the meet with 497.5 points and Michigan placed second at 478.5.

In addition to his work on the Stanford campus, Schavone has served as the head coach for several United States' diving teams. The top events he has coached in have included the 2006 FINA World Cup in China, competitions in Rome and Vienna with the U.S. National Team in 1999, the 1997 World University Games in Sicily, and the 1990 Goodwill Games. He has also headed the U.S. National Team at the 1993 World University Games, four World Age Group Championships (1984, '87, '88, '89) and the 1985 European Youth Championships in Aachen, Germany. Schavone is one of the very few coaches nationwide who has coached at the last five U.S. Olympic Trials in 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004, and he will be training Krug for her run at the 2008 Olympic Games. In the summer of 1995, he traveled with the U.S. National Team to China and served as a coach at the World Cup in Atlanta. In 2007, he helped host the Summer U.S. Senior Nationals at Stanford's Maas Family Diving Center.

He has also held many positions with USA Diving. He received the prestigious Coaches' Whosam Award in 2003, given annually to a coach that adheres to the highest standards of physical and mental well-being. The award is given annually in honor of Sammy Lee, a 1948 and 1952 Olympic gold medalist, and long-time diving coach. Schavone has also developed Stanford Diving into one of the top age group diving programs in the nation, coaching eight age group national champions. He was selected as USA Diving's 1984 Coach of the Year, an award that honored his work with divers between the ages of 12-17. One of the few Ph.D. holders in his profession, Schavone was introduced to Stanford Diving as a graduate assistant to veteran coach Clyde Devine in 1975. Schavone was named head diving coach on The Farm in 1977 and completed his Ph.D. at Stanford in 1978. After leaving Stanford to become the head diving coach at Princeton for one season (1978-79), he returned at the beginning of the 1979-80 campaign.

A 1971 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Schavone is single and resides on the Stanford campus.

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