Stanford In Fifth Place After First Day Of NCAA Championships

March 20, 2008

Columbus, Ohio - Stanford is in fifth place after Friday's first day of the 2008 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships being held on the campus of The Ohio State University. Arizona leads the field after the first day of competition with 151 points and is followed by two-time defending champion Auburn (132), California (89), Texas A&M (88) and Stanford (80) to round out the top five schools in the team standings.

Julia Smit's fourth place finish in the 200 IM in a time of 1:55.31 was Stanford's top individual performance during Thursday night's finals session. The Cardinal also had the top three swimmers in the consolation finals of the 200 IM with Elaine Breeden taking ninth (1:56.30), Kate Dwelley (1:57.27) finishing 10th and Liz Smith placing 11th (1:57.45).Brooke Bishop was 10th overall in the 50 free (22.27), while Meg Hostage took 13th in the 1-meter diving competition (283.30).

Stanford managed a third place showing in the 400 medley relay to end the session in a time of 3:33.77 with a foursome of Smit (53.87), Caroline Bruce (1:00.08), Breeden (51.44) and Bishop (48.38) after suffering a disqualification in the 200 free relay to begin the session.

The three-day meet will continue on Friday with prelims (11 am, ET) and finals (7 pm, ET) sessions.

A full recap will follow.

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