#3 Stanford Women's Swimming Returns to Avery this Friday for Pac-10 Dual Meet vs. Washington

Oct. 30, 2008

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    #3 Stanford Returns Home for Halloween Dual Meet vs. Washington
    Friday, Oct. 31, 2008 • Avery Aquatic Center • 2:00 p.m. PT

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    #3 Stanford Set to Face Final Pac-10 Opponent of the Fall
    Following a two-week break from competition, the third-ranked Stanford women's swimming and diving team returns to action this Friday, Oct. 31 for a Halloween Pac-10 dual meet against visiting Washington at the Avery Aquatic Center. The meet will be swimmers-only, and will feature alternating events with the Cardinal men also squaring off with the Huskies.

    Stanford Ranked Third in Collegeswimming.com's First Poll of the Season
    Stanford was ranked third with 226 points when Collegeswimming.com released its first poll of the 2008-09 dual meet season on Friday, Oct. 17, trailing only Arizona (240 points) and Georgia (229). The Cardinal immediately validated the strong early-season ranking, when that very same night it defeated both fourth-ranked Florida by a score of 178-122 and #14 Michigan 218-82 in Ann Arbor, Mich.

    Starting off Strong
    Stanford is off to a 4-0 start to the 2008-09 season, including a highly impressive showing two weeks ago in Ann Arbor, Mich against Florida and Michigan - both teams that finished in the top ten of the 2008 NCAA Championships. The Cardinal received contributions from across the roster in winning 13 of 17 events, while scoring in every event. Stanford swept the back, breast, fly and IM events, while also winning 50 free, 200 free, the 400 medley relay, the 400 free relay and the 3-meter diving competition.

    Maurer Power
    Stanford head women's swimming coach Lea Maurer is in her fourth year at the helm of her alma mater, having presided over a Cardinal squad that has improved one spot at NCAA Championships in each of her first three campaigns (5th in 2006, 4th in 2007 and 3rd in 2008). Under her guidance, 17 Cardinal swimmers have combined for 73 All-America honors, while Stanford has won 12 individual Pac-10 championships and a pair of NCAA individual crowns.

    Dual Meet Success
    With a 4-0 start to the 2008-09 campaign, Stanford has won 21 of its last 22 dual meets (including sweeps in a pair of double dual meets), with the only setback in that time a tightly-contested 156-144 loss on Nov. 9, 2007 at Georgia. In her three years on the Cardinal pool deck, head coach Lea Maurer has guided her teams to a 34-3 (.919) dual meet record.

    13 Straight in the Pac-10
    Stanford has won its last 13 consecutive Pac-10 dual meets, a streak which dates back to the opening of the 2006-07 season. The Cardinal went 6-0 in dual meets with conference foes in both 2006-07 and 2007-08, then extended the run with a 151-102 victory over Oregon State on Oct. 10. Stanford has not lost a Pac-10 dual meet since dropping a 169-131 decision to California in the 2005-06 regular season finale.

    See Ya Next Year
    Following today's meet, Stanford will not compete again at the Avery Aquatic Center until Friday, January 10, 2009 when it hosts Pacific. The Cardinal swimmers and divers will spend the entire month of November on the road, venturing to Irvine, Calif. for the Big West Shootout (Nov. 7-8 - both), College Station, Tex. for the Texas A&M Invite (Nov. 21-23 - divers only) and north of the border to Toronto, Canada for the Bell Invite (Nov. 28-30 - both).

    Setting an Early Standard
    Stanford has turned in several impressive performances over the first month of the 2008-09 season, highlighted by sophomore diver Meg Hostage earning a NCAA 'A' standard score with a 292.43 in the 3-meter diving competition against San Jose State.
    Junior Julia Smit posted a NCAA 'B' standard time of 1:57.00 in the 200 backstroke against Oregon State, while sophomore Liz Smith swam the 200 breaststroke in a 'B' time of 2:15.46.
    With the tougher time standards in place this year, and given that it was only mid-October, the Cardinal was very impressive in tallying nine 'B' standards two weeks ago in Michigan. Smit turned in 'B' times in all three of her events (100 back - 54.70, 200 back - 1:56.32, 400 IM - 4:11.04), while Smith was under the line in both the 200 breast (2:15.17) and the 400 IM (4:16.81). Junior Elaine Breeden tallied a 'B' ledger of 1:58.42 in the 200 fly, while sophomore Kate Dwelley finished the 200 free in 1:48.01. Dwelley, Breeden, freshman Betsy Webb and Smit logged a 3:22.18 in the 400 free relay, while Hostage won the 3-meter diving competition with a score of 276.60.

    Welcome to The Farm
    A quartet of Stanford freshmen have opened their collegiate careers with individual event victories over the first month of the season. Sam Woodward has won a pair of individual events in all three meets, including three freestyle distances (50, 100 and 200) and the 200 butterfly. Angela Duckworth has posted wins in the 500 and 1,000 free, while Jessica Rodriquez has captured a 200 free victory. Mary Beth Corbett captured the 1-meter diving competition against San Jose State with an NCAA 'B' score of 255.60.

    All-Americans and Accolades Aplenty
    The 2008-09 Stanford women's swimming and diving roster boasts a collective 58 All-America selections, four NCAA championships and 17 Pac-10 titles.

    Back for More
    The starting blocks and diving boards of the Avery Aquatic Center will be loaded with experience this season, as Stanford returns nine of its 11 swimmers that competed in the 2008 NCAA Championships and all three divers.In the pool, the Cardinal welcomes back the following group that led Stanford to a third-place finish in March: Elaine Breeden, senior Caroline Bruce, Kate Dwelley, sophomore Kerry Kraemer, senior Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy, Julia Smit, Liz Smith, junior Whitney Spence and senior Laura Wadden.Meg Hostage, junior Shana Karp and senior Sarah Ohr all return after advancing to the NCAA Diving Championships in 2008.

    Cardinal Champions
    Stanford continued its storied championship tradition in 2007-08, winning one individual NCAA title and four Pac-10 crowns.
    Julia Smit capped off an incredible sophomore season by winning her first NCAA championship when she finished first in the 400 yard individual medley.
    A quartet of Cardinal swimmers and divers won individual titles as Stanford finished second at the 2008 Pac-10 Championships. Elaine Breeden took home her second consecutive crown in the 200 yard butterfly, while Kate Dwelley served notice by winning the 200 yard freestyle as a freshman. Meg Hostage was the Pac-10 champ on the 3-meter as a freshman, while Sarah Ohr won her first title in the 1-meter.

    Best of the Best
    The Stanford program has one of the most storied traditions in all of collegiate women's swimming. Cardinal fans should be in for a treat in 2008-09, as nine members of this year's team have already etched their names among the program's all-time top ten times.
    This prestigious list includes: senior Andrea Axtell (200 Back - 8th, 1:56.80), Elaine Breeden (100 fly - 2nd, 51.44; 200 fly - 1st, 1:52.27; 200 IM - 4th, 1:56.30), Caroline Bruce (100 breast - 2nd, 59.55; 200 breast - 2nd, 2:08.67; 200 IM - 8th, 1:57.66; 400 IM - 6th, 4:10.31), Kate Dwelley (50 free - 8th, 22.70 relay; 100 free - t-2nd, 48.38 relay; 200 free - 3rd, 1:45.07; 500 free - 5th, 4:41.67; 100 fly - 10th, 53.66; 5th - 1:57.27), Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy (100 back - 9th, 53.89), Kerry Kraemer (100 breast - 5th, 1:01.32; 200 breast - 9th; 2:12.50), Julia Smit (50 free - 4th, 22.39 relay; 100 free - 10th, 49.35 relay; 200 free - 2nd 1:44.52, relay; 500 free - 6th; 4:41.74; 100 back - 6th, 53.77; 200 back - 2nd, 1:53.39; 200 IM - 1st, 1:55.31; 400 IM - 4th, 4:02.41), Liz Smith (100 breast - 3rd, 1:00.32; 200 breast - 3rd, 2:08.73; 200 IM - 6th, 1:57.45; 400 IM - 4th, 4:09.70) and Laura Wadden (200 fly - 10th, 1:58.23).
    Current Cardinal swimmers have also swam on three Stanford record-holding relay teams: Smit, Breeden, O'Donnell-McCarthy in the 200 free relay (1:29.40); Dwelley, Smith and Breeden in the 400 free relay (3:13.77); and O'Donnell-McCarthy, Smith and Breeden in the 200 medley relay (1:37.57).

    Making a Splash
    Long an integral part of Stanford's championship teams, the Cardinal divers are once again among the elite. Meg Hostage became the first Stanford freshman ever to be named the Pac-10's Diver of the Year when she captured the 2008 honor. Sarah Ohr is the Pac-10's reigning 1-meter champion and an All-American in the platform, while Shana Karp garnered All-America accolades after finishing fifth in the platform competition at NCAA Championships.Stanford's divers are led by six-time Pac-10 Diving Coach of the Year Dr. Rick Schavone, who has been named the conference's top diving tutor each of the last two seasons.

    Smit and Breeden Shine in Beijing
    Julia Smit and Elaine Breeden continued Stanford's tradition of Olympic excellence when they each medaled for the United States in the 2008 Beijing Games.The only current collegiate swimmer to have earned a pair of medals at the 2008 Olympics, Smit helped the U.S. team to the podium with her preliminary efforts in the two freestyle relay events - 4x100 (silver) and 4x200 meters (bronze).Breeden swam a trio of events in her first Olympics, and earned a silver medal after helping the Americans to a heat-winning time in the 4 x 100 meter medley relay preliminaries. The medal further cemented Breeden's place among America's top butterfly talents, as she was the top U.S. finisher in the 200 meter fly with a time of 2:07.57.Caroline Bruce, who competed in the 2004 Athens Games, gives Stanford a trio of former United States Olympians.

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