No. 3 Women's Swimming and Diving Rolls on Day One of Anteater Shootout

Nov. 7, 2008

IRVINE, Calif. - The third-ranked Stanford women's swimming and diving team continued its impressive early season run by defeating four schools in head-to-head competition on the first day of the two-day 2008 Anteater Shootout hosted by UC Irvine. The Cardinal posted victories over Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (118-12), Hawaii (110-26), Idaho (118-21) and Pepperdine (117-22), and will now swim in Pool 1 tomorrow against BYU, UC Davis, UNLV, Hawaii and Pepperdine.

Leading the way for Stanford today was junior Julia Smit, who in a year of tougher NCAA qualifying standards became the first Cardinal swimmer to record an 'A' time with a victorious 4:06.89 in the 400 IM - an event she won at the 2008 NCAA Championships. Smit also recorded 'B' times en route to victories in the 100 free (49.25) and 200 back (1:55.82).

Stanford dominated the freestyle races, beginning first through third sweeps in the 200 free behind sophomore Kate Dwelley (1:49.62), freshman Jessica Rodriquez (1:50.28) and junior Whitney Spence (1:50.64), and in the 50 free thanks to freshman Sam Woodward (23.47), freshman Betsy Webb (23.64) and senior Madeline Rovira (24.31). Smit, Webb (51.57) and Rovira (51.68) finished first, second and third, respectively, in the 100 free. Freshman Angela Duckworth won the 1,650 free in 16:46.13, while fellow freshman Jessica Rodriquez was second (16:52.88) and junior Caitlin Reynolds finished fourth (17:16.54). The 500 free featured a winning time from Dwelley (4:52.84), followed by Spence in second (4:55.32), Rodriquez in third (5:02.14) and Reynolds in fifth (5:05.56)

After Smit touched the wall first in the 200 back, she was followed by three other Cardinal swimmers: junior Meredith Ayres (2:03.91), senior Andrea Axtell (2:05.29) and freshman Jamie Bruce (2:06.48). Junior Kelley Hug captured the 100 back in 56.98, while senior Laura Wadden was second (57.58) and Axtell was fourth (58.80).

Sophomore Liz Smith also had a banner day, winning both the 100 breast in 1:03.73 and the 200 breast with an NCAA 'B' time of 2:15.45. Freshman Charlotte Naylor scored in both breast events as well, finishing third in the 100 (1:06.16) and fourth in the 200 (2:22.91). Bruce tallied a second-place finish in the 200 with a time of 2:19.51.

Like Smith, junior Elaine Breeden swept the two races in her specialty stroke. She won the 200 fly with an NCAA 'B' time of 1:58.34, then came back to take the 100 fly in 54.52. Other Cardinal scorers in the fly included Wadden (third in the 200 - 2:02.55), Spence (fourth in the 200 - 2:05.07), Woodward (second in the 100 - 54.57), Hug (fourth in the 100 - 55.80) and junior Stefanie Sutton (fifth in the 100 - 56.12).

The lone IM event of the day - the 400 - featured Smit's A time followed by a second through fourth showing by Stanford. Duckworth was second (4:23.03), Bruce was third (4:25.45) and Ayres fourth (4:30.36).

Stanford also performed well in the diving competition, taking the second, third and fourth spots on the 3-meter. Sophomore Meg Hostage turned in the top Cardinal score with a 263.90, followed by junior Carmen Stellar (249.55) and senior Sarah Ohr (242.85).

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