No. 3 Stanford Women's Swimming and Diving Completes Two-Day Sweep at the Anteater Shootout

Nov. 8, 2008

IRVINE, Calif. - The third-ranked Stanford women's swimming and diving team concluded the Anteater Shootout hosted by UC Irvine by defeating all five schools it faced in head-to-head scoring, making the Cardinal a perfect 9-0 over the two-day competition. On Saturday, Stanford posted victories over Hawaii (92-17), Pepperdine (94-18), UC Davis (92-20), UNLV (94-18) and BYU (85-27).

Stanford junior Julia Smit was the story once again, recording her second NCAA 'A' standard in as many days. After hitting the mark in the 400 IM on Friday, Smit won Saturday's 200 IM in 1:56.06 to give her 'A' times in both the IM distances before the 2008-09 season hits mid-November. Smit also moved up to the fifth spot on Stanford's all-time top-10 times list with a winning mark of 48.48 in the 100 free. All told, she finished the two-day meet with five individual event wins (100 free - twice, 200 back, 200 IM and 400 IM), two 'A' times (200 and 400 IM) and three 'B' standards (100 free - twice and 200 back).

Cardinal swimmers won all 10 freestyle events over the two days, including a first-second combo by junior Whitney Spence (9:57.75) and freshman Angela Duckworth (10:06.89) in the 1,000 to open Saturday's competition. A pair of freshmen took the top two spots in the 50 free, as Sam Woodward touched first in 23.34, followed closely by Betsy Webb in second at 23:49. Madeline Rovira also scored in the 50, placing fifth with a 24:27. Sophomore Kate Dwelley won the 200 free in 1:48.54, while freshman Jessica Rodriquez finished third (1:51.19). Stanford then swept the top three spots in the 100 behind Smit, Webb (51.83) and Rovira (52.31) and in the 500 thanks to Spence (4:50.93), Rodriquez (4:53.35) and Duckworth (4:54.31).

A day after winning both fly events, junior Elaine Breeden showed her versatility by winning the 200 back in 2:00.95. She was followed by senior Laura Wadden (2:01.66) in third, senior Andrea Axtell (2:04.66) in fourth and junior Meredith Ayres (2:04.71) in fifth.

Sophomore Liz Smith made it a perfect three-for-three in breaststroke events over the two days, capturing Saturday's 200 with an NCAA 'B' time of 2:12.50. Two freshmen also scored in that event, with Jamie Bruce finishing third (2:19.08) and Charlotte Naylor fifth (2:21.81).

Following her victory in the 50 free earlier in the day, Woodward capped her meet by winning the 200 fly in 2:00.50. She led a trio of Cardinal top-five finishers in that race, with Dwelley placing second (2:00.55) and Wadden fifth (2:02.17).On the diving side, junior Carmen Stellar finished second in the 1-meter competition with an NCAA 'B' standard score of 258.25.

Stanford's swimmers are next in action the weekend of Nov. 28-30, when they travel to Toronto, Canada for the Bell Invite. The Cardinal divers, however, will compete at the Texas A&M invite next weekend in College Station, Texas.

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