No. 2 Women's Swimming and Diving Concludes Fall Season North of the Border at Canada Cup

Nov. 25, 2008

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No. 2 Stanford Concludes Fall Season North of the Border at Canada Cup
November 28-30, 2008 • Etobicoke Olympium • Toronto, Canada

No. 2 Stanford Travels to Toronto, Canada for 2008 Canada Cup
Idle since sweeping the Anteater Shootout from November 7-8, the second-ranked Stanford women's swimming team returns to the pool this weekend at the 2008 Canada Cup in Toronto, Canada. The meet, which will be contested in 25-meter short-course format, is hosted by Etobicoke Swimming at the Etobicoke Olympium from Friday-Sunday, Nov. 28-30.

Stanford is the lone American college competing as a team at the Canada Cup, but the Cardinal will be up against several top international talents. Stanford swimmers will compete in the following events over the three-day meet (in order): 1,500-meter freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, 100 free, 400 IM, 50 butterfly, 400 free relay, 50 back, 400 free, 100 fly, 200 IM, 50 free, 200 breast, 800 free relay, 800 free, 100 IM, 50 breast, 200 fly, 100 back, 200 free and 400 medley relay.

This weekend's meet will be the final one of the fall season for Stanford. The Cardinal will next be in action on January 10, 2009 when it hosts Pacific in a dual meet at the Avery Aquatic Center.

Stanford Moves Up to Second in CSCAA's Third Poll of the Season
After defeating all 10 schools it has faced in head-to-head competition thus far in 2008-09, the Stanford women's swimming and diving team has moved up to second in the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSSAA) dual meet rankings, released on Nov. 13. The Cardinal, which received one of the 10 first-place votes, is second with 289 points, behind only Georgia (297) and ahead of previous No. 1 Arizona (278).

Stanford had been third in each of the first two polls of the campaign (Oct. 16 and Oct. 30). The fourth of eight polls overall will be released on December 11.

Smit Bringing Her 'A' Game
As of Nov. 14, NCAA Division I women's swimming has seen only four 'A' standard times thus far in the 2008-09 season - and Stanford junior Julia Smit owns two of them, with a 1:56.06 in the 200 IM and a 4:06.89 in the 400 IM. Coincidentally, the only other swimmers to have automatically qualified for the 2009 NCAA Championships are a pair of Smit's fellow 2008 United States Olympians - USC's Rebecca Soni (200 breast) and Texas' Kathleen Hersey (200 fly).

In addition to the two IM events, Smit has also posted the nation's fastest time in both the 100 free (48.48) and the 1,000 free (9:40.86). She ranks second in the 200 back (1:55.82), third in the 200 free (1:47.05), fourth in the 200 breast (2:12.21), ninth in the 200 fly (1:59.96) and 11th in the 100 back (54.70).

Smit's two 'A' times both came at the Anteater Shootout, earning her collegeswimming.com Counsilman Hunsaker Collegiate Swimmer of the Week honors for the week of Nov. 2-9. She recorded five individual event wins in the 100 free (twice), 200 back, 200 IM and 400 IM, while her time of 48.48 in the 100 free moved her into fifth place on Stanford's all-time top-10 list.

Stanford Among the Nation's Best in Early Going
With much tougher NCAA qualifying standards in place for the 2008-09 season, Stanford swimmers are rising to the occasion thus far.

While Julia Smit has two of the nation's four 'A' standard times, Cardinal swimmers have also logged several 'B' times during the fall season. Here is a breakdown by event: 100 free (Smit - 48.48); 200 free (Smit - 1:47.05; sophomore Kate Dwelley - 1:48.01); 100 back (Smit - 54.70); 200 back (Smit - 1:55.82); 200 breast (Smit - 2:12.21; sophomore Liz Smith - 2:12.50); 200 fly (junior Elaine Breeden - 1:58.34); 400 IM (Smith - 4:16.81); 400 free relay (Dwelley, Breeden, freshman Betsy Webb and Smit - 3:22.18).

The Cardinal divers have also been impressive to date. Sophomore Meg Hostage has recorded an NCAA 'A' standard score on the 3-meter (292.43) and a 'B' on the 1-meter (257.70). Junior Carmen Stellar has logged 'B' scores on both the 1-meter (258.25) and platform (243.05), while freshman Mary Beth Corbett reached 'B' level on the 1-meter (255.60).

Measured on the scale used to determine All-Americans at the NCAA Championships, Stanford is well represented with several swimmers turning in top-16 times nationally. Along with Smit's performances, the following Cardinal athletes find their names among the country's best before Thanksgiving: Breeden is fourth in the 100 fly (54.37) and fifth in the 200 fly; freshman Angela Duckworth is 15th in the 1,650 free (16:46.13), Dwelley is sixth in the 100 fly (54.50) and 10th in the 200 free; Smith is fifth in the 200 breast, seventh in the 400 IM and 11th in the 200 IM (2:01.97); and freshman Sam Woodward is eighth in the 200 fly (1:59.87), ninth in the 100 fly (54.57); 14th in the 100 free (50.34) and tied for 16th in the 50 free (23.17).

Starting off Strong
Stanford is a perfect 10-0 in head-to-head competition thus far in 2008-09, including two dual meet victories over Pac-10 opponents and victories over a pair of top-25 teams on Oct. 17 in then-No. 4 Florida and then-No. 14 Michigan.

The Cardinal dominated in its last meet, defeating all five schools it squared off with in Pool A on the second day of the Anteater Shootout hosted by UC Irvine.

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 (fifth in 2006, fourth in 2007 and third 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 10-0 start to the 2008-09 campaign, Stanford has defeated 31 of its last 32 opponents in head-to-head competition, 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 39-3 (.929) dual meet record.

14-Straight in the Pac-10
Stanford has won its last 14-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 and a 143-114 triumph over Washington on Oct. 31. Stanford has not lost a Pac-10 dual meet since dropping a 169-131 decision to California in the 2005-06 regular season finale.

Diving in the Lone Star State
Stanford's divers are not heading to Toronto this weekend, after competing last weekend at the Art Adamson Invitational hosted by Texas A&M. The trio of Carmen Stellar, Meg Hostage and Mary Beth Corbett dove well, as the highest Cardinal diver finished ahead of UCLA - the only other Pac-10 diving team at College Station, Texas - in all three events.

Stellar was Stanford's lone diver in the platform competition and responded by finishing third with a career-high and NCAA 'B' standard score of 243.05. She also placed fifth on the 3-meter. Hostage reached the finals of both meter competitions, placing eighth on the 3-meter and third on the 1-meter with a 'B' score of 257.70.

All-Americans and Accolades Aplenty
The 2008-09 Stanford women's swimming and diving roster boasts a collective 56 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 two of the 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 and senior Sarah Ohr return after advancing to the 2008 NCAA Diving Championships.

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 on 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-10 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 - t-7th, 22.54 relay; 100 free - t-2nd, 48.38 relay; 200 free - 3rd, 1:44.98; 500 free - 5th, 4:41.67; 100 fly - 10th, 53.66; 200 IM - 5th, 1:57.27), Kerry Kraemer (100 breast - 5th, 1:01.32; 200 breast - 9th; 2:12.50), Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy (100 back - 9th, 53.89), Julia Smit (50 free - 4th, 22.39 relay; 100 free - 5th, 48.48; 200 free - 2nd 1:44.52; 500 free - 6th; 4:41.74; 100 back - 6th, 53.77; 200 back - 2nd, 1:53.39; 200 IM - 1st, 1:54.97; 400 IM - 2nd, 4:02.41), Liz Smith (100 breast - 3rd, 1:00.29; 200 breast - 3rd, 2:08.73; 200 IM - 6th, 1:57.45; 400 IM - t-4th, 4:09.70) and Laura Wadden (200 fly - 7th, 1:57.04).

Current Cardinal swimmers have also swam on three Stanford record-holding relay teams: Dwelley, Smit and Breeden in the 200 free relay (1:28.59); Dwelley, Smit 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).

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.

One of only three active collegiate swimmers 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 - the 400-meter (silver) and the 800-meter (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 400-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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