No. 2 Women's Swimming Completes Dominating Victory at the 2008 Canada Cup
Nov. 30, 2008
TORONTO, Ontario, Canada - The Stanford women's swimming team, ranked second in the latest College Swim Coaches Association of America poll, completed a dominating three days at the 2008 Canada Cup held at the Etobicoke Olympium in Toronto, Canada. Stanford won the 56-team meet by 717 points, amassing 1,569 points compared to the 825 compiled by the second-place UBC Dolphins. In a meet which saw Cardinal junior Julia Smit establish the world record in the 400-meter individual medley and the American record in the 200-meter IM, Stanford totaled 24 Canada Cup records (including non-first place finishers) - adding nine on Sunday.
Stanford's highly successful weekend also featured six NCAA 'A' standard times. Smit achieved her second 'A' cut in both the 200 and 400 IM, while also adding the 200 free and 400 free relay to her championship docket. Junior Elaine Breeden punched her ticket to the 2009 NCAA Championships in a trio of events - the 100 fly, the 200 fly and the 400 free relay. Also cementing their championship status were sophomore Liz Smith (400 IM), sophomore Kate Dwelley (400 free relay) and freshman Sam Woodward (400 free relay).
Smit started Sunday off on a high note, winning the 100-meter IM with a meet-record time of 58.90 - a mere .10-second behind the world record time of 58.80 set by Natalie Coughlin in 2002. She later won the 200-meter freestyle with an 'A' standard and meet-record time of 1:55.59.
Breeden, who was the highest American finisher in the 200-meter fly at the 2008 Olympics, won the event today with an 'A' standard and meet-record time of 2:05.84.Senior Laura Wadden gave Stanford another victory, touching the wall first in the 100-meter back with a 'B' standard time of 59.94. 'B' cuts were also achieved by freshman Betsy Webb (third in 1:00.24) and junior Kelley Hug (fifth in 1:00.78). Junior Stefanie Sutton finished 10th with a time of 1:02.82.
Stanford received outstanding swims across the board. Right behind Smit in the 50 IM were former Stanford All-American Tara Kirk in second (1:01.04) and Smith (1:01.88) in third. Junior Meredith Ayres also scored for the Cardinal, finishing 12th (1:04.95). Four Cardinal swimmers in addition to Smit scored in the 200 free, including NCAA 'B' times by Dwelley (second, 1:56.99), freshman Jessica Rodriquez (fifth, 1:59.92) and junior Whitney Spence (seventh in 2:00.72, but 2:00.64 in the prelims). Senior Madeline Rovira placed 13th (2:02.78).
In the 200 fly, senior Wadden finished third with an NCAA 'B' time of 2:09.94, while Woodward achieved a 'B' cut with her fifth-place time of 2:11.63. Fellow freshman Charlotte Naylor also reached the final, placing 12th (2:15.68). Kirk won the 50-meter breast by touching the wall in 30.88, while Smith finished fifth (32.02).
Stanford concluded the meet by finishing 1-2-3 in the 400-meter medley relay. The Cardinal 'A' team won with an NCAA 'B' standard and meet-record time of 3:59.03, while the 'B' team was second with a 'B' time of 4:03.54. The final Stanford relay squad placed third, finishing in 4:08.59.
The Stanford women's swimming and diving team has now concluded its 2008 fall schedule, and will be idle until it hosts Pacific on January 10, 2009 at the Avery Aquatic Center.