No. 2 Women's Swimming and Diving Opens 2009 Spring Season This Weekend

Jan. 8, 2009

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    No. 2 Stanford Opens 2009 Spring Season This Weekend
    Swimming vs. Pacific (Jan. 10, 2009 • 12:00 p.m. PT • Avery Aquatic Center • Stanford, CA)
    Diving at Bruin Invite (Jan. 10-11, 2009 • 10:00 a.m. PT • Rose Bowl Aquatic Center • Pasadena, CA)

    No. 2 Stanford Returns to Action In Pair of Weekend Competitions
    The second-ranked Stanford women's swimming and diving team returns to the pool this weekend to open the 2009 spring season. The Cardinal swimmers will host Pacific in a noon dual meet this Saturday at the Avery Aquatic Center, while Stanford's divers will compete against USC, UC Irvine and host UCLA at the Bruin Invite - a two-day competition held at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center in Pasadena, Calif.

    Stanford will face Pacific for the first time since defeating the visiting Tigers on Jan. 15, 2005. The Cardinal divers are back at the Bruin Invite for the first time since 2003.

    Stanford has been idle for over a month, as the swimmers have not competed since dominating an international field at the 2008 Canada Cup from Nov. 28-30. The Cardinal divers have been off since the Texas A&M Invite from Nov. 21-23.

    Watch Stanford-Pacific Dual Meet LIVE on gostanford.com!
    Fans can watch Saturday's Stanford vs. Pacific women's swimming dual meet from the Avery Aquatic Center LIVE at 12:00 p.m. PT via the gostanford.com webcast. The page can be accessed be clicking on the Calendar of Events portion of the www.gostanford.com homepage, or directly via the following link: http://all-access.cbssports.com/player.html?code=stan&media=94375

    Live results will also be available courtesy of FastLane Tek, Inc. at the following link: http://gostanford.cstv.com/livestats/w-swim/2009_01_10/

    Stanford Finishes Fall Season Undefeated, Ranked Second in CSCAA Poll
    Stanford enjoyed a successful fall season by defeating all 14 opponents it faced in head-to-head competition, including a pair of ranked opponents on the same day (Oct. 17) in then-No. 4 Florida and then-No. 14 Michigan at Ann Arbor. The Cardinal also swept all nine head-to-head meetings at the Anteater Shootout hosted by UC Irvine, and finished atop the 56-team Canada Cup - a short-course meter competition held at the Etobicoke Olympium in Toronto, Canada.

    The Cardinal was rewarded for its stellar showing by placing second in each of the last two College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) dual meet rankings. In the latest poll, released on Dec. 11, 2008, Stanford compiled 290 points - 10 points shy of top-ranked Georgia (300) and 11 more than No. 3 Texas (279).

    Stanford had been third in each of the first two polls of the campaign (Oct. 16 and Oct. 30). The fifth of eight polls overall will be released on January 15.

    Smit Sets World Record and American Record During Sensational November
    Stanford junior Julia Smit was simply amazing over her two November meets, as she recorded five NCAA 'A' standard times, set a world record in the 400-meter individual medley and an American record in the 200-meter IM.

    Competing at the 2008 Canada Cup on Nov. 28, Smit established the world record for short-course meters in the 400 IM with a time of 4:25.87, which was .65-second better than the previous mark of 4:26.52 set by two-time Olympic gold medalist Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe. However, her record was broken on December 14 by Spain's Mireia Belmonte Garcia, who swam a 4:25.06 at the European Short Course Championships held in Rijeka, Croatia.

    Despite having her world record broken, Smit still owns the American record in both the 400 IM and the 200 IM. She broke a 15-year old U.S. record in the 200 IM on Nov. 29, finishing with a time of 2:06.49.

    In a league full of high-quality swimmers, Smit was named the Pac-10 Swimmer of the Month for November. The monthly award was the second of Smit's career (also in November 2006) and the fifth all-time for Stanford. She also captured a pair of Counsilman Hunsaker National Collegiate Swimmer of the Week honors, earning the accolades for the weeks of November 2-9 and November 24-December 7.

    See You in the Lone Star State
    Stanford concluded the fall season with five swimmers and one diver combining for nine automatic 'A' qualifying standards (including one relay), thereby assuring their participation in the 2009 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships.

    The following Cardinal swimmers and divers have already punched their tickets to College Station, Tex.: junior Elaine Breeden (100 fly, 200 fly and 400 free relay), sophomore Kate Dwelley (400 free relay), sophomore Meg Hostage (3-meter diving), junior Julia Smit (200 free, 200 back, 200 IM, 400 IM and 400 free relay), sophomore Liz Smith (400 IM) and freshman Sam Woodward (400 free relay).

    Stanford athletes have also logged 34 NCAA 'B'standards, including: Breeden (100 free and 200 IM), freshman Jamie Bruce (200 breast and 400 IM), freshman Mary Beth Corbett (1-meter diving), freshman Angela Duckworth (400 IM), Dwelley (100 free, 200 free, 500 free and 200 fly), junior Kelley Hug (100 fly and 100 back), freshman Jessica Rodriquez (200 free, 500 free, 1,650 free and 400 IM), Smit (50 free, 100 back and 200 breast), Smith (100 breast, 200 breast and 200 IM), junior Whitney Spence (200 free), junior Carmen Stellar (1-meter and platform diving) senior Laura Wadden (200 fly, 100 back and 200 back) freshman Betsy Webb (100 free and 100 back) and Woodward (50 free, 100 free, 100 fly and 200 fly).

    Leading the Way
    Stanford athletes have posted the fastest times in NCAA Division I women's swimming in five events, while occupying a total of 25 places in the top-16 across 13 events.

    Julia Smit has the country's best time in the 200 free (1:43.56), 1,000 free (9:40.86), 200 IM (1:53.33) and 400 IM (3:58.21), while Elaine Breeden paces all NCAA DI swimmers in the 200 fly (1:52.75). Smit also ranks third in the 200 back (1:52.88), eighth in the 200 breast (2:12.21) and 16th in the 50 free (22.54), while Breeden is fourth in the 100 fly (51.86) and sixth in the 200 IM (1:57.57).

    Kate Dwelley is in the top-10 nationally in a trio of freestyle distances, ranking sixth in the 100 (48.67), seventh in the 200 (1:44.82) and seventh in the 500 (4:40.13). In addition, the sophomore is 11th in the 200 fly (1:56.87). Another sophomore, Liz Smith, finds herself amongst the country's top-five in both the 200 breast (4th - 2:10.60) and 400 IM (3rd - 4:06.05).

    Laura Wadden enjoyed an outstanding start to her senior campaign, as her efforts during the fall rank her sixth in the 200 back (1:54.62), ninth in the 200 fly (1:56.42) and 13th in the 100 back (53.70). Kelley Hug currently ranks 12th in the 100 fly (52.92).

    A trio of freshman round out the Cardinal presence in the NCAA top-16. Sam Woodward has logged top-10 times in the 100 fly (8th - 52.48) and 50 free (9th - 22.39), while ranking 13th in the 100 free (48.84). Jessica Rodriquez is 10th in the 1,650 free (16:23.07), while Betsy Webb is 16th in the 100 back (53.97).

    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 the 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 14-0 start to the 2008-09 campaign, Stanford has defeated 35 of its last 36 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 44-3 (.936) 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 during the fall season 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.

    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: junior Elaine Breeden, senior Caroline Bruce, sophomore Kate Dwelley, sophomore Kerry Kraemer, senior Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy, junior Julia Smit, sophomore Liz Smith, junior Whitney Spence and senior Laura Wadden.

    Sophomore 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 BeijingJulia 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.

    2008-09 NCAA Qualifying Standards (Short-Course Yards)

    Event A B Event A B50 Freestyle 21.93 22.80 100 Breaststroke 59.99 1:02.32100 Freestyle 47.84 49.75 200 Breaststroke 2:10.32 2:15.53200 Freestyle 1:44.02 1:48.18 200 Individual Medley 1:56.13 2:00.77500 Freestyle 4:38.46 4:49.59 400 Individual Medley 4:07.33 4:17.221,650 Freestyle 15:53.38 16:31.51 200 Freestyle Relay 1:28.35 1:31.88100 Butterfly 52.02 54.10 400 Freesytle Relay 3:14.93 3:22.72200 Butterfly 1:54.95 1:59.54 800 Freestyle Relay 7:02.07 7:18.95100 Backstroke 53.01 55.13 200 Medley Relay 1:37.81 1:41.72200 Backstroke 1:53.37 1:57.90 400 Medley Relay 3:32.56 3:41.06

    2008-09 NCAA Qualifying Standards (Short-Course Meters)

    Event A B Event A B50 Freestyle 24:48 25.45 100 Breaststroke 1:06.96 1:09.63100 Freestyle 53.40 55.53 200 Breaststroke 2:25.45 2:31.27200 Freestyle 1:56.10 2:00.74 200 Individual Medley 2:09.61 2:14.79500 Freestyle 4:03.63 4:13.36 400 Individual Medley 4:36.04 4:47.081,650 Freestyle 15:50.53 16:28.55 200 Freestyle Relay 1:38.61 1:42.55100 Butterfly 58.06 1:00.39 400 Freesytle Relay 3:37.56 3:46.26200 Butterfly 2:08.30 2:13.42 800 Freestyle Relay 7:51.07 8:09.91100 Backstroke 59.17 1:01.53 200 Medley Relay 1:49.17 1:53.53200 Backstroke 2:06.53 2:11.59 400 Medley Relay 3:57.24 4:06.72

    1-Meter Diving Points - Dual 255/265 Platform Diving Points - Dual 260/2253-Meter Diving Points - Dual 270/280

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