No. 2 Stanford Defeats No. 20 UCLA 166.5-125.5

Jan. 30, 2009

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STANFORD, Calif. - The No. 2 Stanford women's swimming and diving team (18-0, 5-0 Pac-10) opened its final home weekend of the season with an impressive 166.5-125.5 victory over No. 20 UCLA (4-3, 2-3) this afternoon in a Pacific-10 Conference dual meet held at the Avery Aquatic Center. The meet was contested in a 25-yard short course format, and featured 14 swimming and two diving events.

With today's victory, the Cardinal women have won 17 straight Pac-10 dual meets, and have defeated 39 of its last 40 opponents in head-to-head competition. Stanford is also undefeated in its last 15 home dual meets.

Stanford's win was highlighted by the return from injury of senior Caroline Bruce and junior Michelle Liu, along with the continued diving excellence of junior Carmen Stellar.

Competing for the first time since the 2008 NCAA Championships, Bruce showed the form that has made her a 13-time All-American, two-time NCAA champion and seven-time Pac-10 titlist by winning the 100 breast in 1:03.45. Also making her season debut was Liu, who finished second in the 200 back (2:03.28) before swimming the leadoff leg for Stanford's 'A' 400 free relay.

Stellar swept both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving competitions, giving her five victories in the last six events spanning three dual meets. Like she did a week ago in Tempe, Stellar won both competitions with 'A' Zone qualifying scores. The junior tallied a 280.95 on the 1-meter, than set a career high for a 3-meter dual meet competition with a score of 300.98.

With Stellar setting the standard, the Cardinal divers enjoyed an excellent day. Sophomore Meg Hostage finished a close second in both competitions, nabbing 'A' scores of 272.70 on the 1-meter and 298.50 on the 3-meter. A mere hour after singing the National Anthem prior to the meet, freshman Mary Beth Corbett recorded her first career 'A' Zone score with a 281.10 on the 3-meter. Senior Sarah Ohr tallied a 'B' score on the 3-meter, checking in at 271.13.

Stanford either won outright or tied for first in the initial eight swimming events and in 10 of the first 11 before swimming exhibitions over the final three. The Cardinal opened the day by placing first and second in the 400 medley relay, with the 'A' team of junior Elaine Breeden, sophomore Liz Smith, junior Kelley Hug and senior Madeline Rovira winning in 3:43.61. The foursome of senior Laura Wadden, freshman Jamie Bruce, junior Stefanie Sutton and freshman Betsy Webb finished second with a time of 3:46.27.

Contributions to the Cardinal victory came from across the roster with eight swimmers recording event victories, including a trio of freshmen in Angela Duckworth (1,000 free - 9:59.35), Webb (50 free - 23.42) and Sam Woodward (100 free - 50.21). Wadden engaged in a heated duel with UCLA star Madeleine Stanton in the 100 back, with both touching the wall in 55.83 to share the victory. Sophomore Kate Dwelley was the winner in the 200 fly with an NCAA 'B' standard of 1:59.31, while junior Whitney Spence captured the 500 free (4:51.37). Junior Julia Smit was the only swimmer for either team to win multiple events, finishing first in both the 200 free ('B' time of 1:47.07) and the 200 breast ('B' time of 2:14.58).

The rest of the Stanford individual scoring came courtesy of junior Caitlin Reynolds (5th - 10:16.62) in the 1,000 free; Smith (2nd - 1:49.33) and Spence (3rd - 1:49.72) in the 200 free; Sutton (3rd - 56.27) in the 100 back; Breeden (3rd - 1:04.78) in the 100 breast; Woodward (2nd - 'B' 1:59.36) and Hug (5th - 2:04.88) in the 200 fly; Breeden (3rd - 23.66), junior Nilasha Ghosh (4th - 24.05) and Rovira (5th - 24.30) in the 50 free; Dwelley (2nd - 50.79), Webb (4th - 51.57) and Rovira (5th - 52.39) in the 100 free; Jamie Bruce (3rd - 2:04.15) and Smith (2:04.41) in the 200 back and Duckworth (4:56.13) in the 500 free.

Stanford will host its final home competition of the 2008-09 season tomorrow when it welcomes No. 12 USC for a Pac-10 dual meet. The first event is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. PT from the Avery Aquatic Center.


Caroline Bruce made her season debut this afternoon


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