No. 2 Stanford Set to Host No. 20 UCLA Today and No. 12 USC Tomorrow
Jan. 30, 2009
No. 2 Stanford Hosts No. 20 UCLA and No. 12 USC This Weekend
#2 Stanford vs. #20 UCLA (Jan. 30, 2009 1:00 p.m. PT Avery Aquatic Center Stanford, CA)
#2 Stanford vs. #12 USC (Jan. 31, 2009 1:00 p.m. PT Avery Aquatic Center Stanford, CA
No. 2 Stanford Hosts a Pair of Ranked Pac-10 Teams in Final Home Meets
The second-ranked and undefeated Stanford women's swimming and diving team will hosts its final two home meets of the 2008-09 season this weekend, when the Cardinal entertains No. 20 UCLA this afternoon before squaring off with No. 12 USC on Saturday afternoon. Both meets from the Avery Aquatic Center are scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m.
Watch Stanford Take on the Bruins and Trojans LIVE on gostanford.com!
Fans can watch both of Stanford's dual meets this weekend from the Avery Aquatic Center LIVE at 1:00 pm. 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 links: http://all-access.cbssports.com/player.html?code=stan&media=94376 (Stanford vs. UCLA) and http://all-access.cbssports.com/player.html?code=stan&media=94377 (Stanford vs. USC).
Live results will also be available courtesy of FastLane Tek, Inc. at the following links: http://gostanford.cstv.com/livestats/w-swim/2009_01_30/ (Stanford vs. UCLA) and http://gostanford.cstv.com/livestats/w-swim/2009_01_31/ (Stanford vs. USC).
This weekend will mark the final home meets at the Avery Aquatic Center for five seniors - swimmers Andrea Axtell, Caroline Bruce, Madeline Rovira and Laura Wadden, along with diver Sarah Ohr.
Through the first three seasons, this quintet has combined for 18 All-America honors, two NCAA championships and eight Pac-10 titles, while helping Stanford improve one spot each year at the NCAAs - from fifth in 2006 to fourth in 2007 and third in 2008.
Stanford Athletics wold like to thank these five student-athletes for their dedication, loyalty and outstanding contributions to the Stanford women's swimming and diving program over the years.
Oh Say, Can You See...
Fans at the Avery Aquatic Center will be in for a special treat this weekend, as freshman diver Mary Beth Corbett will be singing the national anthem prior to both meets. The Louisville, Kentucky native has sung both opera and classical music, while she has an extensive theatre background.
Cardinal vs. the Bruins
Stanford has won the last two dual meets against UCLA since a 2006 loss, including a 166-133 over the 14th-ranked Bruins on Feb. 1, 2008 in Pasadena. The teams last met on The Farm on Jan. 19, 2007, when the top-ranked Cardinal posted to a 130-105 victory over the No. 14 Bruins.
Cardinal vs. the Trojans
Stanford is undefeated this decade against USC, winning all nine dual meets since 2000 - including a 180-120 victory over the 21st-ranked Trojans on Feb. 2, 2008 in Los Angeles. In the last meeting between the schools at the Avery Aquatic Center, the No. 1 Cardinal defeated No. 11 USC, 174-111 on Jan. 20, 2007.
Stanford Remains at No. 2 in the Latest CSCAA Poll
Stanford kept its stranglehold on the No. 2 spot in the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) dual meet rankings, released on Jan. 29th. The Cardinal, which has been ranked second in the last four polls, compiled 290 points - just 10 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).
Awesome at Avery
Swimming at arguably the nation's finest outdoor facility, Stanford has established home dominance at the Avery Aquatic Center with a streak of 14-consecutive dual meet victories since the 2006-07 season opener. The Cardinal is an impressive 18-1 (.947) at home in dual meets during the Lea Maurer era, including an 8-1 (.889) mark against ranked opponents.
Getting it Done Against Ranked Teams
With Stanford's thrilling 150.5-147.5 victory at No. 7 Arizona last Saturday, the Cardinal is now a perfect 3-0 against ranked teams this season. The Cardinal previously defeated both No. 4 Flordia and No. 14 Michigan on Oct. 17 in Ann Arbor, Mich. Since head coach Lea Maurer took the reigns prior to the 2005-06 season, Stanford is an impressive 19-3 (.864) against ranked teams, including a 13-2 mark (.867) against ranked Pac-10 opponents. Taken a step further, the Cardinal has gone 9-3 (.750) vs. top-10 squads - a figure that includes a 6-2 ledger (.750) against conference foes.
16 Straight in the Pac-10
Stanford has won its last 16 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, and is 4-0 thus far during the 2008-09 campaign. Stanford has not lost a Pac-10 dual meet since dropping a 169-131 decision to California in the 2005-06 regular season finale.
Dual Meet Success
With a 17-0 start to the 2008-09 campaign, Stanford has defeated 38 of its last 39 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 46-3 (.939) dual meet record.
Hot in the Desert - Stanford Wins at Arizona State and No. 7 Arizona
Stanford ramped up its 2009 spring schedule last weekend with a pair of Pac-10 dual meet victories in the Grand Canyon State. The Cardinal defeated Arizona State, 167.5-113.5 in Tempe on Jan. 23, before rallying for a thrilling, 150.5-147.5 victory over No. 7 and defending national champion Arizona on Jan. 24 in Tucson.
The Cardinal's well-rounded effort against the Sun Devils included seven athletes combining for nine event victories, including junior Carmen Stellar's sweep of both diving competitions. Stanford also received event wins from freshman Jessica Rodriquez (1,000 free), sophomore Kate Dwelley (200 free), junior Julia Smit (100 back, 50 free, 500 free), freshman Sam Woodward (100 free), junior Kelley Hug (200 back) and sophomore Liz Smith (100 fly - tie).
After falling into an early, 29-7 hole following the first two events against the Wildcats, Stanford unleashed a furious rally that was not complete until the final event. Trailing by two points heading into the final race, the Cardinal rode the collective back of its 400 free relay team to a dramatic victory. With Dwelley swimming the leadoff leg, Woodward and junior Elaine Breeden in the middle and Smit handling the anchor, Stanford touched the wall in a strong NCAA 'B' standard of 3:16.58 - a mere .16-second ahead of Arizona's 'A' team.
Stanford also had the following athletes win individual events in Tucson: Dwelley (200 free), Smit (100 back, 100 free and 200 back), Breeden (200 fly and 100 fly), Smith (200 breast and 400 IM), Stellar (1-meter diving) and sophomore Meg Hostage (3-meter diving).
See You in the Lone Star State...
Stanford enters this weekend with five swimmers having already combined for eight 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 have punched their tickets to College Station, Texas: junior Elaine Breeden (100 fly, 200 fly and 400 free relay), sophomore Kate Dwelley (400 free relay), 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 swimmers have also logged 34 NCAA 'B'standards, including: Breeden (100 free and 200 IM), freshman Jamie Bruce (200 breast and 400 IM), 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 free, 500 free, 100 back, 200 breast), Smith (100 breast, 200 breast and 200 IM), junior Whitney Spence (200 free and 500 free), 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).
...And in Oklahoma!
Cardinal divers have also had a strong year in qualifying for the Zone 'E' Diving Championships. The Zone 'E' meet, which determines which divers will compete at the NCAA Championships, is held from March 12-14 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Two Stanford divers have already posted 'A' Zone qualifying scores in two events, as sophomore Meg Hostage has logged a 267.53 on the 1-meter and a 292.43 on the 3-meter, while junior Carmen Stellar has posted a 292.50 on the 1-meter and a 288.15 on the 3-meter. Stellar has also recorded a 'B' qualifying score of 243.05 on the platform.
Freshman Mary Beth Corbett owns 'B' qualifying scores on both the 1-meter (255.60) and the 3-meter (279.53).
Leading the Way
Stanford athletes have posted the fastest times in NCAA Division I women's swimming in four events, while occupying a total of 20 places in the top-16 across 11 events.
Julia Smit has the country's best time in the 200 free (1:43.56), 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 1,000 free (9:40.86), fourth in the 200 back (1:52.88), seventh in the 100 free (48.48) and 14th in the 200 breast (2:12.21), while Breeden is fifth in the 100 fly (51.86) and seventh in the 200 IM (1:57.57).
Kate Dwelley is in the top-10 nationally in a trio of freestyle distances, ranking seventh in the 200 (1:44.82), eighth in the 500 (4:40.13) and 12th in the 100 (48.67). Another sophomore, Liz Smith, finds herself amongst the country's top-10 in both the 400 IM (3rd - 4:06.05) and the 200 breast (8th - 2:10.60).
Laura Wadden has enjoyed an outstanding senior campaign thus far, as her efforts rank her ninth in the 200 back (1:54.62) and 12th in the 200 fly (1:56.42). Kelley Hug currently ranks 16th in the 100 fly (52.92).
Finally, freshman Sam Woodward has the nation's ninth-fastest time in the 100 fly (52.48) and the 10th-best in the 50 free (22.39).
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.
2008-09 Fall Season Recap
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.
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.
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.
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).
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 Freestyle 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
1-Meter Diving Points - Dual 255/265 Platform Diving Points - Dual 260/2253-Meter Diving Points - Dual 270/280