Stanford Breaks School Record in 800 Free Relay, But Is in Seventh Place at Pac-10s

Feb. 25, 2009

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FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - The second-ranked Stanford women's swimming and diving team experienced the best of both worlds during the first evening of the 2009 Pacific-10 Conference Championships, and is in seventh place after the initial two events with 56 points. California is in first place with 120 points, while Arizona (116 points) and USC (106) round out the top three.

The event, which is contested in 25-yard short course format, is being held at the Weyerhauser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

Stanford's meet started on an ominous note, as its 200 medley relay team was disqualified. The Cardinal rebounded impressively by breaking a 17-year-old school record in the 800 freestyle relay with a time of 7:00.28; however, Stanford finished second as California's relay set an NCAA record by touching the wall in 6:56.87.

Stanford's school record-setting 800 free relay was swam by junior Julia Smit, freshman Sam Woodward, junior Whitney Spence and sophomore Kate Dwelley. The foursome broke the previous record by 3.78 seconds, besting the time of 7:04.06 posted Karen Kraemer, current Cardinal head coach Lea Maurer (then Loveless), Janel Jorgensen and Jenny Thompson in 1992. Smit, Woodward, Spence and Dwelley are now automatically qualified to swim the 800 free relay at the 2009 NCAA Championships, as they finished nearly two full seconds better than the 'A' cut time.

Smit got Stanford off to a fast start, swimming a 1:43.88 on her leadoff leg. Woodward than swam a 1:46.23 and Spence followed with a 1:46.80. Dwelley's time of 1:43.37 to end the race was the fastest anchor leg among the 17 relays competing.

Stanford's 'A' foursome in the 200 medley relay was one of two that were disqualified, joining the Arizona State squad. That race was not without benefit, however, as the Cardinal 'B' relay turned in a solid NCAA 'B' standard time of 1:40.86 in an exhibition performance. With that effort, the group of senior Laura Wadden, senior Caroline Bruce, junior Kelley Hug and senior Madeline Rovira are now in consideration for a berth at the NCAA Championships.

The 2009 Pac-10 Championships continue on Thursday, February 26 with both a morning and evening session. Scheduled from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. PT, the morning session features preliminaries for the 500 freestyle, 200 IM, 50 free and 1-meter diving. The evening session begins at 6:00 p.m. PT and has the finals for those four events, along with the final of the 200 free relay.

2009 Pac-10 Women's Swimming and Diving Championships
Standings Through Event Two

Rank, School Pts
1. California 1202. Arizona 1163. USC 1064. Washington 1045. Oregon State 966. UCLA 927. Stanford 568. Washington State 509. Arizona State 44

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