Stanford Set to Compete at 2009 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships

March 17, 2009

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    Stanford To Compete at the 2009 NCAA Championships
    NCAA Championships • March 19-21, 2009 • Texas A&M Student Rec Center Natatorium • College Station, TX

    Schedule of Events:
    Thursday, March 19 (Morning Session); 9:00am PT / 11:00am CT
    200 Freestyle Relay - Prelims
    500 Freestyle - Prelims
    200 Individual Medley - Prelims
    50 Freestyle - Prelims
    400 Medley Relay - Prelims
    1-Meter Diving - Prelims

    Thursday, March 19 (Evening Session); 5:00pm PT / 7:00pm CT
    200 Freestyle Relay - Finals
    500 Freestyle - Finals
    200 Individual Medley - Finals
    50 Freestyle - Finals
    1-Meter Diving - Finals
    400 Medley Relay - Finals

    Friday, March 20 (Morning Session); 9:00am PT / 11:00am CT
    200 Medley Relay - Prelims
    400 Individual Medley - Prelims
    100 Butterfly - Prelims
    200 Freestyle - Prelims
    100 Breaststroke - Prelims
    100 Backstroke - Prelims
    800 Freestyle Relay - Prelims
    3-Meter Diving - Prelims

    Friday, March 20 (Evening Session); 5:00pm PT / 7:00pm CT
    200 Medley Relay - Finals
    400 Individual Medley - Finals
    100 Butterfly - Finals
    200 Freestyle - Finals
    100 Breaststroke - Finals
    100 Backstroke - Finals
    3-Meter Diving - Finals
    800 Freestyle Relay - Finals

    Saturday, March 21 (Morning Session); 9:00am PT / 11:00am CT
    200 Backstroke - Prelims
    100 Freestyle - Prelims
    200 Breaststroke - Prelims
    200 Butterfly - Prelims
    400 Freestyle Relay - Prelims
    Platform Diving - Prelims
    1,650 Freestyle - Finals*

    Saturday, March 22 (Evening Session); 5:00pm PT / 7:00pm CT
    1,650 Freestyle - Finals*
    200 Backstroke - Finals
    100 Freestyle - Finals
    200 Breaststroke - Finals
    200 Butterfly - Finals
    Platform Diving - Finals
    400 Freestyle Relay - Finals

    *The morning session of the 1,650 freestyle will feature all but the last heat of timed finals;
    the evening round will feature the last heat of timed finals
    Meet contested in a 25-yard short course format

    Stanford Set for 2009 NCAA Championships
    With 13 qualifiers, the Stanford women's swimming and diving team is set to compete at the 2009 NCAA Championships, scheduled for March 19-21 at the Texas A&M Student Recreation Center Natatorium in College Station, Texas.

    Stanford will have at least one athlete competing in all 24 events, which includes five swimming relays, 16 individual swimming events and three individual diving competitions.

    Live results will be available throughout the meet courtesy of Texas A&M University at the following link: http://www.aggieathletics.com/ncaa2009/swimming/women/

    ESPN2 will televise a 90-minute highlight package encompassing the entire 2009 NCAA Championships on Saturday, March 26 at 12:30 p.m. PT.

    Baker's Dozen - Stanford Qualifies 13 for the 2009 NCAA Championships
    Stanford head coach Lea Maurer and head diving coach Dr. Rick Schavone will be bringing a group of 13 student-athletes to the Lone Star State - 11 swimmers and two divers. The following is the full Cardinal roster for the 2009 NCAA Championships, along with the individual event(s) each athlete qualified for:

    Junior Elaine Breeden (100 fly, 200 fly, 200 IM), senior Caroline Bruce (100 breast, 200 breast), sophomore Kate Dwelley (100 free, 200 free, 500 free), sophomore Meg Hostage (diving), junior Kelley Hug (100 back, 100 fly), junior Julia Smit (100 free, 200 IM, 400 IM), sophomore Liz Smith (100 breast, 200 breast, 200 IM), junior Whitney Spence (200 free, 500 free, 1,650 free), junior Carmen Stellar (diving) junior Stefanie Sutton (100 fly), senior Laura Wadden (100 back, 200 back, 200 fly), freshman Betsy Webb (50 free, 100 free, 100 back) and freshman Sam Woodward (50 free, 100 free, 100 fly).

    All-Americans and Accolades Aplenty
    The 13 Cardinal athletes competing in College Station, Texas have combined to win four individual NCAA championships and 51 All-America accolades. Julia Smit is the defending NCAA champion in the 400 IM, while eight Stanford athletes were All-Americans in 2008 (Elaine Breeden, Caroline Bruce, Kate Dwelley, Meg Hostage, Smit, Liz Smith, Whitney Spence and Laura Wadden).

    Back for More
    Seven of the 11 Stanford swimmers and one of the two Cardinal divers will be making at least their second appearance at a NCAA Championships meet.

    In the pool, Stanford returns the following NCAA-tested group: Elaine Breeden (who also competed at the 2007 and 2008 NCAA Championships), Caroline Bruce (2005, 2007-08), Kate Dwelley (2008), Julia Smit (2007-08), Whitney Spence (2007-08) and Laura Wadden (2007-08).Meg Hostage placed in both the 1-meter and platform diving competition last year in Columbus, Ohio.

    Five Cardinal athletes will make their NCAA Championships debut - junior swimmers Kelley Hug and Stefanie Sutton, freshmen swimmers Betsy Webb and Sam Woodward and junior diver Carmen Stellar.

    Filling the Psych Sheet
    Stanford has at least one swimmer, diver or relay competing in the preliminaries for each of the 24 events at the 2009 NCAA Championships. Four Cardinal swimmers will take the blocks in both the 100 fly and 100 free, while Stanford will have three athletes competing in two events (200 IM, 100 back) and two swimming in six events (500 free, 50 free, 200 free, 100 breast, 200 breast and 200 fly).

    Stanford has the top two seeds in the 200 IM (Julia Smit and Elaine Breeden), while owning the fastest pre-meet time in the 400 IM (Smit), 100 fly (Breeden) and 200 fly (Breeden).

    By virtue of qualifying at the NCAA Zone E Diving Championships, both Meg Hostage and Carmen Stellar are allowed to compete in all three diving events in College Station (1-meter, 3-meter and platform).

    Cardinal NCAA Champions
    A trio of current Stanford swimmers have combined to win four individual NCAA titles. Redshirt senior Caroline Bruce swept the breaststroke events as a true freshman in 2005, winning the 100 with a time of 59.55 and the 200 in 2:08.67. Junior Elaine Breeden captured the 200 fly as a freshman in 2007, establishing a meet record with a time of 1:53.02. Junior Julia Smit is the defending NCAA champion in the 400 IM, winning as a sophomore in 2008 with a time of 4:02.41.


    Elaine Breeden captured the 2007 NCAA championship in the 200 fly


    Stanford's NCAA Championships History
    During the illustrious history of the Stanford Women's Swimming and Diving program, the Cardinal has won eight NCAA team championships - the most in the nation. Stanford captured its first NCAA title in 1983, and hoisted championship banners again in 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1998. The Cardinal has also been runner-up on eight different occasions, with the most recent coming in 2001.

    Stanford swimmers have won 84 individual NCAA championships and 40 NCAA relay titles, while Cardinal divers have won eight NCAA crowns. Stanford has won at least one individual national title in 23 of the 27 years that the NCAA Championships have been held.

    141 different Stanford swimmers and divers have combined to capture a total of 1,072 All-America honors (both first-team and honorable mention) since the first NCAA Championships meet was held in 1982. At least one Cardinal swimmer has earned All-America status in all 27 years of the NCAA Championships.

    Stanford has had four athletes be named NCAA Swimmer of the Year a total of five times, while a pair of Cardinal divers have totaled three NCAA Diver of the Year accolades.


    Caroline Bruce is a two-time NCAA Champion and a 13-time All-American


    A Look Back at the 2008 NCAA Championships
    After a five-year hiatus from a top-three national finish, Stanford returned to the elite air of the NCAAs in 2008 under third-year head coach Lea Maurer. Showing the resiliency that has become a hallmark of Maurer's tenure, the Cardinal fought back over the final two days to place third at the 2008 NCAA Championships - the program's highest finish since 2002.

    All 14 Stanford swimmers and divers that traveled to Ohio State University for the NCAA Championships scored, resulting in a combined 36 All-America honors. Julia Smit provided the top individual highlight when she captured her first NCAA title, winning the 400 IM.

    Both Smit and Elaine Breeden were six-time All-Americans at the meet, while Brooke Bishop (four), Kate Dwelley (four), Caroline Bruce (three), Liz Smith (three), Elizabeth Durot (two), Kerry Kraemer (one), Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy, Whitney Spence and Laura Wadden (one) also earned swimming All-America honors.

    Meg Hostage showed she has the potential to be a fixture on the national diving stage with a second-place finish on the platform and another All-America effort on the 1-meter. Shana Karp and Sarah Ohr also garnered All-America accolades.


    Meg Hostage was a two-time All-American as a freshman in 2008


    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.

    In her three years on the Cardinal pool deck, Maurer has guided her teams to a 49-3 (.942) dual meet record. Maurer's teams have twice been named the No. 1 dual meet team in the country by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA), earning top honors in 2006-07 and again this season.

    Schavone Success
    Stanford's divers are led by head diving coach Dr. Rick Schavone, who is in the 31st season of his illustrious coaching career on The Farm. A three-time NCAA Diving Coach of the Year (1992, 1993 and 2007), Schavone is also a six-time recipient of the Pac-10 Diving Coach of the Year Award (1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2007 and 2008).

    Over his first 30 seasons at the helm of Stanford's diving program, Schavone has coached his men's and women's divers to a total of eight individual NCAA championships, 37 individual Pac-10 titles and 83 All-America honors. He has also tutored a pair of NCAA Divers of the Year in Eileen Richetelli (1992 and 1993) and Cassidy Krug (2007).

    Stanford Named No. 1 Dual Meet in the Country by CSCAA
    Stanford was ranked as the No. 1 dual meet team in the country for the 2008-09 season by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA), which released its final poll of the year on Feb. 26. The Cardinal, which earned the top spot for the second time in the last three seasons, received 297 points and seven of the 10 first place votes. Georgia finished second, gathering 293 points and three first-place nods.

    Head coach Lea Maurer and head diving coach Dr. Rick Schavone guided Stanford to a perfect 20-0 record in head-to-head competition, including victories over six ranked opponents. The Cardinal was ranked third in each of the season's first two CSCAA polls (Oct. 16 and 30), and was second in the next five (Nov. 13, Dec. 11, Jan. 15 and 29, Feb. 12).

    Pollsters representing eight conferences along with two at-large voters have the task of ranking the top dual meet teams in the nation throughout the season. Stanford also was crowned the country's top dual meet squad following the 2006-07 season.

    Stanford a Perfect 20-0 During the 2008-09 Dual Meet Season
    Stanford finished the dual meet season undefeated for the second time in the last three years and the 15th time in program history. The Cardinal's 20-0 record featured nine wins in head-to-head competition over a two-day span at the Anteater Shootout (Nov. 7-8), victories over Michigan and Florida in an Oct. 17 tri-meet and nine wins in the traditional dual meet format.

    Stanford previously went undefeated in 2006-07 (10-0), 2001-02 (8-0), 1997-98 (7-0), 1996-97 (10-0), 1994-95 (8-0), 1993-94 (6-0), 1992-93 (8-0), 1991-92 (5-0), 1990-91 (10-0), 1989-90 (8-0), 1988-89 (6-0), 1986-86 (7-0), 1983-84 (10-0) and 1976-77 (6-0).

    Of the previous 14 Stanford teams to finish the dual meet season without a loss, six won NCAA titles (1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, and 1998).

    Dual Meet Success
    With a 20-0 record during the 2008-09 campaign, Stanford has defeated 40 of its last 41 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.

    19 Straight in the Pac-10
    Stanford has won its last 19 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 finished 7-0 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.

    Getting it Done Against Ranked Teams
    Stanford finished a perfect 6-0 against ranked teams during the dual meet season, including a 162-129 victory at No. 11 California in its last meet on Feb. 14. The Cardinal also swept No. 20 UCLA (165.5-125.5) and No. 12 USC (163-137) the weekend of Jan. 30 and 31, while posting a thrilling 150.5-147.5 victory at No. 7 Arizona on Jan. 24. During an Oct. 17 tri-meet in Ann Arbor, Mich., Stanford defeated both No. 4 Florida (178-122) and No. 14 Michigan (218-82).

    Since head coach Lea Maurer took the reigns prior to the 2005-06 season, Stanford is an impressive 22-3 (.880) against ranked teams, including a 16-2 mark (.889) 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.

    Stanford Wins Five Individual Pac-10 Titles During Record-Setting Meet
    Although Stanford finished third at the 2009 Pac-10 Championships, the Cardinal swimmers and divers put forth an outstanding effort at the March 12-14 meet in Federal Way, Wash. Stanford athletes combined to win five individual Pac-10 titles, set two American records, two U.S. Open standards and three NCAA marks. Cardinal swimmers also combined for nine NCAA 'A' qualifying times and 36 'B' standards, while establishing eight school records and logging 24 total efforts that ranked in Stanford's all-time top-10.

    Julia Smit won Pac-10 championships in both of the IM events (200 and 400), while Elaine Breeden followed suit by sweeping the butterfly competitions (100 and 200). Carmen Stellar took home her first career conference crown, winning the platform diving competition.

    Breeden and Smit Set American, U.S. Open and NCAA Records at Pac-10s
    Stanford's dynamic duo of juniors Elaine Breeden and Julia Smit continued to amaze at the 2009 Pac-10 Championships, combining to sweep the IM and butterfly events in Federal Way, Wash.

    Breeden won her third consecutive Pac-10 title in the 200 fly in amazing fashion, setting the American, U.S. Open and NCAA record with a time of 1:49.92. She surpassed the year-old American and U.S. Open standard of 1:51.27 set by Mary DeScenza, while blowing past the NCAA mark of 1:51.91 achieved by Olympic gold medalist Natalie Coughlin of Cal in 2002.

    Smit set the American, U.S. Open and NCAA record en route to winning the 200 IM with a time of 1:53.11. Her effort broke Katie Hoff's American and U.S. Open mark of 1:53.77 in 2007, while bettering the NCAA standard of 1:53.1 set by Auburn's Maggie Bowen in 2002. Smit then followed by winning the 400 IM with an NCAA-record time of 4:01.56, eclipsing the mark of 4:02.28 set by Olympic and Stanford legend Summer Sanders in 1992.

    Hostage and Stellar Look to Extend Stanford's All-American Run
    Stanford has had at least one diver obtain All-America status for 14 straight seasons and in 25 of the last 26 campaigns. A pair of Cardinal divers will look to extend that streak in 2009, as sophomore Meg Hostage and junior Carmen Stellar will compete in College Station after their performances at the NCAA Zone E Diving Championships.

    Stellar posted three top-four finishes at the Zone E Championships, highlighted by a second-place performance on the platform. She also finished third on the 1-meter and fourth on the 3-meter, cementing her first career trip to the NCAA Championships.

    Hostage, a two-time All-American as a freshman in 2008, finished fourth on the 1-meter and fifth on the 3-meter at the Zone E Championships.

    Smit Sets World Record and American Mark During Sensational November
    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.

    Smit was named the Pac-10 Swimmer of the Month for November - the second monthly award of her career. She also captured a pair of Counsilman Hunsaker National Collegiate Swimmer of the Week honors, earning the accolades for the weeks of Nov. 2-9 and Nov. 24-Dec. 7.

    A Stellar Season for Carmen
    Carmen Stellar has enjoyed a tremendous junior season, emerging as one of the Pac-10's top diving talents. The junior was named the Diver of the Meet at the 2009 Pac-10 Championships, as she was the only diver to finish in the top-five for all three events. Stellar captured her first career conference title by winning the platform competition, while finishing second on the 3-meter and fourth on the 1-meter.

    Stellar also earned Pac-10 Diver of the Month accolades for January and February, becoming the first Pac-10 woman's diver to earn consecutive monthly honors since UCLA's Paige Thompson in 2005-06 (December and January).


    Carmen Stellar was named Diver of the Meet at the 2009 Pac-10 Championships


    Best of the Best
    The Stanford program has one of the most storied traditions in all of collegiate women's swimming. The 2008-09 Cardinal is fashioning its own legacy, as all 11 of its swimmers competing at the 2009 NCAA Championships can be found throughout the Stanford short-course yards record book.

    Throughout her first three years, Julia Smit has set school records in the 200 IM (1:53.11) and 400 IM (4:01.56), while matching the school standard for the 50 free (22.01 - relay). She also ranks among Stanford's all-time top-10 for the 100 free (2nd - 47.98), 200 free (1:43.88 - relay), 500 free (6th - 4:41.74), 100 back (8th - 53.54), 200 back (2nd - 1:53.39) and 200 breast (8th - 2:12.21).

    Fellow junior Elaine Breeden has established a pair of school records, swimming to the fastest Stanford times ever in both the 100 fly (50.87) and the 200 fly (1:49.92). Breeden is also second in school history in the 200 IM (1:54.32).

    Both Stanford seniors that will be at Texas A&M are among the Cardinal's all-time best. Caroline Bruce ranks second in the 100 breast (59.55) and 200 breast (2:08.67), while she is sixth in the 400 IM (4:10.31) and eighth in the 200 IM (1:57.66). Laura Wadden is fourth in the 200 back (1:54.71), sixth in the 100 back (53.48) and ninth in the 200 fly (1:57.97).

    Junior Whitney Spence owns the eighth-best 500 free in Stanford history (4:42.47), while ranking 10th in the 1,650 free (16:15.55). Fellow junior Kelley Hug is seventh in the 100 fly (52.54), while Stefanie Sutton ranks 10th in school annals for the same event (52.91).

    Sophomore Kate Dwelley is among Stanford's all-time top-10 in each freestyle distance that she swims, ranking second in the 200 (1:43.80), tied for third in the 100 (48.38), fourth in the 500 (4:41.39) and ninth in the 50 (22.70 - relay). Liz Smith ranks third in school history in both breaststroke distances (1:00.32 in the 100 and 2:08.73 in the 200), while ranking fourth in the 400 IM (4:08.00) and sixth in the 200 IM (1:57.45).

    Stanford's two freshmen who will compete at the NCAA Championships have already posted times that are among the best in school history. Betsy Webb swam the third-fastest 100 back in school annals (52.88), while Sam Woodward ranks fifth in the 50 free (22.31), sixth in the 100 free (48.48) and sixth in the 100 fly (52.45).

    Red, White and Blue for Smit, Breeden and Bruce
    Julia 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.

    STANFORD ATHLETE BIOS

    Elaine Breeden (5-10 • JUNIOR • FLY/IM • LEXINGTON, KY)
    12-TIME ALL-AMERICAN; 2007 NCAA CHAMPION (200 FLY)
    2009 NCAA Championships: Qualified to compete in three individual events at her third career NCAA Championships, and is the top seed for both butterfly events (time of 50.87 in the 100 and 1:49.92 in the 200)...will also compete individually in the 200 IM as the second seed (1:54.32), while she helped Stanford relays qualify for the 200 freestyle relay (3rd seed - 1:28.01); 400 medley relay (9th - 3:32.53); 200 medley relay (18th - 1:38.58) and 400 freestyle relay (4th - 3:12.76).
    NCAA Championships History: Won the 200 fly as a freshman at the 2007 NCAA Championships with a meet-record time of 1:53.02...is a 12-time All-American...earned All-America honors in both 2007 and '08 for the 100 fly, 200 fly, 200 IM, 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay...was a 2007 All-American in the 200 free relay, and in 2008 for the 400 free relay.
    2009 Pac-10 Championships: Swept the butterfly events at the 2009 Pac-10 Championships, winning conference titles in both the 100 and 200...set the American, U.S. Open and NCAA record in the 200 fly with a time of 1:49.92...surpassed the year-old American and U.S. Open standard of 1:51.27 set by Mary DeScenza, while blowing past the NCAA mark of 1:51.91 achieved by Olympic gold medalist Natalie Coughlin of Cal in 2002...touched the wall in 50.87 to win the 100 fly...also finished second in the 200 IM (1:54.32)...swam for Stanford relays that finished second in the 400 free (3:12.76), third in the 200 free (1:28.01) and third in the 400 medley (3:32.61).
    Stanford Record Book: Holds school records in the 100 fly (50.87 - 2009) and 200 fly (1:49.92 - 2009), while she ranks second in the 200 IM (1:54.32 - 2009)...has swam on three of Stanford's five record-setting relays - the 200 free (1:28.01 - 2009), 400 free (3:12.76 - 2009) and 200 medley (1:37.57 - 2008).
    2008 Olympics: Was a member of the United States team at the 2008 Beijing Games...earned a silver medal for the 400 meter medley relay, swimming in the preliminaries...was the top American finisher in the 200-meter fly, finishing seventh with a time of 2:07.57...also advanced to the semifinals of the 100-meter fly.

    Caroline Bruce (5-8 • SENIOR • BREAST • WICHITA, KS)
    13-TIME ALL-AMERICAN; 2005 NCAA CHAMPION (100 AND 200 BREAST)
    2009 NCAA Championships: Qualified to compete in both the 100 and 200 breast at her fourth career NCAA Championships...is the 26th seed in the 200 (2:11.39) and the 28th seed in the 100...is also a veteran of Stanford medley relays.
    NCAA Championships History: Swept the breaststroke events as a freshman at the 2005 NCAA Championships, while she finished second at the meet by tallying 56 individual points...won the 100 with a time of 59.55 and the 200 with a 2:08.67...is a 13-time All-American, earning honors in the 100 breast, 200 breast, 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay in 2005, '07 and '08...was a 2005 All-American in the 200 IM.
    2009 Pac-10 Championships: Finished fifth in both the 100 breast (1:00.85) and 200 breast (2:11.39)...turned in a season-best time of 1:00.80 in the preliminaries of the 100 breast.
    Stanford Record Book: Owns the second-fastest times in school history for both breaststroke distances, with a 59.55 in the 100 (2005) and a 2:08.67 in the 200 (2005)...ranks sixth in the 400 IM (4:10.31 - 2005) and eighth in the 200 IM (1:57.66 - 2005).
    2004 Olympics: Was a member of the United States team at the 2004 Athens Games...finished ninth in the 200-meter breast.

    Kate Dwelley (6-0 • SOPHOMORE • FREE • BRENTWOOD, CA)
    FOUR-TIME ALL-AMERICAN
    2009 NCAA Championships: Will make her second straight NCAA Championships appearance...is the sixth seed for the 200 free (1:43.80), while she also qualified in the 500 free (14th - 4:40.13) and 100 fee (22nd - 48.53)...helped Stanford freestyle relays to the third seed in the 200 (1:28.01), fourth in the 400 (3:12.76) and fifth in the 800 (7:00.28).
    NCAA Championships History: Was a four-time All-American as a freshman at the 2008 NCAA Championships...finished sixth in the 200 free (1:45.34) and 10th in the 200 IM (1:57.27), while tying for fourth in the 800 free relay (7:04.83) and fifth in the 400 free relay (3:13.77).
    2009 Pac-10 Championships: Finished third in the 200 free (1:43.80), fourth in the 500 free (4:41.39) and seventh in the 200 fly (1:57.35)...swam a 1:56.91 in the preliminary round of the 200 fly...helped the Cardinal to a second-place showing in both the 800 free relay (7:00.28) and 400 free relay (3:12.76), along with a third-place finish in the 200 free relay (1:28.01).
    Stanford Record Book: Ranks among Stanford's all-time top-10 in each freestyle distance that she swims...is second in the 200 (1:43.80 - 2009), tied for third in the 100 (48.38, relay - 2008), fourth in the 500 (4:41.39) and ninth in the 50 (22.70, relay -2008)...also ranks fifth in the 200 IM (1:57.27 - 2008) and seventh in the 200 fly (1:56.91 - 2009)...has been a part of three of Stanford-record freestyle relays, with a time of 1:28.01 in the 200 (2009), 3:12.76 in the 400 (2009) and 7:00.28 in the 800 (2009)...swam the leadoff leg for the record-setting 400 and was the anchor for the 800.

    Meg Hostage (5-4 • SOPHOMORE • DIVING • POTOMAC, MD)
    TWO-TIME ALL-AMERICAN
    2009 NCAA Championships: Qualified for her second career NCAA Championships by virtue of her efforts at the 2009 NCAA Zone E Diving Championships, and is eligible to participate in all three diving competitions (1-meter, 3-meter and platform)...finished fourth on the 1-meter and fifth on the 3-meter at the event in Austin, Texas.
    NCAA Championships History: Earned a pair of All-America honors for her performance as a freshman at the 2009 NCAA Championships...turned in a score of 347.20 to place second in the platform competition...also advanced to the final of the 1-meter competition, placing 13th.
    2009 Pac-10 Championships: Dove to third-place finishes on both the 1-meter and 3-meter, scoring a 295.75 on the former and a 321.35 on the latter...finished 12th in the platform competition.

    Kelley Hug (6-1 • JUNIOR • BACK/FLY • TAMPA, FL)
    2009 NCAA Championships: Junior will make her NCAA Championships debut in 2009...qualified in the 100 fly (22nd - 52.54) and the 100 back (54th - 54.45)...has also swam on Stanford medley relays throughout the season.
    2009 Pac-10 Championships: Finished 13th in the 100 fly (53.09) and 15th in the 100 back (55.11), but swam a 52.54 and 54.62, respectively, during prelims for those events.
    Stanford Record Book: Owns the seventh fastest 100 fly in school annals, with a swim of 52.54...has etched her name among a group that also includes former Stanford greats and Olympians Misty Hyman, Jenny Thompson, Dana Kirk, Jenna Johnson and Janel Jorgensen.

    Julia Smit (6-0 • JUNIOR • FREE/IM • MT. SINAI, NY)
    12-TIME ALL-AMERICAN; 2008 NCAA CHAMPION (400 IM)
    2009 NCAA Championships: Has qualified to compete in three individual events during her third career NCAA Championships, while she is the top seed in both the 200 IM (1:53.11) and 400 IM (3:58.21)...is the eighth seed in the 100 free (47.98)...helped Stanford relays qualify in the 200 free (3rd seed - 1:28.01), 400 free (4th - 3:12.76), 800 free (5th - 7:00.28) and 400 medley (9th - 3:32.53).
    NCAA Championships History: Is the defending NCAA champion in the 400 IM, winning the 2008 title in a pool-record setting time of 4:02.41...has earned 12 career All-America honors...garnered All-America status in both 2007 and '08 for the 200 back, 200 IM, 400 IM, 800 free relay and 400 medley relay...was an All-American in 2007 for the 200 free relay and in 2008 for the 400 free relay.
    2009 Pac-10 Championships: Swept the IM events at the 2009 Pac-10 Championships, winning conference titles in both the 200 and 400...set the American, U.S. Open and NCAA record in the 200 IM with a time of 1:53.11...broke Katie Hoff's American and U.S. Open mark of 1:53.77 set in 2007, while bettering the NCAA standard of 1:53.91 set by Auburn's Maggie Bowen in 2002...established the NCAA record in the 400 IM, touching the wall in 4:01.56 to eclipse the mark of 4:02.28 set by Olympic and Stanford legend Summer Sanders in 1992...also finished third in the 100 free (47.98)...helped Stanford to a second-place finish in both the 800 free relay (7:00.28) and the 400 free relay (3:12.76), a third-place showing in the 200 free relay (1:28.01) and a third-place finish in the 400 medley relay (3:32.61).
    Stanford Record Book: Holds all-time Stanford records in the 200 IM (1:53.11 - 2009) and 400 IM (4:01.56 - 2009), while she is tied for the best time ever in the 50 free (22.01, relay - 2009)...ranks second in the 100 free (47.98 - 2009), third in the 200 free (1:43.88, relay - 2009) and sixth in the 500 free (4:41.74 - 2008)...is also second in the 200 back (1:53.39 - 2007) and eighth in the 100 back (53.54 - 2009), while she ranks ninth in the 200 breast (2:12.31 - 2009)...has competed for all three record-holding freestyle relays, with a time of 1:28.01 in the 200 (2009), 3:12.76 in the 400 (2009) and 7:00.28 in the 800 (2009)...swam the leadoff leg in both the 200 and 800, while she anchored the record-setting 400 relay.
    2008 Olympics: Is one of only three active collegiate swimmers to win two medals at the 2008 Beijing Games, where she competed for the United States team...earned silver in the 400-meter free relay and the bronze in the 800-meter free relay, swimming in the preliminaries for both events.
    Additional Records: Holds American short-course meters records in the 200 IM (2:06.49) and 400 IM (4:25.87)...established both marks while swimming at the 2008 Canada Cup in Toronto...her 200 IM time, which was set on Nov. 29, 2008, broke a 15-year-old American record and was just .36-second shy of Kirsty Coventry's world record (2:06.13)...briefly held the world record in the 400 IM, as her 4:25.87 came on Nov. 28, 2008...Spain's Mireia Belmonte Garcia posted a 4:25.06 on Dec. 14, 2008.

    Liz Smith (5-7 • SOPHOMORE • BREAST/IM • BALLWIN, MO)
    THREE-TIME ALL-AMERICAN
    2009 NCAA Championships: Sophomore will make her second consecutive appearance at the NCAA Championships...qualified for three individual events, while she is the 11th seed for the 200 breast (2:09.84)...is also scheduled to compete in the 200 IM (19th seed - 1:58.02) and the 100 breast (38th - 1:01.12)...helped Stanford's medley relays to the ninth seed in the 400 (3:32.53) and 18th seed in the 200 (1:38.58).
    NCAA Championships History: Was a three-time All-American as a freshman at the 2008 NCAA Championships...finished second in the 200 breast (2:08.73) and fourth in the 100 breast (1:00.32)...placed 11th in the 200 IM (1:57.45).
    2009 Pac-10 Championships: Finished third in the 400 IM (4:08.00) and sixth in the 200 breast (2:11.44)...placed seventh in the 200 IM with a time of 1:58.80, after posting a 1:58.10 in the prelims...helped the Cardinal to a third-place finish in the 400 medley relay (3:32.61).
    Stanford Record Book: Ranks third in Stanford history in both breaststroke distances, with a time of 1:00.32 in the 100 (2008) and 2:08.73 in the 200 (2008)...is fourth in the 400 IM (4:08.00 - 2009) and sixth in the 200 IM (1:57.45 - 2008)...swam on the 200 medley relay that set a school record in 2008 with a time of 1:37.57.

    Whitney Spence (6-1 • JUNIOR • FREE • SAN DIEGO, CA)
    2009 NCAA Championships: Returns for her third consecutive NCAA Championships...qualified in three individual freestyle events, as she is scheduled to compete in the 1,650 (28th seed - 16:15.55), 500 (37th - 4:42.47) and 200 (49th - 1:47.08)...also helped Stanford to the eighth seed in the 800 free relay (7:00.28).
    NCAA Championships History: Has earned All-America accolades in the 800 free relay each of the last two years, each time swimming the second leg...Stanford finished seventh in 2007 (7:09.50) and tied for fourth in 2008 (7:04.83).
    2009 Pac-10 Championships: Placed third in the 1,650 free (16:15.55) and fifth in the 500 free (4:42.47)...was 12th in the 200 free (1:47.57), but turned in a time of 1:47.08 in the preliminaries...helped the Cardinal finish second in the 800 free relay (7:00.28).
    Stanford Record Book: Owns the eighth-best 500 free time in Stanford history with a 4:42.47 (2009)...ranks 10th in the 1,650 free (16:15.55 - 2009)...swam the second leg on the Cardinal 800 free relay that set a school record in 2009 with a time of 7:00.28.

    Carmen Stellar (5-7 • JUNIOR • DIVING • ARCADIA, CA)
    2009 NCAA Championships: Junior qualified for her first career NCAA Championships by virtue of her efforts at the 2009 NCAA Zone E Diving Championships, and is eligible to participate in all three diving competitions (1-meter, 3-meter and platform)...finished in the top-four in all three competitions at the Zone E meet, highlighted by a second-place performance on the platform...finished third on the 1-meter and fourth on the 3-meter.
    2009 Pac-10 Championships: Was the only diver to finish in the top-five for all three events, and was named the Diver of the Meet...captured her first career Pac-10 title by winning the platform competition with a score of 257.55...finished second on the 3-meter with a 325.90 (just 1.8 points behind) and finished fourth on the 1-meter by tallying a 289.90...efforts also landed her Pac-10 Diver of the Month accolades for February, her second consecutive monthly honor (also in January).

    Stefanie Sutton (5-7 • JUNIOR • FLY • LAKE TAPPS, WA)
    2009 NCAA Championships: Junior will make her NCAA Championships debut in 2009, as she qualified in the 100 fly (32nd - 52.91)...with experience in both the fly and back, is also a candidate to participate on Stanford's medley relays.
    2009 Pac-10 Championships: Finished 12th in the 100 fly (52.91) and 22nd in the 100 back (55.46).
    Stanford Record Book: Owns the 10th fastest 100 fly in school annals, with a swim of 52.91...has etched her name among a group that also includes former Stanford greats and Olympians Misty Hyman, Jenny Thompson, Dana Kirk, Jenna Johnson and Janel Jorgensen.

    Laura Wadden (5-8 • SENIOR • BACK/FLY • EVANSTON, IL)
    TWO-TIME ALL-AMERICAN
    2009 NCAA Championships: Senior is making her third consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships, having qualified for three individual events...is scheduled to compete in both the 200 back (21st seed - 1:54.62) and the 100 back (35th - 53.48), along with the 200 fly (22nd - 1:56.42)...has also swam on Stanford relays throughout the season.
    NCAA Championships History: Is a two-time All-American in the 200 fly, earning honors in both 2007 and '08...finished 15th in 2007 (1:58.77) and 16th in 2008 (1:58.30).
    2009 Pac-10 Championships: Finished 10th in the 200 back (1:54.71) and 11th in the 100 back (53.96)...was also 12th in the 200 fly (1:57.97).
    Stanford Record Book: Ranks among Stanford's all-time best in both backstroke distances...is fourth in the 200 with a time of 1:54.71 (2009) and is sixth in the 100 with a 53.48 (2009)...also ranks ninth in the 200 fly (1:57.97 - 2009).

    Betsy Webb (5-11 • FRESHMAN • BACK • WILMETTE, IL)
    2009 NCAA Championships: Swam her way to the NCAA Championships as a freshman, qualifying as the 18th seed for the 100 back (52.88)...is also scheduled to compete in the 50 free (59th seed - 22.76) and the 100 free (48th - 49.32)...also helped the Stanford 400 medley relay reach the NCAAs as the ninth seed (3:32.53), and the 200 medley relay as the 18th seed (1:38.58).
    2009 Pac-10 Championships: Performed well at her first career Pac-10 Championships, highlighted by a seventh-place finish in the 100 back (53.47)...also placed 12th in the 100 free (49.32) and 13th in the 50 free (22.76)...swam the leadoff leg for Stanford's 400 medley relay that placed third (3:32.61).
    Stanford Record Book: Posted the third-fastest 100 back in school history as a freshman, swimming a 52.88.

    Sam Woodward (5-7 • FRESHMAN • FREE/FLY • EDMOND, OK)
    2009 NCAA Championships: Freshman qualified for three individual events at her first career NCAA Championships...is scheduled to compete in the 50 free (21st seed - 22.31), 100 fly (18th - 52.45) and 100 free (20th - 48.48)...also swam on Stanford relays that own the third seed for the 200 free (1:28.01), the 18th seed for the 200 medley (1:38.58), the fifth seed for the 800 free (7:00.28) and the fourth seed for the 400 free (3:12.76).
    2009 Pac-10 Championships: Had an impressive effort at her first Pac-10 Championships, including a fifth-place finish in the 50 free (22.31)...also finished seventh in the 100 free (48.78) and 10th in the 100 fly (52.45)...was on Stanford relays that finished second in both the 800 free (7:00.28) and 400 free (3:12.76), while placing third in the 200 free (1:28.01).
    Stanford Record Book: Put together top-10 swims in three events during her freshman season...ranks fifth in Stanford history in the 50 free (22.31), sixth in the 100 free (48.48) and sixth in the 100 fly (52.45)...swam on three record-setting Cardinal free relays, including the anchor leg for the 200 (1:28.01)...was also on the 400 free relay (3:12.76) and 800 free relay (7:00.28) that set school records.

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