Stanford Opens Season Behind Upperclassmen
Oct. 2, 2009
STANFORD, Calif.-- Stanford Women's Swimming opened up the 2009-10 campaign with a 183-to-103 victory over Bay Area rival, San Jose State, as seniors Elaine Breeden and Julia Smit each won three golds, and newcomer and University of Georgia transfer Kelsey Ditto picked up another two golds on Friday afternoon.
Amongst the divers, All-Americans Carmen Stellar and Meg Hostage each posted “A” standard marks in the 1-meter competition, finishing 1-2 with marks of 313.58 and 306.90. Both were career bests for the upperclassmen. Hostage beat Stellar in the 3-meter event, again with “A” standards, scoring 291.75 and 289.93, respectively for first and second.
Smit, an American record holder in the individual medley, was first in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 9:49.02, as well scoring a first place finish in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.42) and 100 freestyle (49.94). The latter two results were both “B” standard qualifying times for the NCAA Championships.
Breeden, the reigning NCAA champion in the butterfly, won the 100 butterfly (55.37) and 200 backstroke (2:04.16), while also opening the meet with teammates Betsy Webb, Liz Smith and Sam Woodward, winning the 200 medley relay. Woodward also won the 50 freestyle.
Ditto, a former All-American in two distance events, posted the fastest time in the 200 (1:50.87), while also racing to an event-best 4:52.56 in the 500 freestyle.
The divers are next in action next weekend when they travel to San Jose State on October 9 and 10, while the women's and men's teams will host an alumni meet on October 24 starting at 9 a.m. as part of homecoming weekend.