Cardinal Remain Undefeated by Hostage and Smit

Jan. 29, 2010

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LOS ANGELES-- Meg Hostage swept both diving events and Julia Smit posted three “B” standards in her three wins to send No. 4-ranked Stanford (7-0, 3-0 Pac-10) to their seventh-straight dual win to start the season, following a 169-126 victory at UCLA (5-2, 2-2 Pac-10) on Friday.

The Cardinal opened up the meet with four straight wins, three of them “B” standard times. The 200 medley teams finished 1-2 in the first event of the afternoon, with Sam Woodward touching the wall ahead of teammate Andi Murez, 1:42.15 to 1:43.76 for the first of eight “B” times on the day for the Cardinal. The freshman Murez, also finished second to Smit in the 100, and won the 50 freestyle.

From there, Whitney Spence won the 1000 freestyle, before Smit's time of 1:47.50 was a “B” standard in the 200, three seconds ahead of teammate Kelsey Ditto, and Betsy Webb paced the field in the 100 backstroke with a “B” time of 55.44.

After UCLA won the 100 breast and 200 fly, the Cardinal won six of the next seven races to put the contest out of reach.

Smit's win in the 100 led three Cardinal at the top of the pack, with a “B” time of 49.69, while her time of 2:13.04 in the 200 breast, was two and half seconds ahead of UCLA's Brittany Beauchan.

Hostage tallied the first of her two wins during the streak, winning the one-meter with a mark of 284.25, ahead of teammate and fellow All-American Carmen Stellar (260.85). Hostage's second win, in the three-meter, was 10 points better than Karina Silva, 285.75 to 275.03.

Also tallying a “B” standard time was Kate Dwelley, in the 200 individual medley, at that point an exhibition for the Cardinal, as the junior had the top time amongst the competitors at 2:01.65.

Stanford heads to No. 9-ranked USC on Saturday at noon for another top-10 matchup between the two programs.

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