Down Goes Troy as Cardinal Remain Undefeated
Jan. 30, 2010
LOS ANGELES-- No. 4-ranked Stanford (8-0, 4-0 Pac-10) sprinted past No. 9-ranked USC (10-3, 3-3 Pac-10) paced by a domination in the sprints to sweep past the two Southern California conferene opponents this weekend and remain undefeated on the season.
The Cardinal, who won 179-119, finished in the top three in the 50, top four in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and notched three of the top four spots in the 200 freestyle, 200 back stroke and 100 breaststroke. It was the program's third win over a top-10 opponent this season (Florida, Arizona and USC).
Kate Dwelley led the Cardinal, winning the 50, 100 and 200 freestyles, all with “B” standard times.
Julia Smit, led off the afternoon with a touch of the wall first among the 400 medley relay competitors with a “B” standard time of 3:38.63, and added wins in the 200 backstroke (1:55.86) and 200 individual medley (1:56.41), also “B” standard afternoons.
Dwelley paced the field in the 50 with a time of 22.90, ahead of teammates Betsy Webb and Sam Woodward. In the 100, she led Andi Murez, Webb and Woodward, while in the 200, her time of 1:46.19
was three-tenths of a second ahead of Hungarian Olympian Kata Hosszu and teammates Smit and Murez.
Liz Smith stepped up to dominate the breaststroke winning the 100 and 200 with “B” standard times of 1:01.10 and 2:12.10, respectively. The longer event saw Smith come in ahead of Jamie Bruce, Kerry Kraemer and Alissa Finn, while in the 100, Smith was followed by second place, Kraemer and Bruce, who was fourth. Smith was also second in the 200 IM, behind Smit.
In one of the more anticipated events, the 200 butterfly, defending NCAA Champion, Elaine Breeden, defeated Hosszu, who came in with the nation's fastest time. Breeden's time of 1:56.70, was a season-best and “B” standard time, about two seconds ahead of USC's Tanya Krisman (1:58.42) and Hosszu (1:58.72).
Dwelley closed out the afternoon by leading off the 400 freestyle relay, by then an exhibition, as the Cardinal posted the top time of 3:21.48, another “B” standard time, and the 11th top time by the Cardinal.
The Cardinal will have a couple of weeks off before a key national matchup with No. 5-ranked Cal, and the defending national champions on February 13 at the Avery Aquatics Center.