#3 Stanford Women's Swimming & Diving Edges #4 California, 151-149

Feb. 10, 2001

Berkeley, Calif. - Third-ranked Stanford (6-1, 4-1 Pac-10) held on for a slim 151-149 victory over #4 California (6-3, 3-2 Pac-10) in a women's swimming and diving Pac-10 dual meet between the Bay Area rivals in Berkeley on Saturday. Stanford freshman Tara Kirk set a new Pac-10 record in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 59.51, also breaking Stanford's school record in the event for the third time this season. Sophomore diver McKenze Murphy won both the one-meter (281.4) and three-meter (288.375) competitions, setting new career-highs in both. Kirk also set a new Spieker pool record in winning the 200 breaststroke (2:13.31). All of the performances by Kirk and Murphy met NCAA 'A' Qualifying Standards.

Jessica Foschi was a two-time individual winner for the Cardinal as well with victories in the 500 freestyle (4:51.49) and 1000 freestyle (10:16.16). Misty Hyman clocked a season-best time of 53.66 in winning the 100 backstroke to establish a new Spieker pool record. Shelly Ripple won the 200 butterfly in a season-best time of 1:58.70. The marks by both Hyman and Ripple were NCAA 'A' Qualifying Standards.

Stanford won nine of the meet's 16 events with its other win in the 400 medley relay as a team of Ripple, Kirk, Hyman and Lauren Thies checked in with a time of 3:43.01.

California freshman Natalie Coughlin had an excellent meet for the Golden Bears, breaking the school record in the 100 butterfly with a time of 52.36. Coughlin also surpassed the old Spieker pool record of 52.68, set by Hyman in 1999 and the dual meet record of 53.21 set by the Golden Bears' Marylyn Chiang in 1999, as well as breaking Chiang's former school record of 52.40. In the 200 IM, Coughlin had a time of 1:59.31, breaking the old pool record of 2:01.20 set by Joscelin Yeo in 1999. Coughlin also placed first in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:48.07. In five Pac-10 dual meets this season, Coughlin has won all 15 individual races she has entered. Other individual winners for Cal included senior Haley Cope in the 50 free (23.36) and 100 free (50.95), as well as freshman Kyoko Yokouchi in the 200 back (2:00.17). California also won the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:28.85.

Stanford will next be in action again from February 22-24 when the team travels to the Pac-10 Championships in Federal Way, Washington.

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