Women's Swimming And Diving Knocks Off Defending NCAA Champ Georgia
Oct. 24, 2001
Stanford, Calif. - Stanford (2-0) remained unbeaten by knocking off defending national champion Georgia (1-2) in a non-conference women's swimming and diving dual meet at the Avery Aquatic Center on Wednesday. The Cardinal and the Bulldogs were the top two teams at the NCAA Championships last year with Georgia edging Stanford by 1.5 points in the closest meet in the history of the NCAA Championships.
'Anytime you beat the defending national champion, it's a terrific win,' said Stanford head coach Richard Quick, who has coached teams to a total of 12 NCAA titles during his career. 'This victory was due to a combination of things that we will have to have to be competitive at the NCAA Championships next March. We had outstanding and tough leadership from our seniors, as well as outstanding performances from Tara Kirk, our freshmen and our divers.'
Stanford won 10 of the meet's 16 events, while Georgia took five and teams tied for one.
Senior Shelly Ripple won three events (200 yard fly, 1:57.26, 200 yard back, 2:00.58, 200 yard IM, 2:00.54) in today's victory for the Cardinal, while senior Jessica Foschi (500 yard free, 4:45.72, 1000 yard free, 9:55.92) picked up a pair of victories. Foschi's victory in the 500 yard free was her 11th in a row dating back to last season as she edged Georgia sophomore Julie Hardt (4:45.81) by only .09 seconds. Sophomore Tara Kirk, who missed the Cardinal's season-opener versus Pacific, won the 100 yard breast (1:01.30) and tied for first place in the 200 yard breast (2:13.90) with Georgia's Ashley Robley. Freshman Amy Wagner was a winner for the Cardinal in the 100 yard back (55.51). Stanford also swept the diving competition with freshmen Erica Sorgi (one-meter, 261.22) and Ashlee Rosenthal (three-meter, 264.45) both winning in their Stanford debuts.
Junior Maritza Correia won a pair of events for Georgia with victories in the 50 yard free (23.36) and 100 yard free (50.15). Other individual winners for Georgia were Stephanie Williams (200 yard free, 1:46.55) and Katie Yevak (100 yard fly, 55.52). Robley shared first place honors with Kirk in the 200 yard breast (2:13.90).
The teams split the two relay events with a Cardinal squad of Wagner, Kirk, Ripple and freshman Tami Ransom winning the 200 yard medley relay (1:41.75). A Bulldog team of Williams, senior Katie Permenter, senior Morgan Fleming and Correia captured the 400 yard free relay (3:25.70).
A total of 11 NCAA 'A' Qualifying Standards were set, six by Stanford and five by Pacific.Ripple (200 yard fly, 1:57.26, 200 yard IM, 2:00.54) and Kirk (100 yard breast, 1:01.30, 200 yard breast, 2:13.90) set two each for Stanford. Foschi (500 yard free, 4:45.72) and freshman Lacey Boutwell (200 yard free, 1:47.19) had one each for the Cardinal.
Roby (100 yard breast, 1:02.09, 200 yard breast, 2:13.90) had two for the Bulldogs. Williams (200 yard free, 1:46.55), Yevak (200 yard fly, 1:58.87) and Hardt (500 yard free, 4:45.81) had one each.
Stanford next hosts Texas in a dual meet at Avery Aquatic Center on Friday, October 26 (12:00 p.m.). Georgia will swim at California on Thursday, October 25 (2:00 p.m.).