Women's Swimming And Diving Signs Four To Letters Of Intent

Nov. 14, 2001

Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford women's swimming and diving program has announced the signing of four student-athletes to national letters of intent to attend Stanford in 2002-2003. The four incoming swimmers are Kristen Caverly (San Clemente, CA/San Clemente HS), Laura Davis (Concord, CA/Clayton Valley HS), Carly Geehr (Newport Beach, CA/Newport Harbor HS) and Anna Strohl (Cleveland, OH/Hawken HS).

'On paper, this is one of our best classes during my tenure at Stanford,' said head coach Richard Quick. 'When you sign two (Senior) National champions, that is a pretty good accomplishment. We feel great about this class and where they're going to take Stanford swimming in the future.'

Caverly is a three-time Senior National champion with a pair of victories in the 200 meter IM (1999, 2001) and one in the 200 meter breast (2001). She currently ranks among the world's best in the final 2001 world rankings in the 400 meter IM (8th), 200 meter IM (15th), 200 meter breast (21st), 100 meter breast (58th) and 200 meter back (93rd). Caverly was a member of the 2001 U.S. National 'A' Team and finished second in both the 200 meter breast and 400 meter IM at the 2001 Goodwill Games. She was also fourth in the 200 meter breast at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials.

'Kristen is a world class swimmer who is on an amazing improvement curve,' said Stanford head women's swimming coach Richard Quick. 'She competes at an elite level in a number of events, and we are more than pleased she will be representing Stanford.'

Davis won a Senior National title in the 200 meter IM in 1999 and has a wealth of international swimming experience. She finished second in the 200 meter breast, 100 meter fly and 400 meter IM at World Cup 1 in 2000. She also finished fifth in the 200 meter IM at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials. As a prep junior, Davis won national public high school championships in both the 200 yard IM and the 100 yard fly.

'Laura is one of the most versatile swimmers in the nation,' said Quick. 'She will play a significant role for our team the next four years. She brings a great deal of international experience, an outstanding work ethic and great energy to a team situation.'

Geehr won a Junior National title in the 200 meter breast in 1997 at the age of 12 years old and holds several age group records. She also had a big World Cup 5 meet in 2000, finishing fourth in the 400 meter IM, as well as fifth in the 200 meter IM and 200 meter breast.

'We feel that Carly is one of the most talented swimmers in this class,' stated Quick. 'We look for her to fully recover from injuries that have hampered her the last two years and return to world class form. Carly could be the real find of this class.'

Strohl won a Junior National title in the 500 yard free in 1998.

'Anna brings a lot to the table,' said Quick. 'She has the ability to swim a lot of events, in addition to having a great attitude, work ethic and strong club background. We look for Anna to quickly return to the national and international scene.'

Stanford is currently the top-ranked collegiate women's swimming and diving team in the nation. The 2001-2002 team won all three of its dual meets this fall, including victories over defending national champion Georgia and perennial national power Texas. Last year, the Cardinal finished second at the 2001 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships. Stanford won six NCAA titles during the 1990's.


Name             Event(s)                    Hometown (Last School)Kristen Caverly    Back/Breast/IM                    San Clemente, CA (San Clemente HS)Laura Davis        Breast/Fly/IM                     Concord, CA (Clayton Valley HS)Carly Geehr        Breast/IM                         Newport Beach, CA (Newport Harbor HS)Anna Strohl        Distance Free                     Cleveland, OH (Hawken HS)
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