Top-Ranked Women's Swimming and Diving Begins Pac-10 Action This Friday And Saturday

Jan. 23, 2002

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*Fri., Jan. 25 (1:00 p.m.) - No. 3 Arizona (5-0, 2-0) at No. 1 Stanford (3-0, 0-0)
Sat., Jan. 26 (12:00 p.m.) - No. 7 Arizona State (5-0, 3-0) at No. 1 Stanford (3-0, 0-0)
*Meet to be held in conjunction with a men's meet between Arizona and StanfordBoth meets to be held at the Avery Aquatic Center

Top-ranked Stanford will continue its fall season with its first two Pac-10 meets of the season versus No. 3 Arizona and No. 7 Arizona State this Friday (1:00 p.m.) and Saturday (12:00 p.m.) ... The Cardinal has been out of action since placing second at the Texas Invitational (November 30 - December 2) ... The Cardinal vaulted to the top of the CSCAA poll after back-to-back dual meet victories over current #2 Texas and #5 Georgia (defending national champion) on October 24 and 26 ... The Cardinal finished second at the NCAA Championships last year and has won eight NCAA titles and nine national championships in the history of the program, including six NCAA titles since 1991-92 ... Stanford has three returning 2001 NCAA champions on this year's team in seniors Shelly Ripple and Jessica Foschi, as well as sophomore Tara Kirk.

Stanford opens its Pac-10 season versus No. 3 Arizona and No. 7 Arizona State this Friday and Saturday. The Wildcats are 5-0 after victories over Wisconsin, USC, UCLA, Northern Arizona and Southern Methodist. Arizona State is also 5-0 after victories over Hawaii, Wisconsin, UCLA, USC and Washington. The Wildcats finished fifth at the NCAA's last season, while the SunDevils were 21st. Arizona handed Stanford its only dual meet loss last season in Tucson (01/20/01), while the Cardinal defeated Arizona State in Tempe (01/19/01).

Following the home meets versus Arizona and Arizona State this Friday and Saturday, the Cardinal will travel to the Southland for meets at UCLA (Friday, February 1, 2:00 p.m.) and USC (Saturday, February 2, 12:00 p.m.). The team's final regular season action is a home dual meet versus California on Saturday, February 16 (12:00 p.m.).

Stanford opened the season with three impressive victories over Pacific, as well as defending national champion Georgia and perennial national power Texas. The Cardinal then finished second at the Texas Invitational to complete its fall season.

The Stanford women's swimming and diving program has been the most successful in NCAA Division I history. Stanford has won the most NCAA Division I titles with eight (nine national titles) and has finished in at least third place throughout the entire 21-year history of the NCAA Championships. Stanford has won six NCAA titles since 1991-92. The Cardinal has also finished third or better nationally for each of the last 26 seasons, including a second-place finish at the NCAA Championships last year. Stanford is in its 28th season of women's swimming and diving competition and has posted an all-time dual meet record of 206-16 (.928). Stanford women's swimmers and divers have claimed 71 individual NCAA titles and 38 relay crowns.

Shelly Ripple leads Stanford's group of NCAA 'A' Qualifiers with NCAA 'A' Qualifying marks in five events. Jessica Foschi has posted NCAA 'A' Qualifying marks in three events, while Tara Kirk has reached the 'A' standard in two events and Lacey Boutwell in one. All four of the individual qualifiers also have teamed up on a 400 yard medley relay squad to post an NCAA 'A' mark. Following is a list a complete list of Stanford's current NCAA 'A' Qualifiers with their events, best time in the event and the date the time was recorded.Lacey Boutwell - 200 yard free (1:47.19, 10/24/01)
Jessica Foschi - 500 yard free (4:38.95, 11/30/01), 1650 yard free (16:21.44, 12/2/01), 400 yard IM (4:16.09, 12/01/01)
Tara Kirk - 100 yard breast (59.51, 12/01/01), 200 yard breast (2:13.90, 10/24/01)
Shelly Ripple - 100 yard fly (52.81, 11/30/01), 200 yard fly (1:55.12, 12/02/01), 100 yard back (54.00, 12/01/01), 200 yard back (1:58.23, 12/02/01), 200 yard IM (1:57.52, 11/30/01)
400 Yard Medley Relay (Boutwell, Kirk, Ripple, Foschi) - (3:38.31, 11/30/01)

Several Stanford swimmers and relay teams make a strong showing on the current Speedo/CSCAA College Best Times List last updated on January 21, 2002. Following is a complete list of Stanford's entries among the nation's Top 25 times. The Cardinal have the nation's best times in three events (shown in bold). Shown in the list are the name of the swimmer, name of the event, ranking, time and date.Lacey Boutwell - 200 yard free (No. 6, 1:47.19, 10/24/01)
Jessica Foschi - 500 yard free (No. 1, 4:38.95, 11/30/01), 1000 yard free (No. 9, 9:55.92, 10/24/01), 1650 yard free (No. 3, 16:21.44, 12/02/01), 400 yard IM (No. 9, 4:16.09, 12/01/01)
Tara Kirk - 100 yard breast (No. 1, 59.51, 12/01/01), 200 yard breast (No. 3, 2:08.84, 12/02/01)
Tami Ransom - 200 yard IM (No. 18, 2:02.41, 10/24/01), 400 yard IM (No. 17, 4:18.53, 10/26/01)
Shelly Ripple - 200 yard free (No. 15, 1:48.44, 12/1/01), 100 yard back (No. 3, 54.00, 12/01/01), 200 yard back (No. 6, 1:58.23, 12/01/01), 100 yard fly (No. 2, 52.81, 11/30/01), 200 yard fly (No. 1, 1:55.12, 12/02/01), 200 yard IM (No. 2, 1:57.52, 11/30/01)
Amy Wagner - 100 yard back (No. 17, 55.51, 10/24/01)
200 Yard Free Relay - (Jones, Boutwell, Watchorn, Ripple ... No. 13, 1:33.48, 11/30/01)
800 Yard Free Relay - (Ripple, Boutwell, Watchorn, Foschi ... No. 3, 7:19.19, 12/01/01)
200 Yard Medley Relay - (Boutwell, Kirk, Ripple, Jones ... No. 4, 1:41.01, 12/01/01)
400 Yard Medley Relay - (Boutwell, Kirk, Ripple, Foschi ... No. 2, 3:38.31, 11/30/01)

1. Stanford (8), 2. Texas, 3. Arizona, 4. Auburn, 5. Georgia, 6. California, 7. Arizona State, 8. Florida, 9. SMU, 10. USC, 11. UCLA, 11. North Carolina, 13. Notre Dame, 14. Virginia, 15. Wisconsin, 16. Northwestern, 17. Michigan, 18. Penn State, 19. Indiana, 20. Minnesota, 21. Alabama, 22. Purdue, 23. Pacific, 24. Louisiana State, 25. Princeton ... First-place votes in parenthesis

Shelly Ripple and Tara Kirk remain undefeated in their respective top individual events during the first three Stanford meets of the season. Ripple has won the 200 yard fly in each of her four outing this season, most recently by recording the best time in the nation this year with a mark of 1:55.12 at the Texas Invitational (12/02/01). Kirk also recorded the best time in the country this year in the 100 yard breast (59.51) to win the event at the Texas Invitational (12/01/01). She has won the event all three times she has entered this season. Both swimmers had previously been undefeated in all of their individual events prior to the Texas Invitational. Ripple finished second in both the 100 yard fly and 200 yard IM, as well as third in the 100 yard back at the Texas Invitational. Kirk placed second in the 200 yard breast and also swam in the preliminary competition of the 50 and 010 yard free.

Jessica Foschi and Tara Kirk have both extended individual winning streaks. Foschi has won the 500 yard free in each of her last 13 collegiate meets, while Kirk has picked up victories all 11 times she has entered the 100 yard breast in collegiate meets.

The Stanford diving team tuned up for Pac-10 action by competing at the non-scoring Bruin Diving Invitational from January 19-20. The Cardinal earned a total of 14 Top 10 showings in the three events. McKenze Murphy had a third-place showing in the 1-meter event and a fourth-place finish in the 3-meter competition to lead the Cardinal. Kim Powers was Stanford's top diver in the platform event with a fourth-place finish.

Stanford's roster for the 2001-02 season currently stands at 31, which is 12 more than the 19 members of last year's team. The Cardinal has a total of 18 newcomers (13 swimmers, five divers), while 13 letterwinners return from last year, as does senior diver Kim Powers (redshirted 2000-01 season due to an injury).

Shelly Ripple and Lacey Boutwell have made early dents into the school's record book. Following is a complete list of Stanford swimmers who have made a new entry in the school's record book this season with their events, new spot in the record book, time in the event and the date the time was recorded.Lacey Boutwell - 200 yard free (No. 8, 1:47.19, 10/24/01)Shelly Ripple - 100 yard fly (No. 5, 52.81, 11/30/01)

Richard Quick is in his 14th year at the helm of the Stanford women's swimming and diving program. Quick's Stanford teams have won seven NCAA titles, including six in the past 10 seasons, while never finishing lower than third. He has won a total of 12 NCAA titles during his collegiate coaching career, the most in the history of Division I coaching.

Quick has led Stanford to 11 Pacific-10 Conference crowns. He has lost only five dual meets while at Stanford, sporting a dual meet record of 98-5 (.951) while coaching 75 All-Americans to 644 All-American honors. In addition, Quick has helped develop 38 NCAA champions at Stanford who have captured a combined 54 NCAA individual and 27 relay titles. Along the way, he has picked up five NCAA Coach of the Year honors and four Pacific-10 Coach of the Year awards, most recently being honored by the Pac-10 in 2000-01.

Quick's success is not limited to the Stanford campus. In his 26th year as a collegiate head coach, he has compiled an overall dual meet record of 187-34 (.846) and a 155-25 (.861) record as a women's head coach. Quick has led his teams to 17 conference crowns, all on the women's side. Before coming to The Farm, Quick led the University of Texas to a then-unprecedented five straight NCAA titles (1984-1988), a string he extended to six straight in his first season with the Cardinal. To put things in perspective, of the past 18 NCAA titles awarded, Richard Quick coached squads have captured 12 of them.

Quick is also arguably the top women's swimming coach in the world with three stints as the Olympic head coach for the U.S. Women's Swimming Team and as a five-time member of the U.S. coaching staff at the Games.

(on the upcoming spring season)
'We're really looking forward to our next five meets with some very good Pac-10 competition ahead. We're going to face five teams in the next month that should finish in the Top 10 at the NCAA Championships.'
(on the 2001-02 Stanford team)
'I like our team -- its energy, spirit, goals and work ethic. From these standpoints and as far as team chemistry is concerned, it is one of the strongest teams we have. Whether that translates into performance in critical meets at critical moments that remains to be seen. But, from my experience, a team that works this hard and is dedicated to its goals and to each other, they have a chance to perform at a real high level.'
(on the trio of returning NCAA champions Jessica Foschi, Tara Kirk and Shelly Ripple)
'Obviously, our team is led by Shelly, Jessica and Tara. We will rely upon the leadership that we know they will provide. Not only are all three of them great athletes, but they are great leaders and great examples of doing what it takes to get it done. If the rest of the team can feed off that leadership, it will make a big difference.'
(on using the upcoming dual meets as preparation for the Pac-10 and NCAA meets)
'We want to get race ready for our championship season. That's the purpose of our dual meets. We will try to give our athletes experience in the various events they may be competing in at the NCAA Championships.'
(on the early season victories over Georgia and Texas)
'We faced two great teams in Georgia and Texas. For us to come away with two victories was extremely significant, and it's a good step towards where we want to be in March (at the NCAA Championships).'

The Cardinal has been led this season in the sprint freestyle events by freshmen Sarah Jones (50 yard free) and Lacey Boutwell (100 yard free). Jones has the team's top 50 yard free time of 23.74 with Boutwell clocking in at 23.94. Boutwell has the team's top 100 yard free time of 50.67 (an NCAA 'B' Qualifying Standard) and also won the event versus Texas (10/26/01). Jones won the 50 yard free (24.16) in the team's season-opener versus Pacific. Sarah Watchorn is also a contender in each event with times of 24.05 in the 50 yard free and 51.29 in the 100 yard free. Jessica Foschi has a 51.81 mark in the 100 yard free.

DISTANCE FREESTYLE (200, 500, 1000, 1650)
Jessica Foschi leads the team in both the 500 and 1650 yard free events, as well as the 1000 yard free (not an NCAA Championship event). Foschi, the defending NCAA champion in the 500 yard free, has won all eight times she has entered one of those three events this season. Foschi has the nation's best time in the 500 yard free this season (4:38.95, 11/30/01) and is No. 3 on the 1650 yard free list (16:21.44, 12/02/01). Both are NCAA 'A' Qualifying marks.

Evins Cameron has recorded NCAA 'B' marks in both the 500 (4:53.00, 11/30/01) and 1650 (16:55.53) yard free events.

Lacey Boutwell leads the team in the 200 yard free, already picking up an NCAA 'A' mark with a time of 1:47.19 to finish second in the event against Georgia (10/24/01). Boutwell also finished second in the 200 yard free versus Georgia. Shelly Ripple (1:48.44, 12/01/01), Foschi (1:49.91, 10/12/01) and Tami Ransom (1:50.30, 10/26/01) have also posted NCAA 'B' marks in the 200 yard free.

In the 1000 yard free (not competed at the NCAA's), Foschi has recorded the team's top time (9:55.92) with Cameron second (10:07.64).

BUTTERFLY (100, 200)
Shelly Ripple has been the team's clear leader in the butterfly events as she has won all six of the seven butterfly events she has entered, including all four times she has entered the 200 yard butterfly. Ripple posted the nation's best time of the year in the 200 yard butterfly with a mark of 1:55.12 at the Texas Invitational (12/02/01). She also has the nation's No. 2 time in the 100 yard fly with a mark of 52.81 at the Texas Invitational (11/30/01). Both are NCAA 'A' Qualifying marks.

Lacey Boutwell has the team's only other NCAA Qualifying mark in either event, recording a 'B' mark in the 100 yard butterfly with a time of 55.88 against Georgia (10/24/01).

BACKSTROKE (100, 200)
The versatile Shelly Ripple is once again the team's leader in both backstroke events. Ripple recorded the nation's third-best time of the season in the 100 yard backstroke (54.00) and the sixth-best in the 200 yard backstroke (1:58.23) on the same day at the Texas Invitational (12/01/01).

Amy Wagner and Lacey Boutwell have both picked up NCAA 'B' marks in the 100 yard backstroke. Wagner won the event versus both Georgia (10/24/01) and Texas (10/26/01), recording her 'B' mark of 55.51 versus Georgia. Boutwell had a 'B' mark of 56.02 on the first leg of Stanford's 400 yard medley relay team at the Texas Invitational (11/30/01).

Tara Kirk, the defending NCAA champion in the 100 yard breaststroke, is Stanford's leader in both breaststroke events. Kirk recorded the nation's best time this season in the 100 yard breaststroke (59.51) at the Texas Invitational (12/01/01) and also ranks third in the country in the 200 yard breaststroke with a time of 2:08.84 at the Texas Invitational (12/02/01). Both marks meet the NCAA 'A' qualifying standard. Kirk is undefeated in 11 career collegiate competitions in the 100 yard breast.

After missing the season-opener versus Pacific due to illness, Kirk won the 100 yard breast and co-won the 200 yard breast versus Georgia. Kirk also won both events versus Texas (10/26/01).

Shelly Ripple has paced Stanford in the 200 yard IM this season, while Jessica Foschi has the team's top time in the 400 yard IM. Ripple recorded an NCAA 'A' mark of 1:57.52 at the Texas Invitational (11/30/01) and also won the event versus Georgia (10/24/01) and Texas (10/26/01). Foschi reached the NCAA 'A' qualifying standard with a time of 4:16.09 at the Texas Invitational (12/01/01).

Tami Ransom has picked up NCAA 'B' marks in both events, winning the 400 yard IM against Texas (10/26/01) with a time of 4:18.53 and recording a time of 2:02.41 against Georgia (10/24/01).

Foschi (2:03.74) and Tara Kirk (2:04.58) both recorded NCAA 'B' marks in the 200 yard IM at the Texas Invitational (11/30/01). Evins Cameron has an NCAA 'B' mark of 4:20.55 in the 400 yard IM, also recorded at the Texas Invitational (12/01/01).

FREESTYLE RELAYS (200, 400, 800)
The Cardinal ranks among the nation's best in both the 200 and 800 yard free relays. An 800 yard free relay squad of Shelly Ripple, Lacey Boutwell, Sara Watchorn and Jessica Foschi recorded the nation's third-best time of the year (7:19.99) and an NCAA 'B' mark. Sarah Jones, Boutwell, Watchorn and Ripple posted the nation's 13th best performance in the 200 yard free relay with an NCAA 'B' time of 1:33.48 in the 200 yard free relay.

Boutwell, Jones, Foschi and Watchorn recorded the team's best time of the year in the 400 yard free (3:27.46).

MEDLEY RELAYS (200, 400)
Stanford has posted the nation's second and fourth-best times in the 400 and 200 yard medley relays, respectively. A team of Lacey Boutwell, Tara Kirk, Shelly Ripple and Sarah Jones posted an NCAA 'B' mark of 1:41.01 in the 200 yard medley relay at the Texas Invitational (12/01/01). Boutwell, Kirk, Ripple and Jessica Foschi recorded an NCAA 'A' mark of 3:38.31 in the 400 yard medley relay at the Texas Invitational (12/01/01).

Stanford's diving team has already participated in six events this season. The squad and its depth played a key role in the dual meet victories over Georgia (10/24/01) and Texas (10/26/01). Erica Sorgi (1-meter) and Ashlee Rosenthal (3-meter) picked up individual victories versus Georgia as the Cardinal finished 1-3-4 in the 1-meter and 1-2-3 in the 3-meter. In the win over Texas, Stanford finished 2-3-4 in the 1-meter, while Kim Powers won the 3-meter. The Cardinal also hosted the Stanford Diving Invite (11/2-11/3/01) before competing at the Trojan Diving Invite (11/8-11/10/01) and the Texas Invitational (11/30-12/2/01) to complete the fall season. McKenze Murphy won the 3-meter event at the Texas Invitational.

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Stanford completed its fall season by finishing second at the Texas Invitational with 598 points behind the host Longhorns (719 points). The Cardinal had four individual winners at the meet. Jessica Foschi extended her string of victories in the 500 yard free to 13 straight by clocking a time of 4:38.95. Tara Kirk remained undefeated collegiate in the 100 yard breast with her 11th consecutive victory in the event, recording a time of 59.51. Shelly Ripple continued her dominance in the 200 yard fly with her fourth straight victory of the season in the event with a time of 1:5512. All three times were the best in the country this season and NCAA 'A' qualifying marks. McKenze Murphy was Stanford's other individual winner, taking home first place in the 3-meter diving competition with a score of 500.20.

Stanford closed out its fall dual meet season with a convincing 168-132 victory over perennial national power Texas. Stanford won 12 of the meet's 16 events as Shelly Ripple led the Cardinal for the third straight meet with three victories. Ripple won the 100 yard fly, 200 yard fly and 200 yard back. Senior Jessica Foschi (500 yard free, 1650 yard free) and Tara Kirk (100 yard breast, 200 yard breast) both added a pair of individual victories. Stanford's other winners were Amy Wagner (100 yard back), Lacey Boutwell (100 yard free), Tami Ransom (400 yard IM) and Kim Powers (3-meter diving). The Cardinal also won the 400 yard medley relay. Individual winners for Texas were Lauren Thies (200 yard free), Joscelin Yeo (50 yard free) and Nicole Pohorenic (1-meter diving). The Longhorns also captured the 400 yard free relay.

Stanford knocked off defending national champion Georgia, 158.5-141.5 as the Cardinal captured 10 of the meet's 16 events and tied for another. Shelly Ripple won three events (200 yard fly, 200 yard back, 200 yard IM), while Jessica Foschi (500 yard free, 1000 yard free) added a pair of individual victories. Tara Kirk won the 100 yard breast and tied for the 200 yard breast win with Georgia's Ashley Robley in her first meet of the season. Other winners for the Cardinal included Amy Wagner (100 yard back), Erica Sorgi (1-meter diving) and Ashlee Rosenthal (3-meter diving). Stanford also won the 200 yard medley relay. Georgia was paced by two-time individual winner Maritza Correia (50 yard free, 100 yard free), while Stephanie Williams (200 yard free) and Katie Yevak (100 yard free) also picked up victories for the Bulldogs. In addition, Georgia won the 400 yard free relay.

Stanford opened the 2001-02 campaign with a 143-117 home victory over Pacific on October 12. Stanford senior Shelly Ripple won three events (200 yard fly, 100 yard fly, 200 yard IM) in her first meet of the season, while senior Jessica Foschi (500 yard free, 1000 yard free) and freshman Sara Jones (50 yard free, 100 yard free) won two events each. Pacific had two-time individual winners in Heidi Schmidt (100 yard breast, 200 yard breast) and Sarah Marshall (100 yard back, 200 yard back). Robin Errecart (200 yard free) was Pacific's other individual winner. The Tigers also won both relay events (400 yard medley relay, 400 yard free relay) as the teams each won seven of the 14 events contested.

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