No. 1 Women's Swimming And Diving Stays Unbeaten With Convincing Win Over No. 7 Arizona State

Jan. 26, 2002

Stanford, Calif. - No. 1 Stanford (5-0, 2-0 Pac-10) stayed unbeaten with a convincing 188-112 dual meet win over No. 7 Arizona State (5-2, 3-2 Pac-10) in a Pac-10 women's swimming and diving meet at the Avery Aquatic Center on Saturday. Stanford won 13 of the meet's 16 events and completed a sweep of the Arizona schools after knocking off No. 3 Arizona on Friday.

Freshman Lacey Boutwell won three events for the second consecutive meet with victories in the 50, 100 and 200 yard free. Boutwell's time of 23.55 in the 50 yard free was a new season-best. She clocked in at 50.26 in the 100 yard free and 1:47.96 in the 200 yard free.

Seniors Jessica Foschi and Shelly Ripple each won two events.

Foschi, the defending NCAA champion in the 500 yard free, won the event for the 15th consecutive outing with a time of 4:49.98. She also picked up a victory in the 1650 yard freestyle (16:49.83), remaining unbeaten in the event this season with her third straight win.

Ripple remained unbeaten in the 200 yard fly this year, clocking in at 2:01.55. She also captured the 100 yard fly with an NCAA 'A' qualifying time of 54.46. Ripple recorded another NCAA 'A' qualifying and season-best mark by finishing second in the 400 yard IM with a time of 4:15.04.

Sophomore Tara Kirk remained undefeated during her collegiate career in the 100 yard breast with her 13th straight victory in the event in a time of 1:00.66, just .001 seconds shy of her own pool record set in 2001. Kirk finished second in the 200 yard breaststroke (2:11.28) behind 2000 Olympic gold medallist Agnes Kovacs (2:10.40). Kovacs set a new pool record and Kirk's mark also eclipsed her own previous pool record. Kovacs finished second to Kirk in the 100 yard breaststroke (1:01.17) as both swimmers recorded NCAA 'A' marks in both the 100 and 200 yard breast.

Kovacs won her second event of the meet by recording an NCAA 'A' mark in the 400 yard IM (4:13.95).

Other Stanford swimmers with individual victories were senior Alexis Oakland (200 yard back, 2:01.20) and freshman Amy Wagner (100 yard back, 55.96). Oakland's time was a season-best.

Stanford also picked up victories in both diving events as junior McKenze Murphy (283.80) and senior Kim Powers (297.15) swept the 1-meter and 3-meter competitions, respectively. Both point totals reached their respective NCAA qualifying standards. Murphy's mark was a new career-best, while Powers recorded a season-best.

The teams split the two relay events. Stanford captured the 200 yard medley relay by setting a new pool record (1:41.22) with a team of Wagner, Kirk, Ripple and freshman Sarah Jones. The Sundevils won the 200 yard freestyle relay (1:34.77) with a team of freshman Florencia Szigeti, sophomore Florence Mauro, senior Sarah Baham and junior Claire Hedenskog.

The Stanford women's swimming and diving team will next travel to No. 11 UCLA and No. 10 USC for a pair of dual meets next Friday (February 1) and Saturday (February 2).

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