No. 4 Stanford Falls To No. 1 Auburn And Defeats Pacific In Double-Dual Meet
Nov. 23, 2002
Stanford, Calif. - No. 4 Stanford completed a split of a two-day double-dual meet at the Avery Aquatic Center on Saturday, falling to defending national champion and No. 1 Auburn (202.5-129.5) while defeating Pacific (201-121). Auburn also defeated Pacific (214-106). The loss to Auburn ended Stanford's string of 15 consecutive dual meet victories. Auburn's overall record improves to 2-0, while Stanford is now 3-1 and Pacific falls to 2-3.
'When you compete against a great opponent, you have to be hitting on all cylinders to have an opportunity to win,' said Stanford head coach Richard Quick. 'Auburn was hitting on all cylinders the past two days.'
Tara Kirk, Kristen Caverly and Dana Kirk all won individual events for the Cardinal. Tara Kirk picked up a victory in the 200 breast by recording an NCAA 'A' qualifying time of 2:10.92. Caverly swam a tremendous 200 IM, racing American record holder and 2002 NCAA champion Maggie Bowen of Auburn to a dead heat in an NCAA 'A ' time of 1:59.88. Dana Kirk picked up her first individual collegiate win with a time of 2:00.43 in the 200 fly.
'Tara Kirk swam a truly outstanding 200 breast and is quite a bit ahead of where she was at this point last year,' said Quick. 'For Kristen Caverly to tie the American record holder in the 200 IM was a very significant performance and Dana Kirk is going to be a great swimmer. I am pleased with her progress so far.'
Auburn secured its win over Stanford with victories in the first four events of the day.
In the opening 200 medley relay, Auburn (1:42.99) edged second-place Stanford (1:42.88) with a winning team of Erin Volcan, Laura Swander, Margaret Hoelzer and Heather Kemp. Magda Dyszkiewicz kept the Tigers' momentum rolling by recording an NCAA 'A' mark to win the 1650 free (16:19.47). Hoelzer followed with another NCAA 'A' time of 1:57.41 to win the 200 back and Volcan added an NCAA 'A' mark of 1:57.51 to finish second. Kemp then won the 100 free (50.41) before Tara Kirk's victory in the 200 breast finally stopped the streak. Kemp added another victory in the 200 free (1:48.90).
Auburn also won the final event of the day as a team of Volcan, Bowen, Kirsty Coventry and Kemp captured the 400 free relay.
Kemp finished the two-day meet with a total of seven wins - three in individual events and as part of four relay squads.
Pacific had a pair of third-place individual finishers on Saturday in Laura McDonald (1650 free, 16:53.42) and Robin Errecart (100 free, 51.43).
FINAL TEAM SCORES - AFTER 18 OF 18 EVENTS
Auburn 202.5, Stanford 129.5
Stanford 201, Pacific 121
Auburn 214, Pacific 106
INDIVIDUAL WINNERS AND ALL STANFORD SWIMMERS ONLY
200 YARD MEDLEY RELAY
1. Auburn 'A' (Erin Volcan 26.37, Laura Swander 28.29, Margaret Hoelzer 24.89, Heather Kemp 22.94) 1:42.49.
Stanford Swimmers - 2. Stanford 'B' (Megan Baumgartner 27.01, Tara Kirk 27.48, Lacey Boutwell 25.13, Sarah Jones 23.26) 1:42.88; 4. Stanford 'A' (Kristen Caverly 26.71, Kirsten Gilbert 29.71, Dana Kirk 25.41, Tami Ransom 23.67) 1:45.50.
200 YARD BACK
1. Margaret Hoelzer (Auburn) 1:57.41.
Stanford Swimmers - 3. Kristen Caverly 1:58.51; 5. Ashley Daly 2:07.01; 8. Haley Champion 2:11.57; 10. Tenley Bick 2:16.20; X. Katy Blakemore 2:13.21.
100 YARD FREE
1. Heather Kemp (Auburn) 50.41.
Stanford Swimmers - 4. Lacey Boutwell 52.10; 5. Tami Ransom 52.16; 7. Megan Baumgartner 53.01; 11. Sarah Jones 53.72; X. Sara Watchorn 52.90; X. Haley Champion 54.83.
400 YARD FREE RELAY
1. Auburn 'A' (Erin Volcan 51.88, Maggie Bowen 53.81, Kirsty Coventry 51.44, Heather Kemp 49.68) 3:26.81.
Stanford Swimmers - 2. Stanford 'A' (Tami Ransom 52.92, Dana Kirk 51.54, Lacey Boutwell 51.27, Sara Watchorn 52.19) 3:27.92; 4. Stanford 'B' (Megan Baumgartner 52.53, Sarah Jones 52.90, Evins Cameron 52.96, Kristen Caverly 53.12) 3:31.51.