No. 7 Stanford Picks Up Key Pac-10 Victory Over No. 12 UCLA

Jan. 31, 2003

Stanford, Calif. - No. 7 Stanford (6-2, 2-1 Pac-10) picked up a key Pac-10 dual meet victory with a 159-141 win over No. 12 UCLA (5-2, 2-2 Pac-10) on Friday at the Avery Aquatic Center. Tara Kirk, Kristen Caverly and Evins Cameron each won two events for the Cardinal. Stanford also swept the diving events with Ashlee Rosenthal winning the one-meter and McKenze Murphy taking the three-meter. Lacey Boutwell and the 200 free relay team also won races for Stanford, who won 10 of the 16 events contested.

Kirk swept the 100 and 200 breaststroke to remain unbeaten in both events this year. Kirk recorded an NCAA 'A' mark of 1:00.94 to extend her collegiate unbeaten streak in the event to 22. She picked up an NCAA 'B' mark in the 200 (2:14.68).

Caverly recorded wins in the 200 back (1:59.47) and 200 IM (2:00.91), recording NCAA 'B' times in both events. Cameron won both the 500 (4:56.30) and 1000 (season-best 10:04.42) free events. Boutwell's win came in the 100 free with an NCAA 'B' mark of 51.02. She also swam the anchor leg on Stanford's winning 200 free relay squad (1:42.96, NCAA 'B' mark) that also included Amy Wagner, Tara Kirk and Dana Kirk.

'We competed hard,' said Stanford head coach Richard Quick after the victory. 'With three different swimmers winning two events each and an outstanding effort from our divers we were able to prevail.'

UCLA's Kim Vandenberg swept the fly events for the Bruins with victories in the 100 (55.11, NCAA 'B' mark) and 200 (1:58.17, NCAA 'A' mark). Malin Svahnstrom (200 free, 1:49.68, NCAA 'B' mark), Taylor Spivey (100 back, 55.59, NCAA 'B' mark) and Sara Platzer (50 free, 23.25 NCAA 'B' mark) also won individual events for UCLA. A team of Platzer, Vandenberg, Erica Shugart and Svahnstrom captured the 200 free relay in an NCAA 'B' time of 1:33.64.

Stanford won for the 20th time in its last 22 meets.

Stanford also had several other second-place and season-best performances to help key the squad's victory. Dana Kirk finished second in the 200 free in a season-best time of 1:49.76 (NCAA 'B' mark), finishing just .08 seconds behind Svahnstrom. Wagner was second in the 100 back with a season-best and NCAA 'B' time of 55.94. Boutwell took second in the 50 free in a season-best and NCAA 'B' time of 23.38.

Stanford's diving was also a key as the Cardinal outscored the Bruins, 25-13, in the two diving events. Rosenthal scored 269.47 points to win in the one-meter, while Murphy recorded 273.67 points in her three-meter victory.

The Cardinal welcomes No. 5 USC (4-2, 2-1 Pac-10) in another key Pac-10 dual meet on Saturday (12 pm, PDT).

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