No. 7 Stanford Completes Sweep Of LA Schools With Win Over No. 4 USC

Feb. 1, 2003

Stanford, Calif. - No. 7 Stanford (7-2, 3-1 Pac-10) completed a two-day sweep of the Los Angeles schools and its regular season home schedule with a key 167-133 Pac-10 dual meet victory over No. 4 USC (4-3, 2-2 Pac-10) on Saturday at the Avery Aquatic Center. Kristen Caverly won three individual events (100 back, 200 back, 400 IM) and the Cardinal swept the two relay events (400 medley relay, 400 free relay) to key the victory. Tara Kirk also continued her domination in the breaststroke events by sweeping the 100 and 200, while Lacey Boutwell was a winner in the 50 and 100 free.

Stanford, which has now won 21 of its last 23 dual meets, is one of three Pac-10 teams to have a 3-1 conference record with one regular season meet remaining. The Cardinal closes out its regular season with a dual meet at No. 9 California (8-2, 3-1 Pac-10) on Saturday, February 15 (12 pm, PDT). No. 6 Arizona, which handed Stanford its only conference loss, is also 3-1 in Pac-10 action.

Caverly picked up an NCAA 'A' mark with a time of 4:11.24 in the 400 IM, winning the event by 5.26 seconds over her closest competitor. Caverly's winning times in the 100 (56.37) and 200 (1:59.75) back both met NCAA 'B' standards. She also swam the lead leg of Stanford's winning 400 medley relay team, which recorded a NCAA 'B' and season-best time of 3:42.39. Caverly was joined by Tara Kirk, Dana Kirk and Tami Ransom.

Tara Kirk remained unbeaten in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke this season with a sweep of the events. She won the 100 breast in 1:01.10 to extend her collegiate unbeaten streak in the event to 23 before coming back to win the 200 in 2:11.60. Both marks were NCAA 'A' times.Boutwell swept the 50 (23.42) and 100 (50.95) free events with NCAA 'B' times in both.

USC picked up wins in seven of the meet's 16 events. Asa Sundlund swept the 500 (4:53.52) and 1650 (16:38.49) free, while Margie Pedder won the 200 free (1:50.05) and 200 fly (1:59.10). All four winning times met the NCAA 'B' standard. Blythe Hartley dominated the diving competitions, rolling to victories by large margins in both the one-meter (317.77 points) and three-meter (324.00) competitions. Jana Krohn was a winner in the 100 fly with an NCAA 'B' performance of 54.69.

Stanford's Dana Kirk also had an excellent performance in the 200 fly, finishing second in a season-best and NCAA 'B' time of 1:59.78.

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