No. 8 Stanford Edges No. 7 California In Final Regular Season Meet

Feb. 15, 2003

Berkeley, Calif. - No. 8 Stanford (8-2, 4-1 Pac-10) edged No. 7 California (8-3, 3-2 Pac-10) by a final score of 154-146 to conclude its regular season in a meet that was decided in the final event on Saturday at the Spieker Aquatics Complex. Stanford did not lead in the meet until Kristen Caverly captured the 200 IM, the 15th of 16 scheduled events, to give the Cardinal a slim three-point advantage heading into the 400 free relay that concluded the meet's schedule.

Stanford held onto the victory when a team of Tami Ransom, Sarah Jones, Dana Kirk and Lacey Boutwell touched first in 3:22.52. The winning time was 3.39 seconds better than the previous best by a Cardinal 400 free relay squad this season.

Stanford's diving performance was arguably the key to the meet as the Cardinal finished 1-2-3 in both diving events to outscore California from the boards, 32-6.

Stanford improved to 28-2 all-time versus California.

'This victory was really a great team effort,' said Stanford head coach Richard Quick. 'It took everybody on the team doing a great job to pull off a hard-fought victory.'

Tara Kirk (100, 200 breast), Boutwell (50, 100 free) and Ashlee Rosenthal (one-meter, three-meter diving) each won two individual events for the Cardinal, who won nine of the 16 events contested. Dana Kirk (500 free) was also an individual winner for Stanford.

California's Natalie Coughlin won three events (100, 200 fly; 200 free), setting a pool record with a time of 1:55.03 in the 200 fly. Helen Silver (100, 200 back) swept the backstroke events for the Golden Bears. Lisa Morelli was also an individual winner for California in the 1000 free. A team of Silver, Staciana Stitts, Coughlin and Danielle Becks was victorious in the 400 medley relay.

California won the first four events of the day to jump out to an early 48-26 lead.

Kirk recorded NCAA 'A' marks in both the 100 (1:00.14) and 200 (2:11.01) breast.

Coughlin had NCAA 'A' times in the 100 (52.82) and 200 (pool record 1:55.03) fly. Stitts also recorded an NCAA 'A' mark of 1:01.53 in the 100 breast, finishing second in the event to Tara Kirk.

Tara Kirk remained unbeaten in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke this season, extending her collegiate unbeaten streak in the 100 breast to 24.

Stanford, which has now won 22 of its last 24 dual meets, and No. 6 Arizona (6-3, 4-1 Pac-10) were the only two Pac-10 teams to finish the dual meet season with just one conference loss.Stanford will be out of action for nearly two weeks before beginning its postseason with the Pac-10 Championships from February 27-March 1, in Federal Way, Washington.

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