Stanford Second After First Day Of Pac-10 Championships

Feb. 27, 2003

Federal Way, Wash. - Defending Pac-10 champion Stanford is in second place after the first day of action at the 2003 Pac-10 Championships at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center. Stanford's 400 medley relay team of Amy Wagner, Tara Kirk, Dana Kirk and Lacey Boutwell won the final event of the day in an NCAA 'A' qualifying and season-best time of 3:35.94. Ashlee Rosenthal also had a big performance with a second-place finish in one-meter diving (310.95).

UCLA leads the team competition after the first day with 418.50, followed closely by Stanford (409). USC (353), California (301) and Arizona State (239) round out the top five. Arizona (217), Washington (144.5), Oregon State (139) and Washington State (95) are in sixth through ninth places.

Lacey Boutwell was the only individual Stanford swimmer to record her first NCAA 'A' mark of the season in an event with a fourth-place finish in the 50 free (22.86).

Stanford's other top individual event finishers included Kristen Caverly (200 IM, fourth-place, 2:00.35) and Evins Cameron (500 free, 13th-place, season-best 4:53.60). The Cardinal finished third in the 200 free relay as a team of Boutwell, Sarah Jones, Megan Baumgartner and Ashley Daly recorded a season-best time of 1:31.34.

California's Natalie Coughlin (50 free, 22.05) and USC's Kaitlin Sandeno set new Pac-10 Meet records (500 free, 4:39.50) in winning their respective events with NCAA 'A' marks. USC's Blythe Hartley was a winner in the 1-meter diving (332.85). California won the 200 yard free relay in an NCAA 'A' time of 1:31.01 with a team of Danielle Becks, Coughlin, Whitney Rockwell and Michelle Harper.

The 2003 Women's Swimming and Diving Championships continue on Friday. Preliminaries begin at 11:00 am, with finals starting at 6:00 pm. The eight events contested on Friday will include the 200 medley relay, 400 individual medley, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, three-meter diving and 800 free relay.

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