Stanford Leads Texas, 88-79, After First Day Of Meet In Los Angeles

Oct. 24, 2003

Los Angeles, Calif. - Stanford leads Texas, 88-79, after the first day of competition Friday at a meet hosted by USC at the McDonald Swim Center in Los Angeles. Texas is leading host USC by a score of 84-83, while Stanford and USC are not being scored against each other. Stanford won four of the nine short course meter events on Friday with Tara Kirk (200 breast, 2:26.64), Dana Kirk (100 fly, 1:01.11), Lacey Boutwell (100 free, 56.03) and Stanford's 400 medley relay team of Kristen Caverly, Tara Kirk, Dana Kirk and Boutwell (4:06.98) winning events.

'This was a good starting place,' said Stanford head coach Richard Quick about the team's opener. 'There are a lot of areas that we need to improve in and that we will improve in, and I expect that improving to start as early as tomorrow.'

USC's Kaitlin Sandeno won a pair of events with victories in the 400 IM (4:39.15) and 200 back (2:11.68). Caverly had strong showing in both events for the Cardinal, taking second in the 400 IM (4:44.19) and third in the 200 back (2:14.60). USC's Nicci Fusaro also won the one-meter diving competition with a score of 284.60, while a USC team of Caitlin Connealy, Jay Galloway, Jana Krohn and Sandeno captured the final event of the day with a time of 1:44.30 in the 200 free relay.

Former USC swimmer Lindsay Benko took the 400 free in 4:09.66 swimming for the Trojan Swim Club.

A third-place finish by Stanford's top 200 free relay team of Boutwell, Sarah Jones, Lisa Falzone and Tara Kirk highlighted other top five performances by Stanford swimmers and divers. Tami Ransom (400 IM, 4:53.10) and Morgan Hentzen (400 free, 4:15.12) picked up fourth-place showings. Boutwell was fifth in the 100 fly (1:02.25) as was Stanford's 'B' 200 free relay team of Ransom, Desiree Stahley, Falzone and Tara Kirk.

The two-day meet will conclude on Saturday with the teams jumping in the pool at 11:00 am.

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