No. 4 Stanford Rolls To 144-107 Win Over Pacific

Jan. 10, 2004

Stanford, Calif. - No. 4 Stanford (2-0) rolled to a 144-107 victory over Pacific (1-3) in a non-conference women's swimming meet at Avery Aquatic Center on Saturday. Tara Kirk (100, 200 meter breast), Kristen Caverly (100, 200 meter back) and Morgan Hentzen (400, 800 meter free) led the Cardinal by winning two individual events each. Dana Kirk (200 meter fly) was also an individual winner for the Cardinal. Stanford's 200 meter medley relay squad of Megan Baumgartner, Tara Kirk, Dana Kirk and Sarah Jones added a victory.

'I thought it was good meet overall for us, and we had some excellent swims from several individuals,' said Stanford head coach Richard Quick about his team that competed in a scoring meet for just the second time this season and the first time since October 25. 'But, I know that we have some work to do during the next two weeks.'

Stanford will next be in action when the Cardinal hosts Arizona State in its Pac-10 opener on Friday, January 23 (1:00 pm, PT).

Saturday's win extended Stanford's dual meet win streak to six dating back to last season as the also won for the 23rd time in its last 25 dual meets overall.

Tara Kirk's sweep of the 100 and 200 meter breast highlighted Stanford's performance. Kirk remained unbeaten in the 100 breast during her collegiate career, winning her 29th straight race in the event as a collegian with the only NCAA `A' qualifying time of the day (1:08.42). Kirk met the NCAA `B' qualifying standard to win the 200 breast in 2:13.93.

Caverly earned an NCAA `B' mark to win the 200 meter back in 2:14.97, while clocking in at 1:02.97 in the 100. She also recorded an NCAA `B' time of 2:16.13 while swimming an exhibition in the 200 meter IM.

Hentzen, the 2003 Pan American Games champion in the 800 meter free, had a huge day in her first home collegiate meet. She clocked in at 8:51.28 in the 800, pulling away from fellow freshman distance swimmer and second-place Lauren Costella (8:54.58). Hentzen recorded a time of 4:18.64 in the 800 for a convincing 3.17 second victory over her closest competition and teammate Desiree Stahley (4:21.82).

Dana Kirk was a winner in the 100 meter fly, finishing in an NCAA `B' time of 1:01.64. Kirk also picked up an NCAA `B' mark of 2:13.93in a 200 meter fly exhibition swim.Pacific's Robin Errecart was a two-time winner, sweeping the 100 (58.31) and 200 (2:03.64) meter free.

Lyndsay McNamee was victorious for the Tigers in the 50 meter free (27.04).

Pacific's 200 meter free relay team of Shannon Catalano, Sarah Marshall, Errecart and McNamee captured the event in 1:46.61.

Catalano (100 meter fly, 1:01.92) and Melissa Banks (200 meter IM, 2:27.31) were also both credited with victories although their times were bested by the exhibition swims posted by Dana Kirk and Caverly in their respective wins.

Stahley added an NCAA `B' time of 2:03.66 with her second-place finish in the 200 meter free, just .02 seconds behind Errecart.

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