No. 4 Stanford To Conclude Fall Season At Speedo Cup This Thursday-Saturday

Nov. 17, 2004

The swimmers from No. 4 Stanford (1-1) conclude the fall portion of their schedule this Thursday-Saturday, November 18-20, by competing in the Speedo Cup to be hosted by UC Irvine and held at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach, California. There will be no diving competition. Prelims begin at 8:30 am with the finals session slated to start at 6:00 pm on all three days competition. Stanford is one 20 teams participating in the event with other squads including Air Force, Army, Brigham Young, Cal Baptist, Cal Lutheran, La Verne, Loyola Marymount, Nevada, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Occidental, Oregon State, Pepperdine, San Diego, UC Davis, UC Irvine, San Diego, Soka and UC Santa Cruz.

Stanford will resume its 2004-05 women's swimming and diving season when the Cardinal hosts Pacific in a non-conference meet at the Avery Aquatic Center on Saturday, January 15, 2005 (TBA).

Stanford is 1-1 after the first two meets of its 2004-05 campaign. The Cardinal started with a season-opening 180-120 win at No. 22 Hawaii in a short-course yards on October 23 before falling 197-156 to No. 6 Texas in Austin in a two-day dual meet October 29-30. Stanford's divers also competed at the Trojan Diving Invitational hosted by USC in Los Angeles from November 5-6. The 2004-05 Cardinal features three 2004 Olympians in Caroline Bruce, Kristen Caverly and Dana Kirk, as well as 14 All-Americans and 23 letterwinners on its 32-member roster.

Non-Scoring At Trojan Diving Invitational (November 5-6, 2004) - Diving Only ... Ashlee Rosenthal highlighted the performances by Stanford's divers at the Trojan Diving Invitational. Rosenthal finished second in the 3-meter competition on the opening day of the meet and was third in the 1-meter the following day. Cassidy Krug took fourth in the 3-meter and was fifth in the 1-meter. Erin Lashnits was ninth in both events, while Katie Lampe was 11th in the 3-meter and 12th in the 1-meter.

at Texas 197, Stanford 156 (October 29-30, 2004) ... No. 6 Texas posted a 197-156 victory over No. 4 Stanford despite four individual victories by Cardinal freshman Caroline Bruce over the two-day short-course yards meet. No. 13 USC also participated in the meet but the competition between the Cardinal and the Women of Troy was non-scoring. Texas posted a 230-123 victory in its scoring versus USC. Stanford actually won eight of the 18 events contested in the meet led by Bruce, who swept both breaststroke (100, 200) and individual medley (200, 400) events. In the 100 breast, she recorded an NCAA 'A' mark and season-best time of 1:01.70 that places her fifth on Stanford's all-time list of performers in the event. She picked up another NCAA 'A' mark in the 200 breast with a time of 2:12.28 that also places her fifth on Stanford's all-time list of performers in the event. Other individual winners for the Cardinal included Brooke Bishop (50 free), Lauren Costella (1650 free), Cassidy Krug (3-meter diving) and Desiree Stahley (500 free). Stanford swam the meet without two of its top swimmers in Dana Kirk (aggravated back) and Amy Wagner (illness), while another of its top swimmers in Kristen Caverly swam in only two events before sitting out the remainder of the meet when a back injury flared up.

Stanford 180, at Hawaii 120 (October 23, 2004) ... Caroline Bruce led No. 4 Stanford to a 180-120 victory in a short-course yards meet at No. 22 Hawaii with three individual victories (100 breast, 200 breast, 200 IM), while Dana Kirk (100 fly, 200 fly) won two individual events. Both were also members of Stanford's winning 200 medley relay. Lacey Boutwell (200 free), Lauren Costella (1000 free) and Desiree Stahley (500 free) added one victory each. Amy Wagner returned to the pool for the Cardinal for the first time since the 2002-03 campaign after missing last year due to an injury to open Stanford's winning 200 meter medley relay with the backstroke leg. Brooke Bishop brought the Cardinal home with the freestyle leg. Bruce recorded the only NCAA 'A' qualifying standard of the meet, hitting the mark exactly with a time of 1:02.00 in her 100 breast win. Stahley's victory was the first individual win of her collegiate career.

• Stanford has won 28 of its last 33 dual meets overall despite falling at No. 6 Texas October 29-30

Stanford is coming off a fifth-place NCAA finish and its 15th Pac-10 title last season. The Cardinal was also 5-2 dual meet season in 2003-04.