Stanford Qualifies Seven For Finals During Thursday Prelims At NCAA Championships

March 17, 2005

West Lafayette, Ind. - Stanford earned seven spots in the finals during prelim action Thursday on the first day of the short-course yards 2005 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center on the campus of Purdue University. Caroline Bruce and Lacey Boutwell qualified for championship finals in the 200 IM and 50 free, while the Cardinal will also have 200 free and 400 medley relay teams in championship races Thursday night. Laura Davis (200 IM), Kristen Caverly (200 IM) and Brooke Bishop (50 free) all qualified for consolation finals during Thursday's prelims.

Stanford's diving duo of Cassidy Krug and Ashlee Rosenthal began prelim action in the 1-meter event at 1:15 pm, ET/10:15 am, PT.Thursday night's finals session begins at 7:00 pm, ET/4:00 pm, PT.Bruce was Stanford's top individual qualifier after turning in a personal-best time of 1:57.98 to finish fourth in Thursday's 200 IM prelims.

Boutwell earned a spot in the 50 free finals for the second consecutive year by swimming a personal-best time of 22.45 for a fifth-place finish that also moved her up two spots to No. 3 on Stanford's all-time list of performers in the event.

Stanford was third in the 400 medley relay in a time of 3:36.65 with Bishop, Bruce, Dana Kirk and Boutwell.

Stanford took seventh in the 200 free relay with a season-best time of 1:31.00 clocked by Bishop, Boutwell, Sarah Jones and Kirk.Davis was ninth in the 200 IM with a season and collegiate-best time of 1:59.60 that also ranks moves her onto the school's list of all-time performers in the event at No. 10. Caverly will join Davis in the 200 IM consolation finals after tying for 10th in a time of 1:59.84.Bishop recorded a personal-best time of 22.71 in the 50 free to tie for 11th and move into sole possession of sixth on Stanford's all-time list of top performers.

Morgan Hentzen (17th, personal-best 4:46.31), Elizabeth Durot (18th, 4:46.41) and Desiree Stahley (21st, personal-best 4:47.11) all just missed the consolation finals of the 500 free. Lauren Costella (52nd, 4:53.99) also competed in the event for the Cardinal.

Jones finished 58th in the 50 free.

Top individual qualifiers in Thursday's prelims were Wisconsin's Carly Piper (500 free, 4:39.71), Auburn's Kirsty Coventry (200 IM, 1:56.67) and Georgia's Kara Lynn Joyce (21.94).

Georgia's 200 free relay team set an American record when Joyce, Paige Kearns, Andrea Georoff and Amanda Weir checked in with a time of 1:28.36.

Florida won the 400 medley relay in a time of 3:34.87 with a team of Maureen Farrell, Vipa Bernardt, Candace Weiman and Caroline Burckle.

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