Stanford Earns Six Swims In Finals During Saturday's NCAA Championships Prelims

March 19, 2005

West Lafayette, Ind. - Stanford earned six swims in the finals during prelim action Saturday on the third and final 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. Three Stanford individuals will be in championship finals on Saturday evening (7 pm, ET/4 pm, PT), which the Cardinal will begin in fifth place after scoring 216 points during the first two days of competition. Caroline Bruce was the top qualifier in the 200 breast (2:09.77), missing her personal-best by just one-hundredth of a second. Lacey Boutwell did record a personal-best mark with her time of 48.78 in the 100 free to qualify third, while Dana Kirk finished sixth in the 200 fly (1:56.79).

Kristen Caverly and Laura Davis qualified for consolation finals with their performances in Saturday's prelims. Caverly was 10th in the 200 breast with a time of 2:13.07, while Davis got the final spot in the 200 fly consolation final with her 16th-place prelim finish in 1:59.62.

Stanford will also swim in the consolation finals of the 400 free relay after a team of Brooke Bishop, Boutwell, Bruce and Sarah Jones took 10th in the prelims with a time of 3:20.54. The Cardinal had been seeded sixth in the event.

Stanford also has four swimmers seeded in the Top 20 of the 1650 free timed final, which will begin with the first of five heats at 4:40 pm, ET/1:40 pm, PT. The last heat, which includes Elizabeth Durot as the eighth seed, will open the finals session. Lauren Costella (No. 10), Morgan Hentzen (No. 15) and Desiree Stahley (No. 19) round out Stanford's entries in the event.

Bruce will go for her second NCAA title in as many days when she competes in the 200 breast final on Saturday evening. She won her first NCAA crown on Friday by capturing the 100 breast in a time of 59.55 that makes her the No. 3 all-time performer in the event.

Boutwell is in the finals of the 100 free for the fourth consecutive year and will be looking for her first individual NCAA crown and third overall. She has improved her national finish each season, moving from eighth as a freshman to fifth as a sophomore before taking third last season.

Kirk, who is still looking for her first career NCAA victory, was fourth in the 200 fly last season and ninth as a freshman.

Brooke Bishop (100 free, 26th, 49.90) and Erica Liu (200 breast, 48th, 2:21.37) also competed in Saturday's prelims.

The winners of other individual prelim races on Saturday were Auburn's Kirsty Coventry (200 back, 1:53.54), California's Emily Silver (100 free, 48.72) and Georgia's Mary DeScenza (200 fly, 1:54.83).

Georgia won a hotly contested prelim 400 free relay by just .06 seconds over second-place Arizona as a team of Andrea Georoff, Paige Kearns, Samantha Arsenault and Amanda Weir turned in a time of 48.79.

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