Stanford Opens 2005-06 Season By Hosting San Jose State Friday

Oct. 13, 2005

Stanford will get the 2005-06 campaign started under first-year head coach Lea Maurer when the Cardinal hosts San Jose State in a dual meet at the Avery Aquatic Center this Friday, October 14 (1:00 pm, PT).

Stanford has a deep and veteran team in 2005-06 with 12 All-Americans and 21 returning letterwinners on a 30-member roster. Caroline Bruce, the NCAA champion in both the 100 and 200 breast as a rookie last season, leads the strong group of returnees. Bruce finished second on the Individual High Point List at the 2005 NCAA Championships and totaled five All-American honors. Dana Kirk was also a five-time All-American a year ago and enters the season as the team's active leader with 14 career All-American honors. Brooke Bishop picked up All-American status in four events last year, while Kristen Caverly and Laura Davis were each three-time All-Americans in 2004-05. Cassidy Krug and Desiree Stahley picked up two All-American awards, while Sara Bowling, Lauren Costella and Elizabeth Durot had one apiece. Tami Ransom (2) and Morgan Hentzen (1) did not earn All-American honors last season but were previous selections.

Stanford finished its 2004-05 campaign with six consecutive dual meet victories and is looking to extend that run to seven against San Jose State this Friday. The Cardinal has also won 33 of its last 38 dual meets and has never lost more than two dual meets in a season, dating the entire span of the program that has been in existence for 31 seasons after making its debut in 1974-75.

Stanford continues a busy October at the Avery Aquatic Center by welcoming its Alumnae next Saturday, October 22 (10:00 am, PT). Stanford's Alumnae has been responsible for more NCAA team championships (8) than any other collegiate women's swimming program in the nation and also added an AIAW national title in 1980, the season before the NCAA began sponsoring a national championship. Former Stanford swimmers have also captured 16 Pac-10 team titles in 19 years of the conference championship meet and have led the Cardinal to an all-time dual meet record of 231-21. A total of 37 former Stanford coaches and swimmers, as well as two current roster members, have participated in the Olympic Games and combined to win 50 medals (30 goals, 16 silver, four bronze). Stanford concludes its October schedule with a two-day dual meet against perennial national power Texas (Friday-Saturday, October 28-29, 1:00 pm, PT/TBA).

Stanford had eight seniors that combined to win two NCAA titles and 37 All-American honors finish their collegiate careers in 2004-05. Lacey Boutwell and Amy Wagner were both two-time NCAA champs as freshmen when they were bookends on Stanford's winning 200 and 400 medley relays teams. Boutwell captured nearly half of the groups All-American honors by finishing her career with 18 to rank tied for 11th on Stanford's all-time list. Wagner (7), Sarah Jones (6), Ashlee Rosenthal (5) and Kirsten Gilbert (1) were also collegiate All-Americans, while Evins Cameron, Erin Glenn and Erin Lashnits rounded out the class.

Stanford named Lea Maurer as its women's swimming and diving head coach on May 20, 2005. The former Lea Loveless takes the reigns of Stanford's nationally prominent program from her collegiate coach Richard Quick, who retired after leading Stanford to seven national titles in his 17 seasons on The Farm. Maurer swam on three of Quick's national championship squads (1992, '93, '94) when she competed at Stanford from 1990-94, winning 10 NCAA individual and relay titles during her collegiate swimming career. Among Maurer's NCAA crowns were three consecutive victories in the 100 back (1992, '93, '94) as well as a 200 back title in 1993. She was also a member of six victorious NCAA relay teams. Maurer added 15 Pac-10 titles (seven individual, eight relays) and 21 All-American honors (19 at Stanford) to her collegiate swimming resume. She was a member of 400 (1993) and 800 (1992) free relay teams that set school records that still stand today. In addition, Maurer is still second on Stanford's all-time list of performers in the 100 and 200 back, as well as sixth in the 200 individual medley. After finishing her collegiate swimming career at Stanford following the 1993-94 campaign, she started in the coaching profession as an assistant at Northwestern for a program that placed 11th at the NCAA's and third in the Big 10 in 1995. In 1996, she began a prep dynasty as the head boys' and girls' coach at Lake Forest High School (Lake Forest, IL), leading the boys' squad to the 2002-03 mythical National Championship and the girls' team to the mythical 2003 Public School National Championship. She coached 2003 National High School Swimmer of the Year Matt Grevers, who recorded the second-fastest prep time ever in the 50 free and went on to win the NCAA title in the 100 back as a sophomore at Northwestern in 2005. In 10 years at Lake Forest, her girls' team also won a pair of state titles (2002, '03) while her boys' squad was the state champion in 2003. In addition, she was named the Illinois Swimming Association Coach of the Year on eight occasions (five girls, three boys) while coaching 85 All-American and honorable mention All-American swimmers, as well as nine individual and seven relay state champions.

A LOOK BACK AT 2004-05
Stanford continued its strong tradition at the NCAA Championships (March 17-19) with a fifth-place showing in 2005, marking the 29th time in the last 30 seasons that the Cardinal has finished among the best five teams in the nation. The Cardinal has placed among the nation's top eight in 31 straight seasons, spanning the entire history of the program, and has never finished lower than sixth in the 23 years of the NCAA Championships meet. Stanford was dominating in winning second straight Pac-10 title from March 23-26 and 16th in the 19 years of the meet's existence, scoring 1499 points to easily outdistance second-place Arizona (1237). Stanford was also 7-1 overall and a perfect 5-0 in Pac-10 dual meets, while adding a victory at the Speedo Cup. The Cardinal started with a season-opening 180-120 win at No. 22 Hawaii on October 23 before falling 197-156 to No. 6 Texas in Austin in a two-day dual meet that also included non-scoring events versus USC from October 29-30. After nearly two months out of competition following the Speedo Cup win November 18-20, the swimmers returned to action with a 159-96 victory over Pacific in their home-opener and final non-conference dual meet on January 15. Stanford came up with a 177-117 win at No. 18 Arizona State to open Pac-10 action on January 21 and then surprised No. 4 Arizona on the road, 165-135, on January 22. Stanford finished its 2004-05 home season on January 28 and 29 with victories over No. 11 UCLA (176-124) and No. 18 USC (193-103), before concluding its regular season with a convincing 172-128 win at No. 9 California. Stanford's divers also competed in the NCAA Zone E Meet (March 10-12) and Trojan Diving Invitational (November 5-6), while its swimmers were at the World Championship Trials (April 1-6).

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