No. 4 Stanford To Host No. 7 Texas In Two-Day Showdown Friday-Saturday

Oct. 25, 2005

No. 4 Stanford (1-0) concludes a busy October at the Avery Aquatic Center by hosting perennial national power and No. 7 Texas (0-0) in a two-day dual meet against perennial national power Texas this Friday-Saturday, October 28-29. Friday's action is scheduled to start at 1:00 pm, PT, while Saturday's slate is set to begin at 9:00 am, PT. Stanford's only dual meet loss of the 2004-05 campaign came at the hands of the Longhorns in Austin when Texas came away with a 197-156 advantage in scoring over the Cardinal in a meet that also included USC.

Stanford has been ranked No. 4 in the first national poll of the 2005-06 campaign released by on October 20, 2005.

Stanford cruised to a 199-114 victory over San Jose State in a season-opening non-conference swim meet for both teams on October 14. Stanford won 12 of the first 14 events contested before swimming exhibition in the final two events to give first-year head coach and former Cardinal swimmer Lea Maurer a victory in her collegiate coaching debut. Brooke Bishop (200 back, 200 free), Morgan Hentzen (500 free, 1000 free), Cassidy Krug (1-meter, 3-meter), Erica Liu (100 breast, 200 breast) and Laura Wadden (100 fly, 200 fly) were all two-time individual event winners for the Cardinal. Bishop put up two of the three NCAA times of the day, reaching the 'B' qualifying standard in both of her events. Caroline Rodriguez (100 back) added one individual win for the Cardinal. Dana Kirk had the third and final NCAA 'B' mark of the meet with the top time in the 200 fly as an exhibition swimmer.

Stanford has a deep and veteran team in 2005-06 with 12 All-Americans and 21 returning letterwinners on a 29-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 added 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 status last year but have in previous seasons.

Stanford continues a busy fall schedule by traveling to the Big West Shootout in Irvine next Friday-Saturday, November 4-5. Action is scheduled to begin on Friday's opening day at 12:00 pm, PT. Saturday's event starts at 10:00 am, PT.

Lea Maurer is in her first season as the head women's swimming and diving head coach at Stanford and has a 1-0 overall dual meet record. 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.

Stanford has won 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. Stanford swimmers have also captured 16 Pac-10 team titles in the 19 years the Pac-10 Championships have been in existence and have led the Cardinal to an all-time dual meet record of 232-21 (.917). 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).

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