No. 3 Stanford Closes Out Victory At Speedo Cup

Nov. 19, 2005

Long Beach, Calif. - No. 3 Stanford closed out a dominating victory Saturday at the Speedo Cup being hosted by UC Irvine and held at the Belmont Pool. The Cardinal won the first five events of the day before Nevada captured the meet-closing 400 free relay to make the first event Stanford did not win over the three days of the event. Stanford finished with 1760.5 points to take the Speedo Cup for the second straight season with Nevada's 723 points enough for a distant second.

Caroline Bruce and Dana Kirk both recorded NCAA 'A' times. Bruce captured her first individual event of the season by taking the 200 breast (2:12.98), while Kirk recorded the final Stanford victory of the day by winning the 200 fly in 1:57.05.

Elizabeth Durot, who earned Swimmer of the Meet honors, got the Cardinal started Saturday with a victory in the 1650 free (16.21.95). Brooke Bishop then led a Cardinal sweep of the top four spots in the 200 back by covering the distance in 1:58.57. Madeline Rovira followed with a victory in the 100 free (50.67) before Bruce and Kirk won their events. Durot, Bishop and Rovira had NCAA 'B' marks in their wins.

'We had an excellent performance at this meet,' said Stanford head coach Lea Maurer. 'We found out where we are at this point and what direction we want to go, as well as what we need to focus on and get better. We hope that we learned some things that will make us even shaper next time we compete.'

The Cardinal will enter into a long training session before its next meet when Stanford welcomes Arizona for its Pac-10 opener on Friday, January 20 (1:00 pm, PT).

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