No. 3 Stanford Impressive In 137-106 Victory Over No. 5 Arizona
Jan. 20, 2006
Stanford, Calif. - No. 3 Stanford (11-0, 2-0 Pac-10) continued its impressive season with a 137-106 victory over previously fellow unbeaten and No. 5 Arizona (7-1, 4-1 Pac-10) on Friday at the Avery Aquatic Center. Brooke Bishop led the Cardinal effort by winning a pair of individual events in the 50 free and 200 back, recording the only NCAA 'A' performance of the meet in the latter with a time of 1:56.11 that was just shy of a 12-year pool record held by current Stanford head coach Lea Maurer (formerly Lea Loveless).
Lacey Nymeyer (200 free, 500 free) captured a pair of events for Arizona, while Tiffany Manning (1-meter), Whitney Myers (200 IM) and Erin Sieper (200 breast) picked up one each.
The teams split the two relay events with Arizona taking the meet-opening 400 medley relay and the Cardinal closing out the action with a win in the 400 free relay.
The teams got off to an even start, splitting the first six events of the meet with Stanford's depth allowing the Cardinal to host a slim 50-43 advantage.
A team of Jenna Gresdal, Sieper, Myers and Nymeyer won the 400 medley relay in NCAA 'B' time of 3:40.54. Stanford's top squad (Bishop, Kristen Caverly, Kirk, Rovira) also recorded an NCAA 'B' mark with a time of 3:41.14 to take second.
Stanford then recorded a key sweep of the top three spots in the 1000 free to erase Arizona's only lead of the meet. Costella's winning time of 9:53.93 was followed by the second and third-place finishes of Morgan Hentzen (9:57.69) and Anna Strohl (10:10.77).
Nymeyer followed with her 200 free win (1:48.81, NCAA 'B'). Stanford's Elizabeth Durot, who had led at the halfway point, was second with the event's only other NCAA 'B' time (1:49.72).
Bishop then came up her first victory of the day by taking the 50 free in 22.90 to meet the NCAA 'B' standard. Gresdal's second-place finish (23.34) was also in an NCAA 'B' time.
Myers posted a winning time of 2:00.62 in the 200 IM, while Kirk (2:01.17) was second and Caverly (2:04.11) finished third, all in NCAA 'B' times.Manning captured the 1-meter diving event (172.40) while the swimmers took a break.
Stanford came out on fire after the first diving break, winning the next three events to establish control of the meet.
Kirk started the Cardinal run with a hard-fought victory in the 200 fly, recording an NCAA 'B' time of 1:59.80. Myers also had an NCAA 'B' mark with her second-place time of 2:00.74.
Rovira then recorded a key victory in the 100 free (51.02), coming from behind to edge Arizona's Courtney Cashion (51.10) by .08 seconds.
Bishop then came up with the individual highlight of the meet when she posted her NCAA 'A' and near school record time (1:56.11) to dominate the 200 back, beating her nearest competitor and teammate Andrea Axtell (2:00.11, NCAA 'B') by an even four seconds. Gresdal (2:00.50) also met the NCAA 'B' standard with her third-place finish.
Nymeyer ended Stanford's run by edging Morgan Hentzen in the 500 free. Both swimmers recorded NCAA 'B' times with Nymeyer (4:50.67) touching a mere .05 seconds ahead of Hentzen (4:50.72).
Krug gave Stanford a split in the diving events when she won the 3-meter competition, scoring 208.25 points to edge out Manning (203.45).
Arizona came back from the second diving break with a win in the 200 breast when Sieper swam away from Caverly in the final 50 yards to record an NCAA 'B' mark of 2:15.28. Caverly, who had trailed Sieper by just .05 seconds at the 150-yard mark, still ended up with an NCAA 'B' time (2:16.44) and a second-place finish. Arizona's Jessica Embrick (2:16.55) and Jacquelyn Craft (2:17.17) also had NCAA 'B' marks to finish in third and fourth-place.
Stanford continues Pac-10 action by hosting Arizona State in a dual meet on Saturday, January 21 (2:00 pm, PT). The Sun Devils were a 167-90 loser at California on Friday.