No. 3 California Swims Past No. 6 Stanford In Regular Season Finale, 169-131
Feb. 11, 2006
Stanford, Calif. - No. 3 California (11-0, 7-0 Pac-10) swam past No. 6 Stanford (13-2, 4-2 Pac-10) by a score of 169-131 in the regular season finale for both teams at the Avery Aquatic Center on Saturday. The Golden Bears completed a perfect regular season, while the Cardinal lost for just the second time. California scratched out two more event victories than the Cardinal, winning that battle by a count of 9-7.
Ashley Chandler (500 free, 1000 free) and Anne Babicz (100 breast, 200 breast) captured two events each for California; while Emily Silver, Erin Reilly (200 free) and Helen Silver (200 back) added one win each. The Golden Bears also swept the relay events (200 medley, 400 free).
Dana Kirk led the Cardinal with three victories, sweeping the 100 and 200 fly while also taking the 200 IM. Brooke Bishop (50 free, 100 back) and Cassidy Krug (1-meter diving, 3-meter diving) picked up a pair of wins each.
Bishop broke Jenny Thompson's 14-year-old pool record (22.87) in her 50 free win, checking in with a personal-best and NCAA 'A' qualifying mark of 22.58 that improves her hold on sixth on the school's list of all-time top performers in the event. Bishop also had a personal-best and NCAA 'A' qualifying time of 53.97 in her 100 back win, coming within .08 seconds of the pool record set by Stanford's Catherine Fox in 1997.
Stanford will next be in action at the Pac-10 Championships. The swimmers will compete in Long Beach from February 22-25, while the divers action goes from February 23-25 in Federal Way.
A full recap will follow.