Stanford's Brooke Bishop Named Pac-10 Women's Swimmer of the Month

Feb. 13, 2006

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - STANFORD swimmer Brooke Bishop has been named Pac-10 Women's Swimmer of the Month for January, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Bishop, a sophomore from Los Altos, Calif., went undefeated in Conference meets versus the Arizona and southern California schools. The sophomore led the No. 3 Cardinal in a 137-106 victory over previously fellow unbeaten and No. 5 Arizona, after winning the 50-yard freestyle (22.90) and 200-yard backstroke. Bishop recorded an NCAA 'A' performance in the meet, with her 1:56.11 backstroke time. Her mark was just shy of a 12-year pool record, held by current Stanford head coach Lea Maurer. Bishop added another NCAA 'A' mark in the 100-yard backstroke, with her 54.18 leadoff leg in Stanford's second-place 400-yard medley relay team.

Bishop captured two events in a short-course yards meet vs. Arizona State. A member of the 200-yard medley team, Bishop and the Cardinal won the relay in 1:43.97. She then earned the top spot in the 200-yard freestyle, swimming in an NCAA 'B' time of 1:48.71. After the diving break, Bishop won the 100-yard freestyle in 49.75.

The Cardinal then made a trip to Los Angeles, where Bishop captured three of Stanford's six wins at No. 7 UCLA. She won the 100-yard backstroke in an NCAA 'A' time of 54.33, the 50-yard freestyle in an NCAA 'B' time of 23.31, and the 100-yard freestyle in an NCAA 'B' time of 50.38. At USC, Bishop won three events for the second straight day, taking the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle races, as well as the 100-yard backstroke to lead the Cardinal over the No. 11 Women of Troy. All NCAA 'B' marks, Bishop touched the wall in 54.61 in the 100-yard backstroke, 22.99 in the 50-yard freestyle, and 49.98 in the 100-yard freestyle. Bishop finished the meet in the 500-yard freestyle relay with a second-place, NCAA' B' mark of 3:22.62.

This is the first monthly honor for Bishop and Stanford's third Swimmer of the Month all-time.

2005-06 PAC-10 WOMEN'S SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Oct. - Rebecca Soni, Sr., USC; Nov. - Erin McCleave, Jr., WSU; Dec. - Erin Reilly, Jr., CAL; Jan. - Brooke Bishop, So., STAN.

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