No. 2 Stanford To Resume Season By Hosting Washington On Saturday

Nov. 2, 2007

Washington at Stanford
Avery Aquatic Center/Maas Family Diving Facility • Stanford, CASaturday, November 3, 2007 (9 am, PT)Event Order: 400 Medley Relay, 1000 Free, 200 Free, 50 Free, 400 IM, 200 Fly, 100 Free, 200 Back, 500 Free, 200 Breast, 800 Free Relay
Notes: The Stanford-Washington women's meet will be swam in conjunction with the Stanford-Washington men's meet with alternating events (women first); ^No Prelims; *Short-Course Yards Meet

Stanford (1-0, 0-0 Pac-10) returns to the pool to face Washington (1-0, 0-0 Pac-10) in a Pac-10 dual meet this Saturday, November 3 (9 am, PT) in a meet that will be swam in conjunction with a men's meet between the two schools. Stanford started its 2007-08 campaign with a 191-99 non-conference victory over San Jose State on October 5, while the Huskies were also winners the same day in their lone meet of the season to date with a 143-101 victory over Seattle. Stanford defeated Washington, 83-20, the last time the teams met at the Big West Shootout on November 5, 2005.

Stanford has been ranked No. 2 in the first 2007-08 national poll behind only defending two-time national champion Auburn. California, Arizona, Georgia, Texas A&M, Florida, Texas, Minnesota and SMU round out the Top 10.

Stanford features the Big Four in 2007-08 in Brooke Bishop, Elaine Breeden, Caroline Bruce and Julia Smit. The foursome combined to win 22 All-American honors at the NCAA Championship with a total of 11 in both individual events and as members of relay squads.

Brooke Bishop - Posted a solid 2007 NCAA meet with three individual All-American honors in the 50 free (5th-T), 100 back (6th-T) and 100 free (10th). She also added three more All-American honors by anchoring the 400 medley (3rd), 200 medley (4th) and 200 free (5th) relay squads. Bishop started the 2007-08 season with a win in the 100 back versus San Jose State.

Elaine Breeden - Had the top individual finish of the group when she won her first NCAA title on the final day of the 2007 NCAA's in the 200 fly. Breeden was also second in the 100 fly and fifth in the 200 IM at the 2007 NCAA's. She also added All-American honors as a member of the 400 medley (3rd), 200 medley (4th) and 200 free (5th) relay squads. Breeden did not swim in Stanford's first meet of 2007 due to injury.

Caroline Bruce - Returned from a shoulder injury that forced her to miss most of 2005-06 to garner an individual All-American honor by taking third in the 100 breast at the 2007 NCAA Championships after winning the event as well as the 200 breast at the 2005 NCAA's as a collegiate rookie. Bruce added an additional two All-American honors in 2005 swimming the breast on the 200 and 400 medley relay teams. Bruce was the only Stanford swimmer to win a pair of individual races in the season-opening meet versus San Jose State with 100 breast 200 back triumphs, while adding a third swimming the breast on Stanford's winning 200 medley relay squad.

Julia Smit - Made a huge impression in her collegiate rookie season, taking three individual All-American honors by placing among the nation's top three in the 200 back (2nd), 200 IM (3rd) and 400 IM (3rd). Smit also picked up three additional All-American honors by swimming on Stanford's 200 free, 400 medley and 800 free relay teams at the 2007 NCAA's. Smit started the season with victories in two events (200 breast, 1000 free) that she rarely swims and added another anchoring the winning 200 medley relay team.

Shana Karp (14th, platform diving) and Laura Wadden (15th, 200 fly) are Stanford's other returning individual All-Americans from the 2006-07 season. Elizabeth Durot (800 free relay), Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy (200 free relay) and Whitney Spence (800 free relay) are also back after picking up one All-American honor each in 2006-07 as members of All-American relay squads at the 2007 NCAA Championships. Durot also has one career individual All-American honor to her credit in the 1650 free as a freshman in 2005. Andrea Axtell (200 back) and Madeline Rovira (400 medley relay) were All-Americans in 2005-06.

• 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 has also finished second twice (1999, 2001) and third (2000, '02) two other times at the NCAA Championships since its most recent national title in 1998
• Stanford moved up one spot to fourth at the 2007 NCAA Championships after having finished fifth at the event in each of the three previous campaigns (2004-06)
• The Cardinal has finished among the nation's top eight in each of the first 33 years of the program's history from the 1974-75 season through the 2006-07 campaign and has never placed lower than sixth in any of the 25 NCAA Championships, including a string of 27 straight top thee national finishes from 1976-2002
• Stanford has won 16 of the 21 Pac-10 Championships since the event began in 1987 (1987-99, 2002, 2004-05) and was second in 2007
• Stanford has an all-time dual meet record of 255-23 (.917), which includes a current string of 11 straight dual meet victories
• Stanford has been unbeaten in regular season dual meets 14 times with the most recent occasion its 10-0 record in 2006-07
• Stanford has never lost more than two dual meets in a season with the program in its 33rd season of existence

Lea Maurer is in her third season as the head coach of the Stanford women's swimming and diving program in 2007-08. Maurer has a 24-2 (.923) all-time dual meet record both at Stanford and as a collegiate head coach. Maurer has coached 11 swimmers and divers for a combined total of 42 All-American honors in her first two seasons.

Maurer started her third season in 2007-08 with a victory over San Jose State on October 5 and now has 11 straight dual meet wins after leading the Cardinal to its first unbeaten dual meet season (10-0) in 2006-07 since the Cardinal was also unbeaten in 2001-02. The 2006-07 squad finished fourth at the NCAA Championships for its highest finish since taking third also in 2001-02. The 2006-07 Cardinal was second at the Pac-10 Championships. Stanford had 12 swimmers and divers combine for 28 All-American honors.

In her first season in 2005-06, Maurer led the Cardinal to a fifth place finish at the NCAA Championships, a third place showing at the Pac-10's and a 13-2 overall regular season dual meet record that set a school record for regular season dual meet wins. Maurer had seven swimmers and divers combine for 14 All-American showings.

A former Stanford swimmer, Maurer took the reigns of Stanford's nationally prominent program in May of 2005. The former Lea Loveless, who was officially inducted into the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame on November 3, 2006, swam on three national championship squads (1992, '93, '94) when she competed on The Farm from 1991-94. Maurer won 10 NCAA individual and relay titles during her collegiate swimming career, including three consecutive wins in the 100 back (1992, '93, '94) as well as a 200 back victory in 1993. She was also a member of six winning 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 ninth in the 200 individual medley. She continued to compete until 2000, spending a total of 11 years (1989-96, 1998-2000) on the USA National Team. Maurer held the American record in the 100 meter backstroke from 1992-2001, originally setting the mark on the leadoff leg of a gold medal 4x100 American medley relay team at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and breaking her own record during the prelims of a winning performance at the 1998 World Championships. Maurer, who was also a bronze medalist in the 100 back at the 1992 Olympics, earned a spot on the USA Swimming All-Century team for the 20th century in the event.

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. The following year, 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.

Maurer ventured into the international coaching scene as an assistant for the 2007 Pan American Games team.

She is the sixth head coach of a Stanford program that began in 1974 and has won more NCAA Division I team titles (8) than any other collegiate women's swimming and diving program in the nation.

Shane Whildin is in his third season as the assistant women's swimming and diving coach at Stanford in 2007-08 and looks to continue helping the Cardinal climb the NCAA ladder. In his first two seasons, the Cardinal has finished fourth (2007) and fifth (2006) at the NCAA Championships, and now has posted a combined 24-2 dual meet record after the Cardinal opened its 2007-08 season with a win over San Jose State on October 5.

Prior to arriving at Stanford, Whildin spent a year and a half working with current Cardinal head coach Lea Maurer as an assistant senior swim coach for Scout Aquatics, a club team in Lake Forest (Ill.) formed by Maurer in 2002. Whildin was also a professional in the Health and Physical Education department at Lake Forest High School, where Maurer coached the national prep power before being named the head coach at Stanford on May 20, 2005.

After graduating with a degree in Communications and Business from Missouri in 2003, Whildin spent a year as a search consultant at Timeline Recruiting, a physician placement firm in Columbia, Missouri.

He was a four-year member of the men's swimming and diving team while at Missouri, serving as a team captain in his junior season and twice receiving the Missouri Team Leadership Award. Whildin's best 100 butterfly time ranked among the school's Top 5 at the time he recorded the mark. He was also a two-time qualifier for the Olympic Trials.

Volunteer assistant coach Erik Maurer is in his third season with the Cardinal in 2007-08 and is continuing to further his influence and interaction with the squad. Maurer has been coaching with his wife, Lea, since 1996, working with both Lake Forest High School and Scout Aquatics prior to his current role at Stanford. He served as Lea's coach from 1997-2000, helping her to a 1998 World Championship win in the 100 meter back, where she set a new American record (1:00.77) in the process.

Maurer had an outstanding collegiate career at Stanford (1990-94), which was highlighted by a victory in the 50 freestyle at the 1992 NCAA Championships. Maurer was also a member of five NCAA Champion relay teams, including a pair of American record performances and two NCAA team titles in 1992 and 1993. He was named Stanford's team MVP in 1990-91 and co-MVP in 1991-92.

After earning a Bachelors degree in History from Stanford (1993) and an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management (1998), Maurer began work with Prospect Partners in 1998 and became a Principal of the Firm in 2000. Prospect Partners is a Chicago-based private equity firm focused on leveraged buyouts and recapitalizations of niche companies with $10 to $40 million in revenue.

Eight current Stanford swimmers rank among the school's all-time Top 10 performers. The names of the swimmers, along with the name of their event(s), ranking, short-course yards time and year of their performance are listed below (through meets of November 2, 2007).
• Andrea Axtell - 200 back (#8, 1:56.80, 2006)
• Elaine Breeden - 200 fly (#1, 1:52.99, 2007) • 200 free relay (#1, 1:29.40) • 200 medley relay (1:37.71) • 100 fly (#2, 51.44, 2007), 200 IM (#4, 1:56.92, 2007)
• Brooke Bishop - 200 free relay (#1, 1:29.40) • 200 medley relay (1:37.71) • 100 free (#2, 48.38, 2006)* • 50 free (#3, 22.17, 2006/2007) • 100 back (#5, 53.49, 2007)* • 200 back (#6, 1:56.11, 2006)
• Caroline Bruce - 200 medley relay (1:37.71) • 100 breast (#2, 59.55, 2005), 200 breast (#2, 2:08.67, 2005), 400 IM (#5, 4:10.31, 2005), 200 IM (#6, 1:57.66, 2005)
• Elizabeth Durot - 500 free (#4, 4:41.47, 2007), 200 free (#8, 1:46.84, 2005)* • 1650 free (#8, 16:12.97, 2005)
• Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy - 200 free relay (#1, 1:29.40) • 200 medley relay (1:37.71)
• Julia Smit - 200 IM (#1, 1:55.38, 2007) • 200 free relay (#1, 1:29.40) • 400 IM (#2, 4:04.02, 2007) • 200 back (#2, 1:53.39, 2007) • 200 free (#3, 1:45.41, 2007)* • 50 free (#4, 22.39, 2007)* • 100 back (#6, 53.77)* • 100 free (#9, 49.35, 2007)*
• Laura Wadden - 200 fly (#10, 1:58.23, 2007)
*Relay Split

• 50 Free - Brooke Bishop, Stanford (22.58, 2006)
• 100 Free - Natalie Coughlin, California (48.89, 2002)
• 200 Free - Stephanie Williams, Georgia (1:46.55, 2001)
• 500 Free - Janet Evans, Stanford (4:42.05, 1990)
• 1000 Free - Janet Evans, Stanford (9:30.69, 1990)
• 1650 Free - Jennifer Hooker, MVN (16:05.21, 1978)
• 100 Back - Catherine Fox, Stanford (53.89, 1997)
• 200 Back - Lea Loveless, Stanford (1:55.77, 1994)
• 100 Breast - Tara Kirk, Stanford (59.74, 2002)
• 200 Breast - Agnes Kovacs, Arizona State (2:10.40, 2002)
• 100 Fly - Natalie Coughlin, California (52.35, 2002)
• 200 Fly - Limin Liu, Nevada (1:56.08, 1998)
• 200 IM - Julia Smit, Stanford (1:57.43, 2006)
• 400 IM - Summer Sanders, Stanford (4:08.52, 1992)
• 200 FR - Stanford - Smit, Breeden, O'Donnell-McCarthy, Bishop (1:32.18, 2006)
• 400 FR - California - Reilly, Andrews, Rogers, Silver (3:20.73, 2006)
• 800 FR - Auburn - Kemp, Hoelzer, Coventry, Bowen (7:20.68, 2002)
• 200 MR - Stanford - Ripple, T. Kirk, Boutwell, Watchorn (1:40.87, 2002)
• 400 MR - USC - Meyer, MacGregor, Campbell, Zhong (3:40.39, 1999)
*All Records Short-Course Yards

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