No. 2 Stanford Visits No. 14 UCLA And No.21 USC This Friday And Saturday

Feb. 1, 2008

Friday, February 1, 2008 (2 pm, PT)
No. 3 Stanford (4-1, 3-0 Pac-10) at No. 14 UCLA (4-1, 3-1 Pac-10)
Men's Gym Pool • Los Angeles, CA

Saturday, February 2, 2008 (1 pm, PT)
No. 3 Stanford (4-1, 3-0 Pac-10) at No. 21 USC (4-3, 1-3 Pac-10)
McDonald's Swim Stadium • Los Angeles, CA
Notes: *Short-Course Yards Meets

No. 2 Stanford (4-1, 3-0 Pac-10) continues Pac-10 dual meet action with a pair of conference tilts this Friday and Saturday at No. 14 UCLA (4-1, 3-1 Pac-10) and No. 21 USC (4-3, 1-3 Pac-10) in Los Angeles. The Cardinal squares off with the Bruins on Friday (2 pm, PT) before heading across town to take on the Trojans on Saturday (1 pm, PT). Diving action for the UCLA meet will take place at USC. Stanford was a winner over both teams at home in 2007 with the Cardinal beating UCLA, 130-105, on January 19 before taking down USC, 174-111, on January 20.

Stanford rebounded against UCLA in 2007 after a couple of tough losses to the Bruins in 2006. Stanford finished ahead of the UCLA by two spots at the 2007 Pac-10 Championships with a second place showing in addition to the dual meet victory over the Bruins. The two victories came after UCLA finished ahead of Stanford at the 2006 Pac-10 Championships with a second place showing to Stanford's third and handed the Cardinal just one of its two dual meet losses in 2005-06 with a 180-120 win over Stanford the last time the teams swam in Los Angeles on January 27, 2006. UCLA has actually beaten the Cardinal the last two times the teams have squared off in LA with a 151-92 win over Stanford on January 30, 2004 and also had significant showing at the 2003 Pac-10 Women's Swimming Diving Championships with a first place finish over a second place Cardinal squad. Stanford has finished ahead of UCLA at the NCAA Championships in all 27 years of its existence and has not finished behind the Bruins nationally since the first season of collegiate women's swimming in 1974-75 when the Cardinal was 8th at the AIAW Championships and the Bruins took third.

Stanford has won its last 11 dual meets against USC with the last Trojan win over the Cardinal coming with a 153-147 triumph in Los Angeles on January 27, 1996. Stanford has finished ahead of USC at the NCAA Championships for each of the last four seasons and at the Pac-10's each of the last six.

Stanford heads into its meets at UCLA and USC fresh off a home sweep of No. 17 Arizona State and No. 4 Arizona at the Avery Aquatic Center last Friday and Saturday. The Cardinal started with a 184-110 victory over the Sun Devils and then knocked off the previously unbeaten Wildcats in dominating fashion, 174-126, after trailing throughout most of the first half of a meet that established five pool records. Julia Smit had a huge weekend with five individual wins, two pool records and two NCAA 'A' cuts. She received Stanford/Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week honors for her efforts.

Stanford is ranked No. 2 in the most recent 2007-08 regular season dual meet poll. The Cardinal is behind only Georgia with Florida, Arizona, defending three-time national champions Auburn, Texas A&M, Tennessee, California, Minnesota and Virginia out of the Top 10. Last year, Stanford was the nation's top regular season dual meet team before finishing second at the Pac-10's and fourth at the NCAA's.

• 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 26 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 258-24 (.915)
• 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 27-3 (.900) 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 has started her third season in 2007-08 with four victories in the team's first five meets. The Cardinal START HERE over San Jose State and Washington. Stanford has now 12 straight dual meet wins with the two victories this season following Stanford's 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.

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