Stanford Qualifies Five Swimmers And Two Relays For Friday's NCAA Finals

March 21, 2008

Columbus, Ohio - Stanford will have five swimmers and two relay teams competing during Friday's finals session after the conclusion of preliminary action earlier in the day at the 2008 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships. Julia Smit won the prelims of the 400 IM with a time of 4:06.75 to head into the finals of an event as the top qualifier for the second time in the meet being held on the campus of The Ohio State University.

Liz Smith, Elaine Breeden and Kate Dwelley will also swim in Friday night championship finals. Smith was third in the 100 breast (1:00.29), while Breeden (100 fly, 52.04) and Dwelley (200 free, 1:44.98) were fifth in their respective events. Smith's time was a personal-best and moved her up one spot to No. 3 on Stanford's all-time list of top performers in the 100 breast. Dwelley also recorded a personal-best but stayed in her No. 3 spot on Stanford's all-time list.

Caroline Bruce will be in the consolation finals of the 100 breast after going 1:01.01 to take 13th in the prelims.

Stanford also earned a spot in the championship finals of the 400 relay on Friday night after taking third in the 200 medley prelims. Stanford registered a time of 1:37.93 in the event with a foursome of Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy (25.22), Bruce (27.57), Breeden (23.19) and Brooke Bishop (21.95). Stanford's 800 free relay team is the fourth seed Friday evening with a qualifying time of 7:04.60 in an event that is swum during the evening session as a timed final.

Other participants for Stanford during Friday's prelim session included Kerry Kraemer (21st, 1:01.91) in the 100 breast; Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy (21st, 54.23) and Brooke Bishop (22nd, 54.34) in the 100 back; Whitney Spence (24th, 1:47.02) in the 200 free; Shana Karp (27th, 269.85) and Sarah Ohr (30th, 263.35) in 3-meter diving; and Laura Wadden (43rd, 54.26) in the 100 fly.

Friday's individual prelim winners in addition to Smit were Tennessee's Christine Magnuson (100 fly, 50.99); Florida's Caroline Burckle (200 free, 1:44.12) and Gemma Spofforth (100 back, 51.96); USC's Rebecca Soni (100 breast, 59.51) and Hawaii's Emma Friesen (3-meter diving, 326.90)Arizona captured the prelims of the 200 medley relay in a time of 1:37.62 with a team of Justine Schluntz (24.78), Annie Chandler (27.39), Brandy Collins (23.38) and Lindsey Kelly (22.07). Auburn will head into the finals as the top qualifier in the 800 free relay after breaking American, NCAA and US Open records with a time of 6:57.28 on February 20, 2008.

The championship and consolation finals of the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 3-meter diving and 800 free relay will be contested during Friday evening's finals session at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Stanford heads into the session in fifth place with 80 points. Arizona (151), two-time defending champion Auburn (132), California (89) and Texas A&M (88) are ahead of the Cardinal.

'We had some great swims this morning and are looking forward to tonight,' said Stanford women's swimming and diving head coach Lea Maurer. 'In a meet like this you have to get the job done in the morning, and that's what we are doing. We are looking forward to tonight and getting stronger with each session.'

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