Stanford Opens 2008-09 Dual Meet Season Friday Against San Jose State

Oct. 1, 2008

Stanford Opens 2008-09 Dual Meet Season Against San Jose State
Friday, Oct. 3, 2008 • Avery Aquatics Center • 2:00 p.m. PT

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Stanford Women's Swimming and Diving Opens 2008-09 Season
After placing third at the 2008 NCAA Championships for its best finish since 2002, the Stanford women's swimming and diving team will open its 2008-09 season this Friday with a 2:00 p.m. non-conference dual meet with the San Jose State Spartans at the Avery Aquatic Center. Head coach Lea Maurer enters her fourth year at the helm of her alma mater, having presided over a Cardinal squad that has improved one spot at NCAA Championships in each of her first three campaigns (5th in 2006, 4th in 2007 and 3rd in 2008).

A Familiar Season-Opening Foe
Stanford will open its dual meet season at home against San Jose State for the fourth straight year. The Cardinal has won each of the previous three meets, including a 164-105 victory last Oct. 5 at the Avery Aquatic Center.

Dual Meet Success
Stanford opens the 2008-09 season having won 17 of its last 18 dual meets, with the only setback in that time a tightly-contested 156-144 loss last Nov. 9 at Georgia. In her three years on the Cardinal pool deck, head coach Lea Maurer has guided her teams to a 30-3 (.909) dual meet record.

Awesome at Avery
Swimming at arguably the nation's finest outdoor facility, Stanford has established home dominance at the Avery Aquatic Center with a streak of nine consecutive dual meet victories since the 2006-07 season opener. The Cardinal is an impressive 13-1 (.929) at home in dual meets during the Lea Maurer era, including an 8-1 (.889) mark against ranked opponents.

All-Americans and Accolades Aplenty
The 2008-09 Stanford women's swimming and diving roster boasts a collective 58 All-America selections, four NCAA championships and 17 Pac-10 titles.

Back for More
The starting blocks and diving boards of the Avery Aquatic Center will be loaded with experience this season, as Stanford returns nine of its 11 swimmers that competed in the 2008 NCAA Championships and all three divers.In the pool, the Cardinal welcomes back the following group that led Stanford to a third-place finish in March: junior Elaine Breeden, senior Caroline Bruce, sophomore Kate Dwelley, sophomore Kerry Kraemer, senior Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy, junior Julia Smit, sophomore Liz Smith, junior Whitney Spence and senior Laura Wadden.Meg Hostage, Shana Karp and Sarah Ohr all return after advancing to the NCAA Diving Championships in 2008.

Cardinal Champions
Stanford continued its storied championship tradition in 2007-08, winning one individual NCAA title and four Pac-10 crowns.Julia Smit capped off an incredible sophomore season by winning her first NCAA championship when she finished first in the 400 yard individual medley.A quartet of Cardinal swimmers and divers won individual titles as Stanford finished second at the 2008 Pac-10 Championships. Elaine Breeden took home her second consecutive crown in the 200 yard butterfly, while Kate Dwelley served notice by winning the 200 yard freestyle as a freshman. Meg Hostage was the Pac-10 champ on the 3-meter as a freshman, while Sarah Ohr won her first title in the 1-meter.

Big Four Becomes the...Super Six?
Although Stanford must compensate for the graduation of 17-time All-American Brooke Bishop, the remainder of last year's 'Big Four' returns in junior Elaine Breeden (12-time All-American), senior Caroline Bruce (13-time AA) and junior Julia Smit (12-time AA).The Cardinal appears to have many talented swimmers ready to fill Bishop's void, including a trio of freshman All-Americans from 2007-08: Kate Dwelley (four All-America honors) Kerry Kraemer (one) and Liz Smith (three).Seniors Andrea Axtell, Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy, Madeline Rovira and Laura Wadden, along with junior Whitney Spence, also all boast All-American honors during their careers on the Farm.

Best of the Best
The Stanford program has one of the most storied traditions in all of collegiate women's swimming. Cardinal fans should be in for a treat in 2008-09, as nine members of this year's team have already etched their names among the program's all-time top ten times.This prestigious list includes: senior Andra Axtell (200 Back - 8th, 1:56.80), junior Elaine Breeden (100 fly - 2nd, 51.44; 200 fly - 1st, 1:52.27; 200 IM - 4th, 1:56.30), senior Caroline Bruce (100 breast - 2nd, 59.55; 200 breast - 2nd, 2:08.67; 200 IM - 8th, 1:57.66; 400 IM - 6th, 4:10.31), sophomore Kate Dwelley (50 free - 8th, 22.70 relay; 100 free - t-2nd, 48.38 relay; 200 free - 3rd, 1:45.07; 500 free - 5th, 4:41.67; 100 fly - 10th, 53.66; 5th - 1:57.27), senior Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy (100 back - 9th, 53.89), sophomore Kerry Kraemer (100 breast - 5th, 1:01.32; 200 breast - 9th; 2:12.50), junior Julia Smit (50 free - 4th, 22.39 relay; 100 free - 10th, 49.35 relay; 200 free - 2nd 1:44.52, relay; 500 free - 6th; 4:41.74; 100 back - 6th, 53.77; 200 back - 2nd, 1:53.39; 200 IM - 1st, 1:55.31; 400 IM - 4th, 4:02.41), sophomore Liz Smith (100 breast - 3rd, 1:00.32; 200 breast - 3rd, 2:08.73; 200 IM - 6th, 1:57.45; 400 IM - 4th, 4:09.70) and senior Laura Wadden (200 fly - 10th, 1:58.23).Current Cardinal swimmers have also swam on three Stanford record-holding relay teams: Smit, Breeden, O'Donnell-McCarthy in the 200 free relay (1:29.40); Dwelley, Smith and Breeden in the 400 free relay (3:13.77); and O'Donnell-McCarthy, Smith and Breeden in the 200 medley relay (1:37.57).

Making a Splash
Long an integral part of Stanford's championship teams, the Cardinal divers are once again among the elite. Meg Hostage became the first Stanford freshman ever to be named the Pac-10's Diver of the Year when she captured the 2008 honor. Senior Sarah Ohr is the Pac-10's reigning 1-meter champion and an All-American in the platform, while junior Shana Karp garnered All-America accolades after finishing fifth in the platform competition at NCAA Championships.Stanford's divers are led by six-time Pac-10 Diving Coach of the Year Dr. Rick Schavone, who has been named the conference's top diving tutor each of the last two seasons.

Smit and Breeden Shine in Beijing
Juniors Julia Smit and Elaine Breeden continued Stanford's tradition of Olympic excellence when they each medaled for the United States in the 2008 Beijing Games.The only current collegiate swimmer to have earned a pair of medals at the 2008 Olympics, Smit helped the U.S. team to the podium with her preliminary efforts in the two freestyle relay events - 4x100 (silver) and 4x200 meters (bronze). Smit helped the U.S. to the third seed in the 4 x 100 relay and swam the anchor leg of the 4 x 200 relay as the Americans posted a heat-winning time of 7:52.43.Breeden swam a trio of events in her first Olympics, and earned a silver medal after helping the Americans to a heat-winning time in the 4 x 100 meter medley relay preliminaries. The medal further cemented Breeden's place among America's top butterfly talents, as she was the top U.S. finisher in the 200 meter fly with a time of 2:07.57.Senior Caroline Bruce, who competed in the 2004 Athens Games, gives Stanford a trio of former United States Olympians.

Don't Blink...
The 2007-08 season saw an astounding 13 pool records fall at the Avery Aquatic Center, including 11 new marks set by Stanford swimmers. Julia Smit established new standards in the 200 free (1:44.52), 500 free (4:41.74), 200 back (1:55.66) and 200 IM (1:56.65). Fellow Olympian Elaine Breeden swam a 1:52.74 in the 100 fly, while Liz Smith broke the 200 breast record with a time of 2:09.11. Four Stanford relay teams set new records in their home pool, with a 1:32.18 time in the 200 free relay (Smit, Breeden, Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy and Brooke Bishop), a mark of 3:15.54 in the 400 free relay (Kate Dwelley, Breeden, Smith and Smit), a 7:17.08 in the 800 free relay (Smit, Bishop, Whitney Spence and Dwelley) and a 1:38.54 ledger in the 200 medley relay (O'Donnell-McCarthy, Smith, Breeden and Bishop).

Tougher Qualifying Standards in 2008-09
The 'A' and 'B' NCAA qualifying standards will be significantly harder to obtain, with times dropping by 1-2 seconds in the 100 Yard events, 3-4 seconds for 200 Yard events and 7-8 seconds for the 400 and 500 Yard competitions.

2008-09 NCAA Qualifying Standards

Event A B Event A B50 Freestyle 21.93 22.80 100 Breaststroke 59.99 1:02.32100 Freestyle 47.84 49.75 200 Breaststroke 2:10.32 2:15.53200 Freestyle 1:44.02 1:48.18 200 Individual Medley 1:56.13 2:00.77500 Freestyle 4:38.46 4:49.59 400 Individual Medley 4:07.33 4:17.221,650 Freestyle 15:53.38 16:31.51 200 Freestyle Relay 1:28.35 1:31.88100 Butterfly 52.02 54.10 400 Freesytle Relay 3:14.93 3:22.72200 Butterfly 1:54.95 1:59.54 800 Freestyle Relay 7:02.07 7:18.95100 Backstroke 53.01 55.13 200 Medley Relay 1:37.81 1:41.72200 Backstroke 1:53.37 1:57.90 400 Medley Relay 3:32.56 3:41.06

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