No. 3 Women's Swimming and Diving Posts Double Dual Meet Victories Over #4 Florida and #14 Michigan
Oct. 17, 2008
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - In a very impressive early-season performance, the third-ranked Stanford women's swimming and diving team traveled to Ann Arbor, Mich. and defeated both the host #14 Michigan Wolverines (218-82) and the fourth-ranked Florida Gators (178-122) in a double dual meet. With the two victories, Stanford is now 4-0 in dual meet competition this year, and has won 21 of its last 22 head-to-head competitions.
The Cardinal received contributions from across the roster in winning 13 of 17 events, while scoring in every event. In a meet that featured three top ten teams from the 2008 NCAA Championships (Stanford placed third, Florida seventh and Michigan ninth), Stanford registered nine NCAA 'B' standards and had six individuals win events.
Stanford swept the back, breast, fly and IM events behind a trio of returning All-Americans in junior Julia Smit, sophomore Liz Smith and junior Elaine Breeden. Smit won all three of her events with NCAA 'B' standard times, capturing the 100 back in 54.70, the 200 back in 1:56.32 and the 400 IM in 4:11.04. Smith cruised home in the 100 breast at 1:03.45, while logging a 'B' time of 2:15.17 en route to victory in the 200 breast. Breeden touched the wall first in the 200 fly with a 'B' ledger of 1:58.42 and captured the 100 fly with a time of 54.45.
Continuing an excellent start to her collegiate career, freshman Sam Woodward won a pair of individual events for the third consecutive meet. She first captured the 50 free in 23.17, before coming back two events later to win the 100 free in 50.34. Showing her versatility, she placed third in the 200 fly with a time of 55.34.
Sophomore Kate Dwelley was Stanford's first individual winner of the meet, capturing the third event - the 200 free - with an NCAA 'B' time of 1:48.01. The Cardinal bookended the meet by winning the 400 medley relay in 3:42.98 behind the foursome of Breeden, Smith, Woodward and Dwelley, and capturing the 400 free relay as Dwelley, Breeden, freshman Betsy Webb and Smit swam a 'B' time of 3:22.18.
Stanford also received scoring efforts from freshman Angela Duckworth (third in the 1,000 free and fifth in the 500 free), freshman Jessica Rodriquez (fourth in the 200 free, second in the 500 free and fifth in the 400 IM), junior Kelley Hug (fifth in the 100 back), sophomore Kerry Kraemer (third in the 100 breast and fourth in the 200 breast), senior Caroline Bruce (fourth in the 100 breast and third in the 200 breast), Webb (fifth in the 50 free), Dwelley (third in the 100 free), junior Whitney Spence (fourth in the 500 free) and Smith (second in the 400 IM with an NCAA 'B' of 4:16.81).
On the diving side, sophomore Meg Hostage won her second consecutive 3-meter competition with an NCAA 'B' standard score of 276.60. Junior Carmen Stellar placed fourth in the 1-meter competition with a 250.95, while Hostage was fifth with a 247.65.
The Stanford women's swimming and diving team will be off until Friday, Oct. 31, when it hosts the Washington Huskies in a Pac-10 dual meet at Avery Aquatic Center. The first event is set for 2:00 p.m. PT.