No. 2 Stanford Visits No. 11 California in Final Regular Season Dual Meet
Feb. 13, 2009
No. 2 Stanford Visits No. 11 California In Regular Season Finale#2 Stanford at #11 California (Feb. 14, 2009 12:00 p.m. PT Spieker Aquatics Complex Berkeley, CA)
No. 2 Stanford Visits No. 11 California in Final Regular Season Dual Meet
The second-ranked and undefeated Stanford women's swimming and diving team will conclude the 2008-09 regular season when it travels to Berkeley for a Saturday dual meet at No. 11 California. The Valentine's Day matinee will is scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m.
Stanford will be returning to the pool after a week layoff, as the Cardinal has not competed since completing a weekend sweep of No. 20 UCLA and No. 12 USC on Jan. 30 and 31.
Cardinal vs. the Bears
Longtime rivals Stanford and California will square off in Berkeley for the first time since Feb. 3, 2007, when the top-ranked Cardinal finished an undefeated regular season with a 153-147 victory over the No. 3 Bears. Stanford won last year's meet at the Avery Aquatic Center by a final score of 177-123.
Swimming for Dual Meet Perfection
With a win on Saturday, Stanford will finish a dual meet season undefeated for the second time in the last three years and the 15th time in program history. The Cardinal's 19-0 record to this point has featured nine wins in head-to-head competition over a two-day span at the Anteater Shootout (Nov. 7-8), victories over Michigan and Florida in an Oct. 17 tri-meet and eight wins in the traditional dual meet format.
Stanford previously went undefeated in 2006-07 (10-0), 2001-02 (8-0), 1997-98 (7-0), 1996-97 (10-0), 1994-95 (8-0), 1993-94 (6-0), 1992-93 (8-0), 1991-92 (5-0), 1990-91 (10-0), 1989-90 (8-0), 1988-89 (6-0), 1986-86 (7-0), 1983-84 (10-0) and 1976-77 (6-0).
Of the previous 14 Stanford teams to finish the dual meet season without a loss, five won NCAA titles and 10 captured Pac-10 championships.
Stanford Remains at No. 2 in the Latest CSCAA Poll
Stanford kept its stranglehold on the No. 2 spot in the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) dual meet rankings, released on Feb. 12. The Cardinal, which has been ranked second in the last five polls, compiled 290 points - just 10 shy of top-ranked Georgia (300) and 10 more than No. 3 Texas (280). Stanford had been third in each of the first two polls of the campaign (Oct. 16 and Oct. 30).
The final poll, which will crown the dual meet champion, will be released on Feb. 26.
18 Straight in the Pac-10
Stanford has won its last 18 consecutive Pac-10 dual meets, a streak which dates back to the opening of the 2006-07 season. The Cardinal went 6-0 in dual meets with conference foes in both 2006-07 and 2007-08, and is 6-0 thus far during the 2008-09 campaign. Stanford has not lost a Pac-10 dual meet since dropping a 169-131 decision to California in the 2005-06 regular season finale.
Dual Meet Success
With a 19-0 start to the 2008-09 campaign, Stanford has defeated 40 of its last 41 opponents in head-to-head competition, with the only setback in that time a tightly-contested 156-144 loss on Nov. 9, 2007 at Georgia. In her three years on the Cardinal pool deck, head coach Lea Maurer has guided her teams to a 46-3 (.939) dual meet record.
Getting it Done Against Ranked Teams
With Stanford's sweep of then-No. 20 UCLA and No. 12 USC the weekend of Jan. 30 and 31, the Cardinal is now a perfect 5-0 against ranked teams this season. Stanford has also posted a thrilling 150.5-147.5 victory at No. 7 Arizona (Jan. 24) and wins over both No. 4 Florida and No. 14 Michigan on Oct. 17 in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Since head coach Lea Maurer took the reigns prior to the 2005-06 season, Stanford is an impressive 21-3 (.875) against ranked teams, including a 15-2 mark (.882) against ranked Pac-10 opponents. Taken a step further, the Cardinal has gone 9-3 (.750) vs. top-10 squads - a figure that includes a 6-2 ledger (.750) against conference foes.
Stellar Named Pac-10 Diver of the Month for January
Junior Carmen Stellar was named the Pac-10 Women's Diver of the Month for January after winning five diving competitions over four Pac-10 dual meets. She recorded six 'A' qualifying scores for the upcoming NCAA Zone E Diving Championships in March, while she won both diving events in a pair of dual meets - Jan. 23 at Arizona State and Jan. 30 vs. No. 20 UCLA.
Perhaps the highlight of Stellar's month, however, came in Stanford's thrilling 150.5-147.5 victory at seventh-ranked and defending national champion Arizona. She won the 1-meter competition in Tucson with a score of 292.50 - 30.67 points more than the second-place finisher - and was third on the 3-meter, tallying 12 individual points that helped make the difference in Stanford's narrow victory.
Welcome Back, Caroline and Michelle!
Stanford's sweep two weeks ago of No. 20 UCLA and No. 12 USC was highlighted by the return from injury of senior Caroline Bruce and junior Michelle Liu, each of whom made their season debuts that weekend.
Showing the form that has made her a 13-time All-American, two-time NCAA champion and seven-time Pac-10 titilist by winning the 100 breast against UCLA in 1:03.45. Liu finished second against the Bruins in the 200 back (2:03.28), before swimming the leadoff leg for Stanford's 'A' 400 free relay.
Stanford has officially competed in 66 freestyle events during the 2008-09 season, and has won 58 of them (87.9%). Cardinal swimmers have finished first in 34 of 36 (94.4%) of sprint freestyle races (50, 100 and 200), while Stanford has won all seven free relays it has officially competed in.
Sophomore Kate Dwelley, the defending Pac-10 champion in the 200 free and an All-American in the event, has won seven of the eight 200 races she has entered this season - while the only loss came to teammate Julia Smit.
The following Cardinal swimmers have all won freestyle events thus far in 2008-09: junior Elaine Breeden (100 and 400 relay), freshman Angela Duckworth (500, 1,000 and 1,650), Dwelley (50, 100, 200, 500 and 400 relay), freshman Jessica Rodriquez (200 and 1,000), junior Julia Smit (50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000 and 400 relay), junior Whitney Spence (500 and 1,000), freshman Betsy Webb (50 and 400 relay) and freshman Samantha Woodward (50, 100 and 400 relay).
Diving Dominates Duals
Behind the duo of junior Carmen Stellar and sophomore Meg Hostage, Stanford has won nine of the 10 dual meet competitions since the 2009 spring season began - including seven of eight against Pac-10 competition.
The run began in Arizona, when Stellar swept both the 1-meter and 3-meter competitions on Jan. 23 at Arizona State. The very next day, Stellar won the 1-meter while Hostage captured the 3-meter in a narrow win at No. 7 Arizona. A week later, Stellar again won both competitions on Jan. 30 against No. 20 UCLA, while Hostage won the 1-meter in a victory over No. 12 USC. The duo again earned a pair of first place finishes Feb. 13 at BYU, with Stellar earning high scores on the 1-meter and Hostage doing the same on the 3-meter.
Since the calendar turned to 2009, all four Stanford divers - Stellar, Hostage, senior Sarah Ohr and freshman Mary Beth Corbett - have recorded at least one 'A' qualifying score for the NCAA Zone E Diving Championships.
L.A. Story - Stanford Sweeps No. 20 UCLA and No. 12 USC on Senior Weekend
Stanford continued its winning ways two weeks ago, concluding the 2008-09 home schedule with a pair of Pac-10 dual meet wins at the Avery Aquatic Center over No. 20 UCLA (166.5-125.5) on Jan. 30 and No. 12 USC (163-137) on Jan. 31.
See You in the Lone Star State...
Stanford enters this weekend with five swimmers having already combined for eight automatic 'A' qualifying standards (including one relay), thereby assuring their participation in the 2009 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships.
The following Cardinal swimmers have punched their tickets to College Station, Texas: junior Elaine Breeden (100 fly, 200 fly and 400 free relay), sophomore Kate Dwelley (400 free relay), junior Julia Smit (200 free, 200 back, 200 IM, 400 IM and 400 free relay), sophomore Liz Smith (400 IM) and freshman Sam Woodward (400 free relay).
Stanford swimmers have also logged 34 NCAA 'B'standards, including: Breeden (100 free and 200 IM), freshman Jamie Bruce (200 breast and 400 IM), freshman Angela Duckworth (400 IM), Dwelley (100 free, 200 free, 500 free and 200 fly), junior Kelley Hug (100 fly and 100 back), freshman Jessica Rodriquez (200 free, 500 free, 1,650 free and 400 IM), Smit (50 free, 100 free, 500 free, 100 back, 200 breast), Smith (100 breast, 200 breast and 200 IM), junior Whitney Spence (200 free and 500 free), senior Laura Wadden (200 fly, 100 back and 200 back) freshman Betsy Webb (100 free and 100 back) and Woodward (50 free, 100 free, 100 fly and 200 fly).
...And in Oklahoma!
Cardinal divers have also had a strong year in qualifying for the Zone 'E' Diving Championships. The Zone 'E' meet, which determines which divers will compete at the NCAA Championships, is held from March 12-14 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
All four Stanford divers have already posted 'A' Zone qualifying scores in at least one event: freshman Mary Beth Corbett has logged a 281.10 on the 1-meter, sophomore Meg Hostage has posted a 293.10 on the 1-meter and a 319.20 on the 3-meter, senior Sarah Ohr has recorded a 270.075 on the 1-meter and a 286.575 on the 3-meter and junior Carmen Stellar has scores of 292.50 on the 1-meter and 288.15 on the 3-meter.
Corbett owns a 'B' qualifying score on the 1-meter (255.60), while Stellar has also recorded a 'B' qualifying score of 243.05 on the platform.
Leading the Way
As of times released by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) through Jan. 26, Stanford athletes have posted the fastest times in NCAA Division I women's swimming in four events, while occupying a total of 20 places in the top-16 across 11 events.
Julia Smit has the country's best time in the 200 free (1:43.56), 200 IM (1:53.33) and 400 IM (3:58.21), while Elaine Breeden paces all NCAA DI swimmers in the 200 fly (1:52.75). Smit also ranks third in the 1,000 free (9:40.86), fourth in the 200 back (1:52.88), seventh in the 100 free (48.48) and 14th in the 200 breast (2:12.21), while Breeden is fifth in the 100 fly (51.86) and seventh in the 200 IM (1:57.57).
Kate Dwelley is in the top-10 nationally in a trio of freestyle distances, ranking seventh in the 200 (1:44.82), eighth in the 500 (4:40.13) and 12th in the 100 (48.67). Another sophomore, Liz Smith, finds herself amongst the country's top-10 in both the 400 IM (3rd - 4:06.05) and the 200 breast (8th - 2:10.60).
Laura Wadden has enjoyed an outstanding senior campaign thus far, as her efforts rank her ninth in the 200 back (1:54.62) and 12th in the 200 fly (1:56.42). Kelley Hug currently ranks 16th in the 100 fly (52.92).
Finally, freshman Sam Woodward has the nation's ninth-fastest time in the 100 fly (52.48) and the 10th-best in the 50 free (22.39).
Smit Sets World Record and American Record During Sensational November
Stanford junior Julia Smit was simply amazing over her two November meets, as she recorded five NCAA 'A' standard times, set a world record in the 400-meter individual medley and an American record in the 200-meter IM.
Competing at the 2008 Canada Cup on Nov. 28, Smit established the world record for short-course meters in the 400 IM with a time of 4:25.87, which was .65-second better than the previous mark of 4:26.52 set by two-time Olympic gold medalist Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe. However, her record was broken on December 14 by Spain's Mireia Belmonte Garcia, who swam a 4:25.06 at the European Short Course Championships held in Rijeka, Croatia.
Despite having her world record broken, Smit still owns the American record in both the 400 IM and the 200 IM. She broke a 15-year old U.S. record in the 200 IM on Nov. 29, finishing with a time of 2:06.49.
In a league full of high-quality swimmers, Smit was named the Pac-10 Swimmer of the Month for November. The monthly award was the second of Smit's career (also in November 2006) and the fifth all-time for Stanford. She also captured a pair of Counsilman Hunsaker National Collegiate Swimmer of the Week honors, earning the accolades for the weeks of November 2-9 and November 24-December 7.
Stanford head women's swimming coach Lea Maurer is in her fourth year at the helm of her alma mater, having presided over a Cardinal squad that has improved one spot at the NCAA Championships in each of her first three campaigns (fifth in 2006, fourth in 2007 and third in 2008). Under her guidance, 17 Cardinal swimmers have combined for 73 All-America honors, while Stanford has won 12 individual Pac-10 championships and a pair of NCAA individual crowns.
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 16 consecutive dual meet victories since the 2006-07 season opener. The Cardinal is an impressive 20-1 (.952) at home in dual meets during the Lea Maurer era, including an 10-1 (.909) mark against ranked opponents.
All-Americans and Accolades Aplenty
The 2008-09 Stanford women's swimming and diving roster boasts a collective 54 All-America selections, four NCAA championships and 16 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 12 swimmers that competed in the 2008 NCAA Championships and two of the 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, junior Julia Smit, sophomore Liz Smith, junior Whitney Spence and senior Laura Wadden.
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 won the 200 yard freestyle as a freshman. Meg Hostage was the Pac-10 champ on the 3-meter, while Sarah Ohr won her first title on the 1-meter.
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-10 times.
This prestigious list includes: senior Andrea Axtell (200 Back - 8th), Elaine Breeden (100 fly - 2nd; 200 fly - 1st; 200 IM - 4th), Caroline Bruce (100 breast - 2nd; 200 breast - 2nd; 200 IM - 8th; 400 IM - 6th), Kate Dwelley (50 free - t-7th; 100 free - t-2nd; 200 free - 3rd; 500 free - 5th; 100 fly - 10th; 200 IM - 5th), Kerry Kraemer (100 breast - 5th; 200 breast - 9th), Julia Smit (50 free - 4th; 100 free - 5th; 200 free - 2nd; 500 free - 6th; 100 back - 6th; 200 back - 2nd; 200 IM - 1st; 400 IM - 2nd, 4:02.41), Liz Smith (100 breast - 3rd; 200 breast - 3rd; 200 IM - 6th; 400 IM - t-4th) and Laura Wadden (200 fly - 7th).
Current Cardinal swimmers have also swam on three Stanford record-holding relay teams: Dwelley, Smit and Breeden in the 200 free relay; Dwelley, Smit and Breeden in the 400 free relay; and Smith and Breeden in the 200 medley relay.
One of only three active collegiate swimmers 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 - the 400-meter (silver) and the 800-meter (bronze).
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 400-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.
Caroline Bruce, who competed in the 2004 Athens Games, gives Stanford a trio of former United States Olympians.
2008-09 NCAA Qualifying Standards (Short-Course Yards)
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 Freestyle 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 3:41.061-Meter Diving Points - Dual 255/265 Platform Diving Points - Dual 260/2253-Meter Diving Points - Dual 270/280