Elaine Breeden Sets American, U.S. Open and NCAA Record in 200 Fly; Carmen Stellar Wins Pac-10 Platform Title

Feb. 28, 2009

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FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - Stanford junior Elaine Breeden won her third consecutive Pacific-10 Conference championship in the 200 butterfly in record-setting fashion tonight, setting the American, U.S. Open and NCAA record with a time of 1:49.92. Swimming this evening at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, Breeden surpassed the year-old American and U.S. Open standard of 1:51.27 set by Mary DeScenza, while blowing by the NCAA mark of 1:51.91 achieved by Olympic Gold Medalist Natalie Coughlin of Cal in 2002.

Breeden's record-setting effort and fifth career Pac-10 crown headlined Stanford's final day of the 2009 Pac-10 Championships, as the Cardinal finished third with 1,317 points. However, the Stanford women's swimming and diving team put forth an outstanding effort, combining to set two American records, two U.S. Open standards, three NCAA marks and win five individual Pac-10 titles. Cardinal swimmers also combined for nine NCAA 'A' qualifying times and 36 'B' standards, while establishing eight school records and logging 24 total efforts that ranked in Stanford's all-time top-10.

'Elaine's effort today was outstanding,' said Stanford head coach Lea Maurer. 'We'll put her right back to work, as this is definitely a swim we can build on for NCAAs.'

Discussing the Pac-10 Championships, Maurer commented 'We are pretty happy with the way things turned out overall. We struggled with some injuries this year, and we knew the writing was on the wall a bit in that we didn't have as many healthy bodies. Overall, we feel with the number of (NCAA) qualifiers we have, that we are in a good position to have a real good meet at the NCAAs.'

Carmen Stellar, another junior standout for Stanford, capped a sensational meet by winning the platform competition for her first ever Pac-10 title. She tallied a score of 257.55, shattering her previous career best of 210.30 on the platform. Tonight's win came on the heels of a fourth-place finish on the 1-meter (289.90) and a second-place effort on the 3-meter (325.90). Stellar becomes just the sixth Stanford diver to win a Pac-10 championship, while those six have combined to win nine titles.

'We are thrilled for Carmen, and she was very deserving of Diver of the Meet honors,' said Maurer. 'All of our divers were sensational during the entire meet.'

Carmen Stellar was named Diver of the Meet for the 2009 Pac-10 Championships

The eighth and final Stanford record fell in the meet's last event - the 400 free relay. The Cardinal 'A' team of sophomore Kate Dwelley, freshman Sam Woodward, Breeden and junior Julia Smit touched the wall in 3:12.76 to shave a second off the previous mark set just a year ago.

Also on the final day of competition, Stanford received scoring efforts from junior Whitney Spence (third - 'B' 16.15.55), freshman Angela Duckworth (ninth - 'B' 16:27.52), freshman Jessica Rodriquez (12th - 16:33.38) and junior Caitlin Reynolds (17th - 16:48.18) in the 1,650 free; senior Laura Wadden (10th - 'B' 1:54.71) and senior Andrea Axtell (16th - 2:00.46) in the 200 back; Smit (third - 'B' 47.98), Woodward (7th - 'B' 48.78), freshman Betsy Webb (12th - 'B' 49.32), senior Madeline Rovira (22nd - 49.90) and junior Nilasha Ghosh (23rd - 50.09) in the 100 free; senior Caroline Bruce (fifth - 'B' 2:11.39), sophomore Liz Smith (sixth - 'B' 2:11.44) and freshman Jamie Bruce (12th - 'B' 2:14.41) in the 200 breast; sophomore Kate Dwelley (seventh - 'B' 1:57.35) and Wadden (12th - 'B' 1:57.97) in the 200 fly; and senior Sarah Ohr (sixth - 226.80), sophomore Meg Hostage (12th - 193.00) and freshman Mary Beth Corbett (181.20) on the platform.

A full breakdown of Stanford's accomplishments at the 2009 Pacific-10 Conference Championships follows:

American Records (2)
Elaine Breeden, 200 butterfly - 1:49.92 (Finals)
Julia Smit, 200 IM - 1:53.11 (Finals)

U.S. Open Records (2)
Elaine Breeden, 200 butterfly - 1:49.92 (Finals)
Julia Smit, 200 IM - 1:53.11 (Finals)

NCAA Records (3)
Elaine Breeden, 200 butterfly - 1:49.92 (Finals)
Julia Smit, 200 IM - 1:53.11 (Finals)
Julia Smit, 400 IM - 4:01.56 (Finals)

Pac-10 Champions (5)
Elaine Breeden, 100 butterfly (50.87)
Elaine Breeden, 200 butterfly (1:49.92)
Julia Smit, 200 IM (1:53.11)
Julia Smit, 400 IM (4:01.56)
Carmen Stellar, Platform Diving (257.55)

NCAA 'A' Qualifications (9)
Event Name Time (Prelims/Finals)

200 freestyle Kate Dwelley 1:43.80 (Finals)
100 butterfly Elaine Breeden 50.87 (Finals)
200 butterfly Elaine Breeden 1:49.92 (Finals)
200 IM Julia Smit 1:53.11 (Finals)
Elaine Breeden 1:54.32 (Finals)
400 IM Julia Smit 4:01.56 (Finals)
200 freestyle relay Stanford 'A' 1:28.01 (Finals)
Julia Smit, Elaine Breeden, Kate Dwelley, Sam Woodward
400 freestyle relay Stanford 'A' 3:12.76 (Finals)
Kate Dwelley, Sam Woodward, Elaine Breeden, Julia Smit
800 freestyle relay Stanford 'A' 7:00.28 (Finals)
Julia Smit, Sam Woodward, Whitney Spence, Kate Dwelley

NCAA 'B' Qualifications (36)
Event Name Time (Prelims/Finals)

50 freestyle Sam Woodward 22.31 (Finals)
Betsy Webb 22.76 (Finals)
100 freestyle Julia Smit 47.98 (Finals)
Sam Woodward 48.48 (Prelims)
Betsy Webb 49.32 (Finals)
200 freestyle Whitney Spence 1:47.08 (Prelims)
500 freestyle Kate Dwelley 4:41.39 (Finals)
Whitney Spence 4:42.47 (Finals)
Angela Duckworth 4:46.32 (Prelims)
Jessica Rodriquez 4:47.16 (Finals)
Caitlin Reynolds 4:48.71 (Finals)
1,650 freestyle Whitney Spence `16:15.55 (Finals)
Angela Duckworth 16:27.52 (Finals)
100 backstroke Betsy Webb 53.47 (Finals)
Laura Wadden 53.96 (Finals)
Kelley Hug 54.62 (Prelims)
200 backstroke Laura Wadden 1:54.71 (Finals)
100 breaststroke Caroline Bruce 1:00.80 (Prelims)
Liz Smith 1:01.12 (Prelims - Exh.)
200 breaststroke Caroline Bruce 2:11.39 (Finals)
Liz Smith 2:11.44 (Finals)
Jamie Bruce 2:14.41 (Finals)
100 butterfly Sam Woodward 52.45 (Finals)
Kelley Hug 52.54 (Prelims)
Stefanie Sutton 52.91 (Finals)
Nilasha Ghosh 53.55 (Finals)
Laura Wadden 53.61 (Prelims - Exh.)
200 butterfly Kate Dwelley 1:56.91 (Prelims)
Laura Wadden 1:57.97 (Finals)
200 IM Kate Dwelley 1:58.09 (Prelims - Exh.)
Liz Smith 1:58.10 (Prelims)
400 IM Liz Smith 4:08.00 (Finals)
200 freestyle relay Stanford 'B' 1:31.83 (Finals - Exh.)
Madeline Rovira, Betsy Webb, Nilasha Ghosh, Kelley Hug
400 freestyle relay Stanford 'B' 3:19.59 (Finals - Exh.)
Madeline Rovira, Betsy Webb, Nilasha Ghosh, Kelley Hug
200 medley relay Stanford 'B' 1:40.86 (Finals)
Laura Wadden, Caroline Bruce, Kelley Hug and Madeline Rovira
400 medley relay Stanford 'A' 3:32.61 (Finals)
Betsy Webb, Liz Smith, Elaine Breeden, Julia Smit

Stanford Record Book (24; 8 records)
Event Name Rank (Time)

50 freestyle Julia Smit t-1st (22.01 - relay)
Sam Woodward 5th (22.31)
100 freestyle Julia Smit 2nd (47.98)
Sam Woodward 6th (48.48)*
200 freestyle Kate Dwelley 2nd (1:43.80)
Julia Smit 3rd (1:43.88 - relay)
500 freestyle Kate Dwelley 4th (4:41.39)
Whitney Spence 8th (4:42.47)
1,650 freestyle Whitney Spence 10th (16.15.55)
200 backstroke Laura Wadden 4th (1:54.71)
100 butterfly Elaine Breeden 1st (50.87)
Sam Woodward 6th (52.45)
Kelley Hug 7th (52.54)*
Stefanie Sutton 10th (52.91)
200 butterfly Elaine Breeden 1st (1:49.92)
Kate Dwelley 7th (1:56.91)*
Laura Wadden 9th (1:57.97)
200 IM Julia Smit 1st (1:53.11)
Elaine Breeden 2nd (1:54.32)
400 IM Julia Smit 1st (4:01.56)
Liz Smith 4th (4:08.00)
200 freestyle relay Julia Smit, Elaine Breeden, 1st (1:28.01)
Kate Dwelley, Sam Woodward
400 freestyle relay Kate Dwelley, Sam Woodward, 1st (3:12.76)
Elaine Breeden, Julia Smit
800 freestyle relay Julia Smit, Sam Woodward, 1st (7:00.28)
Whitney Spence, Kate Dwelley
*-denotes prelims

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