Big Swim This Saturday Will be Top-Five Battle

Feb. 10, 2010

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STANFORD, Calif.-- No. 4-ranked Stanford (8-0, 4-0 Pac-10) will look for their third undefeated dual season in four years when they host defending national champion and No. 5-ranked California (5-1, 3-1 Pac-10) on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Avery Aquatic Center to close out the dual season.

In last year's meeting, the Cardinal beat the Bears in the regular season, with the rivals across the Bay winning both the Pac-10 and NCAA Championships.

Divers Carmen Stellar and Meg Hostage are coming off a solid performances at the U.S. Winter Diving National Championships last week. Stellar reached the semifinals after qualifying for the event after winning the preliminaries, while Hostage won the one-meter qualifiers.

The 200 freestyle will feature Olympic silver medalist Caitlin Leverenz for the Bears and Kate Dwelley for the Cardinal, who both rank amongst the nation's fastest swimmers in that event. Leverenz and Dwelley are separated by four-tenths of a second in the 200.

In the butterfly, Cal's Amanda Sims is the defending NCAA 100 fly champion and Stanford's Elaine Breeden is the reigning 200 fly champion.

The relays feature two of fastest teams in the country, with Stanford leading the nation in the 200 free relay paced by Kate Dwelley, Betsy Webb, Sam Woodward and Julia Smit. Cal ranks seventh with the two teams separated by a second. Both 400 medley relay teams rank in the top-five nationally, also separated by a second, with Webb, Dwelley, Liz Smith and Elaine Breeden leading the charge for the Cardinal.

Overall, the Cardinal have the four fastest 50 freestylers in the Pac-10 and four of the top-five 100 swimmers in the conference. The quartet are a part of the nation's fastest top-20 swimmers as well. Two of those swimmers, Webb and Smit, also rank amongst the fastest backstrokers in the country.

In the 500, Stanford's Kelsey Ditto and Cal's Katie Kastes are separated by a mere second in the 500.

Smit continues to have the nation's fastest times in the individual medley. That is no surprise for the defending NCAA Champion in the 200 IM and 400 IM, who set the world record in both events in December on the short course Duel in the Pool in Manchester, England.

The postseason begins at the end of the month, with the Pac-10 Conference swimming (February 24-27, Long Beach, CA) and diving (February 25-27, Federal Way, WA) championships, regional Zone E Diving Championships (March 12-14, Columbus, OH) and NCAA Championships (March 18-20, West Lafayette, IN) all on the horizon.

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