Feb. 2, 2008
Stanford, Calif. - Stanford continued its quest for a fourth straight U.S. Collegiate title with its third victory in a row to start 2008 by dominating Alabama-Birmingham on the first day of back-to-back meets between the teams at the Avery Aquatic Center. Stanford swept the four competitions against the Blazers and have yet to lose a routine in 2008.
Melissa Knight, Sara Lowe and Courtney Stewart started the meet off with a dominating win in the trio competition as the trio scored 92.167 points. The next closest competitors were teammates Poppy Carlig, Debbie Chen and Taylor Durand with a score of 87.833.
Lowe and Stewart were excellent in the duet as well as the long-time swimming partners hooked up for a score of 93.333, while Carlig and Knight checked in with 88.833.
Lowe was also a winner in the solo competition with 93.833 points. A team of Carlig, Knight, Chen, Stewart, Durand, Erin Bell, Corinne Smith and Gayle Lee finished comfortably out front in the team competition with a score of 93.333.
The victory was Stanford's second in as many days after the Cardinal captured the William & Mary Invitational on Saturday.
"Today went well," said assistant coach Alison Bartosik. "We had a great crowd, and we continued to improve in all of our routines."
Stanford will host Alabama-Birmingham for the second straight day on Sunday, February 3. (9 am, PT). The teams will compete in figures and B elements only.
Pl Name (School) Points
1 Melissa Knight/Courtenay Stewart/Sara Lowe (Stanford) 92.167
2 Poppy Carlig/Debbie Chen/Taylor Durand (Stanford) 87.833
3 Shaina Boe/Meryl Grandia/Brittany McCauley (Alabama-Birmingham) 83.833
4a Mikayla Cansler/Michele Rushfeldt/Jami Schwendau (Alabama-Birmingham) 82.500
1 Sara Lowe/Courtenay Stewart (Stanford) 93.333
2 Poppy Carlig/Melissa Knight (Stanford) 88.833
3a Debbie Chen/Taylor Durand (Stanford) 88.500
3 Meryl Grandia/Margareta Jakovac (Alabama-Birmingham) 87.167
4 Shaina Boe/Frances Halloran (Alabama-Birmingham) 84.333
1 Sara Lowe (Stanford) 93.833
2 Margareta Jakovac (Alabama-Birmingham) 87.833
3 Talia Scatliff (Alabama-Birmingham) 85.667
1 Poppy Carlig/Melissa Knight/Debbie Chen/Gayle Lee/Courtenay Stewart/Taylor Durand/Erin Bell/Michelle Moore (Stanford) 93.333
2 Shaina Boe/Stephanie Cardwell/Meryl Grandia/Frances Halloran/Margareta Jakovac/Cecilia Luch/Brittany McCauley/Michele Rushfeldt (Alabama-Birmingham) 88.667