Jan. 28, 2007
No. 1 Stanford synchronized swimming put together graceful, yet powerful routines to claim victory in their first regular season meet over No. 3 Incarnate Word. The Cardinal finished on top in all four events, including sweeping the top two spots in the trio and duet routines.
The day began with the trio routines, where Stanford turned in two elegant performances. The team of Elizabeth-Anne Markman, Sara Lowe and Courtenay Stewart finished first with a score of 92.0. Claiming second place with a score of 88.5 was the Stanford team consisting of Debbie Chen, Melissa Knight and Taylor Durand.
Next, it was time for duets. Once again, the timing of the Cardinal was impeccable, as the team of Lowe and Stewart finished first with a score of 93.5. Not far behind was the team of Markman and Bongiovanni-Duclos, who combined for a second place finish with a score of 90.5.
The solo routine gave Lowe a chance to shine once again, this time on her own. She swam her way to a first place finish and score of 93.3
Stanford's team routine showed why the Cardinal are back-to-back national champions. The team swam as one, utilizing the routine's increased speed and power to capture the attention of the judges and audience. The audience gave the cardinal a standing ovation. The routine earned them the top spot with a remarkable score of 94.5. "I am extremely proud of how our team swam today. This team has made a lot of progress in a short amount of time. The home crowd gave our team incredible energy today." Head Coach Heather Olson
The team returns to action on Saturday, February 3 (4:00pm) as they travel to the University of Arizona.