March 4, 2007
No. 1 Stanford synchronized swimming defeated Arizona and University of Hawaii in a tri-meet on Saturday. The Cardinals were victorious with a score of 90 to 39 (Arizona), 10 (Hawaii).
This was the second time this season the Cardinal faced both Hawaii and Arizona. The Cardinal trio of Elizabeth-Anne Markman, Sara Lowe and Courtenay Stewart had a strong performance allowing them to place first, earning the team 16 points. The Stanford trio of Samantha Bongiovanni-Duclos, Melissa Knight and Taylor Durand completed a strong routine to place second, earning the team 14 points.
Next, were the duets. The duo event ended in the same results as the trio with Stanford taking the first and second place spots. Lowe and Stewart had a solid routine claiming first place, with Bongiovanni-Duclos and Markman earning second.
In the solo event Lowe again swam for the top spot earning 14 points for the Cardinal with a strong score of 96.25. Gayle Lee came in second with this being only her second time swimming solo this season, with a score of 89.25.
Stanford excelled in the team routine earning first place and a score of 96.00, giving them 18 points towards their victorious 90. Arizona had a strong routine earning 81.50 for their team score and placed second overall. University of Hawaii ended in third place with only one swimmer who competed in the solo event, earning her team 10 points.
"This is a big weekend for our team with two long meets in a row," commented Head Coach Heather Olson, "Our duets and solos had very strong swims today and I know our trios and team will be even stronger tomorrow. In the team, we still need better synchronization and patterns, but with 2 weeks left until collegiate nationals, I am confident the team will swim with the intensity they need."