Feb. 28, 2008
Long Beach, Calif./Federal Way, Washington -
No. 2 Stanford has moved up one spot to second place after the second day of action Thursday at the 2008 Pac-10 Swimming and Diving Championships. Arizona leads the event with 496 points, while Stanford is the only other team in legitimate striking distance with 472 points. California (396), USC (309), UCLA (301), Arizona State (256.5), Washington (255), Oregon State (160) and Washington State (127.5) round out the team standings.
Stanford's divers came through in the 1-meter event contested at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way as Sarah Ohr picked up her first career postseason title with 302.05 points, while Meg Hostage was second with 289.25. Shana Karp (5th, 260.90) and Katie Lampe (9th, 245.45) also scored for the Cardinal in the event.
Stanford also had some impressive swimming performances at the Belmont Plaza Pool in Long Beach with second place finishes in each of the first two events contested.
Kate Dwelley swam to an NCAA `A' time of 4:41.67 to take second in the 500 free, finishing just behind winner Kim Jasman of Washington (4:41.51). Dwelley's time makes her the No. 5 all-time performer in the event at Stanford. Whitney Spence (7th, 4:47.90, 4:47.76 prelims) was also in the championship final for the Cardinal.
Elaine Breeden then led three Stanford swimmers in the 200 IM with her second place finish in an NCAA `A' time of 1:56.45 that kept her the school's No. 4 all-time performer in the event but improved her time by 0.47 seconds. Julia Smit was third with a 1:57.03, while Liz Smith checked in at 1:59.07 to take seventh after going 1:58.43 in the prelims to become No. 10 on the school's all-time performer list. Both Smit and Smith hit the NCAA `A' standard. Washington also won the 200 IM as Ari Kukors claimed the victory in 1:55.48.
Arizona picked up a victory in the final individual swimming event of the evening finals session when Lara Jackson clocked in with an NCAA `A' time of 22.04 to edge Caitlin Andrew of Arizona State by .03 seconds in a photo finish and break a Pac-10 meet record. Brooke Bishop
(4th, 22.69, NCAA `A'), who won the event at the 2006 Pac-10 Championships, was Stanford's only championship finalist.
Arizona also came up with a big victory and another Pac-10 meet record in an exciting 200 free relay as the foursome of Emma Darlington, Jackson, Taylor Baughman and Lacey Nymeyer checked in with an NCAA `A' time of 1:28.60 to edge California by a tenth of a second. Arizona State was third in 1:29.73, while Stanford was fourth in 1:29.84 with a team of Dwelley, Breeden, Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy and Bishop. All four were NCAA `A' marks.
The Pac-10 Championships continue through Saturday with swimming prelim sessions starting each day at 11 am, PT, followed by finals sessions at 6 pm, PT. The 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back and 400 medley relay are scheduled to take place on Friday. Diving action will continue with the 3-meter event with prelims starting at 2:15 pm, PT, with finals to follow at 5:15 pm, PT.