Feb. 29, 2008
Long Beach, Calif./Federal Way, Wash. -
No. 2 Stanford remained in second place heading into Saturday's final day of the Pac-10 Women's Swimming and Diving Championships after action concluded at the four-day short-course yards meet on Friday evening. Arizona extended its lead over the Cardinal to 63 points as the defending champion Wildcats have totaled 1027 points in three days of work compared to 964 for the Cardinal. California (830), UCLA (652), USC (514), Arizona State (482.5), Washington (425), Oregon State (270) and Washington State (236.5) comprise the remainder of the team standings.
Stanford won two of the seven events contested Friday to run its three-day win total to three of the meet's 14 events.
Meg Hostage was the second diver in as many days to claim victory as she won a competitive 3-meter event that had four divers within five points of the top. Hostage finished with 300.00 points to edge second place Erin Hobbs of Arizona State with 296.30. Three other Stanford divers - Carmen Stellar (295.30, 3rd), Hallie Ivester (295.00, 4th) and Sarah Ohr (285.80, 5th) - completed the top five. Katie Lampe (263.05, 8th) and Shana Karp (237.20, 20th) also competed for the Cardinal in the event.
"Obviously we are having a great meet," said Stanford head diving coach Dr. Rick Schavone. "Sarah Ohr winning [the 1-meter] last night was hopefully a career boost, and she dove very well again today. Carmen Stellar and Hallie Ivester were great in the finals tonight and Katie Lampe dove the best I've ever seen her in prelims. And of course we are anchored by Meg Hostage, who is always there for the win."
"But this is not our goal meet," Schavone cautioned. "That is the NCAA Zone E meet in two weeks. We still have some work to do before I'll feel ready for that meet."
"Our divers are doing a fantastic job," added Stanford head swimming coach Lea Maurer.
Kate Dwelley provided the other big Stanford highlight of the night when she won the 200 free in an NCAA `A' time of 1:45.09 that made her the second-fastest performer in Stanford history in the event.
Other championship finalists for the Cardinal on Friday included Julia Smit (400 IM, 4:08.09, 2nd), Elaine Breeden (100 fly, 51.75, 3rd), Caroline Bruce (100 breast, 1:00.56, 3rd), Liz Smith (400 IM, 4:09.70, 3rd), Brooke Bishop (100 back, 54.24, 5th), Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy (100 back, 54.38, 7th) and Whitney Spence (200 free, 1:48.97, 1:47.84 prelims, 8th). Smith's 400 IM time made her the school's No. 4 all-time performer in the event, while she also had a significant 100 breast exhibition swim with a mark of 1:00.91 that also moves her up one spot to fourth on Stanford's all-time list of performers in that event.
"We had one of our best championship sessions tonight," offered Maurer. "I am very proud of the team effort, and I think we have some great things to build upon as we look toward NCAA's."
Stanford was fourth in the day's only relay event as a foursome of O'Donnell-McCarthy, Smith, Breeden and Bishop checked in with a time of 3:36.13 in the 400 medley relay.
Other individual winners on Friday included Washington's Ari Kukors (400 IM, 4:05.29), California's Dana Vollmer (100 fly, 51.25) and Lauren Rogers (100 back, 51.80), and USC's Rebecca Soni (100 breast, 58.98).
Arizona won the 400 medley relay when a team of Hailey DeGolia, Annie Chandler, Ana Agy and Lacey Nymeyer checked in with a 3:33.76.
The Pac-10 Championships conclude Saturday with a prelim session starting at 11 am, PT, followed by a finals session at 6 pm, PT. The 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 400 free relay swimming events are scheduled to take place on Saturday at the Belmont Plaza Pool in Long Beach. Pac-10 diving action will also conclude Saturday with the platform competition at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. Prelims start at 10:45 am, PT, with finals to follow at 2:15 pm, PT.