Sept. 30, 2009
STANFORD, Calif.-- The Stanford women's swimming and diving team will be in action on Friday when they host San Jose State at the Avery Aquatics Center starting at 2 p.m. A dozen All-Americans will be in action for Stanford on Friday.
The women's team under fifth year head coach Lea Maurer, finished fourth at the NCAA Championships this past season and return two of America's top swimmers in 19-time All-Americans Elaine Breeden (Lexington, K.Y.), a two-time butterfly champion, and Julia Smit (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.), a three-time NCAA champion in the individual medley and American record holder.
San Jose State was 16-1 in dual meets last year and feature junior Kristen Trammel (Goodyear, Ariz.), an eight-time Western Athletic Conference medalist and sophomore Heather Denman (Brookeville, Md), the school-record holder in the breaststroke and butterfly. Sage Hopkins is in his fifth year.
Breeden owns the school-record in the 100 and 200 fly, while Smit is a member of 11 top-10 lists at Stanford, including individual records in the 100 free and 200 and 400 individual medleys.
Smit, along with teammate Kate Dwelley (Brentwood, Calif.) were a part of Team USA's squad at the World Championships in Rome this past summer. Dwelley, who was named an All-American five times last spring, returns as the school's record holder in the 200 freestyle. Breeden just missed out on the World Aquatics Championships in Rome, finishing third in both butterfly events.
Junior Liz Smith (Ballwin, Mo.), an All-American in both breaststrokes as a freshman, had a strong summer, setting personal bests in the individual medleys and breaststrokes. She returns with the school's third-fastest 100 backstroke and 200 breaststroke times. Sam Woodward (Edmond, Okla.) earned six All-America certificates her first season, including top-five times in the 50 and 100 freestyle.
Other All-Americans returning include: Kelley Hug (100 fly), Kerry Kraemer (200 breast), Whitney Spence (500 free, 800 free relay) and Betsy Webb (400 medley relay).
Amongst the newcomers Kelsey Ditto (Austin, Texas) is an All-American distance transfer from the University of Georgia, while Natalie Durant (England) and Rebecca Hinds (Canada) are Maurer's first international recruits.
Now in his 32nd season, coach Rick Schavone has featured at least one All-American in 26 of the last 27 years. Among the six returning divers, four are All-Americans in Meg Hostage (Potomac, M.D.), Carmen Stellar (Arcadia, Calif.), Dwight Dumais (Ventura, Calif.) and Brent Eichenseer (New Albany, Ind.).
Two All-Americans will compete on Friday, Hostage, who was the 2008 Pac-10 Diver of the Year as a freshman, and Stellar, the Pac-10's Diver of the Month for both January and February and the only female diver in the top-three in all three events at the 2009 Pac-10 Championships.