Oct. 9, 2008
Stanford To Face First Pac-10 Dual Meet Test Friday Against Oregon State
Friday, Oct. 10, 2008 Avery Aquatics Center 2:00 p.m. PT
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Stanford Set to Open Pac-10 Dual Meet Schedule Against Oregon State
Coming off a season-opening, 170-102 victory over visiting San Jose State on Oct. 3, the Stanford women's swimming and diving team will get its Pac-10 dual meet slate underway this Friday at 2:00 p.m. against the Oregon State Beavers at the Avery Aquatic Center.
Stanford head women's swimming coach Lea Maurer is in her fourth year at the helm of her alma mater, having presided over a Cardinal squad that has improved one spot at NCAA Championships in each of her first three campaigns (5th in 2006, 4th in 2007 and 3rd in 2008). Under her guidance, 17 Cardinal swimmers have combined for 73 All-America honors, while Stanford has won 13 individual Pac-10 championships and a pair of NCAA individual crowns.
Starting Off Strong
Stanford opened its dual meet season last Friday with a 170-102 victory over visiting San Jose State at the Avery Aquatic Center. The Cardinal has now won its last seven dual meets during the month of October, a streak that began with the 2005-06 season.
Dual Meet Success
Following last week's victory over San Jose State, Stanford has won 18 of its last 19 dual meets, with the only setback in that time a tightly-contested 156-144 loss on Nov. 9, 2007 at Georgia. In her three years on the Cardinal pool deck, head coach Lea Maurer has guided her teams to a 31-3 (.912) dual meet record.
Awesome at Avery
Swimming at arguably the nation's finest outdoor facility, Stanford has established home dominance at the Avery Aquatic Center with a streak of ten consecutive dual meet victories since the 2006-07 season opener. The Cardinal is an impressive 14-1 (.933) at home in dual meets during the Lea Maurer era, including an 8-1 (.889) mark against ranked opponents.
All-Americans and Accolades Aplenty
The 2008-09 Stanford women's swimming and diving roster boasts a collective 58 All-America selections, four NCAA championships and 17 Pac-10 titles.
Welcome to The Farm
A trio of Stanford freshman opened their collegiate careers with individual event victories last Friday against San Jose State. Sam Woodward won both the 200 free and the 50 free, while she also swam the butterfly for the Cardinal's 200 medley relay-winning team. Angela Duckworth turned in the fastest time on the 1000 free, while Mary Beth Corbett captured the 1-meter diving competition with an NCAA "B" score of 255.60.
Picking Up Where They Left Off
Stanford's season-opening victory also featured individual event wins from junior Elaine Breeden (100 free), sophomore Kate Dwelley (both the 100 back and 200 fly), sophomore Kerry Kraemer (200 breast), junior Julia Smit (100 breast), sophomore Liz Smith (200 back) and junior Whitney Spence (500 free).
Sophomore Meg Hostage immediately earned an NCAA "A" standard score by posting a 292.43 to win the 3-meter diving competition.
Back for More
The starting blocks and diving boards of the Avery Aquatic Center will be loaded with experience this season, as Stanford returns nine of its 11 swimmers that competed in the 2008 NCAA Championships and all three divers.
In the pool, the Cardinal welcomes back the following group that led Stanford to a third-place finish in March: Elaine Breeden, senior Caroline Bruce, Kate Dwelley, Kerry Kraemer, senior Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy, Julia Smit, Liz Smith, Whitney Spence and senior Laura Wadden.
Meg Hostage, junior Shana Karp and senior Sarah Ohr all return after advancing to the NCAA Diving Championships in 2008.
Stanford continued its storied championship tradition in 2007-08, winning one individual NCAA title and four Pac-10 crowns.
Julia Smit capped off an incredible sophomore season by winning her first NCAA championship when she finished first in the 400 yard individual medley.
A quartet of Cardinal swimmers and divers won individual titles as Stanford finished second at the 2008 Pac-10 Championships. Elaine Breeden took home her second consecutive crown in the 200 yard butterfly, while Kate Dwelley served notice by winning the 200 yard freestyle as a freshman. Meg Hostage was the Pac-10 champ on the 3-meter as a freshman, while Sarah Ohr won her first title in the 1-meter.
Big Four Becomes the...Super Six?
Although Stanford must compensate for the graduation of 17-time All-American Brooke Bishop, the remainder of last year's "Big Four" returns in junior Elaine Breeden (12-time All-American), senior Caroline Bruce (13-time AA) and junior Julia Smit (12-time AA).
The Cardinal appears to have many talented swimmers ready to fill Bishop's void, including a trio of freshman All-Americans from 2007-08: Kate Dwelley (four All-America honors) Kerry Kraemer (one) and Liz Smith (three).
Seniors Andrea Axtell, Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy, Madeline Rovira and Laura Wadden, along with junior Whitney Spence, also all boast All-American honors during their careers on the Farm.
Best of the Best
The Stanford program has one of the most storied traditions in all of collegiate women's swimming. Cardinal fans should be in for a treat in 2008-09, as nine members of this year's team have already etched their names among the program's all-time top ten times.
This prestigious list includes: senior Andra Axtell (200 Back - 8th, 1:56.80), junior Elaine Breeden (100 fly - 2nd, 51.44; 200 fly - 1st, 1:52.27; 200 IM - 4th, 1:56.30), senior Caroline Bruce (100 breast - 2nd, 59.55; 200 breast - 2nd, 2:08.67; 200 IM - 8th, 1:57.66; 400 IM - 6th, 4:10.31), sophomore Kate Dwelley (50 free - 8th, 22.70 relay; 100 free - t-2nd, 48.38 relay; 200 free - 3rd, 1:45.07; 500 free - 5th, 4:41.67; 100 fly - 10th, 53.66; 5th - 1:57.27), senior Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy (100 back - 9th, 53.89), sophomore Kerry Kraemer (100 breast - 5th, 1:01.32; 200 breast - 9th; 2:12.50), junior Julia Smit (50 free - 4th, 22.39 relay; 100 free - 10th, 49.35 relay; 200 free - 2nd 1:44.52, relay; 500 free - 6th; 4:41.74; 100 back - 6th, 53.77; 200 back - 2nd, 1:53.39; 200 IM - 1st, 1:55.31; 400 IM - 4th, 4:02.41), sophomore Liz Smith (100 breast - 3rd, 1:00.32; 200 breast - 3rd, 2:08.73; 200 IM - 6th, 1:57.45; 400 IM - 4th, 4:09.70) and senior Laura Wadden (200 fly - 10th, 1:58.23).
Current Cardinal swimmers have also swam on three Stanford record-holding relay teams: Smit, Breeden, O'Donnell-McCarthy in the 200 free relay (1:29.40); Dwelley, Smith and Breeden in the 400 free relay (3:13.77); and O'Donnell-McCarthy, Smith and Breeden in the 200 medley relay (1:37.57).
Making a Splash
Long an integral part of Stanford's championship teams, the Cardinal divers are once again among the elite. Meg Hostage became the first Stanford freshman ever to be named the Pac-10's Diver of the Year when she captured the 2008 honor. Senior Sarah Ohr is the Pac-10's reigning 1-meter champion and an All-American in the platform, while junior Shana Karp garnered All-America accolades after finishing fifth in the platform competition at NCAA Championships.
Stanford's divers are led by six-time Pac-10 Diving Coach of the Year Dr. Rick Schavone, who has been named the conference's top diving tutor each of the last two seasons.
Smit and Breeden Shine in Beijing
Juniors Julia Smit and Elaine Breeden continued Stanford's tradition of Olympic excellence when they each medaled for the United States in the 2008 Beijing Games.
The only current collegiate swimmer to have earned a pair of medals at the 2008 Olympics, Smit helped the U.S. team to the podium with her preliminary efforts in the two freestyle relay events - 4x100 (silver) and 4x200 meters (bronze).
Breeden swam a trio of events in her first Olympics, and earned a silver medal after helping the Americans to a heat-winning time in the 4 x 100 meter medley relay preliminaries. The medal further cemented Breeden's place among America's top butterfly talents, as she was the top U.S. finisher in the 200 meter fly with a time of 2:07.57.
Senior Caroline Bruce, who competed in the 2004 Athens Games, gives Stanford a trio of former United States Olympians.
2008-09 NCAA Qualifying Standards
Event A B Event A B
50 Freestyle 21.93 22.80 100 Breaststroke 59.99 1:02.32
100 Freestyle 47.84 49.75 200 Breaststroke 2:10.32 2:15.53
200 Freestyle 1:44.02 1:48.18 200 Individual Medley 1:56.13 2:00.77
500 Freestyle 4:38.46 4:49.59 400 Individual Medley 4:07.33 4:17.22
1,650 Freestyle 15:53.38 16:31.51 200 Freestyle Relay 1:28.35 1:31.88
100 Butterfly 52.02 54.10 400 Freesytle Relay 3:14.93 3:22.72
200 Butterfly 1:54.95 1:59.54 800 Freestyle Relay 7:02.07 7:18.95
100 Backstroke 53.01 55.13 200 Medley Relay 1:37.81 1:41.72
200 Backstroke 1:53.37 1:57.90 400 Medley Relay 3:32.56 3:41.06
1-Meter Diving Points - Dual 255/265 Platform Diving Points - Dual 260/225
3-Meter Diving Points - Dual 270/280