The Stanford women's swimming team completed an undefeated dual-meet season with its 162-129 victory over host California on Saturday as freshman Betsy Webb stamped her name into the school record books with a quality performance in the 100 back.
Olympian Julia Smit and Liz Smith were each a double winner, while Olympian Elaine Breeden, senior Laura Wadden, Meg Hostage and Carmen Stellar also recorded victories as the second-ranked Cardinal (7-0, 20-0) begins preparations for the Pac-10 Championships, which start Feb. 25 in Federal Way, WA.
Webb, who swam the 50 free at the 2008 Olympic trials, finished the 100 back in 52.88, placing her third on the all-time list in the event, just behind her current coach, Lea (Loveless) Maurer and dropping Olympic gold medalist Misty Hyman into fourth.
Palo Alto High grad Liv Jensen, who also competed in the Olympic trials, swam a swift 22.18 to win the 50 free for Cal.
Smith swam a 2:09.84 to win the 200 breast, less than a second off her personal best, as the Cardinal won its 19th straight Pac-10 dual meet, and 41 of its last 42 overall. She also won the 100 breast, swimming a 1:01.18, also less than second off her personal best. Smith ranks third on the all-time Stanford list in both events.
Smit, the school record holder in the 200 individual medley, continued to show she can swim just about any distance, winning both the 500 free (4:43.74) and the 1,000 free (9:37.35).
Breeden won the 200 fly in 1:54.00, with reach of her school record 1:52.27. She finished second in the 100 fly in 52.38 and should be able to challenge Hyman's school mark of 51.34. Breeden swam a lifetime best 51.44 two years ago.
Stellar, the reigning Pac-10 Diver of the Month, won the 3-meter with a score of 308.93, setting a career high for a dual meet. Hostage won the 1-meter with a 288.97, and finished second on the 3-meter.
Wadden swam 1:56.30 in winning the 200 back, placing her seventh on Stanford's all-time list in the event. She also swam 53.48 to finish third in the 100 back and moved into sixth on the all-time list.
Sophomore Kate Dwelley swam a personal best 1:44.71 in finishing second in the 200 free, improving her third place position on the all-time list. Freshman Sam Woodward also made the all-time lists by going 22.46 in finishing third in the 50 free (sixth all-time) and swimming 48.84 in finishing second in the 100 free (seventh all-time). Junior Kelley Hug finished fourth in the 100 fly, touching the wall in a personal best 53.71.
Women's water polo
Second-ranked Stanford (7-1) put on an offensive clinic in sweeping a pair of nonconference home games Saturday.
Senior Koree Blyleven and freshman Melissa Seidemann each scored four goals as the Cardinal beat visiting Sonoma State, 19-7, in the morning. M-A grad Kelly Eaton added three goals.
Sacred Heart Prep grad Pallavi Menon, Seidemann and freshman Cassi Churnside each had three goals in Stanford's 19-4 win over visiting UC Santa Cruz in the afternoon. Menlo School grad Kim Krueger, Mimi Bury and Chelsea Smith-Carmichael each added two goals.
Stanford travels to the UC Irvine Invitational this weekend, opening with UC San Diego on Saturday. The Cardinal also plays Loyola Marymount and San Jose State in pool play.
In yet another milestone victory for several players, eighth-ranked Stanford downed Utah State, 9-5, Saturday at the Campbell/Cartier Classic in San Diego.
Freshman shortstop Ashley Hansen tied a school record with two triples among her three hits. It was just the third multi-triple game in Cardinal annuals, and the first since both Anna Beardman and Catalina Morris did it three years ago.
Senior second baseman Maddy Coon collected two hits and two walks. She walked into sole possession of first place on the school's all-time base on balls list with 116. She also moved into seventh place on the all-time RBI chart, driving in three against the Aggies.
Junior All-American Alissa Haber joined the party with three hits, including her fifth career triple. She also scored three times, including the 100th run of her career.
Speaking of 100, sophomore pitcher Ashley Chinn was not to be denied a milestone. She struck out the 100th batter of her career in the first inning, and moved onto the school's career strikeout list when she struck out the side in the fifth.
Stanford (7-1) meets host San Diego State in the tournament's final game Sunday.
Stanford All-American Lily Lorentzen won her singles match but the seventh-ranked Cardinal lost to Cornell, 6-3, in the second day of the Howe Cup, the sport's national championship, at Harvard on Saturday.
Kyla Sherwood and Leah Stork also won for the Cardinal (6-8), which meets Williams College on Sunday in the seventh-place contest.