Stanford 177, California 123
Date of competition: Saturday, February 16, 2008
With Elaine Breeden setting a school record and Julia Smit setting a couple of pool records, the second-ranked Stanford women's swim team finished its second consecutive unbeaten Pac-10 dual meet season with a 177-123 victory over No. 8 California on Saturday at the Avery Aquatic Center. Breeden, the defending NCAA 200 fly champion, bettered her own school record in the event with a time of 1:52.74. It's also the season's fastest national time. Smit won three individual events (200 free, 500 free, 200 back) and anchored the winning 400 free relay as part of a meet that featured the nation's fastest time this season in two events, nine pool records and 27 NCAA `qualifying performances. Breeden came from behind in the final 50 yards to gain the dramatic fly victory. She trailed by 0.42 seconds after 150 yards, but ended up 1.22 seconds ahead. Smit broke pool records in the 200 free, 500 free and in finishing the 400 free relay for a foursome that also included Kate Dwelley, Breeden and Liz Smith. One of the pool records Smit set -- the 500 free -- erased Olympian's Janet Evans 18-year-old pool mark. Smit went a personal-best and NCAA qualifying time of 4:41.79. The 400 free relay also established a pool record and NCAA qualifying time of 3:15.54. Smit won the 200 free in a pool record (and the top time in the nation this season) 1:44.52, and won the 200 back in 1:57.18. "We were all excited and confident going into this meet," offered Smit. "Everyone was really feeding off everybody else's energy. A lot of people got the `A' cuts that they wanted today." Meg Hostage swept the 1-meter (330.07) and 3-meter boards for the Cardinal and has now won nine of the last 10 events she has competed in. Brooke Bishop (50 free, 22.69, NCAA `B'), Kerry Kraemer (100 breast, 1:01.32, NCAA `A') and Smith (200 breast, 2:09.11, NCAA `A') each captured one event for Stanford with Smith's time making her the No. 3 all-time performer in the event at Stanford.
posted by staff on Feb 16, 2008 at 7:54 pm
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