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NCAA Div. I Women: Stanford Leads After Day One at Pac-10s. Arizona's Emily Mason Posts Nation's Top 500 This Year -- March 1, 2002

BELMONT SHORES, CA., Feb. 28. ARIZONA froshwoman Emily Mason swam the fastest 500 of the year to highlight opening-day results of this year's women's Pac-10 Championships.

Mason, a Phoenix native who was high-point winner at last summer's Mission Viejo Invitational before matriculating to Wildcat country in the fall, went
a pr and Pac-10 meet-record 4:38.79 to take the measure of Stanford's defending champ, Jessica Foschi, who clocked 4:39.49 for second.

Foschi's swim was just off her seasonal-best and previous national-leader 4:38.95 from the Longhorn Invitational in Austin last December.Mason was in that race too and swam a then pr 4:41.08 for second.

Stanford, last year's runners-up both here and at NCAAs, has a solid 76-point lead with Cal second (366) and host USC third (365.5). Fourth is Y2K Pac-10 champ Arizona (297) followed by defending champ UCLA (259).

Aside from Stanford, UCLA and Arizona are the only schools ever to win a Pac-10 women's swim championship, and each has only accomplished that feat
once.

Foschi's old Pac-10 meet record from last season was a 4:39.74. Her career-best is a 4:37.81 that won her first NCAA title last March at the Goodwill Games Pool on Long Island. That swim ranks Foschi fifth and
seventh, respectively, on the all-time performers-performances list).

The American, NCAA and Stanfrod record is 4:34.39 by Janet Evans when she swam on The Farm as a freshman a dozen years ago. The best non-Evans 500 is a 4:35.45 by former Columbia All-America (and Sydney Olympian too) Christina Teuscher, when she won NCAAs four years ago. (Second-best performer-performance.)

Mason's time, while her career-best, is not the 'Cats' school-record. That mark is a 4:38.48 by Cheryl Simmons, who swam it while finishing second to Florida's Tami Bruce (4:38.22) at the '88 NCAAs in Austin. Second-best is Trina Jackson's 4:38.57 that also got her a second a decade later at NCAAs in Minneapolis.

So Mason is third -- but movin' on up in a hurry.

Buried in the runner-up spot in the consols was USC freshman Kaitlin Sandeno, who clocked an NCAA "B" cut of 4:47.87 -- far off her pr of 4:39.09 from last year's Speedo Challenge meet here at Belmont.

Sandeno was a Sydney Olympian the year before. So far, however, at Troy she has made few -- if any -- waves; but that may well change tomorrow come the 400 IM, one of her specialties.

The other outstanding individual swim was by Stanford senior and captain Shelly Ripple, who went a Pac-10 meet-record 1:56.64 to win the 200 IM.

The old record belonged to Cal's Joscelin Yeo, who's now at Texas, when she clocked a 1:57.14 to win here two seasons ago. Yeo won the Big 12 200 IM last weekend in a seasonal-pr 1:58.00. Her career-best is still that 1:57.14, swum while wearing blue and gold.

The national-leader is Auburn's Maggie Bowen, who went an SEC meet-record 1:56.51 at Arkansas last week. Bowen holds the American-NCAA standard off her 1:55.49 that won NCAAs last year and she also won the 200 meter IM gold at last summer's World Championships.

With her, Ripple (pr 1:56.24 from last year's NCAAs that got her the silver), Yeo and USC's Michala Kwasny (third at NCAAs in a pr and SC school-record 1:57.60) plus othjer women, this could be the race of the meet
next month at Austin -- site of the NCAA DI Championships.

Kwasny was second tonight in 1:59.11.

Not only will Ripple be after Bowen's "scalp" at Austin but she'd also like to get the Stanford school-record of 1:55.54, set by Summer Sanders en route to the NCAA title a decade ago -- which only Bowen has surpassed.

(Of course, the "kicker" in this whole equation is Cal's Natalie Coughlin, American-NCAA record-holder in the 100-200 back and collegiate record-holder in the 100 fly. If she'd swim this race at NCAAs rather than double in the 100 back-fly on Day 2 that could be a very interesting race indeed. Coughln's pr is "only" 1:58+ but put her in with Bowen, Ripple & Co. and
sparks will fly, guaranteed.)

Cal, with Coughlin splitting a superquick 21.64 second-leg (fastest by far), won the 200 free relay in a Pac-10 meet-record 1:30.47. The all-time Pac-10 record is Arizona's 1:29.18 and the American-NCAA standard is 1:28.89 by Texas.

Olympian Staci Stitts, a world-class breaststroker and Sydney Olympian, led off in 23.57. Coughlin followed, then Danielle Becks went a 22.72 and Michelle Harper anchored in 22.54.

The American-NCAA 50 free record is 21.77 by Olympic gold medalist Amy Van Dyken from eight years ago. Coughlns's pr is 22.21, fastest nationally.

Ripple had a fast 22.27 second-leg for Stanford's runner-up team that went 1:30.96. The NCAA "A" cut is 1:31.09.

Stanfrod freshman Lacey Boutwell won the 50 free (22.93) with UCLA's Sara Platzer (23.09) second. Boutwell's been 22.7+ earlier in the season and the auto cut is 22.82. "B" cut is 23.50.

On the 1-meter board, USC's Blythe Hartley topped Stanford frosh Ashlee Rosenthal for the Trojans' sole win.

Stanford closed the proceedings with a 3:36.54 400 medley relay win, with froshwoman Amy Wanger leading off in a pr 55.17. Ripple had a superb fly leg (51.65) but you-know-who was even quicker (50.68).

Cal was second (3:37.07) and Arizona State (3;37.46) plus Arizona (3:38.74) were all under the NCAA auto cut of 3:39.60.

ASU's Agnes Kovacs, reigning Olympic and World 200 breast champ, swam the fastest leg of her specialty with a 59.39. The fastest leadoff was Arizona's Beth Botsford's 53.86, while Cal senior Alice Henriquez --who has made great strides this season -- went a pr 54.18 for the second-fastest back leg.

Botsford was Olympic gold medalist in the 100 back at Atlanta.

-- Bill Bell


Stanford 442
California 366
USC 365.5
Arizona 297
UCLA 259
Arizona St. 228
Washington 132.5
Washington St. 129
Oregon St. 97


2002 PAC-10 WOMEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
BELMONT PLAZA OLYMPIC POOL
BELMONT SHORES, CA., FEB. 28

25 Yd. Pool

* Meet Record

EVENT: 1 WOMEN's 200 YARD FREESTYLE RELAY

NCAA RECORD 1:28.89 TEXAS TEXAS 2001
PAC-10 RECORD 1:29.18 ARIZONA ARIZONA 1998
MEET RECORD 1:30.78 CALIFORNIA CALIFORNIA 2001
QUALIFYING FOR NCAA AUTOMATIC 1:31.09
QUALIFYING FOR NCAA OPTIONAL 1:33.82
FINAL RESULTS TIMED FINALS

RANK TEAM TIME

1) CALIFORNIA "A" 1:30.47 **
1) STITTS, STACIANA :23.57 3) BECKS, DANIELLE 1:07.93
2) COUGHLIN, NATALI :45.21 4) HARPER, MICHELLE 1:30.47
** MEET RECORD
2) STANFORD "A" 1:30.96
1) BOUTWELL, LACEY :23.01 3) JONES, SARAH 1:08.14
2) RIPPLE, SHELLY SR :45.28 4) WATCHORN, SARAH 1:30.96

3) ARIZONA "A" 1:31.77
1) VANKER, JENNY SR :23.58 3) HAYES, JESSICA 1:08.79
2) TOLAR, SARAH SR :46.01 4) BRENNEN, KRISTEN 1:31.77

4) UCLA "A" 1:31.86
1) PLATZER, SARA SO :23.06 3) SHUGART, ERICA JR 1:09.40
2) CADAG, LEANNE JR :46.71 4) SVAHNSTROM, MALIFR 1:31.86

5) USC "A" 1:32.46
1) PARMENTER, JENNY :23.29 3) MAC GREGOR, KRISSR 1:09.35
2) RICH, KIRSTEN SR :46.21 4) FARGUS, JOANNA 1:32.46

6) ASU "A" 1:32.59
1) BAHAM, SARAH SR :23.73 3) MAURO, FLORENCE 1:10.19
2) SZIGETI, FLORENC :46.88 4) HENDENSKOG, CLAI 1:32.59

7) WASHINGTON STATE "A" 1:33.11
1) HENAHAN, LINDSAYJR :23.81 3) LEROY, ANDREE ANSO 1:09.73
2) DONG, RACHEL SO :46.65 4) SCHMIED, SARA JR 1:33.11

8) WASHINGTON "A" 1:33.23
1) HARADA, KIM :23.24 3) JOHNSON, DESIREE 1:09.72
2) FANNING, LISA :46.48 4) VAYO, ANNETTE 1:33.23

9) OREGON STATE "A" 1:36.24
1) STARKEY, SUZANNE :24.23 3) HAAS, VERENA 1:12.48
2) RENWICK, BONNIE SR :47.91 4) FINLAY, PAULA 1:36.24

EVENT: 2 WOMEN's 500 YARD FREESTYLE

NCAA RECORD 4:34.39 JANET EVANS STANFORD 1990
PAC-10 RECORD 4:34.39 JANET EVANS STANFORD 1990
MEET RECORD 4:39.74 JESSICA FOSCHI STANFORD 2001
QUALIFYING FOR NCAA AUTOMATIC 4:46.71
QUALIFYING FOR NCAA OPTIONAL 4:55.31

FINAL RESULTS
PLACE NAME YEAR TEAM TRIALS FINALS

CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

1) MASON, EMILY ARIZONA 4:45.78 4:38.79
**
:25.27 :52.81 1:20.61 1:48.68 2:17.00
2:45.57 3:14.33 3:42.84 4:11.46 4:38.79
** MEET RECORD
2) FOSCHI, JESSICA SR STANFORD 4:42.11 4:39.49
:25.49 :52.90 1:20.77 1:48.92 2:17.25
2:45.83 3:14.66 3:43.43 4:11.73 4:39.49
3) TOWNSEND, BROOKE ARIZONA STATE 4:47.19 4:45.77
:26.61 :55.12 1:24.04 1:52.94 2:21.87
2:50.86 3:19.95 3:48.99 4:17.90 4:45.77
4) WHITNEY, ASHLEY CALIFORNIA 4:47.17 4:46.77
:27.18 :56.02 1:25.01 1:54.22 2:23.32
2:52.41 3:21.06 3:49.76 4:18.52 4:46.77
5) FARGUS, JOANNA USC 4:47.95 4:47.70
:26.35 :55.10 1:24.33 1:53.95 2:23.47
2:52.68 3:21.96 3:51.16 4:19.88 4:47.70
6) STANFORD, MANDY SR ARIZONA STATE 4:47.18 4:47.80
:26.50 :55.04 1:24.08 1:53.27 2:22.38
2:51.66 3:20.91 3:50.20 4:19.34 4:47.80
7) CAMERON, EVINS STANFORD 4:49.11 4:48.32
:26.77 :55.59 1:24.60 1:53.42 2:22.49
2:51.51 3:20.70 3:49.94 4:19.31 4:48.32
8) DEARY, MELISSA USC 4:45.71 4:51.87
:26.78 :55.56 1:24.68 1:53.97 2:22.81
2:52.16 3:22.03 3:52.30 4:22.67 4:51.87

EVENT: 3 WOMEN's 200 YARD INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY

NCAA RECORD 1:55.49 MAGGIE BOWEN AUBURN 2001
PAC-10 RECORD 1:56.54 SUMMER SANDERS STANFORD 1992
MEET RECORD 1:57.14 JOCELYN YEO CALIFORNIA 2000
QUALIFYING FOR NCAA AUTOMATIC 2:01.05
QUALIFYING FOR NCAA OPTIONAL 2:04.68

FINAL RESULTS
PLACE NAME YEAR TEAM TRIALS FINALS

CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

1) RIPPLE, SHELLY SR STANFORD 1:59.47 1:56.64
**
:25.39 :54.65 1:28.85 1:56.64
** MEET RECORD
2) KWASNY, MICHALA USC 2:00.72 1:59.11
:25.87 :56.55 1:30.82 1:59.11
3) MAC GREGOR, KRISTIN SR USC 1:59.71 1:59.58
:26.61 :56.61 1:31.00 1:59.58
4) SVAHNSTROM, MALIN FR UCLA 2:01.82 1:59.89
:27.18 :56.55 1:31.96 1:59.89
5) TOLAR, SARAH SR ARIZONA 2:02.03 2:00.11
:26.29 :57.44 1:32.64 2:00.11
6) YOKOUCHI, KYOKO CALIFORNIA 2:02.41 2:01.56
:26.84 :56.74 1:32.88 2:01.56
7) STITTS, STACIANA CALIFORNIA 2:02.79 2:02.40
:26.59 :58.18 1:32.10 2:02.40
8) HAYES, JESSICA ARIZONA 2:02.57 2:02.90
:26.66 :56.76 1:34.43 2:02.90

EVENT: 4 WOMEN's 50 YARD FREESTYLE

NCAA RECORD :21.77 AMY VAN DYKEN COLORADO STATE 1994
PAC-10 RECORD :22.01 CATHERINE FOX STANFORD 1997
MEET RECORD :22.32 HALEY COPE CALIFORNIA 2001
QUALIFYING FOR NCAA AUTOMATIC :22.82
QUALIFYING FOR NCAA OPTIONAL :23.50

FINAL RESULTS
PLACE NAME YEAR TEAM TRIALS FINALS

CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

1) BOUTWELL, LACEY STANFORD :22.93 :22.73
2) PLATZER, SARA SO UCLA :23.09 :22.87
3) HARPER, MICHELLE CALIFORNIA :23.32 :23.19
4) PARMENTER, JENNY USC :23.50 :23.31
4) HARADA, KIM WASHINGTON :23.19 :23.31
6) JONES, SARAH STANFORD :23.39 :23.45
7) HENDENSKOG, CLAIRE ARIZONA STATE :23.40 :23.47
8) RICH, KIRSTEN SR USC :23.43 :23.52

EVENT: 5 WOMEN's 1 METER DIVING
SEMI
RANK NAME YEAR TEAM PRELIM FINALS FINALS

1 HARTLEY, BLYTHE (D) USC .00 .00 325.50
2 ROSENTHAL, ASHLEE(D) STANFORD .00 .00 286.80
3 FUSARO, NICCI (D) USC .00 .00 282.65
4 FEBVAY, CLAIRE (D) ARIZONA .00 .00 263.45
5 BRENNAN, KELLIE (D) SR USC .00 .00 262.70
6 BURGESS, NATALIE (D) SR ARIZONA STATE .00 .00 255.15
7 MURPHY, MCKENZE (D) STANFORD .00 .00 252.85
8 POWERS, KIM (D) SR STANFORD .00 .00 246.05

EVENT: 6 WOMEN's 400 YARD MEDLEY RELAY

NCAA RECORD 3:32.43 STANFORD STANFORD 2001
PAC-10 RECORD 3:32.43 STANFORD STANFORD 2001
MEET RECORD 3:35.40 STANFORD STANFORD 2001
QUALIFYING FOR NCAA AUTOMATIC 3:39.60
QUALIFYING FOR NCAA OPTIONAL 3:46.18
FINAL RESULTS TIMED FINALS

RANK TEAM TIME

1) STANFORD "A" 3:36.54
1) WAGNER, AMY :26.83 3) RIPPLE, SHELLY SR 2:17.82
:55.17 2:45.60
2) KIRK, TARA 1:22.96 4) JONES, SARAH 3:09.47
1:54.13 3:36.54

2) CALIFORNIA "A" 3:37.07
1) HENRIQUES, ALICESR :26.57 3) COUGHLIN, NATALI 2:19.51
:54.18 2:46.82
2) STITTS, STACIANA 1:22.75 4) BECKS, DANIELLE 3:10.19
1:55.58 3:37.07

3) ASU "A" 3:37.46
1) SHALD, MIRANDA :26.32 3) BAHAM, SARAH SR 2:19.08
:54.98 2:47.59
2) KOVACS, AGNES 1:22.63 4) HENDENSKOG, CLAI 3:11.04
1:54.37 3:37.46

4) ARIZONA "A" 3:38.74
1) BOTSFORD, BETH :26.29 3) PAPADOPOULOU, MASR 2:20.26
:53.86 2:50.03
2) WAGNER, JESSICA 1:22.45 4) TOLAR, SARAH SR 3:13.04
1:55.43 3:38.74

5) USC "A" 3:40.53
1) MEYER, KATIE SR :26.88 3) KWASNY, MICHALA 2:21.44
:55.24 2:50.75
2) MAC GREGOR, KRISSR 1:23.68 4) PARMENTER, JENNY 3:14.58
1:56.32 3:40.53

6) OREGON STATE "A" 3:46.45
1) STARKEY, SUZANNE :28.08 3) HIGASHIJIMA, NAY 2:26.55
:58.94 2:55.88
2) STEVEN, BIRTE 1:27.60 4) HUSTON, KRISTIN 3:19.96
2:00.52 3:46.45

7) WASHINGTON "A" 3:46.76
1) JOHNSON, DESIREE :27.20 3) MASSEY, JULIE SR 2:26.00
:56.26 2:56.46
2) REICHARDT, BRITT 1:25.77 4) HARADA, KIM 3:20.70
1:59.71 3:46.76

8) WASHINGTON STATE "A" 3:47.33
1) BYRNES, KATIE SO :27.40 3) HUBLEY, MELISSA JR 2:26.52
:56.94 2:56.02
2) DONG, RACHEL SO 1:26.15 4) LEROY, ANDREE ANSO 3:20.48
2:00.96 3:47.33