Women's Swimming and Diving preview: Stanford
What: Under first-year head coach Kim Brackin, No. 11 Texas participates in its first home meet of the 2006-07 season against No. 6 Stanford. The meet matches the two winningest women's swimming and diving programs in terms of NCAA team titles. Stanford owns eight NCAA titles, while Texas lays claim to seven, although the Longhorns also captured AIAW national team titles in 1981 and 1982 for a total of nine national team titles.
Where: Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center - Austin, Texas
When: Friday, Oct. 27 - 4 p.m. Central; Saturday, Oct. 28 - 11 a.m. Central
Last UT-Stanford meeting: Stanford defeated Texas by a 192-156 margin on Oct. 28-29, 2005 in Palo Alto, Calif. Then-freshman Kathryn Kelly (Longwood, Fla.) led the Longhorns with victories in the one- and three-meter diving events. Former Longhorns Kristin Siminski and Elizabeth Wycliffe collected victories in the 200 freestyle and 200 individual medley, respectively. Current UT senior Elizabeth Tinnon (Bowling Green, Ky.) captured the 100 breaststroke, and the Longhorns added victories in the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay.
About Texas: Texas won its lone dual meet of the season on Thursday, Oct. 12 by a 144-81 margin over host Nebraska. Junior Mary Yarrison (Springfield, Va.), the reigning Big 12 Women's Diver of the Week, scored victories in the one- and three-meter diving events. Freshman Alex Basso (Houston, Texas) led the UT swimmers with individual wins in the 400 individual medley and the 100 freestyle.
UT returns eight All-Americans from the 2006 squad that placed eighth at the NCAA Championships. The eight All-America returnees for Texas are seniors Stephanie Anderson (Scottsdale, Ariz.); Leah Avilla (Livermore, Calif.); Connie Brown (Andover, Mass.); Elaine Ferritto (Columbus, Ohio); Katie Robinson (Dillsboro, Ind.) and Elizabeth Tinnon (Bowling Green, Ky.); junior diver Jessica Livingston (Houston, Texas) and sophomore Hee-Jin Chang (Seoul, Korea).
Texas' lone Californian, the aforementioned Avilla, grew up near the Stanford campus in Livermore, northeast of Palo Alto.
About Stanford: The Cardinal collected a pair of victories over San Jose State (109-30) and Oregon State (92-45) on Friday, Oct. 6 in Palo Alto. Stanford placed fifth at the 2006 NCAA Championships. The Cardinal, who shares one common 2006-07 opponent with the Longhorns (Arizona), will return to Austin next month for the three-day Texas Invitational.
Stanford features one Texan, sophomore Andrea Axtell, who attended Austin's Bowie High School and was a high-school teammate of UT sophomore Alexi Spann. Head coach Lea Maurer is in her second season at Stanford.
Schedule of Events
Saturday, Oct. 28