LONG BEACH, Calif. -- After taking three of the first five events, including meet records in the 200 freestyle relay and 400 medley relay, the No. 1 ranked Stanford Cardinal took an early lead Thursday after day one of competition at the 1998 Pacific-10 Women's Swimming Championships in Long Beach, Calif.
Stanford's team of Siobhan Cropper, Misty Hyman, Lindsay Gassner and Catherine Fox, set a new Pac-10 meet record in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:30.98, besting the previous record of 1:31.48 set by Arizona last year. Shortly after, the Cardinal set another Pac-10 record as the team of Fox, Elin Austevoll, Hyman and Cropper placed first with a time of 3:38.13 in the 400 medley relay. On an individual basis, Fox and Cropper tied for the 50 freestyle title as both finished with a time of 22.69.
Distance freestylist's Trina Jackson and Laurie Kline helped No. 5 Arizona to a second place showing after day one as they took first and second in the 500 freestyle. Jackson's time of 4:39.96 was good enough for first place and a Pac-10 record, breaking Lindsay Benko's time of 4:42.25 set in 1996. Kline's time of 4:42.92 took second, as the Wildcats hold a slim advantage over defending national champion USC.
No. 4 USC is in third place as the Women of Troy trail Arizona by only a point, with two days of competition still to come. No. 9 Cal and No. 17 UCLA are in fourth and fifth place respectively. No. 21 Arizona State, Washington, Washington State and Oregon State round out the standings after day one .
California's Elli Overton joined Jackson as the only other individual to set a Pac-10 record Thursday as her time of 1:58.25 placed her first in the 200 individual medley, breaking Janel Jorgensen's record of 1:58.41 set in 1993.
Bruin distance specialist Cindy Bertelink qualified for NCAA's this March as her time of 4:45.51 in the 500 free was good enough for fourth place. UCLA took two third-place finishes as Keiko Price turned in a time of 23.03 in the 50 free and the team of Jill Jenkins, Lindsay Etter, Beth Goodwin and Price finished the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:42.77.
The championships continue Friday and Saturday with preliminary sessions from 11:00-12:30 p.m., and finals starting at 6:00 p.m. All sessions are held at the Belmont Plaza Pool in Long Beach.
Day One Finals
TEAM STANDINGS AFTER DAY ONE (Scores do not include diving) 1. Stanford 366.5 2. Arizona 303.5 3. USC 302.5 4. California 292.0 5. UCLA 200.5 6. Arizona State157.0 7. Washington 121.5 8. Washington State 104.5 9. Oregon State 76.0 500-Yard Freestyle 1. Trina Jackson (Arizona) 4:39.96 (Pac-10 Meet Record) 2. Laurie Kline (Arizona) 4:42.92 3. Lindsay Benko (USC) 4:43.27 4. Lauren Thies (Stanford) 4:45.49 5. Cindy Bertelink (UCLA) 4:45.51 6. Kim Black (USC) 4:46.76 7. Amy Oberhelman (Stanford) 4:47.58 8. Heather Branstetter (Arizona) 4:53.32 200-Yard Individual Medley 1. Elli Overton (Cal) 1:58.25 (Pac-10 Meet Record) 2. Waen Minpraphal (Cal) 2:00.35 3. Gabrielle Rose (Stanford) 2:01.04 4. Elin Austevoll (Stanford) 2:01.16 5. Carolyn Adel (ASU) 2:02.55 6. Jean Todisco (USC) 2:02.68 6. Addy Elsner (Washington) 2:02.68 8. Chantal Rawn (Stanford) 2:03.24 50-Yard Freestyle 1. Catherine Fox (Stanford) 22.69 1. Siobhan Cropper (Stanford) 22.69 3. Shannon Hosack (Arizona) 23.03 3. Keiko Price (UCLA) 23.03 5. Liesl Kolbisen (Arizona) 23.32 6. Haley Cope (Cal) 23.37 7. Anya Kolbisen (Cal) 23.48 8. Jill Jenkins (UCLA) 23.51 200-Yard Freestyle Relay 1. Stanford (Cropper, Hyman, Gassner, Fox) 1:30.98 (Pac-10 Meet Record) 2. Arizona (Hosack, Kolbisen, Knapp, Farella) 1:31.07 3. Cal (Mattos, Cope, Kolbisen, Omphroy) 1:32.10 4. UCLA (Jenkins, Thompson, Castellano, Price) 1:33.82 5. USC (Campbell, Giampietro, Francis, Black) 1:33.97 6. ASU (Adel, Sohlen, Ericson, Taylor) 1:35.46 7. Washington State (Chisholm, Keller, Griffiths, Coulter) 1:35.70 8. Washington (Nagata, Thompson, Dyer, Harris) 1:35.90 9. Oregon State (Lamoure, Higuera, Hsieh, Stephens) 1:37.11 400-Yard Medley Relay 1. Stanford (Fox, Austevoll, Hyman, Cropper) 3:38.13 (Pac-10 Meet Record) 2. Cal (Chiang, Jaltner, Minpraphal, A. Kolbisen) 3:41.26 3. UCLA (Jenkins, Etter, Goodwin, Price) 3:42.77 4. Arizona (Knapp, Wilson, Hosack, Kolbisen) 3:44.14 5. USC (Benko, Todisco, Campbell, Black) 3:45.99 6. Washington (Elsner, Shaull, Nagata, Dyer) 3:49.62 7. Washington State (Hohmann, Eldridge, Ewan, Keller) 3:49.82 8. Arizona State (Johansson, Miller, Houser, Adel) 3:49.89 9. Oregon State (Stephens, Severance, Higuera, Lamoure) 3:57.79 One Meter Diving (In Tempe, Ariz) 1. Dorte Linder (USC) 420.45 2. Adrian David (Arizona) 389.15 3. Natasha Chikina (USC) 384.55 4. Carissa Zenorini (Stanford) 380.4 5. Katrina Pfeuffer (ASU) 369.7 6. Rose Huelskamp (UCLA) 367.65 7. Tracy Wilcox (UCLA) 363.95 8. Erin Sones (Stanford) 327.1