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Stanford Leads After Day One of NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Champs

March 22, 1996

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) _ Four-time defending champion Stanford held a 45-point lead after Thursday’s first day of competition in the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship.

The Cardinal has 158 points, Southern Methodist is second with 113, followed by Georgia (111), Southern Cal (105) and Arizona (104).

``I’ve seen a lead like that disappear in a hurry,″ Stanford coach Richard Quick said. ``I’m glad we have it, but I’m far from comfortable.″

Stanford had no individual champions but placed second in the 50-yard freestyle and second in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

Southern Methodist claimed second with a first-place finish in the final event of the night, the 400 medley relay.

Arizona took the 200 freestyle relay to open the meet. Southern Cal’s Lindsey Benko won the 500 freestyle, topping UCLA’s Annette Salmeen, who hails from Ann Arbor.

``It’s been so much fun coming home,″ said Salmeen. ``There’s so much support for me in Ann Arbor.″

USC’s Kristine Quance took the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:57.58. Nicole deMan of Tennessee won the 50 freestyle in 22.59 and Indiana’s Kimiko Hirai claimed the 1-meter diving competition.

The championship continues Friday and Saturday at Canham Natatorium.

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