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Swimmers Take National Title   Richard Quick continues to have that Midas touch when it comes to national swimming crowns. In late March, Quick led the women’s swimming team to its fifth consecutive national title, as the Cardinal piled up 478 points in a three-day meet at Ann Arbor, Mich. Southern Methodist University came in second with 397 points, and the University of Michigan was third with 363.5 points. The Cardinal victory was a testament to the team’s depth, as Stanford finished first in only one individual event ­ Claudia Franco took the 100-meter freestyle. The team excelled in relay events, finishing out the meet with a victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay after wins in the 200 medley and 800 freestyle relays. The team title was the seventh for Stanford and 11th for Quick. The men’s team, coached by Skip Kenney, finished fourth at the national championships March 28-30 in Austin, Texas.

Track and Field Bid   Stanford has been proposed as the site of the 1999 World Track and Field Championships. The event, second to the Olympics in stature, is held every two years. U.S.A. Track and Field, the domestic governing body for amateur track and field competition, will present the bid ­ which was developed by a San Jose-Stanford coalition ­ to the International Amateur Athletic Federation, the world governing body for track. If the United States is selected, the competition would be held at Stanford Stadium. The event usually runs for 10 days ­ one day of opening ceremonies and nine days of competition. It would attract an estimated 1,700 athletes from 189 countries, 4,000 media representatives and close to 600,000 spectators. The competition would pump about $130 million into the regional economy.

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