2001 Pac-10 Men's Swimming Championships

Feb. 20, 2001

PAC-10 CONFERENCE MEN'S SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS WEEK

WHAT: 2001 Pacific-10 Conference Men's Swimming Championships

WHERE: Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool, Long Beach, Calif.

WHO: Men's swimming teams from ARIZONA, ARIZONA STATE, CALIFORNIA, STANFORD, USC and WASHINGTON will compete for the 2001 Pac-10 Men's Swimming Championships.

WHEN: Thursday through Saturday, March 1-3, 2001, Preliminaries begin at 11 a.m. and finals begin at 6 p.m. each day.

THE SCHEDULE

Thursday, March 1, 11 a.m.Preliminaries200 yard freestyle500 yard individual medley200 yard individual medley50 yard freestyle400 yard medley relay

Thursday, March 1, 6 p.m.Finals200 yard freestyle relay500 yard freestyle200 yard individual medley50 yard freestyle400 yard medley relay

Friday, March 2, 11 a.m.Preliminaries200 yard medley relay400 yard individual medley100 yard butterfly200 yard freestyle100 yard breaststroke100 yard backstroke800 yard freestyle relay

Friday, March 2, 6 p.m.Finals200 yard medley relay400 yard individual medley100 yard butterfly200 yard freestyle100 yard breaststroke100 yard backstroke800 yard freestyle relay

Saturday, March 3, 11 a.m.Preliminaries200 yard backstroke100 yard freestyle200 yard breaststroke200 yard butterfly400 yard freestyle relay1650 yard freestyle

Saturday, March 3, 6 p.m.Finals1650 yard freestyle200 yard backstroke100 yard freestyle200 yard breaststroke200 yard butterfly400 yard freestyle

TICKETS: Tickets for the 2001 Pacific-10 Conference Men's Swimming Championships will be available at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool on day of event only. A one-day pass is $10 for adults and $5 for students/seniors. An all sessions pass is $25 for adults and $15 for students/seniors.

MEDIA CONTACT: The Arizona sports information office will handle publicity for the 2001 Men's Swimming Championships. Sarah Fahey, assistant media relations director can be reached at (520) 621-4163.

PAC-10 NOTES: The 2001 Pac-10 Championships feature all six of the Conference's men's swimming teams in the latest CSCAA Top-25 poll ... No. 3 STANFORD, No. 5 CALIFORNIA, No. 7 ARIZONA, No. 8 USC, No. 13 ASU and No. 25 WASHINGTON ... Five 2000 Pac-10 Champions return to defend their titles in seven events ... Three of last year's competitors return to the pool as 2000 NCAA individual champions as well. California's Anthony Ervin won the 50 and 100-meter free events, while USC's Erik Vendt won the 1500-meter free. Stanford's Adam Messner took the 200-meter fly.

ARIZONA: The No. 7 Wildcats are led by 2000 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Frank Busch. Busch also earned honors as the Pac-10 women's swimming Coach of the Year marking the first time that a swimming coach has earned both honors in the same season. Last year Arizona finished fourth at the Pac-10s, but turned in a third-place finish at NCAAs. The 'Cats are lead by junior Roland Schoeman and senior Tyler Painter. Schoeman returns as Arizona's top finisher in the Championships from a year ago, placing third in the 100 free and 100 fly and fourth in the 50 free. He will head to the 2001 NCAAs by virtue of his automatic qualifying time performances this season in the 50 free and 100 fly. He holds the nation's top times in the 50 free, 100 fly and the No. 5 time in the 100 free. Painter holds the nation's fastest times in the 500/1650 free and 400 individual medley, which are NCAA qualifying times. He also holds top times for Arizona in the 500/1000/1650 free and 400 IM.

ARIZONA STATE: Michael Chasson's No. 13 Sun Devil squad will look to improve on last year's fifth place finish. Arizona State placed 10th in the 2000 NCAA Championships. Senior Otto Hinks returns as the Sun Devils' highest place finisher from a year ago. Hinks placed sixth in the 100 breast. This year Hinks holds top ASU times in the 100 and 200 breast and the No. 19 time in the country in the 100 breast. Seniors Scott VonSchoff and Austin Paulsen, juniors Christian Harcsas and Simon MacDonald and newcomer Ahmed Hussein are also strong Sun Devils swimmers expected to contribute points. VonSchoff holds the nation's No. 12 time in the 100 free and No. 8 time in the 200 free.

CALIFORNIA: The Pac-10's Freshman of the Year, Anthony Ervin returns to the pool this year as an Olympic medalist. Ervin took home a gold in the 50-meter free and a silver as a member of the 4x100-meter free relay team at the 2000 Summer Olympics. He currently holds the nation's top time in the 100 free and is runner-up to Arizona's Roland Schoeman in the 50 free. Last year, Ervin was a runner-up to former teammate Bart Kizierowski in the 50 and 100 free events at the Championships, but won both at the NCAAs where he set a World, American and U.S. Open record in the 50 free. Overall, Nort Thornton's Bears placed second at the 2000 Pac-10s and fifth at the NCAAs. Alex Lim is another young Cal swimmer who should makes waves this year. Lim holds Cal's fastest swimming times in the 100/200 back and 100 breast. He has the No. 10 time in the nation in the 100 back and No. 14 time in the 200 back.

STANFORD: No. 3 Stanford looks to win its 20th consecutive Pac-10 Championship. The Cardinal, led by Skip Kenney, placed fifth last year behind Arizona at the NCAA Championships. This year, four swimmers return to the pool to defend their five Pac-10 titles. Sophomore Randall Ball won the 100 and 200 back in 2000. He holds Stanford's fastest times this season in the 100 back at 47.50, which is good for second in the nation and an NCAA qualifying time. Sophomore Dan Westcott won the 100 fly last year. He holds Stanford's top time this season in the 200 fly. Seniors Adam Messner (200 free) and Steven Brown (400 IM) will also try to defend their titles and add points for the Cardinal. Messner has Stanford's fastest times in the 200/500 free and 100 fly. His time of 1:35.90 in the 200 free is also the No. 1 time in the country. Brown holds the Cardinal's top times in the 200/400 IM.USC: USC brings an experienced squad to the 2001 Pac-10 Championships. The No. 8 Trojans placed third at last year's championships. Two medal winners from the 2000 Summer Olympics will take the pool in Long Beach. USC's freshman phenome Klete Keller won a silver as a member of the 4x200-meter free relay team and a bronze in the 400-meter free. Sophomore Erik Vendt won a silver with the 4x100-meter free relay team. Senior Ryosuke Imai will defend his titles in the 100 and 200 breast. Keller holds top Trojan times in the 200/500 free events, which are also good for No. 4 and No. 9 respectively in the nation. Vendt is ranked nationally in the 1000 free (No. 3), 1650 free (No. 2) and 400 IM (No. 10). Other Trojans expected to contribute points include senior Gabe Woodward and junior Tamas Kerekjarto. Woodward has USC's fastest times in the 100 and 500 free, while Kerekjarto has top times in the 200 and 400 IM for the Trojans. USC placed sixth at the NCAA Championships. Vendt won an individual championship in the 1500 free.

WASHINGTON: The No. 25 Huskies look to improve on its sixth place showing in last year's Pac-10 Championships. Head coach, Mickey Wender, brings a relatively young team to the 2001 Championships. Only three seniors dot the UW roster. Two of those seniors hold top Husky times in eight events. Jamie Stone has Washington's fastest times in the 50/100 and 200 freestyle events. His time of 45.21 in the 100 free set a new school record this season. Francis Tam holds top Husky times in the 200 back, 100 breast, 200 fly and 200/400 individual medley. His time in the 100 breast is the ninth fastest time in the country and he holds the No. 20 time in the 200 IM.

LAST YEAR: Stanford won its 19th consecutive Pac-10 Championship on the strength of six individual championships and three relay wins. The Cardinal defeated California by 32 points. California was followed by USC, Arizona, Arizona State and Washington.

TEAM RESULTS

1. Stanford 794.02. California 762.03. USC 699.54. Arizona 468.05. Arizona State 420.06. Washington 209.5

Pac-10 Championships Records Set in 2000

100 free Bart Kizierowski, CAL 42.291650 free Ryk Neethling, ARIZ 14:36.32200 fly Adam Messner, STAN 1:43.34

400 free relay California 2:49.85

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: The 2001 NCAA Men's Swimming Championships will be held at the Rec Natatorium in College Station, Texas, Mar. 22-24.

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