Stanford Men's Swimming Heads To Pac-10 Championships

Feb. 26, 2001

This week: No. 3 Stanford looks to continue the most impressive streak in Pac-10 history this weekend in Long Beach, Calif. at the 2001 Pac-10 Men's Swimming Championships. The Cardinal have won 19 consecutive Pac-10 titles, the longest streak in league history in any sport. But that run of success will be tested Thursday through Saturday. Men's teams from Arizona, Arizona State, California, Stanford, USC and Washington will compete. Preliminaries will be held each morning at 11:00 a.m. with finals at 6:00 p.m. each night. The Pac-10 Invitational will take place Sunday, giving competitors one more chance to post, or improve upon, NCAA qualifying times.

The Schedule: Thursday, March 1, 11 a.m., Preliminaries: 200 yard freestyle, 500 yard individual medley, 200 yard individual medley, 50 yard freestyle, 400 yard medley relay.

Thursday, March 1, 6 p.m., Finals: 200 yard freestyle relay, 500 yard freestyle, 200 yard individual medley, 50 yard freestyle, 400 yard medley relay.

Friday, March 2, 11 a.m., Preliminaries: 200 yard medley relay, 400 yard individual medley, 100 yard butterfly, 200 yard freestyle, 100 yard breaststroke, 100 yard backstroke, 800 yard freestyle relay.

Friday, March 2, 6 p.m., Finals: 200 yard medley relay, 400 yard individual medley, 100 yard butterfly, 200 yard freestyle, 100 yard breaststroke, 100 yard backstroke, 800 yard freestyle relay.

Saturday, March 3, 11 a.m., Preliminaries: 200 yard backstroke, 100 yard freestyle, 200 yard breaststroke, 200 yard butterfly, 400 yard freestyle relay, 1650 yard freestyle.

Saturday, March 3, 6 p.m., Finals: 1650 yard freestyle, 200 yard backstroke, 100 yard freestyle, 200 yard breaststroke, 200 yard butterfly, 400 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.

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.

Stanford Story: 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 400 IM.

Pac-10 Diving: The Pac-10 men's diving championships took place a week ago, in conjunction with the women's meet. Sophomore Gavin Olmstead finished fourth in both the one-meter and three-meter events to lead the Cardinal. Freshman Jesse Fonner took ninth in the one-meter prelims and 13th in the three-meter prelims.

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.

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

1-2-3: Stanford has an amazing three swimmers who have automatic qualifying times in the 100 back. Sophomore Randall Bal along with freshmen Peter Marshall and Markus Rogan are qualifiers. All three times are in the top 10 nationally, including Bal's (47.50) which is second overall.

Nationally Speaking...: The Cardinal have three different swimmers who own fastest times nationally in three different events ... Senior Adam Messner's time of 1:35.90 in the 200 free, freshman Markus Rogan's time of 1:43.71 in the 200 back and freshman Michael Bruce's time of 1:57.55 in the 200 breast.

See You In Texas: Stanford has six swimmers who have already qualified for NCAA's: senior Adam Messner, sophomore Dan Westcott, freshman Markus Rogan, sophomore Randall Bal, freshman Michael Bruce and freshman Peter Marshall. Eleven others have provisionally qualified (single event and relays).

Last Time Out: The third-ranked Stanford men's swimming and diving team ended the dual season on a high note with a convincing, 180-103, win over No. 6 California in Berkeley this afternoon. Stanford improves to 8-0 overall, 4-0 in the Pac-10, while the Golden Bears fall to, 5-1, 3-1 in league action. Stanford won 11 of the 13 swimming events on the afternoon. Stanford set the tone early going 1-2-3 in the 100 back with Randall Bal and Peter Marshall clocking in at 47.59 while teammate Markus Rogan rounded out the trio (47.92). The Cardinal also looked strong in the 100 breast, taking first and third with Anthony Robinson (54.89) and Michael Bruce (55.52).

Head Coach Skip Kenney: Stanford head coach Skip Kenney has led the Cardinal to seven NCAA titles, including a runaway win in 1998. He has also been named NCAA Coach of the Year six times, most recently in 1998. In addition, Kenney has led the Cardinal to some of the finest team performances in the history of the NCAA Championship meet. The 1992 squad set meet records for both points scored (632) and victory margin (276 points over Texas), and the 1998 team became the first to have a championship final representative in every individual and relay swimming event. He has also coached a total of 86 All-Americans to 731 All-American honors, and has developed 37 NCAA Champions. His achievements as head coach of Stanford are unparalleled in Pac-10 history. He has guided the Cardinal to 19 straight conference titles, which is far and away the record for consecutive Pac-10 championships in any sport. Kenney has been named Pac-10 Coach of the Year 12 times in the last 18 years.

2000-2001 Cardinal Top Times (by event)50 free: Randall Bal (20.12)100 free: Jeff Guyman (44/54)200 free: Adam Messner (1:35.90)500 free: Adam Messner (4:24.22)1650 free: Matt Sorlien (15.16.28)100 back: Randall Bal (47.50)200 back: Markus Rogan (1:43.71)100 breast: Anthony Robinson (54.89)200 breast: Michael Bruce (1:57.55)100 fly: Dan Westcott (47.81)200 fly: Dan Westcott (1:45.33)200 IM: Rob Canales (1:48.21)400 IM: Steven Brown (3:51.40)200 free relay: O'Bryan, Robinson, Guyman, Scussel (1:20.33)400 free relay: O'Bryan, Robinson, Messner, Schnell (2:58.08)800 free relay: Rogan, Long, Waters, Messner (6:35.58)200 medley relay: Marshall, Robinson, O'Bryan, Schnell (1:30.64)400 medley relay: Bal, Robinson, O'Bryan, Guyman (3:14.11)

CSCAA Top 25 (2/15/00)

1. Texas 1992. Tennessee 1893. STANFORD 1874. Texas A&M 1725. California 1686. Auburn 1637. Arizona 1548. USC 1439. Michigan 13410. Florida 13011. Virginia 12012. Georgia 11013. Penn State 96 ASU 9615. UNC 8616. Minnesota 8017. BYU 7718. Pittsburgh 5819. Harvard 5520. SMU 4821. Purdue 3922. Wisconsin 2523. Kentucky 2424. Ga. Tech 2225. Washington 11

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