No. 2 Men's Swimming Heads To NCAA Championships

March 19, 2001

This Week: No. 2 Stanford travels to College Station, Texas for the 2001 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, Thursday through Saturday, March 22-24. The Cardinal will field a team of 15 swimmers for the championship meet. A total of 44 teams will be represented by 235 swimmers at this year's championships. Stanford will have at least one swimmer in every individual event and a team in all of the relay events.

Last Year At NCAAs: The Cardinal went into NCAA's ranked sixth nationally and got some great performances from both its freshman class as well as from its veterans. Adam Messner won his first career national championship in the 200-meter fly and placed second in the 200 free. Steven Brown took fifth in the 400 free while Dan Wescott finished ninth in the 200 back. Rob Canales took 10th in the 200 IM while Anthony Robinson was 16th in the 50 free. Texas won the NCAA title with 538 points followed by Auburn (385). Arizona was third with 360.5 and Stanford finished fourth (279.5).

2001 Pac-10 Championships: The Cardinal won their 20th consecutive conference championship in grand style, outdistancing the field by over 100 points. Stanford led comfortably all three days. The Cardinal won six individual titles (Markus Rogan-200 IM, 200 back, Adam Messner-200 fly, Bobby O'Bryan- 100 fly, Anthony Robinson-100 breast, and Randall Bal-100 back) and three relays (200 medley relay, 200 free relay, 400 medley relay). Robinson set a Pac-10 meet record in the 100 breast in the morning prelims with a time of :53.18. He also took second in the 50 free with a time of :19.48 while Messner placed second in the 200 free (1:35.74). Stanford's winning time of 1:26.02 in the 200 medley relay was also a Pac-10 meet record. The 20 consecutive league titles is the longest in the Pac-10 by any sport.

Youth Is Served: Perhaps the biggest surpise for the Cardinal this season has been the contributions of the freshman class ... two freshmen won three individual events at Pac-10s and were vital on several of the Cardinal's winning relay squads ... nine of Stanford's 15 swimmers competing at NCAA's this season are underclassmen ... three sophomores and six freshmen.

Nationally Speaking...: Senior Anthony Robinson holds the third fastest time nationally in the 50 free (19.48) and 100 breast (53.18) this season ... sophomore Randall Bal also has the third fastest time in his event, the 100 back, with a time of 46.91 ... freshmen Markus Rogan and Peter Marshall are 3-4 nationally in the 200 back (1:42.58 and 1:43.47 respectively) ... freshman Bobby O'Bryan's time of 47.13 in the 100 fly ranks fourth in the nation ... seniors Adam Messner and Steven Brown are 4-5 in the 200 fly (1:44.04 and 1:44.24 respectively) ... Rogan is fourth nationally in the 200 IM (1:45.92) ... Brown's time of 3:44.00 is the fifth fastest time this year in the 400 IM ... the Cardinal relay team has the top time nationally in the 200 free relay (1:17.63).

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.

Event-By-Event Breakdown For the Cardinal:

Event 1: 200 Freestyle RelayStanford enters the event with the fastest time this season (1:17:63).

Event 2: 500 FreestyleThe Cardinal will have three swimmers competing in this event ... Senior Adam Messner's time of 4:19.72 is 10th nationally ... Sophomore Greg Long ranks 26th (4:22.26) and freshman Matt Sorlien ranks 32nd (4:23.58).

Event 3: 200 Individual MedleyStanford has four swimmers in this event ... Markus Rogan's time of 1:45.92 is fourth nationally ... Steven Brown checks in at No. 11 (1:47.11) while Rob Canales is No. 12 (1:47.13) ... Michael Bruce is 51st nationally (1:50.22).

Event 4: 50 FreestyleStanford has four swimmers competing in this event ... Anthony Robinson's time of 19.48 is the third fastest this season ... Randal Bal ranks 16th (19.86), Bobby O'Bryan and Jeff Guyman check in at No. 29 (19.95).

Event 6: 400 Medley RelayStanford's relay team has the third fastest time in the nation in this event, clocking in at 1:26.02.

Event 7: 200 Medley RelayThe Cardinal relay team has a season-best time of 1:26.02 - third fastest time this year in this event.

Event 8: 400 Individual MedleyFour Stanford swimmers will compete in this event ... leading the way is Steven Brown, who ranks No. 5 nationally (3:44.00) ... Greg Long is 18th (3:49.07) and Matt Sorlien is 23rd (3:49.79) ... Michael O'Neil (3:49.51) will also compete for the Cardinal.

Event 9: 100 ButterflyThe Cardinal has three swimmers in this event, all in the top 20 ... Bobby O'Bryan is ranked fourth (47.13) and Peter Marshall is 12th (47.58) ... Dan Westcott checks in at No. 17 (47.81).

Event 10: 200 FreestyleStanford has two swimmers in this event ... Adam Messner is ranked sixth (1:35.74) and Andrew Schnell is ranked 55th (1:38.91).

Event 11: 100 BreastrokeThree Cardinal swimmers will compete in this event ... Anthony Robinson is third nationally with a time of 53.18 ... Michael Bruce is 15th nationally, clocking in at 54.37 and Rob Canales is 26th (54.86).

Event 12: 100 BackstrokeFour Stanford swimmers are slated to swim in this event - all four are ranked in the top 15 nationally ... Randall Bal has the second fastest time this season with a 46.91 ... freshman Peter Marshall is seventh (47.59) and Markus Rogan is 10th (47.65) ... Dan Westcott check in at No. 15 (48.04).

Event 14: 800 Freestyle RelayThe Stanford relay team is ranked 12th in this event with a time of 6:30.83.

Event 15: 1650 FreestyleFreshman Matt Sorlien will represent Stanford in this event .. he is ranked 17th with a time of 15:07.02.

Event 16: 200 BackstrokeThree Cardinal swimmers, all ranked in the top 10 nationally, will compete in this event ... Freshmen Markus Rogan and Peter Marshall are ranked third and fourth respectively ... Randal Bal is 10th with a time of 1:44.25.

Event 17: 100 FreestyleFive Stanford swimmers have qualified to compete in this event ... freshman Bobby O'Bryan tops the list,ranked No. 9 (43.59) followed by Jeff Guyman who checks in at No. 16 (43.76) ... Anthony Robinson is ranked 38th (44.21), Andrew Schnell is ranked 45th (44.39) and Greg Long is ranked 51st (44.52).

Event 18: 200 BreastrokeTwo Cardinal swimmers are slated to swim in this event ... freshman Michael Bruce's time in the 200 breast is ranked No. 7 nationally (1:56.59) while Rob Canales checks in at No. 18 (1:58.61).

Event 19: 200 ButterflyStanford will have three swimmers in this event ... seniors Adam Messner and Steven Brown are ranked fourth and fifth nationally in this event ... Dan Westcott's time of 1:45.33 is the 15th fastest in the nation this season.

Event 21: 400 Freestyle RelayStanford enters this event with the third fastest time nationally this season (2:53.48).

NCAA History: Stanford has won eight national championships in its history (1967, 1985, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1998) ... Skip Kenney has had 19 NCAA individual NCAA Champions who have amassed 58 titles.

2000-2001 Cardinal Top Times(by event)50 free: Anthony Robinson (:19.48)100 free: Adam Messner (43.56)200 free: Adam Messner (1:35.74)500 free: Adam Messner (4:19.72)1650 free: Matt Sorlien (15.07.02)100 back: Randall Bal (46.91)200 back: Markus Rogan (1:42.58)100 breast: Anthony Robinson (53.18)200 breast: Michael Bruce (1:56.59)100 fly: Bobby O'Bryan (47.13)200 fly: Adam Messner (1:44.04)200 IM: Markus Rogan (1:45.92)400 IM: Steven Brown (3:44.00)200 free relay: Bal, Robinson, O'Bryan, Guyman (1:17.63)400 free relay: Messner, O'Bryan, Guyman, Schnell (2:53.48)800 free relay: Long, Brown, Rogan, Messner (6:30.83)200 medley relay: Bal, Robinson, O'Bryan, Guyman (1:26.02)400 medley relay: Marshall, Robinson, Westcott, Messner (3:11.65)

Cardinal Bio Updates

Randall BalFair Oaks, California

NCAA: Has qualified to compete in the 50 free, 100 back and 200 back and will participate in several relay events for the Cardinal.2001: Pac-10 Champion in the 100 back (46.91) ... finished third in the 200 back at Pac-10s with a time of 1:44.25 ... swam lead-off leg of Stanford Pac-10 Champion 200 medley relay team ... also swam lead-off leg of Stanford's 200 free relay team which took top honors at the conference championships ... finished fifth at Pac-10s in the 50 free (19.95).

Steven BrownSr. * Reno, Nevada

NCAA: Has qualified to compete in the 200 IM, 400 IM and 200 fly.2001: Finished second at Pac-10s in the 400 IM with a time of 3:44.00 - his fastest time this season ... swam second leg on the 800 free relay team at the conference championships that finished fourth ... took third in the 200 IM at Pac-10s with his fastest time this year (1:47.11) ... placed second in the 200 fly to teammate Adam Messner, clocking a time of 1:44.24 (:20 seconds off the pace).

Rob CanalesSan Jose, California

NCAA: Has qualified to compete in the 200 IM, 100 breast and 200 breast.2001: Took fourth at Pac-10s in the 200 breast with a time of 1:58.80 ... notched his best time of the season in the prelims in this event (1:58.61) ... also placed fourth in the 200 IM (1:47.13- a season-best time) ... notched a season-best time of 54.86 in the 100 breast at the conference championships.

Adam MessnerSr. * Ann Arbor, Michigan

* 2000 NCAA Champion (200 fly) *NCAA: Has qualified to compete in the 500 free, 200 free, 200 fly and will play a key role on several Stanford relay teams .. will try to defend his 2000 title in the 200 fly.2001: 2001 Pac-10 Champion in the 200 fly ... his time of 1:44.04 in this event was the fourth fastest nationally this season ... swam the first leg on Stanford's 400 freestyle relay that finished second at the conference championships ... took second in the 200 free at Pac-10s with a time of 1:35.74 ... swam the final leg on the Cardinal's 800 free relay that took fourth at Pac-10s ... clocked a time of 4:19.72 in the 500 free at Pac-10s to finish third ... swam the final leg of Stanford's 400 medley relay team that won at Pac-10s.

Anthony RobinsonSr. * Houston, Texas

NCAA: Has qualified to compete in the 50 free, 100 free, 100 breast and will play a key role on several Stanford relay teams.2001: Holds the third fastest time in the nation in the 100 breast (53.18) ... Pac-10 Champion in the 100 breast ... swam a 19.48 in the 50 free at the conference championships to finish second ... recorded his fastest time of the year in the 100 free (44.21) at Pac-10s ... swam the second leg of Stanford's Pac-10 Champion 200 free relay teamwhich holds the fastest time in the nation this season ... also on the Cardinal's 200 medley relay whose time of 1:26.02 at the league championships is the third fastest time nationally in 2001.

Greg LongSo. * Reston, Virginia

NCAA: Has qualified to compete in the 500 free, 400 IM, 100 freeand will swim on the 800 free relay.2001: Took fifth in the 400 IM with a time of 3:49.07 at Pac-10s ... swam lead-off leg of Stanford's 800 free relay team that took fourth at the conference championships ... won the consolation final in the 500 free at Pac-10s with a time of 4:22.26 ... turned in his top time of the season in the 100 free at Pac-10s (44.52).

Bobby O'BryanFr. * Ft. Smith, Arkansas

NCAA: Has qualified to compete in the 50 free, 100 fly, 100 free and will see time on several relays.2001: Pac-10 Champion in the 100 fly (47.13) ... finished second in the 100 free at Pac-10s with a season-best time of 43.59 ... swam second leg of Stanford's 400 free relay team that took second at the conference championships ... swam third leg of the Cardinal's 200 medley relay team that set a Pac-10 meet record at the league championships ... took second in the consolation final of the 50 free at Pac-10s with a time of 20.15.

Matt SorlienFr. * Tualatin, Oregon

NCAA: Has qualified to compete in the 500 free, 400 IM, and 1650 free.2001: Took fourth in the 1650 free at the conference championships to post his best time of the season (15:07.02) ... placed eighth at Pac-10s in the 400 IM but swam his best timein the prelims (3:49.79) ... swam a time of 4:25.55 to take eighth place in the 500 free at Pac-10s and swam a season-best in the prelims (4:23.58).

Markus RoganFr. * Wien, Austria

NCAA: Has qualified to compete in the 200 IM, 100 back, 200 back and will swim on the 800 free relay.2001: Pac-10 Champion in the 200 IM and 200 back ... swam the 200 back in a time of 1:42.58 and the 200 IM in a time of 1:45.92 ... placed third in the 100 back with a time of 47.70 ... swam his fastest time in the 100 back on the lead-off leg of a 400 medley relay team at Pac-10s with a time of 47.65.

Jeff GuymanJr. * Mercer Island, Washington

NCAA: Has qualified to compete in the 50 free, 100 free and should see action as a member of some of the relay teams.2001: Swam last leg of the Cardinal's 200 free relay team at Pac-10s which took top honors ... finished first in the consolation final at the league championships in the 50 free with a time of 20.06 ... swam a 19.95 in the prelims for his fastest time on the season ... swam last leg of Stanford's 200 medley relay team that set a Pac-10 meet record at the conference championships ... placed seventh with a time of 44:13 in the 100 free at Pac-10s ... swam his fastest time of the year in this event (43.76) in the prelims at Pac-10s.

Dan WestcottSo. * The Woodlands, Texas

NCAA: Has qualified to compete in the 100 fly, 100 back and 200 fly.2001: Swam third leg of Stanford's 400 medley relay team that took top honors at Pac-10s ... finished sixth in the 100 back at Pac-10s, turning in his fastest time on the year (48.04) ... placed eighth in the 200 fly at the conference championships with a time of 1:46.58 ... swam his fastest time of the season in the 100 fly (47.81) and 200 fly (1:45.33) at California (2/17).

Peter MarshallFr. * Atlanta, Georgia

NCAA: Has qualified to compete in the 100 fly, 100 back and should see time of several relay teams.2001: Turned in his top time of the season in the 100 back (47.59) at California (2/17) ... took third in the 100 fly at the Pac-10 Championships with a time of 47.58 ... swam the lead-off leg of Stanford's 400 medley relay team that took top honors at Pac-10s.

Michael O'NeilJr. * Roseburg, Oregon

NCAA: Has qualified to compete in the 400 IM.2001: Finished seventh in the 400 IM at Pac-10s with a time of 3:49.51 - his fastest time this season ... swam a 1:47.75 at Pac-10s in the 200 IM ... notched a season-best time of 1:48.29 in the 200 fly at the conference championships.

Andrew SchnellFr. * Downers Grove, Illinois

NCAA: Has qualified to compete in the 100 and 200 free and should see time on a relay team.2001: Swam the final leg of the Cardinal's 400 free relay team that finished second at Pac-10s ... tallied his best time on the season at the league championships in the 100 free (44.39) ... posted a 1:38.91 in the 200 free, his top time this year, against California (2/17).

CSCAA Top 25 (3/8/01)

1. Texas 2002. STANFORD 1923. Auburn 1844. USC 1705. Tennessee 1696. California 1507. Arizona 1468. Minnesota 1419. Michigan 13610. Florida 13411. Texas A&M 13112. Penn State 10313. Virginia 10114. ASU 9415. SMU 9116. Harvard 7117. Wisconsin 6318. Georgia 6219. BYU 5420. UNC 4521. Kentucky 3722. Pittsburgh 3423. Purdue 2824. UNLV 1925. Iowa State 17

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