Pool Records Fall as No. 1 Men's Swimming and Diving Defeats No. 8 USC
Feb. 9, 2002
Los Angeles, Calif. - The No. 1-ranked Stanford Cardinal men's swimming and diving team remained unbeaten with a 156.5-84.5 win over No. 8 USC this afternoon in Los Angeles. Ten pool records were broken by the two squads with six coming from Stanford swimmers.
Stanford won nine of 12 swimming events and both diving events in one of the fastest collegiate dual meets ever.
The Cardinal are now 7-0 on the year, 3-0 in the Pac-10 while the Trojans fall to 4-5.
Stanford jumped on the board first with a 1-2-3 finish in the 100 back. Peter Marshall set a USC pool record with his time of 46.55 (NCAA automatic). Marshall's time would have been good enough for second place at last year's NCAA Championships. Randall Bal took second (48.04) while frosh Jayme Cramer finished third (48.11). Cardinal sophomore Michael Bruce swam his fastest time on the year to take top honors in the 100 breast (54.75) as Stanford once again finished 1-2-3. Peter Lennox-King was second (56.39) while teammate Pat Fowler finished third (56.42).
Stanford broke a second USC pool record when sophomore Bobby O'Bryan swam to a first-place finish in a time of 48.13. Junior Dan Westcott took second (48.16) while freshman Matt McDonald placed third (48.42). O'Bryan's time is a season best. Sophomore Matt Sorlien took second in the 1000 free in a time of 9:06.19 to lead the Cardinal.
In the next event, the 200 free, Stanford was led by John Water's third place showing with a time of 1:38.01 - his fastest time on the year.
Randall Bal became the third Cardinal to break a USC pool record when he swam the 50 free in 20.06 to take first. Stanford once again finished 1-2-3 with O'Bryan taking second (20.21) and Scott Ransenberg finishing third (20.59). Both O'Bryan and Ransenberg swam their fastest times on the season in this event.
Sophomore Markus Rogan dropped almost three seconds off his previous season-best time in the 400 IM on his way to victory. Rogan swam the event in a NCAA automatic qualifying time of 3:45.57. Cardinal Michael O'Neil placed third with a 3:53.22- his fastest time this year.
Stanford racked up another pool record in the 200 fly as frosh Jayme Cramer posted a time of 1:45.97 to take top honors. This record was previously held by Anthony Mosse, a Stanford NCAA champion, and was set in 1987. It is Cramer's best time in this event this season. Dan Westcott took second for the Cardinal in a time of 1:46.02.
The Cardinal's top finisher in event 12 was sophomore Markus Rogan who took third in the 500 free with a season-best time of 4:24.91.
The Cardinals picked up another win as Michael Bruce set a pool record in the 200 breast with a time of 1:56.93 (NCAA automatic). He broke former Cardinal swimmer Tom Wilkens' mark in the 200 (1:58.86). Peter Lennox-King placed third in the event (2:01.55).
Stanford wrapped up the dual meet with an exciting win in the 400 free relay, edging USC by .29 seconds. The Cardinal's 400y free relay unit of Bobby O'Bryan, Peter Marshall, Dan Trupin and Jeff Guyman took top honors in a time of 2:57.69.
Stanford's Adam Peterson won both springboard events in the diving portion of the competition held last week.
The Cardinal closes out the regular season at home with a dual meet against cross-town rival California on Saturday, February 23 at 1 p.m. in the Avery Aquatic Complex.