No. 1 Men's Swimming and Diving Prepares For 2002 Pac-10 Championships
March 5, 2002
This Week: The No. 1 Stanford men's swimming and diving team (8-0, 4-0 Pac-10) will be aiming for its 21st consecutive conference championship this week when the Pac-10 Men's Swimming and Diving Championships are held in Long Beach, Calif., March 7-9. Stanford holds the league record (in any sport) for most consecutive conference titles with its current 20.
Last Time Out: The top-ranked Stanford men's swimming team remained perfect in dual competition with a 195.5-104.5 win over No. 4 California. Stanford, which said goodbye to its four seniors at their final homemeet, won 12 of 14 swimming events and broke an incredible eight pool records. In the first event of the meet, Stanford posted a pool record while winning the 200 medley relay. Peter Marshall broke the pool record in the 100 backstroke with a stellar time of 45.61. Not to be outdone, Michael Bruce broke the pool record in the 100 breaststroke as he posted a 54.02. The 50 free saw four swimmers break the existing pool record - all were under 20 seconds. Randall Bal and Golden Bear Anthony Ervin tied for first while posting a pool record time of 19.46. Markus Rogan continued Stanford's winning ways with a victory, and pool record, in the 200 IM. Rogan broke a second pool record on the afternoon when he won the 200 backstroke (1:41.58) with the fastest collegiate time in the country this year. Bruce broke the pool record in the 200 breaststroke with time winning time of 1:55.85. The Cardinal closed out the meet with a pool record time of 2:54.93 in the 400 freestyle relay.
Last Year At Pac-10s: At the Pac-10's in Long Beach, Calif., Stanford (844.5) won its 20th consecutive Pac-10 Championship, defeating runner-up USC (744.2). California finished third (540.5), followed by Arizona (538.0), Arizona State (360.5), and Washington (190.0). Skip Kenney was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year. Kenney's swimmers won six individual titles and three relay titles. The men's swimming Coach of the Year award is the 13th of Kenney's career.
Fast, Faster, Fastest: Stanford swimmers have posted some very fast times so far this year - in fact, they have swam some of the fastest collegiate times in the nation. Peter Marshall's 45.61 in the 100 back is the top time nationally as well as Marcus Rogan's time of 1:41.58 in the 200 back. Rogan also owns the fastest time in the 400 IM this season at 3:45.57. Randall Bal's time of 46.77 in the 100 back is the second fastest time in that event this season while Michael Bruce's time of 1:55.85 in the 200 breast claims the top spot. The Cardinal's 400 free relay team's time of 2:54.93 is the fastest this season as well as the 200 medley relay team's time of 1:27.19.
Up Next: The Cardinal will head to Athens, Georgia for the 2002 NCAA Men's Division I Swimming and Diving Championships, March 28-30, hosted by the University of Georgia at the Gabrielsen Natatorium.
On The Web: For the latest news, notes and results on the Cardinal swimming and diving squad, log onto the official website of Stanford University athletics at www.gostanford.com.
Head Coach Skip Kenney: Stanford head coach Skip Kenneyenters his 23rd season at the helm of the Cardinal program. He has led Stanford 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 guided the Cardinal to 20 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 13 times in the last 19 years.
Automatic Qualifiers: Four Cardinal swimmers have already qualified for NCAAs at the end of March. Junior Randall Bal has qualified for the 50 free (19.46) and the 100 back (46.77) while teammate Peter Marshall has qualified for the 100 back (45.61) and the 200 back (1:43.13). Michael Bruce has qualified for the 100 (54.02) and 200 (1:55.85) breaststrokes. Sophomore Markus Rogan has qualified for the 100 back (47.63), 200 back (1:41.58), 200 IM (1:46.68) and 400 IM (3:45.57). Two relay teams have automatically qualified for NCAAs as well. The 400 free relay team (2:54.93) of Marshall, Andrew Scnell, Bobby O'Bryan and Bal as well as the 200 medley relay team of Dan Westcott, Bruce, Matt McDonald and Jeff Guyman. Nine other athletes have provisional qualifying times.
Tough Competition: The No. 1-ranked Stanford Cardinal is one of five Pac-10 schools ranked in the top 25 ... All five league schools are ranked in the top 10 while two are in the top five.
Did You Know: Stanford has a 16-0 dual meet record over the last two years ... The Cardinal have posted a top four finish at NCAAs for 20 consecutive years ... Stanford has won eight NCAA titles - the last coming in 1997-98.
Pac-10 Diving Championships: The men's and women's Pac-10 Diving Championships were held last week in Tucson, Arizona. Stanford was led by freshman diver Adam Peterson who finished sixth on the platform, seventh on the one-meter and eighth on the three-meter event.
2001 Stanford Pac-10 Champions100 back: Randall Bal (46.91)200 back: Markus Rogan (1:42.58)100 breast: Anthony Robinson (53.21)100 fly: Bobby O'Bryan (47.13)200 fly: Adam Messner (1:44.04)200 IM: Markus Rogan (1:45.92)200 free relay: Bal, Robinson, O'Bryan, Guyman (1:17.63)200 medley relay: Bal, Robinson, O'Bryan, Guyman (1:26.02)400 medley relay: Marshall, Robinson, Westcott, Messner (3:11.65)
CSCAA Top 25 (2/1/02)
1. STANFORD 2002. Auburn 1923. Texas 1844. California 1765. Tennessee 1676. Minnesota 1597. Arizona State 1508. USC 1469. Arizona 13510. Michigan 13111. Florida 11712. Virginia 11113. South Carolina 10514. Georgia 9815. Texas A&M 7716. SMU 7417. Wisconsin 7118. Alabama 6419. Pittsburgh 6220. Penn State 5121. Indiana 3422. Georgia Tech 2723. Purdue 2624. North Carolina 1925. Northwestern 14
2001-2002 Cardinal Top Times(by event)50 free: Randall Bal (19.46)100 free: Randall Bal (43.71)200 free: Markus Rogan (1:37.01)500 free: Matt Sorlien (4:23.20)1000 free: Matt Sorlien (8:56.25)1650 free: Matt Sorlien (15:11.76)100 back: Peter Marshall (45.61)200 back: Markus Rogan (1:41.58)100 breast: Michael Bruce (54.02)200 breast: Michael Bruce (1:55.85)100 fly: Bobby O'Bryan (47.60)200 fly: Jayme Cramer (1:45.97)200 IM: Markus Rogan (1:46.68)400 IM: Markus Rogan (3:45.57)200 free relay: Guyman, Bal, O'Bryan, Marshall (1:20.25)400 free relay: Marshall, Schnell, O'Bryan, Bal (2:54.93)800 free relay: Trupin, Rogan, Schnell, Waters (6:32.86)200 medley relay: Westcott, Bruce, McDonald, Guyman (1:27.19)400 medley relay: Bal, Bruce, Westcott, Guyman (3:13.50)1-meter diving: Adam Peterson (282.60)3-meter diving: Jesse Fonner (312.20)Platform diving: Jesse Fonner (426.90)