2002 Men's Swimming & Diving Season Review
Four Pac-10 teams finished in the Top-10 at the 2002 NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga. STANFORD led the way finishing in second-place (501), followed by fifth-place finisher USC (272), sixth-place CALIFORNIA (271) and seventh-place ARIZONA (242).
At the NCAA Championships, Pac-10 institutions won nine individual titles and several swimmers set records there. USC's Klete Keller set a pool record in the 500-yard freestyle while teammate Erik Vendt set pool records in the 400 IM, 1650 free. Stanford's Markus Rogan set pool records in the 200 IM and 200 back. Cal's Anthony Ervin set an NCAA, American, U.S. Open and pool record in the 100 free (41.62), besting his record-setting time (41.80) from last year.
At the Pac-10 Championships in Long Beach, Calif., Stanford (637) won its 21st consecutive Pac-10 Championship, defeating runner-up Cal (468.5). Arizona finished third (398.5), followed by USC (384), ARIZONA STATE (293) and WASHINGTON (98). Arizona's Omar Ojeda pulled off a clean sweep of the diving events for the second year in a row. Cal swept the Pac-10 Swimmer and Newcomer of the Year awards as Ervin and Duje Draganja earned the respective honors.
Ervin, a junior from Valencia, Calif., set an NCAA record in the 100 free at the NCAA Championships. He was a member of the Bears' relay team that set a pool record at the championships in the 400 free relay with a time of 2:50.01. Ervin and his teammates also won the 400 free at the Pac-10 Championships. Draganja did well at the NCAA Championships, winning a title in the 400 free relay. He placed second in the 100 and 200 free events. At the Pac-10 Championships he won the 100 free title with a time of 42.82 and was part of Cal's winning 400 free relay team.
Stanford's Skip Kenney was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year for the second straight year. Kenney, led the Cardinal to its 21st consecutive Pac-10 Championship. At the Conference championships, his swimmers won seven individual titles and three relay titles. Kenney coached Stanford to a second consecutive runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships. At the pool in Athens, Ga., the Cardinal notched three individual titles and three relay titles. The men's swimming Coach of the Year award is the 14th of Kenney's career.
On the diving side, Arizona swept the Pac-10 Diver and Coach of the Year, while Arizona State's Thomas McCrummen earned the Newcomer of the Year award. The Wildcats' Ojeda was selected as the Conference's top swimmer for the second consecutive year. Ojeda, from Edo Mex, Mexico, pulled off a sweep at this season's Pac-10 Diving Championships by winning the platform, one-meter and three-meter events. He placed sixth in the one-meter and three-meter events at the NCAA Championships. McCrummen, from Laguna Nigel, Calif., placed third in the three-meter and fourth in the one-meter events at the Pac-10 Diving Championships.
In her sixth year at the helm of the Arizona diving program, Michele Mitchell-Rocha collected her third consecutive Coach of the Year award. She guided the Wildcats to their third straight first-place finish at the pac-10 Championships and helped lead Arizona to three individual titles and 11 top-eight finishes. The Coach of the Year award is the fourth of Mitchell-Rocha's career.