No. 3 Cardinal Heads Back To The Pool

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Jan. 8, 2003

Cardinal Begin Busy Week: After the long holidays, the third-ranked Stanford men's swimming and diving team is back in action with two home meets this weekend. The Cardinal will host No. 1 Michigan in a dual meet on Friday, January 10 at 1 p.m. in the Avery Aquatic Center. On Saturday, Stanford will face Pacific and Cal State Bakersfield in a tri-meet at 1 p.m. (also at the Avery Aquatic Center).

Order of Events (vs. Michigan): 400 Medley Relay, 1000 Freestyle, 200 Freestyle, 50 Freestyle, 200 IM, One-Meter Diving, 200 Butterfly, 100 Freestyle, 200 Backstroke, 500 Freestyle, Three-Meter Diving, 200 Breaststroke, 400 Freestyle Relay.

Order of Events (vs. CS Bakersfield/UOP): 200 Medley Relay, 1650 Freestyle, 200 Freestyle, 50 Freestyle, 200 IM, 200 Butterfly, 100 Freestyle, 200 Backstroke, 500 Freestyle, 200 Breaststroke, 200 Freestyle Relay (note - there will be no diving at this event).

Stanford In The Rankings: The Stanford men's swimming and diving team is currently ranked No. 3 in the nation according to the latest C.S.C.A.A. poll that was released on Dec. 10. Cardinal opponent Michigan holds the top spot in the poll this week while Pacific and CS Bakersfield are not ranked.

Last Time Out: The Stanford men's swimming team won four of six stroke categories at the Stanford-Cal Triple Distance Meet in Berkeley. The Cardinal captured the butterfly, breaststroke, individual medley and free distance categories. Sophomore Jayme Cramer finished first in the butterfly category with a combined time of 2:56.14 over three events. Stanford swimmers Markus Rogan and Peter Marshall were second and third respectively in the backstroke category. Junior Michael Bruce took top honors in the breaststroke category finishing with a combined time of 3:20.65. Andrew Schnell and Randall Bal placed second and third respectively in the freestyle sprint category. The Cardinal finished one-two in the individual medley catagory as Dan Trupin and Tobias Oriwol took the top two spots. In the freestyle distance category, Mike McLean and Matt Sorlein finished one-two respectively.

Two Decades Of Dominance: The Stanford men's swimming and diving team became the most dominant program in Pac-10 history by winning a 14th consecutive conference championship in 1995. Led by coach Skip Kenney, Tedd Knapp and Rick Schavone, Stanford broke the conference record for consecutive titles, established by UCLA men's basketball under John Wooden. The Cardinal has now run its streak to 21 consecutive Pac-10 titles, and has gone on to finish in the top four at NCAAs in every one of those years as well.

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.

The Series: Stanford and Michigan have faced each other 11 times in dual meet competition, with the Cardinal owning a 7-4 advantage in the all-time series. Last year the Cardinal defeated the Wolverines 134-109 at Canham Natatorium in Ann Arbor.

Head Coach Skip Kenney: Stanford head coach Skip Kenney enters his 24th 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 21 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.

Did You Know: Stanford has a 16-0 dual meet record over the last two years ... Stanford has won eight NCAA titles - the last coming in 1997-98.

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