Top-Ranked Cardinal Travel To Arizona Schools

Jan. 22, 2003

Cardinal Open Pac-10 Dual Meet Season: The top-ranked Stanford men's swimming and diving team (4-0) hits the road this week to take on No. 14 Arizona on Friday, January 24 and No. 13 Arizona State (2-2) on Saturday, January 25 top open conference dual meet action.

Stanford In The Rankings: The Stanford men's swimming and diving team is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation according to the latest C.S.C.A.A. poll that was released on January 16. Cardinal opponent Arizona is ranked 14th while Arizona State checks in at No. 13.

Last Time Out: The Stanford men's swimming team notched three dual meet victories with wins over then-No. 1 Michigan (148.5-89.5), Cal State Bakersfield (103-85) and the University of the Pacific (102-95). The Cardinal posted the top time in nine of 11 swimming events and both diving events against the Wolverines. Dan Trupin turned in the fastest time this year in the 200y IM as he finished first in 1:46.51 to break the pool record set by teammate Markus Rogan last season. Stanford clocked in with the fastest times in 10 of 11 swimming events against Bakersfield and Pacfic. Stanford broke the pool record in the 200 freestyle relay with their time of 1:20.26. The relay team of Randall Bal, Peter Marshall, Bobby O'Bryan and Andrew Schnell eclipsed the old record by .01 seconds set by last year's team.

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.

The Series: Last season, the Cardinal defeated Arizona, 192-106, at the Avery Aquatic Center and beat Arizona State, 136-99, also at Stanford.

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.

Up Next: The men's swimming and diving team will host Pac-10 opponent and seventh-ranked USC, on Saturday, February 8, at 1 p.m. at the Avery Aquatic Center in their last home meet of the season.

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.

Did You Know: Stanford has a 20-0 dual meet record dating back to the 2000-01 season ... Stanford has won eight NCAA titles - the last coming in 1997-98.

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 15 while two are in the top five.

Cardinals Make Splash On The International Scene: Several Stanford swimmers have been invited to participate with the national team this year in several international competitions. Randall Bal (50, 100 back, 4X100 FR) will compete on the 2003 World Championship team in Barcelona, Spain, July 15-27. Peter Marshall (50, 100 back) will compete on the 2003 Pan American Games team in Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic, August 1-17, 2003. Joining Marshall will be former Cardinal All-American Tom Wilkens. Teammates Jayme Cramer (100 free, 50, 100 back, 50 fly, 100, 200 fly, 4X100 FR), Andrew Schnell (4X100 FR) and Dan Westcott (50, 100 back) will compete in the 2003 World University Games in Daegu, Korea, August 21-31.

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