No. 1 Cardinal Host No. 7 Southern California
Feb. 4, 2003
Cardinal Look To Remain Unbeaten: The top-ranked Stanford men's swimming and diving team (6-0, 2-0 Pac-10) takes on No. 7 USC (5-1, 2-0) in dual meet action this Saturday, February 8, at the Avery Aquatic Center at 1 p.m.
Order Of Events: 400 Medley Relay, 1650 Freestyle, 200 Freestyle, 50 Freestyle, 200 Individual Medley, (Break), 200 Butterfly, 100 Freestyle, 200 Backstroke, 500 Freestyle, (Break), 200 Breaststroke, 400 Freestyle Relay
Stanford In The Rankings: The Stanford men's swimming and diving team is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation, along with Auburn, according to the latest C.S.C.A.A. poll that was released on January 30. Cardinal opponent USC is ranked seventh nationally. Five Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top 15, with two teams in the top 5.
Last Time Out: The Stanford men's swimming team picked up two conference dual meet victories, defeating Arizona (W, 160-66) and Arizona State (W, 156-119). Stanford won 11 of 14 swimming events and one of two diving events on the day versus the Wildcats.Markus Rogan (100 back/400 IM) and Matt Sorlien (500/1000 free) each won two events for the Cardinal. The 200 medley relay team of Randall Bal, Michael Bruce, Peter Marshall and Bobby O'Bryan turned in a winning time of 1:29.35 - the fastest by a Stanford relay team in this event this year. Stanford turned in the top time in 13 swimming events against ASU at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center. The Cardinal opened the meet with a 1-2-3 finish in the 100 backstroke as Peter Marshall led the field with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 47.46.
About The Trojans: The No. 7 USC Trojans are 5-1 overall with a 2-0 record in Pac-10 duel meets. The Trojans have wins over both Arizona State and Arizona. 2002 NCAA Men's Swimmer of the Year, Erik Vendt leads USC. Vendt is one of the U.S.' premier distance freestylers and currently holds the country's top times in the 500 (4:17.06) and 1000 free (8:51.03), and 400 IM (3:41.49). A three-time NCAA Champion, Vendt and freshman Ous Mellouli are the only Trojans to have already posted NCAA automatic qualifying this season. Last season, the Cardinal defeated Southern California, 156.6-84.5, in Los Angeles.
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.
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 close out the league dual meet season with a trip to Berkeley to face No. 3 California on Saturday, February 22.
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 22-0 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.
Automatic Qualifiers: Five Cardinal swimmers have already swam NCAA qualifying times this season. In the 100 backstroke, Peter Marshall (46.70), Randall Bal (47.20) and Dan Westcott (47.54) have all posted 'A' times. Markus Rogan has qualified in the 200 back with his time of 1:43.75 while Dan Trupin will be swimming the 200 IM with his time of 1:46.46.
2002-2003 Cardinal Top Times
50 free: Randall Bal (19.99)
100 free: Randall Bal (44.04)
200 free: Markus Rogan (1:36.54)
500 free: Markus Rogan (4:26.36)
1000 free: Matt Sorlien (9:08.46)
1650 free: Matt Sorlien (15:16.27)
100 back: Peter Marshall (46.70)
200 back: Markus Rogan (1:43.75)
100 breast: Michael Bruce (55.32)
200 breast: Michael Bruce (1:59.08)
100 fly: Jayme Cramer (48.33)
200 fly: Jayme Cramer (1:45.53)
200 IM: Dan Trupin (1:46.46)
400 IM: Dan Trupin (3:47.90)
200 free relay: Bal, Marshall, O'Bryan, Schnell (1:20.26)
400 free relay: Bal, O'Bryan, Trupin, Schnell (2:58.53)
200 medley relay: Bal, Bruce, Marshall, O'Bryan (1:29.35)
400 medley relay: Marshall, Bruce, Cramer, Schnell (3:14.15)
1-meter diving: Adam Peterson (328.13)
3-meter diving: Gavin Olmstead