Top-Ranked Stanford Travels To No. 3 California

Feb. 18, 2003

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Stanford Meets Cal In Battle Of The Unbeatens: The top-ranked Stanford men's swimming and diving team (7-0, 3-0 Pac-10) will travel to Berkeley for the much anticipated match-up with No. 3 California (5-0, 3-0 Pac-10) at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 22 in the Spieker Aquatics Complex. With world-class swimmers on both sides of the pool, this meet promises to deliver some fast times as both teams are undefeated this season.

Order of Events: 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, 100 butterfly, 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 free relay.

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 February 13. Cardinal opponent California is ranked third nationally. Five Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top 20, with two teams in the top 5.

Last Time Out: The No. 1 Stanford men's swimming and diving team defeated No. 7 USC, 144-87, at the Avery Aquatic Center on the campus of Stanford University. Five pool records were broken on the afternoon including the 400 medley relay, 200 IM, 1650 freestyle, 200 butterfly and the 500 freestyle. It was the final home meet for five Stanford senior swimmers - Randall Bal, Pat Fowler, John Waters, Dan Westcott and Thomas Zochowski. The Cardinal opened the meet with a pool record in the 400 medley relay. Peter Marshall, Michael Bruce, Jayme Cramer and Bobby O'Bryan combined for a time of 3:10.82 to shatter the old pool record of 3:12.32 set by Stanford in 1999. Dan Trupin broke the pool record in the 200 IM with his winning time of 1:45.69. Trupin bested the previous mark of 1:46.68 set by Markus Rogan last year. Cramer followed with another pool record - this one in the 200 fly - with his time of 1:45.58 which eclipsed the previous best of 1:45.70 set by Stanford's Anthony Mosse in 1987. In the men's one-meter diving event, Cardinal Adam Peterson took first place (317.26) followed by teammate Gavin Olmstead (291.30). On the three-meter event, Olmstead grabbed top honors (303.60) while Peterson finished third (286.65).

About The Golden Bears: The No. 3 California Golden Bears are 5-0 overall with a 3-0 mark in Pac-10 duel meets. They are coached by veteran Nort Thornton, the 1999 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, who is in his 29th season as the skipper of the Cal men's swimming team. The team is led by Olympic gold medalist Anthony Ervin, 2002 All-American Duje Draganja and Alex Lim, who earned All-America honors in 2001 and 2002. Cal's relay teams are ranked among the best nationally as the 200 free relay, 400 free relay and 200 medley relay are ranked No. 1, while the 400 medley relay is No. 3. Saturday will be Senior Day for the Golden Bears with four seniors finishing out their careers at home.

The Series: The Cardinal holds a commanding lead in the series record at 91-13. Last season, Cal suffered its only Pac-10 loss to Stanford, falling 195.5-104.5 on The Farm. The last time the Bears beat the Cardinal was Feb. 23, 1991 when Cal dfeated Stanford in Palo Alto, 167-134.

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 Stanford men's diving team prepares for the 2003 Pac-10 Diving Championships, February 27-March 1 in Federal Way, Washington. The Cardinal men's swimming team will head to Long Beach, Calif. for the 2003 Pac-10 Swimming Championships, March 6-8.

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 23-0 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 20 while two are in the top five.

Automatic Qualifiers: Five Cardinal swimmers have already swam NCAA 'A' qualifying times this season. In the 100 backstroke, Peter Marshall (46.17), 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 1:45.69. The 400 medley relay team of Marshall, Bruce, Cramer, and O'Bryan posted an automatic qualifying time of 3:10.82.

U.S. Choses 2003 International Men's Swimming Teams: The teams for the 2003 World Championships, Pan American and World University Games have been chosen by USA Swimming. Six current or former Stanford men's swimmers have been invited to compete for the United States: Randall Bal, Peter Marshall, Tom Wilkens, Jayme Cramer, Andrew Schnell and Dan Westcott. Cardinal swimmer Randall Bal, a 6-3 senior this year on The Farm, will compete on the World Championships Team in Barcelona, Spain. Junior Peter Marshall along with former Stanford standout Tom Wilkens will compete at the Pan American Games Team in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Three current Cardinal swimmers will compete for the U.S. in the World University Games in Daegu, Korea: sophomore Jayme Cramer, junior Andrew Schnell and senior Dan Westcott.

2002-2003 Cardinal Top Times
(by event)

50 free: Randall Bal (19.99)100 free: Randall Bal (44.04)200 free: Markus Rogan (1:36.54)500 free: Markus Rogan (4:21.07)1000 free: Matt Sorlien (9:08.46)1650 free: Matt Sorlien (15:14.91)100 back: Peter Marshall (46.17)200 back: Markus Rogan (1:43.75)100 breast: Michael Bruce (55.32)200 breast: Michael Bruce (1:57.83)100 fly: Jayme Cramer (48.33)200 fly: Jayme Cramer (1:45.53)200 IM: Dan Trupin (1:45.69)400 IM: Dan Trupin (3:47.90)200 free relay: Bal, Marshall, O'Bryan, Schnell (1:20.26)400 free relay: O'Bryan, Marshall, Ransenberg, Waters (2:57.48)200 medley relay: Bal, Bruce, Marshall, O'Bryan (1:29.35)400 medley relay: Marshall, Bruce, Cramer, O'Bryan (3:10.82)1-meter diving: Adam Peterson (328.13)3-meter diving: Gavin Olmstead (303.60)
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