Pac-10 Men's Swimming Championships March 6-8

Feb. 28, 2003

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PAC-10 NOTES: The 2003 Pac-10 Championships feature three of the Conference's men's swimming teams in the Top-10 of the latest CSCAA Top-25 poll ... No. 1 STANFORD, No. 3 CALIFORNIA and No. 7 USC, followed by No. 14 ARIZONA STATE and No. 19 ARIZONA. Washington was among four other teams receiving votes ... Seven 2002 Pac-10 Champions return to defend their titles in 10 events ... Four of last year's competitors return to the pool as 2002 NCAA individual champions as well ... California's Anthony Ervin set an American record in the 100 free, USC's Erik Vendt won the 1650 and 400 IM events, Stanford's Markus Rogan claimed the 200 back and 200 IM races and Cardinal Peter Marshall won the 100 back event.

ARIZONA: The No. 19 Wildcats are led by head coach Frank Busch ... Last year Arizona finished third at the Pac-10s and turned in a seventh-place finish at the NCAAs ... Junior Juan Veloz finished in second place in the 200 fly at last year's Conference Championships ... Veloz's time of 1:42.78 in the 200 fly set at the Texas Invitational this past December was a national season best ... Also look for senior Jeff Dash and junior Luis Rojas to score points for the Wildcats.

ARIZONA STATE: Michael Chasson's No. 14 ASU squad will look to improve on last year's fifth place finish ... Senior All-Americans Christian Harcsas and Bobby Zaabidach have both recorded national bests in their respective events this season ... Harcsas is tenth in the nation in the 100 back with a time of 48.42, while Zaabidach swam the 50 free in 20.01 for the fifth-best time this year ... The Arizona State relay team has also done well, the 200 free relay good enough to place third nationally with a time of 1:20.03.

CALIFORNIA: No. 3 California finished the dual meet season with an overall record of 5-1 ... The Golden Bears are led by 2002 Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year Anthony Ervin and 2002 Newcomer of the Year Duje Draganja... Last year at the championships, Draganja won the 100 free with a time of 42.82 ... At the 2002 NCAA Championships, Ervin set an American record in the 100 free with an outstanding time of 41.62 ... Cal has been dominant in relay events this season, as the 200 free, 400 free and 200 medley relays times all rank No. 1 nationally.

STANFORD: The Cardinal is looking to win their 22nd consecutive Pac-10 Championship ... Five Pac-10 Champions return to defend their titles for No. 1 Stanford this year ... Last year, senior Randall Bal set a Pac-10 Championships record in the 100 back, while junior Markus Rogan won the 200 back and 400 IM events ... Junior Michael Bruce won the 100 and 200 breast events, senior Dan Westcott claimed the 200 fly, while sophomore Dan Trupin set a Pac-10 record in the 200 IM with a time of 1:43.83.

USC: Mark Schubert's USC squad is ready to improve on last season's fourth-place finish at the championships ... The No. 7 Trojans are led by senior Erik Vendt who won two titles last year in the 500 and 1650 free races ... Vendt also set a pool record at last year's NCAA Championships with a time of 3:40.65 in the 400 IM ... Southern California's relay teams took the 800 free crown at the 2002 Pac-10s and came in third in the 400 free relay.

WASHINGTON: The Huskies look to improve on their sixth-place showing at last year's Pac-10 Championships ... Washington's team has been led by junior Luke Ekhoff ... Ekhoff ranks in the Top-12 in three events, including the 200 breast (fourth, 1:57.86), 200 IM (sixth, 1:48.50) and 100 breast (12th, 55.11) ... Also look for juniors Justin Adrian and Derek Rose to score points for UW, as both rank nationally in the Top-10 in the 100 fly, Adrian ranking fifth and Rose tenth.

LAST YEAR: Stanford won its 21st consecutive Pac-10 Championship on the strength of seven individual championships and three relay wins. Stanford was followed by California, Arizona, USC, Arizona State and Washington.

TEAM RESULTS

1. Stanford 637.02. California 468.53. Arizona 398.54. USC 384.05. Arizona State 293.06. Washington 98.0

Pac-10 Championships Records Set in 2002

100 back Randall Bal, STAN 46.35200 IM Dan Trupin, STAN 1:43.83400 IM Markus Rogan, STAN 3:42.76

800 free relay USC 6:24.62400 medley relay Stanford 3:09.22

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: The 2003 NCAA Men's Swimming Championships will be held at the Jamail Swim Center in Austin, Texas, March 27-29, 2003. For ticket info, call (512) 471-3333.

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