Top-Ranked Cardinal Extend Lead At Pac-10 Championships

March 7, 2003

Long Beach, Calif. - The top-ranked Stanford men's swimming team extended their lead on day two of the 2003 Pacfic-10 Swimming Championships at the Belmont Plaza Pool in Long Beach, Calif. The Cardinal top the leaderboard with 604 points, followed by California (488) and USC (414). Rounding out the rest of the field are Arizona State (296), Arizona (217) and Washington (142).

Stanford opened the second day of the meet with a Pac-10 meet record in the 200 medley relay. The relay team of Peter Marshall, Michael Bruce, Dan Westcott and Randall Bal turned in the NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:25.63 to start things off. In the 400 IM, the Cardinal was led by Markus Rogan's fourth place finish in a time of 1:47.78. Teammate Matt Sorlien took fifth (1:48.66) while Dan Trupin was seventh (1:49.97). Thomas Brown, one of four Cardinal swimmers in the finals, took eighth (3:53.62). Tobias Oriwol took first (ninth overall) in the consolation final, clocking in at 3:49.20.

In the 100 butterfly, Stanford again had four swimmers competing in the finals. They were led by senior Dan Westcott, who placed fourth with a time of :47.47. Matt McDonald finished fifth (:47.56) and teammate Jayme Cramer was sixth (:47.62). Scott Ransenberg placed eighth, clocking in at :47.84. Bobby O'Bryan took first (ninth overall) in the consolation final (:47.52). The next event was the 200 freestyle where Cardinal senior John Waters took second in an automatic NCAA qualifying time of 1:36.04. Freshman Michael McLean finished first (ninth overall) in the consolation final (1:38.23)- an NCAA 'B' time.

The fifth event of the day was the 100 breaststroke where Stanford's Michael Bruce finished second in an automatic NCAA qualifying time of :53.91. Senior Pat Fowler also qualified for NCAA's with his time of :54.13, placing third overall. In the 100 backstroke, senior Randall Bal completed a four-year sweep of the event with his first-place finish in a time of :46.58 (NCAA automatic qualifying time). Bal was followed closely by teammates Dan Westcott (:46.88) and Peter Marshall (:46.99) to take the top three spots. Cardinal Jayme Cramer finished fifth with a time of :47.43 - also an automatic NCAA qualifying time.

In the final event of the evening, the Stanford relay team of Markus Rogan, Dan Trupin, John Waters and Jayme Cramer finished first, clocking in with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 6:25.75.

Tomorrow's final events include the 1650 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly and the 400 freestyle relay. Prelims will be held at 11 a.m. with finals beginning at 6 p.m. at the Belmont Plaza Pool in Long Beach.

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