Stanford Men's Swimming Finds Success At U.S. National Championships

Aug. 11, 2003

College Park, Maryland - Hall of Fame Coach Skip Kenney, and one of the respected swim coaches in the United States, led his Stanford swimmers to a top-three finish in the National Championships.

Stanford Cardinal Men's Swimming completed the last day of competition Saturday night in the United States National Championship held in College Park, Maryland by finishing runner up to Circle C Swim Club in the 400 Medley Relay with team members Randall Bal, Gary Marshall, Dan Trupin, and Andrew Schnell.

The Cardinal were well represented each night of the five day meet with swimmers qualifying for finals in every event, in spite of the fact that three of their top swimmers were absent from the meet due to illness and prior commitments of competing in the Pan American games being held in the Dominican Republic.

World and NCAA Champion Randall Bal, two time Olympic Gold Medalist Jeff Rouse, and next year junior Gary Marshall led the way for Stanford to claim third place overall in the Championship meet.

On Thursday evening, Bal and Rouse swept the top two spots in the 100 Meter Backstroke with Randal capturing the gold with a time of 54.63 while swimming the first 80 meters under world record pace. Stanford junior, Gary Marshall, had another outstanding performance winning his first National Title in the 200 Meter Breaststroke on the first evening of competition. He also took fourth in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.59).

Other swimmers scoring big for Stanford were Dan Trupin (200/400 IM and 100/200 fly), Andrew Schnell (50/100 free), Bobby O'Bryan (100 fly), Matt McDonald (100 fly), and Michael Bruce (200 breast).

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