Stanford Wins 2004 Pac-10 Championship But USC's Mellouli Leaves His Mark

March 6, 2004

LONG BEACH - USC's Ous Mellouli won the 1650y free, but Stanford claimed the2004 Pac-10 Men's Swimming and Diving Championship on Friday (March 5) atBelmont Plaza in Long Beach, Calif.

Stanford won with 866.5 points, followed by Cal (773), Arizona (522.5), USC(505), ASU (407) and Washington (299). The Pac-10 title is the 23rdconsecutive for the Cardinal.

For the third day in a row, Mellouli got the host Trojans off on the rightfoot with a victory in the 1650y free in 15:01.80, over Stanford's ShaunPhillips, 15:02.32. Mellouli and Phillips were neck and neck most of the racebut Mellouli pulled away in the last 100 yards to claim his third Pac-10 titleand the fourth in a row for the Men of Troy in the event.

California's Duje Draganja won the 100y free in 41.96, breaking the Pac-10meet record and giving him his second title in the event (the first in 2002).ASU's Nick Brunelli was second with a time of 43.12.

Stanford's Markus Rogan won the 200y backstroke with a time of 1:40.97 to givethe Cardinal their sixth consecutive title in the event and the third forRogan in the event. Cardinal's Peter Marshall, Hongzhe Sun, California's AlexLim, Jeff Natalizio and USC's Trent Staley also reached NCAA qualifying timesin the event.

Washington's Phil Davis won the 200y breaststroke in 1:54.45, giving theHuskies their first victory in the event since 1978 (Andy Jensen) and Davis'second title in the meet.

Stanford's Jayme Cramer won the 200y butterfly with a time of 1:43.87. Thevictory was the fourth in the last five years in the meet for the Cardinal.

Closing out the night, California's 400y free relay team consisting ofRolandas Gimbutis, Jonas Tilly, Milorad Cavic and Draganja, won with a time of2:52.75 over Arizona (2:53.39). The victory was the fifth consecutive for theBears in the event.

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