No. 2 Men's Swimming Heads To 2004 NCAA Championships

March 23, 2004

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Stanford Swimmers Head To Long Island For NCAAs: The No. 2-ranked Stanford men's swimming team (7-0, 4-0 Pac-10) travels to Long Island, New York for the 2004 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, March 25-27 at the Goodwill Games Aquatics Complex in East Meadow's scenic Eisenhower Park. The meet will be swum in short course meters.

A total of 42 teams and 235 swimmers will compete. The following schools will send at least one swimmer to the event: Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, Brigham Young, California-Berkeley, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Harvard, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana State, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, North Carolina State, Navy, North Carolina, Northwestern, Oakland, Princeton, Purdue, Rutgers, South Carolina, Southern California, SMU, Stanford, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Towson, Utah, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

TV Times: The 2004 NCAA Division I Men's Swimming and Diving Championships will be shown by the ESPN network on a tape-delayed basis: Monday, March 29 at 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2).

Ticket Information: For information on purchasing tickets for the 2004 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, please call 516/572-0509 or 516/572-0508.

For The Cardinal: Stanford will send 17 swimmers to the 2004 NCAA Championships in Long Island, NY - the most of any team participating. They are: Michael Bruce, Jayme Cramer, Andy Grant, Gary Marshall, Peter Marshall, Matt McDonald, Michael McLean, Keenan Newman, Bobby O'Bryan, Tobias Oriwol, Shaun Phillips, Scott Ransenberg, Markus Rogan, Andrew Schnell, Hongzhe Sun, Dan Trupin and Ben Wildman-Tobriner.

Stanford In The Rankings: The Stanford men's swimming and diving team is currently ranked No. 2 in the nation, according to the latest C.S.C.A.A. poll that was released on January 29. Six Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top 20, with three teams in the top 10.

Last Year At NCAAs: The Cardinal wrapped up the 2002-03 season with a third-place finish at the 2003 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, held at the Jamail Swim Center on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. Auburn won the national title followed by host-Texas. The Cardinal won an individual title and a relay title during the championships. Peter Marshall (Atlanta, Ga.) successfully defended his title in the 100 backstroke, turning in a season-best time of 45.57. The relay team of Randall Bal, Marshall, Andrew Schnell and Bobby O'Bryan defended their 2002 title in the 200 freestyle relay, clocking in at 1:17.03 to edge Auburn in the final. Two additional relay teams also turned in top-3 finishes as well as a second-place showing by Markus Rogan in the 200 backstroke (1:41.37). Stanford posted a time of 3:07.24 in the 400 medley relay (Marshall, Michael Bruce, Dan Westcott, Randall Bal) to take second while the 200 medley relay team (Marshall, Bruce, Westcott, O'Bryan) placed third with a time of 1:26.01. Cardinal swimmers Jayme Cramer and Randall Bal tied for 12th (37) in the overall individual point standings to lead Stanford. Fellow swimmers Markus Rogan and Peter Marshall tied for 15th (36). Nine swimmers garnered a total of 22 individual All-America honors while 10 athletes combined to earn 20 relay All-America honors - the most allowable.

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 23 consecutive Pac-10 titles, and has gone on to finish in the top four at NCAAs in every one of those years as well.

Last Time Out: In one of the most competitive conference meets in recent years, the second-ranked Stanford men's swimming team won an unprecedented 23rd consecutive Pac-10 Men's Swimming Championship in Long Beach, Calif. The Cardinal won with 866.5 points, followed by Cal (773), Arizona (522.5), USC (505), ASU (407) and Washington (299). Senior Markus Rogan won the 200y backstroke with a time of 1:40.97 to give the Cardinal their sixth consecutive title in the event and the third for Rogan in the event. Jayme Cramer won the 200y butterfly with a time of 1:43.87. The victory was the fourth in the last five years in the meet for the Cardinal. Peter Marshall set new marks for the Pac-10 and meet in the 100y backstroke with a time of 45.21 to give the Cardinal their sixth consecutive title in the event. Markus Rogan was crowned Pac-10 Champion in the 200 yard IM with a NCAA qualifying time of 1:45.18. Stanford's quartet of Shaun Phillips, Markus Rogan, Andy Grant and Jayme Cramer won the 800y free relay in 6:24.18, edging USC's previous 2002 record of 6:24.62.

Head Coach Skip Kenney: Stanford head coach Skip Kenney enters his 25th 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 23 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 14 times in the last 20 years.

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.

From the Pool Deck: Of Stanford's 17 athletes competing at this year's NCAA Championships, eight earned all-america honors last year (29) at NCAAs (Michael Bruce, Jayme Cramer, Peter Marshall, Matt McDonald, Bobby O'Bryan, Markus Rogan, Andrew Schnell, Dan Trupin). Two-time individual NCAA Champion Peter Marshall (100 back) is back in the pool to defend his titles.

Stanford NCAA History: The Stanford program has won eight NCAA team titles in the history of the program (1967, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1998). Stanford has won a total of 124 NCAA individual and relay titles in its history. Stanford's Pablo Morales holds the NCAA record for most individual titles won over his career with 11.

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