Cardinal Men Lead The Field At Pac-10 Championships

March 3, 2005

Long Beach, Calif. - The Stanford men's swimming and diving team retained their lead over the rest of the field after day two of the 2005 Pac-10 Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in Long Beach, Calif. The Cardinal have 318.5 points and are followed by California (289), USC (196), Arizona (162), Arizona State (101.5) and Washington (96).

In the third event of the meet - the 500 freestyle - Stanford took four of the top five spots. The quartet was led by junior Michael McLean, who finished second, in a time of 4:14.89 (NCAA qualifying time). Sophomore Shaun Phillips placed third, clocking in at 4:16.96 (also an NCAA qualifying time). Fellow sophomore Andy Grant took fourth in an NCAA qualifying time of 4:18.25 in a fast race.USC's Ous Mellouli won the event in a time of 4:14.66.

In the men's 200 IM, junior Tobias Oriwol claimed top honors posting an NCAA qualifying time of 1:45.27 to edge the field in a very tight race. Teammate Hongzhe Sun placed third with a time of 1:45.56 (NCAA qualifying time). Senior Gary Marshall took fifth (1:46.84).

There were more fast times in the 50 freestyle as sophomore sprinter Ben Wildman-Tobriner finished second (19.23), just .01 second behind champion Duje Draganja from Cal (19.22). Both times were automatic qualifiers for NCAAs. Sophomore Kyle Ransom finished third in the consolation final with his time of 20.13.

In the men's one-meter diving competition, which was contested last week in Federal Way, Washington at the women's conference championships, senior diver Jesse Fonner led the Cardinal squad with a fifth place showing (278.10).

The final event of the day was the 200 freestyle relay which was won by Cal in a Pac-10 meet record time of 1:16.77. The Stanford quartet of Ben Wildman-Tobriner, Jayme Cramer, Matt Crowe and Kyle Ransom finished second in an NCAA qualifying time of 1:18.33.

Day three action continues tomorrow at the Belmont Plaza Pool with prelims beginning at 11 a.m. and finals starting at 6 p.m.

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