Stanford Clinches 24th Straight Pac-10 Championship
March 5, 2005
Long Beach, Calif. - Stanford Head Coach Skip Kenney managed to crack a smile after four days of intense competition. Kenney directed the Stanford squad to its 24th consecutive victory at the Pac-10 Championship meet posting 932.5 points, 50.5 points above the second place Cal-Berkeley team.
Stanford's Gary Marshall was named 'swimmer of the meet' after breaking his third Pac-10 record of the meet. Marshall completed the 200 breaststroke in 1:52.71, less than one-tenth of a second away from the American record. 'We expected Gary to swim well this weekend, but he was just unbelievable,' exclaimed Stanford head coach Skip Kenney. Cal's duo of Caleb Rowe and Henrique Barbosa finished second and third, posting an NCAA qualifying times of 1:55.86 and 1:56.34 respectively. Miguel of Molina of Cal filled out the fifth spot with a consolation qualifying time of 1:57.97 to bring the Bears closer to Stanford's lead. USC, Arizona State, and Cal had two swimmers post NCAA consolation qualifying times while Arizona finished with one participant under the 2:00.87 NCAA qualifying mark.
In the 200 butterfly Stanford's Jayme Cramer set a new Pac-10 meet record of 1:43.09 to successfully defend his title from 2004. Viktor Bodrogi of USC (1:44.45), Patrick O'Neil of Cal (1:44.51), and Matt McDonald of Stanford (1:44.77) all met the NCAA Championship qualifying mark of 1:44.93. Seven other participants came in under the NCAA consolation qualifying mark of 1:48.07.
In the 400 freestyle relay Rolandis Gimbutis, Jonas Tilly, Duje Draganja, and Milorad Cavic of Cal broke a Berkeley owned Pac-10 meet record of 2:49.85 coming in with an NCAA qualifying mark of 2:49.77. Arizona's team of Lyndon Ferns, Simon Burnett, Gerhard Zandberg, and Adam Ritter posted an NCAA qualifying 2:52.85 for second place. Arizona State, Stanford, USC, and Washington registered NCAA consolation qualifying times.
Draganja finished the meet with a number of first place finishes. His final win came in the 100 freestyle where he posted an NCAA qualifying time of 42.30. A strong finish by Draganja's teammate, Gimbutis notched second place in an NCAA qualifying 42.54. Gimbutis used all of his 6-foot-10-inch frame to outreach Stanford's Ben Wildman-Tobriner who clocked in at an NCAA qualifying 42.59. Ferns of Arizona , and Tilly of Cal also posted NCAA qualifying times of 43.06 and 43.29 respectively. Washington's Bruno Barbic (43.62) and Stanford's Kyle Ransom (44.00) posted NCAA consolation qualifying times.
Hongzhe Sun of Stanford was the lone NCAA qualifier in the 200 breaststroke, claiming the victory with a time of 1:41.25. Sun boasted a nearly three second margin of victory, with Cal's Mark Eckert placing second and posting an NCAA consolation qualifying time of 1:44.46. Eight other participants came in under the NCAA consolation qualifying time of 1:47.14.
Stanford's Shaun Phillips took home the 1650 freestyle with an NCAA qualifying 14:47.70. Runner-up, Jensen Larsen also touched in an NCAA qualifying time with a time of 14:58.30. Nine others posted NCAA consolation qualifying times.