Stanford Swimmers Win Gold at World Championships; Cardinal Swimmers helped USA to win over Australia

Aug. 3, 2005

Montreal, Canada - Three current and former Stanford swimmers won a total of three gold medals and a silver medal during recent competition at the FINA World Swimming & Diving Championships.

Former Cardinal All-American Randall Bal earned a gold medal as a member of the United States' 400 meter medley relay team and earned a silver medal in the finals of the 100 backstroke. Ball, a 2003 Stanford graduate, helped the United States advance to the finals of the 400 meter medley relay with a first place finish in the prelims. Bal swam the leadoff leg as the Americans won the prelims in a time of 3:36.08. The United States then won the finals of the medley relay in a time of 3:31.85. Although Bal did not compete in the finals, he was awarded a gold medal for helping the Americans advance to the finals. In the 100 backstroke, Ball finished second in a time of 54.02. Aaron Peirsol of the United States won the event with a time of 53.82.

Ben Wildman-Tobriner, who will be a Stanford junior in the Fall, won a gold medal by helping the United States advance to the finals of the 400 meter relay. Wildman-Tobriner swam the leadoff leg in the prelims as the American quartet tallied a time of 3:16.04, the best time in the prelims. That advanced the United States to the finals where the Americans won in a time of 3:13.77. Wildman-Tobriner did not compete in the finals, but still was awarded a gold medal.

Jayme Cramer, a 2005 Stanford graduate, captured a gold medal as a member of the United States' 800 meter freestyle relay team. Cramer competed in the prelims and helped the Americans to a best time of 7:12.06 as the leadoff swimmer. The United States then captured the gold medal in a time of 7:06.58. Cramer was awarded a gold medal although he did not compete for the Americans in the finals.

Cramer, Wildman-Tobriner and Bal all competed at Tuesday's (August 2) second annual Mutual of Omana's Duel in the Pool. The United States competed against Australia, and the Americans finished with 190 points and won a combined 18 of 28 events contested on the men's and women's side of the meet. Australia managed 102 points in the matchup of the world's two swimming super powers before a sold-out crowd at Irvine's William J. Woollett Aquatic Center.

Cramer finished second to USA's Aaron Piersol in the 200 meter backstroke. Cramer was timed in 1:59.81 while Piersol checked in at 1:57.31. Bal finished fourth in a time of 2:04.28. Cramer then finished third in the 100 meter butterfly with a time of 53.65. Ian Crocker of the United States won the race in a U.S. Open record time of 53.03.

In the 100 meter backstroke, Bal placed third in a time of 54.66 while Peirsol won the competition in a time of 54.04.

Wildman-Tobriner finished third as the United States finished 1-2-3 in the 50 meter freestyle. Wildman-Tobriner was timed in 22.38 while Nick Brunelli won in 22.20 followed by Jason Lezak checked in at 22.23.

Several Stanford swimmers will next compete at the 2005 ConocoPhillips National Championships that will take place August 3-7, also at the William J. Woollett Aquatic Center in Irvine.

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