Randall Bal Claims 100 Meter Backstroke Title At Summer National Championships

Aug. 6, 2005

Irvine, Ca - Led by former Stanford All-American Randall Bal, four current and former Cardinal swimmers finished 1-2-4-5 in the 100 meter backstroke championship final during Saturday's action at the ConocoPhillips Summer National Swimming Championships at the William J. Woollett Aquatics Center.

Bal, a 2003 Stanford graduate, won the summer national title with a time of 54.09. Bal edged out three-time NCAA 100 meter backstroke champion Peter Marshall who checked in at 54.77. Marshall is a 2004 Stanford graduate. Jayme Cramer, a 2005 Stanford graduate, was fourth (55.25) while Hongzhe Sun (junior in 2005-06) placed fifth (55.63).

For Bal, this was his third straight summer national title in the 100 meter backstroke, and comes just a little more than a week after his second place finish in the 100m back at the FINA World Championships in Montreal.

Bal was happy with his victory, but a bit disappointed with his winning time. 'That's the third time this year I've been 54.0. I just can't get under that mark. I compare it to breaking a minute for the first time in the 100 free. I have a lot of things to improve on, but coming off a long taper, I'm pretty happy to be swimming so close to my best time. I've been learning some things about swimming this event, and I'm pretty confident. I'm looking forward to next year and hopefully getting that mark.'

Ben Wildman-Tobriner (junior in 2005-06) placed fifth in the championship final of the 100 meter butterfly. Wildman-Tobriner was timed in 53.52 while Roland Schoeman won the event at 53.08.

The ConocoPhillips National Championship concludes on Sunday.

For complete results, go to www.usaswimming.org

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