Ben Wildman-Tobriner Wins 50 Meter Freestyle at Summer National Championships

Aug. 7, 2005

Irvine, Ca - A first place victory by Ben Wildman-Tobriner in the 50 meter freestyle highlighted Stanford's participation on Sunday at the ConocoPhillips Summer National Swimming Championships at the William J. Woollett Aquatics Center.

Wildman-Tobriner (junior in 2005-06) captured the summer national title with a time of 22.13 to edge runnerup Roland Schoeman at 22.15. Nick Brunelli finished third (22.53).

Wildman-Tobriner's victory was the second for a current or former Stanford swimmer at the Summer National Championships. A day earlier, Randall 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. For Bal, this was his third straight summer national title in the 100 meter backstroke.

At the recent FINA World Championships, Wildman-Tobriner won a gold medal in helping the United States capture first place in the 400 meter free relay.

Three Stanford swimmers competed in the championship final of the 200 meter IM, and Tobias Oriwol (senior in 2005-06) led the Cardinal trio with a fourth place finish in a time of 2:03.90. Mark Stephens (senior in 2005-06) finished fifth (2:04.09) while Hongzhe Sun (junior in 2005-06) placed seventh (2:04.74). Timothy Liebhold of the University of Wisconsin won the event in a time of 2:01.75.

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