Four Stanford Swimmers Inclued on U.S. Teams
Oct. 19, 2005
Colorado Springs, Co - Four current and former Stanford University swimmers have been selected by USA Swimming as members of the distinguished 2005-06 National 'A' and 'B' Teams.
National 'A' Team members are those swimmers who have achieved a Top-8 FINA world ranking while 'B' Team members are ranked in the Top-16 in individual Olympic events duirng the traditional long course season (Jan. 1 - Sept. 1, 2005). The athletes are on the team for one year.
The list of Cardinal swimmers include include junior Ben Wildman-Tobriner, and former Stanford standouts Randall Bal, Jayme Cramer and Peter Marshall. Wildman-Tobriner and Bal are members of the USA 'A' Team, while Cramer and Marshall help comprise the National 'B' Team.
All four swimmers enjoyed outstanding summer seasons in 2005. Wildman-Tobriner helped the United States win the gold medal in the 400 free relay at the World Championships in Montreal, Canada, while Cramer helped the American team win the gold medal in the 800 free relay. Bal then added to the American success by competing on the gold medal winning 400 medley relay team. Bal also won the silver medal in the 100 backstroke at the World Championship.
At the 2005 Summer National Championships, Wildman-Tobriner won the 50 free championship, and finished fifth in the 100 free and 100 fly. Bal captured the 100 backstroke crown while Marshall placed second. Cramer finished third in the 200 free, fourth in the 100 back, and eleventh in the 100 free.
At the prestigious Duel in the Pool against world power Australia this past summer in Irvine, California, Cramer captured the silver medal in the 200 backstroke, while Cramer and Bal won bronze medals in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke, respectively.
'The national A and B teams recognize athletes who have performed at the highest level on the world stage each year,' said Everett Uchiyama, USA Swimming National Team Director. 'Their performances are among many great accomplishments that allow us to target support to athletes and coaches who continue our long standing tradition of being the number one swimming nation in the world.'
A complete list of all members of the National A & B Team can be found by visiting www.usaswimming.org.