No. 5 Stanford Stuns No. 1 California in The Big Meet
Feb. 18, 2006
Stanford, Ca - The fifth-ranked Stanford men's swimming and diving team, propelled by victories in the first five events of the day, marched to an impressive 136-107 victory over top-ranked California in the annual 'Big Meet' on a cold Saturday afternoon at the Avery Aquatic Center.
In 13 events contested, Stanford won nine.
The Cardinal started the day with a tight victory over the Golden Bears in the 400 medley relay. The Stanford team of Hongzhe Sun, Paul Kornfeld, Jason Dunford and Matt Crowe was timed in a season-best 3:11.06 (NCAA 'A' qualifying time) while Cal checked in at 3:11.70. That gave the Cardinal an 11-6 lead to start the first of 13 events on the day.
The second event also provided high drama as Shaun Phillips broke the school and pool record in the 1000 free in a time of 8:50.93. That broke the long standing school record of 8:52.04 set by Jeff Kostoff in 1986, and Kostoff's pool record of 8:54.61 set 21 years ago. Stanford finished 1-3-4 in the race to give the home team a 25-11 lead over the Golden Bears.
Stanford continued to shine in the third event of the day, the 200 free as Stanford finished 1-2. Daniel Beal won the event in 1:34.75 (NCAA 'A' qualifying time) while Andy Grant placed second at 1:34.79 (NCAA 'A' qualifying time). That gave Stanford a sizable 39-16 advantage.
Then in the fourth event of the day, Stanford struck gold again as Ben Wildman-Tobriner won in an NCAA 'A' qualifying and season-best time of 19.71. That gave Stanford a 49-25 lead.
Stanford continued to capture first place honors in the fifth event of the day as Tobias Oriwol led a Stanford 1-3 finish in the 200 IM. Oriwol swam the distance in an NCAA 'A' qualifying and season-best time of 1:46.09. The victory and third place finish gave Stanford a 63-30 advantage.
The Golden Bears picked up their first victory of the day when Patrick O'Neil was timed in 1:45.40 in the 200 IM. Stanford managed to pick up cruical points with second and third place finishes, respectively, by Mark Stephens (1:47.25) and Tobias Oriwol (1:47.66). Stanford led 70-42.
Stanford marched back into the win column in the next event as Ben Wildman-Tobriner won the 100 free (43.69). The win helped give Stanford a 81-50 lead.
The onslaught continued as Stanford won the eighth of nine events as Hongzhe Sun captured the 200 back in a time of 1:42.97. Andy Grant finished third (1:45.32). The 1-3 finish gave Stanford a hefty 93-57 advantage.
In the tenth event of the day, again Stanford gained another big victory as Shaun Phillips set his second pool record of the day with a victory in the 500 free in a time off 4:19.26. Phillip's new time broke the old pool record of 4:20.32 set by USC's Ous Mellouli in 2003. The victory put Stanford over the century mark with a 112-76 lead over the Golden Bears.
Stanford 136, California 107
50 free: 1. Ben Wildman-Tobriner (S) 19.71; 2. Milorad Cavic (C) 19.80, Joe Whittington (C) 19.81
100 free: 1. Ben Wildman-Tobriner (S) 43.69; 2. William Copeland (C) 44.22; 3. Jernej Godec (C) 44.25.
500 free: 1. Shaun Phillips (S) 4:19.26 (pool record); 2. Dominik Meichtry (C) 4:20.97; 3. Daniel Lysaught (C) 4:21.41
400 free relay: 1. California 'A' (William Copeland, Milorad Cavic, Jernej Godec, Jonas Tilly) 2:53.68 (pool record); 2. Stanford 'A' 2:54.47; 3. California 'B' 2:55.55