No. 1 Stanford Aims For 25th Straight Pac-10 Title

Feb. 26, 2006

Federal Way, Wa - It is one of the more impressive achievements in collegiate athletics, and it has taken place at Stanford University.

For the past 24 years, the Cardinal men's swimming & diving team has captured the Pac-10 title. Skip Kenney again has a talented team in 2005-06, so much so that the latest College Swim Coaches Association (CSCAA) rankings find Stanford as the new No. 1 team in the nation. The Cardinal has taken over the No. 1 rating after defeating previously top-ranked and unbeaten California in a recent dual meet, 132-107.

Stanford generated 196 points to take the No. 1 ranking followed by defending NCAA champion Auburn (194), California (185), USC (174) and Florida (171). Arizona (160), Texas (150), Michigan (146), Minnesota (135) and Georgia (127) round out the the nation's Top 10.

Five Top 25 teams are from the Pac-10, including top-ranked Stanford. Competition will begin on Wednesday (March 1) at the 2006 Pacific-10 Championship at the Weyerhauser King County Aquatic Center. The competition continues through Saturday (March 4). Preliminaries begin at 11:00 a.m. and finals begin at 7:00 p.m. each evening.

Five 2005 individual Pac-10 champions are back to defend their six crowns. The list includes Stanford's Andy Grant in the 200 freestyle, Shaun Phillips in the 1650 free, Hongzhe Sun in the 200 backstroke, and Tobias Oriwol in the 200 IM. Stanford won the Pac-10 title last year by winning eight individual and three relay titles. The Cardinal finished with 932.5 points compared to runner California with 882 points. The Cardinal went onto finish second at the NCAA Championships for the second straight year.

Fox Sports Net Bay Area (FSNBA) will broadcast a 60-minute condensed version of the Pac-10 Championship on a tape delayed basis at noon on Saturday, March 11.

The 2006 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships will take place March 23-25) at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Ga.

Last weekend at the 2006 Pac-10 Diving Championship, freshman Dwight Dumais finished second in one and three meter diving, and third in platform diving.

Conference Chatter
Several Stanford swimmers (current and former) still hold Pac-10 records ... The list includes Peter Marshall in the 100 back (45.21, 2004), Gary Marshall in the 100 breast (52.55, 2005) and 200 breast (1:52.71, 2005), Pablo Morales in the 200 fly (1:42.60, 1987), Dan Trupin in the 200 IM (1:43.83, 2002), the 200 free relay team of Randall Bal, Peter Marshall, Andrew Schnell, Bobby O'Bryan (1:16.49, 2002), the 200 medley relay team of Jayme Cramer, Rick Eddy, Matt McDonald, Ben Wildman-Tobriner (1:24.82, 2005), and the 400 medley relay team of Jayme Cramer, Gary Marshall, Matt McDonald, and Ben Wildman-Tobriner (3:06.69, 2005) ... A Stanford swimmer has won the 100 back and 200 back conference titles for the past seven years ... The streak started in 1999 when Justin Ewers won the conference title followed by four straight wins by Randall Bal (2000-03), and then victories by Peter Marshall in 2004, and Jayme Cramer in 2005 ... In the 200 back, the Stanford winning streak started in 1999 with a win by Tate Blahnik, followed by Randall Bal (2000), Markus Rogan (2001-02), Dan Westcott in 2003, Rogan again in 2004, and Hongzhe Sun in 2005 ... Stanford has won three straight Pac-10 titles in the 800 free relay.

Record Review
One school record has been broken and several Stanford swimmers have gained entrance into the Stanford Top 10 in several events during the 2005-06 season ... Shaun Phillips broke the 1000 free record with a time of 8:50.93 vs California (2/18/06) ... Danny Beal's time of 1:34.75 in the 200 free against California is fifth-best in school history ... Paul Kornfeld's 200 breast time of 1:56.96 vs California (2/18/06) is eighth-best in school history ... Mark Stephens swam 1:45.03 in the 200 fly at USC (2/4/06) which is tenth-best in school history ... Hongzhe Sun's time of 1:46.08 in the 200 IM at the UCI/Speedo Cup (11/17/05) is tenth-best at Stanford. Stanford StoryAlready this year, several Cardinal swimmers have gained the NCAA 'A' and 'B' Standards ... Swimmers who have the NCAA 'A' standard include Ben Wildman-Tobriner in the 50 free (19.71), Danny Beal in the 200 free (1:34.75), Andy Grant in the 200 (1:34.79) and the 500 free (4:18.43), Shaun Phillips in the 500 free time (4:19.26), Hongzhe Sun in the 100 back (47.25), the 100 back (1:42.82) and the 200 IM (1:46.08), and the 400 medley relay team (3:11.06) ... The NCAA 'B' standards have been met by Kyle Ransom in the 50 free (20.17), Ben Wildman-Tobriner in the 100 free (43.69), Jason Dunford in the 100 free (44.04) and 100 fly (48.52), Shaun Phillips in the 100 free (44.11) and 1650 free (15:08.46), Tobias Oriwol in the 200 free (1:37.20), 200 fly (1:46.33) and the 400 IM (3:48.71), Phillip Morrison in the 200 free (1:37.90), Michael McLean in the 500 free (4:22.97), Danny Beal in the 500 free (4:23.56), Phillip Morrison in the 500 free (4:27.26), Mark Stephens in the 200 fly (1:45.03) and the 200 IM (1:49.52), Hongzhe Sun in the 200 fly (1:46.52), Andy Grant in the 200 back (1:45.32), Nate Cass in the 200 back (1:46.70) and the 200 IM (1:48.11), Paul Kornfeld in the 200 breast (1:56.96), Chris Ash in the 200 breast (1:59.21), Paul Zaich in the 200 breast (2:00.78), Keenan Newman in the 200 IM (1:48.21), the 200 free relay team (1:20.68), the 400 free relay (2:54.47) and the 800 free relay (6:30.16).

Thus far during the 2005-06 season ...
* For the third year in a row, Stanford is the champion of the Speedo Cup (Nov. 17-19, 2005)... The Cardinal easily defeated 13 other teams to chalk up 1,819 points over the three day event ... Hongzhe Sun was named the male Most Outstanding Athlete of the Meet ... Sun set a new Speedo Cup record in the 200 back with a time of 1:42.82 ... Earlier in the meet, Sun had an 'A' qualifying time in the 200 IM with his time of 1:46.08 ... Sun had an an 'A' qualifying itme of 47.29 in the 100 back ... Stanford winners at the Speedo Cup included Ben Wildman-Tobriner in the 50 free (20.23) and the 100 free (43.96), Andy Grant in the 200 free (1:35.24) and 500 free (4:18.43), Tobias Oriwol in the 400 IM (3:50.18), Paul Kornfeld in the 200 breast (2:00.97), Danny Beal in the 200 fly (1:48.22), Shaun Phillips in the 1650 free (15:19.23), the 200 free relay team (1:20.68), the 400 medley relay team (3:16.71), the 200 medley relay team (1:29.35), the 800 free relay team (6:30.16) and Jason Dunford in the 100 fly (49.03)* Against California on Nov. 9, Hongzhe Sun won three events (50, 100 and 200 backstroke) and Andy Grant prevailed in the 200 free and 500 free, Ben Wildman-Tobriner in the 50 free, Tobias Oriwol in the 100 IM, and Noa Sakamoto in the 1000 free.* Stanford began Pac-10 competition on Jan. 20 with a 127-115 victory over fifth-ranked Arizona ... The Cardinal scored victories in seven events including a 1-2-3 finish in the 500 free. * A day later after the victory over nationally-ranked Arizona, Stanford posted a decisive 144-93 victory over #23 Arizona State ... Stanford went 1-2-3 in the 50 free, the 200 IM, the 100 free and the 200 back ... The Cardinal posted wins in eight of the 13 events contested.* On Feb. 3, third-ranked Stanford scorerd a 134-155 victory over Division II national power Cal State Bakersfield ... The Cardinal swept 14 of the 15 events contested ... Freshman Jason Dunford helped lead the way for the Cardinal with victories in the 50 free (22.25), the 100 fly (48.57) and in swimming the leadoff leg on the 200 free relay (1:20.86) ... Double wins were scored by Hongzhe Sun in the 50 back (22.89) and the 100 IM (51.06), Shaun Phillips in the 50 free (21.03) and 200 free (1:36.83), and Dwight Dumais in one-meter diving (318.97 points) and three-meter diving (311.10 points).* On Feb. 4, ninth-ranked USC won the 400 free relay to clinch a 123-120 upset victory over third-ranked Stanford ... Stanford won five events ... Hongzhe Sun captured the 200 back (1:42.86) while Paul Kornfeld won the 200 breast (1:57.41), Tobias Oriwol won the 200 IM (1:46.48) and freshman Dwight Dumais won one and three meter diving with scores of 336.90 points and 360.82 points, respectively.On Feb. 18, then fifth-ranked Stanford, 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' ... In 13 events contested, Stanford won nine ... Shaun Phillips broke two records and one school record in the win ... Phillips broke the school and pool record in the 1000 free with a time of 8:50.93 ... Phillips then set another pool record with a victory in the 500 free (4:19.26).

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