No. 1 Stanford Increases Lead At Pac-10 Championship

March 3, 2006

Federal Way, Wa - The top-ranked Stanford men's swimming and diving team has increased its team lead after the third day (Friday) of competition at the 2006 Pacific-10 Championship at the Weyerhauser King County Aquatics Center.

The Cardinal is aiming for a 25th straight Pac-10 title, and leads five other Pac-10 teams with 600 points. Third-ranked California resides in second place with 539 points.

Hongzhe Sun was Stanford's top swimmer on Friday as the Cardinal junior won the 100 backstroke in a time of 46.79. It was the eighth straight year that a Stanford swimmer has won the Pac-10 title in the 100 back. Justin Ewers started the streak in 1999, folloed by Randall Bal (2000-2003), Peter Marshall (2004), Jayme Cramer (2005) and now Hongzhe Sun in 2006. Sun also swam the leadoff leg on Stanford's runnerup finish in the 400 medley relay. The Stanford quartet of Sun, Paul Kornfeld, Jason Dunford and Ben Wildman-Tobriner swam the distance in a season-best and NCAA 'A' qualifying time of 3:09.80.

Stanford's other best finishes of the night were in the 400 IM, the 100 fly, and the 100 breast. Mark Stephen's second place time of 3:45.94 in the 400 IM was a season-best and an NCAA 'A' qualifying time. Ben Wildman-Tobriner, who the night before won the Pac-10 title in the 50 free and swam the second leg on the conference title winning 200 free relay, finished second in the 100 fly with a season-best and NCAA 'A' qualifying time of 46.67. Freshman Paul Kornfeld took home runnerup honors in the 100 breast with a season-best and NCAA 'A' qualifying time of 53.46.

Other NCAA 'A' qualifying times were turned in by Shaun Phillips in the 200 free (1:35.43), Jason Dunford in the 100 fly (47.25), and Tobias Oriwol in the 400 IM (3:46.65). The final day of competition is Saturday night.

Friday's Team Totals (after the third day of Pac-10 Men's Swimming & Diving Championship)
1. Stanford 600; 2. California 539; 3. Arizona 370; 4. USC 351; 5. Arizona State 225; 6. Washington 117

Friday Evening Finals
400 Individual Medley: 1. Ous Mellouli (USC) 3:43.90; 2. Mark Stephens (S) 3:45.94; 3. Gal Nevo (ASU) 3:46.07; 4. Tobias Oriwol (S) 3:46.65; 8. Keenan Newman (S) 3:51.36; 13. Scott Lathrope (S) 3:59.11; Noa Sakamoto (S) dq

100 Butterfly: 1. Lyndon Ferns (Az) 46.43; 2. Ben Wildman-Tobriner (S) 46.67; 3. Sam Masson (USC) 46.71; 6. Jason Dunford (S) 47.25

200 Freestyle: 1. Simon Burnett (Az) 1:33.26; 2. Dominik Meichtry (C) 1:34.31; 3. Andy Grant (S) 1:34.85; 4. Shaun Phillips (S) 1:35.43; 6. Danny Beal (S) 1:36.03; 9. Michael McLean (S) 1:37.13; 10. Phillip Morrison (S) 1:38.32

100 Breaststroke: 1. Henrique Barbosa (C) 52.90; 2. Paul Kornfeld (S) 53.46; 3. Mihaly Flaskay (USC) 53.50; Chris Ash (S) 54.24; 11. Paul Zaich (S) 56.07

100 Backstroke: Hongzhe Sun (S) 46.79; 2. David Russell (C) 47.08; 3. Nick Thoman (Az) 47.91; 5. Nate Cass (S) 48.61; 9. Kyle Ransom (S) 49.55

400 Medley Relay: 1. California 3:08.87; 2. Stanford (Hongzhe Sun, Paul Kornfeld, Jason Dunford, Ben Wildman-Tobriner) 3:09.80; 3. USC 3:10.85

Saturday Morning Prelims (11 a.m.)
200 Backstroke
100 Freestyle
200 Breaststroke
200 Butterfly
400 Freestyle Relay
1650 Freestyle (time final, all but final heat)

Saturday Evening Finals (6 p.m.)
1650 Freestyle
200 Backstroke
100 Freestyle
200 Breaststroke
200 Butterfly
400 Freestyle Relay

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