No. 1 Stanford Wins 25th Straight Pac-10 Title
March 4, 2006
Federal Way, Wa - It is one of the most impressive achievements in collegiate athletics, and it has taken place at Stanford University.
For the 25th consecutive season, the top-ranked Cardinal men's swimming and diving team has captured the Pacific-10 championship. The streak started during the 1981-82 season, and continued when the Cardinal captured the 2006 conference title with 880 points to beat five other Pac-10 teams, including runnerup and third-ranked California with 796 points on Saturday night at the Weyerhauser King County Aquatics Center.
Stanford displayed its dominance by winning the first four events on Saturday. The day began with Shaun Phillips winning the 1650 free (14:43.89, career-best and #2 all-time at Stanford) for the second straight year. Hongzhe Sun then followed with his second consecutive Pac-10 victory in the 200 back (1:41.17). For Sun, it was his third Pac-10 title in the 2006 conference championship. Earlier in the meet, Sun won the 200 IM (1:44.49) and the 100 back (46.79). After victories by Phillips and Sun, Ben Wildman-Tobriner, from Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco, became Stanford's first Pac-10 champion in the 100 free since 1998 with a season-best and NCAA 'A' qualifying time of 42.79. Then freshman Paul Kornfeld climbed to the winners stand with a victory in the 200 breaststroke (1:55.30). It was the fourth time in the last five years that a Cardinal swimmer has captured the 200 breast Pac-10 title.
Stanford now will prepare for the NCAA Championships (March 23-25) in Atlanta, Ga.
Ben Wildman-Tobriner, in addition to winning the 100 free Pac-10 title on Saturday night, won the 50 free (19.26), and swam the third leg on the winning 200 free relay team (1:17.54) earlier this week at the Pac-10 Champiionship.
Pacific-10 Final Men's Swimming & Diving Team Results
1. Stanford 880; 2. California 796; 3. USC 530; 4. Arizona 519; 5. Arizona State 352; 6. Washington 188