Top-Ranked Stanford Aims For NCAA Title

March 19, 2006

Atlanta, Ga - The Stanford men's swimming and diving team has been a dominant figure at the NCAA Division I Championship for many years. This year is no exception as the Cardinal will send 15 swimmers and one diver, plus entries in all five relay events to the 2066 NCAA's which will be held March 23-25 at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Ga. The Aquatic Center was built for the 1996 Olympic Games and for use by Georgia Tech following the Games.

Last year at the NCAA Championship in Minneapolis, the Cardinal finished second with 414 points. Auburn won the team title (491 points). Since the 2001 season, Stanford has finished second four times (2000-01, 2001-02, 2003-04, 2004-05) and third during the 2002-03 season. In fact, Stanford has finished no lower than fourth since 1982. Under head coach Skip Kenney, associate head coach Ted Knapp and head diving coach Rick Schavone, the Cardinal has won seven NCAA titles (1997-98, 1993-94, 1992-93, 1991-92, 1986-87, 1985-86, 1984-85). Since Skip Kenney's arrival at Stanford at the start of 1979-80 season, Stanford has had 98 swimmers win 828 All-American honors, and has developed 65 NCAA champions. The list includes junior Ben Wildman-Tobriner, who swam the anchor leg on the 400 medley relay team which won the NCAA title last year.

Results will be posted on-line immediately following each race at www.ncaasports.com ... Event information, including schedules, results, photos and more will be provided athttp://ramblinwreck.collegesports.com/sports/c-swim/spec-rel/2006-m-swim...... A complete daily report on Stanford's participants will be posted on the Stanford website at www.gostanford.com

NCAA Notes
Several Stanford athletes have experience competing at the NCAA Championship ... The list includes Danny Beal (200 free and 500 free, 800 free relay in 2004-05); Matt Crowe (50 free, 200 and 400 free relay in 2004-05); Andy Grant (200 and 500 free, and 400 and 800 free relay in 2004-05; 200 and 400 free, and 800 free relay in 2003-04); Michael McLean (500 and 1650 free in 2004-05, 200, 400 and 1500 free in 2003-04); Keenan Newman (200 breast, 200 IM and 400 IM in 2003-04); Tobias Oriwol (200 and 400 IM, and 200 back in 2004-05; 200 and 400 free in 2003-04; 200 back and 400 IM in 2002-03); Shaun Phillips (200, 500 and 1650 free, 800 free relay in 2004-05; 200, 400, 1500 free, and 800 free relay in 2003-04); Kyle Ransom (50 free, 200 and 400 free relay, and 400 medley relay in 2004-05); Mark Stephens (200 and 400 IM, 200 fly in 2004-05); Hongzhe Sun (100 and 200 back, 200 IM in 2004-05; 100 and 200 back and 200 IM in 2003-04); Ben Wildman-Tobriner (50 and 100 free, 100 fly, 200 and 400 free relay, 200 and 400 medley relay in 2004-05; 50 and 100 free, 200 medley relay, and 200 and 400 free relay in 2003-04) ... Stanford's first NCAA champion was Wally O'Connor who won the NCAA title in the 220 yard freestyle and the 440 yard freestyle in 1926.

History Hoopla
Stanford's first NCAA championship occured on March 25, 1967 at Michigan State University in East Lansing ... Stanford scored 275 points to beat runnerup USC by 15 points ... Stanford was led that year by Greg Buckingham and Dick Roth ... Buckingham captured the NCAA titles in the 200 and 500 yard freestyle ... Roth won top honors in the 200 and 400 IM ... Both athletes also were on the winning 800 free relay team ... Stanford also won the NCAA title in the 400 free relay in 1967 ... Roth, in 1964, won the Olympic gold medal in Japan as a member of the United States 400 meter medley relay team ... Buckingham won the silver medal in Mexico City in 1968 for the United States in the 200 meter IM ... Jim Laney was captain on the 1967 team which was coached by Jim Gaughran, who was head coach for 19 years (1960-61 to 1978-79) ... The oldest record in Stanford swim history remains Jeff Kostoff's time of 14:37.87 in the 1650 free in 1986 ... Earlier this year, Shaun Phillips broke Kostoff's 1986 school record in the 1000 free ... Kostoff had the record of 8:52.04 but Phillips shattered that time against California with a time of 8:50.93 ... The oldest entry in the Stanford Top 15 is Mike Bruner who still remains 12th all-time in the 200 fly with a time of 1:45.27 which he swam in 1977.

The NCAA Division I Men's Swimming & Diving Schedule of Events
Thursday, March 23, Noon, Preliminaries

Event #1 - 200 freestyle relay - Stanford
Event #2 - 500 freestyle - Danny Beal, Andy Grant, Michael McLean, Shaun Phillips, Noa Sakamoto
Event #3 - 200 individual medley (IM) - Nate Cass, Paul Kornfeld, Keenan Newman, Tobias Oriwol, Mark Stephens, Hongzhe Sun
Event #4 - 50 freestyle - Matt Crowe, Jason Dunford, Kyle Ranson, Ben Wildman-Tobriner
Event #6 - 400 medley relay - Stanford
Event #5 - one-meter diving trials (1:30 p.m. time approx.) - Dwight Dumais

Thursday, March 23, 7:00 p.m., Finals
Event #1 - 200 freestyle relay
Event #2 - 500 freestyle
Event #3 - 200 individual medley (IM)
Event #4 - 50 freestyle
Event #5 - one-meter diving finals
Event #6 - 400 medley relay

Friday, March 24, Noon, Preliminaries
Event #7 - 200 medley relay - Stanford
Event #8 - 400 individual medley (IM) - Keenan Newman, Tobias Oriwol, Mark Stephens
Event #9 - 100 butterfly - Jason Dunford, Ben Wildman-Tobriner
Event #10 - 200 freestyle - Danny Beal, Andy Grant, Michael McLean, Keenan Newman, Shaun Phillips
Event #11 - 100 breaststroke - Nate Cass, Paul Kornfeld
Event #12 - 100 backstroke - Hongzhe Sun
Event #14 - 800 freestyle relay - all but last three heats of time finals - Stanford
Event #13 - three-meter diving trials (1:30 p.m. time approx.) - Dwight Dumais

Friday, March 24, 7:00 p.m., Finals
Event #7 - 200 medley relay
Event #8 - 400 individual medley (IM)
Event #9 - 100 butterfly
Event #10 - 200 freesytle
Event #11 - 100 breaststroke
Event #12 - 100 backstroke
Event #13 - three-meter diving finals
Event #14 - 800 freestyle relay - last three heats of timed finals

Saturday, March 25, Noon, Preliminaries
Event #16 - 200 backstroke - Andy Grant, Hongzhe Sun
Event #17 - 100 freestyle - Matt Crowe, Jason Dunford, Kyle Ransom, Ben Wildman-Tobriner
Event #18 - 200 breaststroke - Nate Cass, Paul Kornfeld, Keenan Newman
Event #19 - 200 butterfly - Dany Beal, Tobias Oriwol, Mark Stephens
Event #21 - 200 freestyle relay - Stanford
Event #20 - platform diving trials (1:30 p.m. time approx.) - Dwight Dumais
Event #15 - 1650 freestyle (all but last heat of timed finals) - Michael McLean, Shaun Phillips, Noa Sakamoto

Saturday, March 25, 7:00 p.m., Finals
Event #15 - 1650 freestyle (last heat of timed finals)
Event #16 - 200 backstroke
Event #17 - 100 freestyle
Event #18 - 200 breaststroke
Event #19 - 200 butterfly
Event #20 - platform diving finals
Event #21 - 200 freestyle relay

A consolation final shall immediately precede the championship final for each event execept the 1500 meter freestyle and diving events.

Pac-10 Potpourri
It is one of the more impressive achievements in collegiate athletics, and it has taken place at Stanford University ... For the past 25 years, the Cardinal men's swimming & diving team has captured the Pac-10 title ... The streak started during the 1981-82 season and continued in 2006 when Stanford won the Pac-10 title with 880 points to beat five other Pac-10 teams, including runnerup and third-ranked California with 796 points ... Stanford captured eight events (7 individual races, one relay race) ... The Cardinal produced 23 Top-3 finishes ... Junior Hongzhe Sun was voted the Pac-10 Swimmer of the Meet ... Sun won the 100 and 200 back, the 200 IM, swam the leadoff leg on Stanford's second place 200 free relay team, and leadoff on the third place 400 medley relay team ... Sun won the 100 backstroke in a time of 46.79 ... It was the eighth straight year that a Stanford swimmer had won the Pac-10 title in this event ... Sun also won the 200 IM in a time of 1:44.49 (#3 all-time at Stanford) ... It was the fifth time in the last six years that a Stanford swimmer captured the Pac-10 in that event ... On the last day of the meet, Sun won his second consecutive Pac-10 title in the 200 back (1:41.17) ... Ben Wildman-Tobriner was a double-winner for Stanford ... Wildman-Tobriner won the 50 free and 100 free ... Wildman-Tobriner's victory in the 100 free was the first by a Stanford swimmer since 1998 ... Wildman-Tobriner also swam the second leg on the team's winning 200 free relay ... Wildman-Tobriner kept busy by finishing second in the 100 fly, and anchoring the 400 medley relay team ... Wildman-Tobriner also swam the anchor leg on the third pace 200 medley relay team.

Top Team
The Stanford men's swimming and diving team earned a distinctive honor when the Cardinal was voted the champion of the 2005-06 dual meet season in the latest S.R. Smith - College Swim Coaches Association (CSCAA) Top 25 poll ... Stanford split first place votes with Auburn, but earned slightly more points to be crowned dual meet champion for the year ... Following second place Auburn were California, USC and Florida ... This year's dual meet seaason was marked by tremendous parity and a lot of movement of teams throughout the year, which should make for a thrilling and wide open NCAA Championship (March 23-25) at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Ga ... The CSCAA Dual Meet poll is an indication of a team's ability to win dual meets during the season and is not a predictor of any team's end-of-the-season placement at the NCAA championships - although for most of the ranked teams there is a high correlation between their dual meet strength and the school's ability to score at the championship meets in March ... During the 2005-06 season, Stanford was 6-1 in dual meet competition which included a 136-107 victory over then top-ranked and previously unbeaten California.

Diving Data
Stanford freshman Dwight Dumais will compete in one-meter, three-meter and platform diving at the NCAA Championship this year ... Dumais finished second in one-meter diving (639.50 points), third in three-meter diving (699.40 points) and fourth in platform diving (538.65 points) at the recent NCAA Zone 'E' Diving Championship in Oklahoma City.

Stanford's participants at the 2006 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championship

Daniel Beal, Sophomore, Santa Barbara, CA (200 Free, 500 Free, 200 Fly)
Gained entrance into the NCAA Championship with a time of 1:34.75 (#5 all-time at Stanford) in the 200 free and the 500 free (4:48.11, #8 all-time at Stanford) ... Also competed in the 100 free, the 100 fly and the 200 free (1:46.18, NCAA 'B' qualifying time) ... Swam the leadoff leg on Stanford's 800 free relay team which has an NCAA 'A' qualifying time of 6:21.45 (third at the Pac-10 Championship) ... Placed fourth in the 200 fly (1:46.18) and fifth in the 500 free (4:21.57) and sixth in the 200 free (1:36.03) at the Pac-10 Championship.

Nate Cass, Freshman, Columbus, OH (100 Breast, 200 Breast, 200 IM)
An NCAA 'A' qualifier in the 200 IM with a time of 1:44.99 (#4 all-time at Stanford) at the Pacific-10 Championship (3/2/06) ... Met the NCAA 'B' qualifying standard in the 100 back (48.46), 200 back (1:44.80, #14 in school history), the 100 breast (53.86) and 200 breast (2:00.00) ... Finished second at the Pac-10 Championship in the 200 IM (1:44.99) ... Finished fifth in the 100 back (48.61) at the conference championship, and seventh in the 200 back (1:45.44).

Matt Crowe, Junior, Phoeniz, AZ (50 Free, 100 Free)
Met the NCAA 'B' qualifying standard in the 50 free (20.22) and the 100 free (44.33) ... Both times were set at the Pac-10 Championship ... Swam the anchor leg on Stanford's winning 200 free relay team (1:17.54) at the Pac-10 Championship ... Finished 13th in the 100 free (44.38), and 14th in the 50 free (20.22) at the Pac-10 Championship.

Dwight Dumais, Freshman, Ventura, CA (One-meter, Three-meter, Platform Diving)
Will compete in one-meter, three-meter and platform diving at the NCAA Championship this year ... Finished second in one-meter diving (639.50 points), third in three-meter diving (699.40 points) and fourth in platform diving (538.65 points) at the NCAA Zone 'E' Diving Championship ... At the Pac-10 Championship, place second in one and three-meter diving, and third in platform diving.

Jason Dunford, Freshman, Nairobi, Kenya (50 Free, 100 Free, 100 Fly)
Has enjoyed an outstanding freshman season ... Met the NCAA 'A' qualifying standard in the 50 free (19.64, #11 all-time at Stanford) and the 100 fly (46.91, #9 all-time at Stanford) in helping Stanford to the Pac-10 title ... Met the NCAA 'B' qualifying standard in the 100 free (43.21, #6 all-time at Stanford) ... Finished fourth in the 100 free (43.38), fifth in the 50 free (19.81) and sixth in the 100 fly (47.25) at the Pac-10 Championship ... Also swam the 200 free and the 100 back this year ... Swam the leadoff leg on Stanford's 200 free relay (1:17.54, NCAA 'A' qualifying time, 1st place at the Pac-10 Championship), the 400 free relay (2:52.28, NCAA 'A' qualifying time, 2nd place at the Pac-10's), and third leg on the 200 medley relay (1:26.21, NCAA 'A' qualifying time, 3rd place at Pac-10 Championsihp) and the 400 medley relay (3:09.80, NCAA 'A' qualifying time, 2nd place at the Pac-10 Championship).

Andy Grant, Junior, Livermore, CA (200 Free, 500 Free, 200 Back)
One of Stanford's top swimmers this year and a veteran at the NCAA Championship ... Last year, set the school record at the NCAA's with a time of 1:33.97 in the 200 free (third place) ... Met the NCAA 'A' qualifying standard this year in the 200 free (1:34.79) against California (2/18/06), the 500 free (4:18.43) at the Speedo Cup (11/17/05) ... Finished third in the 200 free (1:34.85), fifth in the 200 back (1:44.19) and seventh in the 500 free (4:21.70) at the Pac-10 Championship ... An NCAA 'B' qualifying swimmer in the 200 back (1:44.16, #12 all-time at Stanford) at the Pac-10 Championship (3/4/06) ... Swam the anchor leg on 400 free relay which has an NCAA 'A' qualifying time of 2:52.28 which was produced at the Pac-10 Championship (2nd place, 3/4/06) ... Swam the second leg on the 800 free relay team which has a season-best and NCAA 'A' qualifying time of 6:21.45 ... Also swam the 100 back.

Paul Kornfeld, Freshman, Kingwood, TX (100 Breast, 200 Breast, 200 IM)
Another of Stanford's freshman standouts ... Gained entrance to the NCAA Championships in the 100 breast (53.32, Pac-10 Championship, #5 all-time at Stanford) and the 200 breast (1:55.30, first at the Pac-10's, #5 all-time at Stanford) ... Placed second at the Pac-10 Championship in the 100 breast (53.46) ... Met the NCAA 'B' qualifying standard in the 200 IM (1:48.53, Pac-10 Championship) ... Swam the second leg on the 200 medley relay (1:26.21, NCAA 'A' qualifying standard, third place at the Pac-10 Championship) and the 400 medley relay (3:09.90, NCAA 'A' qualifying standard, second place at Pac-10's) ... Also swam the 200 back this year.

Michael McLean, Senior, Simsbury, Ct (200 Free, 500 Free, 1650 Free)
An NCAA 'A' qualifying time of 4:19.04 in the 500 free has gained entrance to the NCAA's ... That time was set at the Pac-10 Championship (3/2/06) ... Had NCAA 'B' qualifying times of 1:37.13 in the 200 free and 15:31.50 in the 1650 free ... Finished ninth in the 200 free (1:37.13) and the 500 free (4:19.04) at the conference championship ... Also placed 13th in the 1650 free (15:31.50) ... Also swam the 100 and 200 fly.

Keenan Newman, Junior, Davis, CA (200 Breast, 200 IM, 400 IM)
An NCAA 'B' qualifier in the 200 breast (1:58.88, fourth place at Pac-10 Championship, #12 all-time at Stanford), the 200 IM (1:46.91, Pac-10 Championship) and the 400 IM (3:51.36, eighth place at Pac-10's) ... Also swam the 100 breast, the 200 back and the 200 fly.

Tobias Oriwol, Senior, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (200 Fly, 200 IM, 400 IM)
An NCAA 'A' qualifying standard in the 200 IM (1:46.09 vs California) and the 400 IM (3:46.65, fourth place at the Pac-10 Championship) ... An NCAA 'B' qualifier in the 200 free (1:37.20 vs Arizona State), the 200 fly (1:46.33 vs Arizona State) ... Finished in fifth place at the 200 IM (1:46.65) at the Pac-10 Championship ... Finished eleventh in the 100 breast (56.07) at the conference meet ... Swam the third leg on the 800 free relay team (6:21.45, NCAA 'A' qualifying time, third place at Pac-10 Championship) ... Also swam the 100 and 200 back, and the 200 breast this year.

Shaun Phillips, Junior, Spring Hill, TN (200 Free, 500 Free, 1650 Free)
The 2006 Pacific-10 champion in the 1650 free (14:43.89, NCAA 'A' qualifying time, #2 all-time at Stanford) ... Also gained entrance to the NCAA Championship with 'A' qualifying times of 1:35.16 (#7 all-time at Stanford) in the 200 free, and 4:16.55 in the 500 free ... All the times were set at the Pac-10 Championship ... Finished third in the 500 free (4:16.62), and fourth in the 200 free (1:35.43) at the conference championship ... Set the school record in the 1000 free (8:50.93) vs California (2/18/06) ... Swam the anchor leg in the 800 free relay (6:21.45, third place) at the Pac-10 Championship ... An NCAA 'B' qualifier in the 100 free (44.11 vs California) ... Also swam the 400 IM this year.

Kyle Ransom, Junior, Mainesville, OH (50 Free, 100 Free)
An NCAA 'B' qualifier in the 50 free (20.00 at the Pac-10 Championship), and the 100 free (43.97 at the conference meet) ... Swam the third leg on the first place 200 free relay (1:17.54, NCAA 'A' qualifying time at the Pac-10 Championship), and the 400 free relay (2:52.28, NCAA 'A' qualifying time in finishing second at the Pac-10 Championship) ... Finished eighth at the Pac-10's in the 100 free (44.02), and ninth in the 50 free (20.00) and the 100 back (49.55) ... Also swam the 200 free, and the 100 fly this year.

Noa Sakamoto, Sophomore, Honolulu, Hi (500 Free, 1650 Free)
Produced NCAA 'B' qualifying times in the 500 free (4:23.35 in placing tenth at the Pac-10 Championship) and the 1650 free (15:11.63 in finishing sixth at the Pac-10 Championship) ... Also swam the 400 IM this year.

Mark Stephens, Senior, Stone Mountain, GA (200 Fly, 200 IM, 400 IM)
Met the NCAA 'A' qualifying standard in the 400 IM (3:45.94 in placing second at the Pac-10 Championship, #4 all-time at Stanford) ... An NCAA 'B' qualifier in the 200 fly (1:45.03 at USC, #10 all-time at Stanford) ... Finished third in the 200 fly (1:45.14) and the 200 IM (1:45.48) at the Pac-10 Championship ... Also swam the 100 and 200 back, and the 200 breast.

Hongzhe Sun, Junior, Ewa Beach, Hi (100 Back, 200 Back, 200 IM)
The 2006 Pac-10 Swimmer of the Meet in helping lead Stanford to its 25th consecutive Pac-10 title ... Captured the 100 back (46.79, NCAA 'A' qualifying time), the 200 back (1:41.17, NCAA 'A' qualifying time, #5 all-time at Stanford) and the 200 IM (1:44.49, NCAA 'A' qualifying time, #3 all-time at Stanford) ... Won the 200 back league title for a second straight year ... Also swam the opening leg on the 400 medley relay team which finished second (3:09.80, NCAA 'A' qualifying time), and the third place 200 medley relay team (1:26.21) which finished third at the Pac-10 Championship ... Also swam the 50, 100 and 200 free this year.

Ben Wildman-Tobriner, Junior, San Francisco, CA (50 Free, 100 Free, 100 Fly)
An NCAA 'A' qualifier in the 50 free (19.26 in winning the Pac-10 Championship), the 100 free (42.79 in winning the Pac-10's) and the 100 fly (46.56 at the Pac-10's, swam 46.67 to finish second in the conference final) ... His time of 46.56 in the 100 fly is seventh-best in school history ... Swam on four of Stanford's five relay teams at the Pac-10 Championship ... Swam the second leg on the conference winning 200 free relay (1:17.54, NCAA 'A' qualifying time), the anchor leg on the second place 400 medley relay (3:09.90, NCAA 'A' qualifying time), the third leg on the 400 free relay (2:52.28, NCAA 'A' qualifying time), and anchor leg on the third place 200 medley relay (1:26.21, NCAA 'A' qualifying time) ... Also swam the 200 free this year.

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) ... Phillips has a time of 14:43.89 in the 1650 free which is second-best in school history, and a time of 1:35.16 in the 200 free this year which is seventh-best in school history ... Danny Beal has his name in the school Top-10 in two events, the 200 free (1:34.75, #5 all-time) and the 500 free (4:18.11, #8 all-time) ... Hongzhe Sun is now third in the Stanford record book in the 200 IM (1:44.49) while freshman Nate Cass is fourth (1:44.09) ... Sun has moved into fifth place all-time at Stanford in the 200 back (1:41.17) ... Freshman Paul Kornfeld has the fifth-best time in school history in the 100 breast (53.32) while fellow freshman Nate Cass is tenth (53.86) ... Kornfeld is listed fifth in the 200 breast (1:55.30) ... Jason Dunford's time of 43.21 in the 100 free is sixth-best in school history, and his time of 46.91 in the 100 fly is ninth-best ... Ben Wildman-Tobriner has moved to seventh all-time on The Farm in the 100 fly (46.56) ... Mark Stephens' time of 3:45.94 is fourth-best in school history while his 1:45.03 time this year in the 200 fly is now tenth all-time at Stanford.

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