Stanford Resides In Third Place At NCAA's

March 23, 2006

Atlanta, Ga - A school record breaking effort by Shaun Phillips highlighted Stanford's participation on Thursday night at the 2006 NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championship at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.

Phillips gained All-American honors by finishing sixth in a school record time of 4:14.20. That broke his previous school record of 4:14.77 set in the prelims of the NCAA's last year.

Ben Wildman-Tobriner, the 2006 Pac-10 champion, was Stanford's top finisher of the day with a second place effort in the 50 free to gain his seventh All-American honor in the last two years. Wildman-Tobriner, who graduated from Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco, was clocked in a season-best 19.22. Cullen Jones of North Carolina State won the NCAA title with a pool record time of 19.18.

Auburn, the defending NCAA team champion, took top honors in the 200 free relay. The Tigers turned in an American record setting effort of 1:16.15 to break the old record of 1:16.49 by Stanford in 2002. The Cardinal team of Jason Dunford, Ben Wildman-Tobriner, Kyle Ransom and Matt Crowe finished fourth in a time of 1:17.32. Stanford had entered the finals with the best time in the prelims with a season-best 1:16.76.

In the 200 IM, freshman Nate Cass was Stanford's top finisher in seventh place to earn All-American honors at 1:45.84. Keenan Newman was eighth (1:47.73) in the championship final.

The final event of the evening saw Arizona, Auburn and Stanford finish 1-2-3 in the 400 medley relay. Arizona won in a pool record time of 3:06.08compared to Auburn's time of 3:07.43 and Stanford at 3:07.96.

After the first day of competition, defending NCAA champion Auburn has scored 178.5 points, 42 points better than second place Arizona. Pre-meet favorite Stanford is third with 132 points.

Thursday's Final Events At NCAA Swimming & Diving Championship (Georgia Tech Aquatic Center)
Team Standings: 1. Auburn 178.5 points; 2. Arizona 136.5 points; 3. Stanford 132 points; 4. Florida 97 points; 5. Texas 82 points; 6. California 72 points; 7. USC 63 points; 8. Northwestern 60.5 points; 9. Georgia 52; 10. Minnesota 50 points

50 Free - 1. Cullen Jones (NC State) 19.18; 2. Ben Wildman-Tobriner (S) 19.22; 3. Simon Burnett (Arizona) 19.32

500 Free - 1. Peter Vanderkaay (Michigan) 4:08.60; 2. Ous Mellouli (USC) 4:12.92; 3. Sebastien Rouault (Georgia) 4:12.94; 6. Shaun Phillips (S) 4:14.20 - school record

200 IM - 1. Ryan Lochte (Florida) 1:40.55; 2. Adam Ritter (Arizona) 1:44.20; 3. Eric Shanteau (Auburn) 1:44.24; 7. Nate Cass (S) 1:45.84; 8. Keenan Newman (S) 1:47.73; 16. Tobias Oriwol (S) 1:47.99

200 Free Relay - 1. Auburn 1:16.15; 2. Arizona 1:16.54; 3. California 1:16.72; 6. Stanford (Jason Dunford, Ben Wildman-Tobriner, Kyle Ransom, Matt Crowe) 1:17.32

400 medley relay - 1. Arizona 3:06.08; 2. Auburn 3:07.43; 3. Stanford (Hongzhe Sun, Paul Kornfeld, Jason Dunford, Ben Wildman-Tobriner) 3:07.96

One-Meter Diving - 1. Chris Colwill (Georgia) 407.10 points; 2. Joona Puhakka (ASU) 398.20 points; 3. Steven Segerlin (Auburn) 382.80 points; 9. Dwight Dumais (S) 308.45 points.

Complete results are available at www.ncaasports.com. Event information, including schedules, results, photos and more will be provided at ww.ramblinwreck.collegesports.com/sports/c-swim/spec-rel/2006-m-swim-ncaa.html. A complete daily report on Stanford's participants will be posted on the Stanford website at www.gostanford.com

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