Randall Bal, Peter Marshall Finish 2-3 At U.S. National Championships

Aug. 3, 2006

Irvine, Ca - Two former Stanford swimmers again proved their dominance among American competitors in the 100 meter backstroke during second day action on Wednesday night at the 2006 United States National Championships at the William Woollett Aquatics Center.

Randall Bal, a four-time Pacific-10 champion (2000-04) and Peter Marshall, a three-time NCAA champion (2002-04) finished 2-3 in a highly competitive field in the 100 back with respective times of 53.91 and 54.77. Ball and Marshall finished behind Aaron Peirsol, the reigning Olympic gold medalist and world champion in the event. Peirsol set a meet record with a time of 53.38 which was just off his world record by 21-hundredths of a second. It was Peirsol's tenth career national title.

'It never getrs any easier, especially when you race against these guys,' said Peirsol. 'Randall and I swam this race totally different. Randall's a great front-halfer, and if I can stay with him, my power's in the back half.'

Bal jumped out to a lead at the start of the race and was under world record pace at the 50, only to have Peirsol overtake him in the final 25 meters.

Results (first two days involving current and former Stanford swimmers)
100 meter backstroke: 2. Randall Bal (53.91); 3. Peter Marshall (54.77); 10. Hongzhe Sun (56.27)

100 meter breaststroke: 14. Paul Kornfeld (63.63); 17. Nate Cass (63.10 - Bonus Final)

200 meter free: 5. Jayme Cramer (1:48.24); 7. Shaun Phillips (1:49.60); 14. Andy Grant (1:51.20); 16. Daniel Beal (1:51.93)

400 meter free: 6. Shaun Phillips (3:52.24)

400 IM: 19. Scott Lathrope (4:27.42)

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