Stanford Men's Swimming And Diving Captures 26th Straight Pac-10 Title

Feb. 24, 2007

Federal Way, Wash. - No. 2 Stanford men's swimming and diving captured its 26th consecutive Pac-10 Championship Saturday night with 990.5 team points, while posting a total of six individual champions, four relay titles and 18 NCAA automatic qualifying times. Senior Ben Wildman-Tobriner was honored as the Pac-10 Swimmer of the Meet, as he posted three individual titles over the course of the competition.

'Personally, I pretty much achieved what I wanted at this meet,' Wildman-Tobriner said. 'I think that I swam pretty well and I feel prepared for NCAAs in few weeks, which is why we come to this meet. We just have to keep doing what we have been doing up until now and improve the mistakes that we uncovered while at this meet. The goal is to get the team molded so we can put it all together and fire as one at NCAAs.'

Cal finished second for the sixth consecutive year with 657 points, while Arizona finished 32 points behind the Golden Bears in third place (625). USC finished fourth with 511.5 points, as ASU placed fifth 372 points and Washington finished sixth (222).

Shaun Phillips was the lone participant in the 1650-yard freestyle for Stanford. He swam to a second place finish in a time of 14:55.10, while USC's Lauren Jensen took the top spot with a 14:41.80 and Christopher Nuess for Arizona State finished third in a time of 15:09.34.

The 200-yard backstroke was next, and Hongzhe Sun was able to claim his first individual title of the competition with a time of 1:41.64. Mark Eckert of Cal took second place in a time of 1:43.72, while Andy Grant rounded out the top three for Stanford with a time of 1:44.54. Fellow Cardinal Eugene Godsoe placed fifth with a 1:45.17.

Ben Wildman-Tobriner added to his impressive resume with a victory in the 100-yard freestyle, recording a 42.59. Finishing in second for Stanford was Matt Crowe as he posted a 43.03, while Arizona's Nicolas Oliveira rounded out the top three with a 43.07. Stanford's Jason Dunford (43.58), Alex Coville (43.72) and Kyle Ransom (43.89) finished fifth, eighth and thirteenth, respectively.

For the third straight event, it was a Cardinal touching the wall first. This time Paul Kornfeld earned the victory in the 200 yard breaststroke in a time of 1:55.54. Teammate David Ash followed right behind in second place, posting a time of 1:56.28. Bart Steninger of Arizona placed third in a time of 1:56.40. The next three spots belonged to Stanford as well, with Nate Cass (1:56.76), Keenan Newman (1:57.61) and Paul Zaich (1:59.22) finished fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.

The 200-yard butterfly ended the streak of Stanford wins, with Patrick O'Neil taking first in a time of 1:45.00. Viktor Bodrogi (1:45.46) and Brandon Lovell (1:46.02) of USC rounded out the top three. Stanford's Daniel Beal finished fourth, recording a 1:46.65, with Patrick Simpkins earning fifth in a time of 1:47.10 and Phillip Morrison (1:49.05) placing 12.

Stanford continued their relay dominance in the final event of the meet. Wildman-Tobriner, Crowe, Jason Dunford and Andy Grant were victorious in the 400-yard freestyle relay as they recorded a 2:51.50. Cal took second in a time of 2:51.97, while Arizona finished third in 2:52.85. The Cardinal 'B' team of David Dunford, Coville, Godsoe and Dan Priestely posted a time of 2:57.84.

'There is not enough words to describe winning this meet for so many years,' Stanford's head swimming coach Skip Kenney said. 'But the reality of it all is that this is a dress rehearsal for NCAAs, and we met a lot of our goals here. I'm pleased with where we are right now and I'm looking forward to seeing what we will do in a few weeks. Now we are going to rest, pace, rest and pace some more before we go to the big meet.'

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