Wildman-Tobriner Sets American Record For Third Time At First Day Of NCAA Championships

March 15, 2007


After the first day of competition at the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships the Cardinal is in sixth place with 100 points. Auburn holds the top spot with 187 points, with Arizona (121) and Texas (107) rounding out the top three. Ben Wildman-Tobriner had a very eventful day for Stanford, breaking the 50 freestyle American and school records three different times.

Stanford began the finals with the 200 free relay. The team of Ben Wildman-Tobriner (18.87), Jason Dunford (18.97), Alex Coville (19.06) and Matt Crowe (19.07) took second place in the event as they posted a total time of 1:15.97. For the third time today, Wildman-Tobriner broke the American and School record with his 50 free leadoff time of 18.87. Auburn took the top spot as the team of Cielo (18.69), Targett (18.71), Goodrich (18.69) and Lundquist (18.62) broke the NCAA record with a final time of 1:14.71.

'Ben's 50 free swims were outstanding,' commented Associated Head Coach Ted Knapp. 'This is a real testament to his work ethic; it's no fluke that he just keeps getting faster and faster. Ben is Americas fastest 50 freestyle swimmer, three times over.'

In the next final of the day, Shaun Phillips took second place in the 500 free in a time of 4:13.07. Jensen of USC finished first, setting a new pool record with a time of 4:09.80. Arizona's Basson placed third in the race recording a time of 4:13.44. Andy Grant finished third in the consolation swim with a time of 4:19.72, while Daniel Beal took fourth in the consolations posting a 4:19.83.

Stanford didn't have any swimmers in the 200 IM finals, but Hongzhe Sun (1:44.60) and Nate Cass (1:45.83) represented the team in the events consolation swim finishing first and fourth, respectively.

Ben Wildman-Tobriner was not able to set anymore records in the 50 free, but he did earn a third place finish in a time of 19.08. Cielo of Aubrun finished first setting an NCAA record with a time of 18.69, while Targett of Auburn took second with a 19.08. Alex Coville (19.76) placed fifth in the consolation swim, while Matt Crowe (20.02) finished eighth.

Cardinal diver Dwight Dumais placed sixth in the consolation with a final score of 324.95. Florida State's Horner took first with a score of 399.35, with Frick of Hawaii taking second with 395.05 and Segerlin of Auburn rounding out the top three with a score of 371.40.

Unfortunately, the 400 medley relay team of Hongzhe Sun, Paul Kornfeld, Jason Dunford and Ben Wildman-Tobriner finished the day with a DQ. The Northwestern team of Grevers (45.83), Alexandrov (51.28), Bubolz (44.95) and Barbic (42.34).

After the first day of competition the Cardinal is in sixth place with 100 points. Auburn holds the top spot with 187 points, with Arizona (121) and Texas (107) rounding out the top three.

'Our swimmers competed very well today, they showed a lot of heart and determination,' noted Knapp. 'We had a mistake in the 400 medley relay with one of the guys leaving a little early, but we are certainly not out of the fight; we are going to overcome the mistake. We always talk about this competition being six battles (three prelim and three final swims) and we are heading into another battle tomorrow morning.'

The competition continues tomorrow and will start with the 200 medley relay. Events also include the 400 IM, the 100 butterfly, the 200 free, the 100 breaststroke, the 100 back, 3-meter diving and the 800 free relay.


1. Auburn 187

2. Arizona 121

3. Texas 107

4. Northwestern 106

4. Florida 106

6. Stanford 100

7. USC 60

8. Michigan 58

9. California 52

10. Ohio State 39


FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2007 (EVENTS 7-14)Event Stanford Entries (NCAA Seed, Entry Time)

7. 200 MEDLEY RELAY: Stanford (#5, 1:26.07)

9. 100 FLY: Ben Wildman-Tobriner (#3, 46.00), Jason Dunford (#5, 546.78), Kyle Ransom (#44, 48.36)

10. 200 FREE: Andy Grant (#4, 1:34.46), Shaun Phillips (#6, 1:34.84), Daniel Beal (#11, 1:35.16), Phillip Morrison (#36, 1:37.20)

11. 100 BREAST: Paul Kornfeld (#2, 52.75), Keenan Newman (#8, 53.31), Nate Cass (#18, 53.97), (David) Chris Ash (#31, 54.46)

12. 100 BACK: Eugene Godsoe (#20, 48.00)

13. 3-METER DIVING: Dwight Dumais

14. 800 FRE RELAY: Stanford (#3, 6:21.47)

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