Pac-10 Men's Swimming and Diving 2006-07 Season Review
July 16, 2007
Four Pac-10 teams finished in the Top-10 at the 2007 NCAA Championship in Minneapolis, Minn. ARIZONA led the group, finishing second (397), followed by third-place STANFORD (371),eighth-place CALIFORNIA (176), and ninth-place USC (145). The Pac-10 collected seven individual national titles and one relay championships at the event.
Stanford's Ben Wildman-Tobriner, a senior from San Francisco, Calif., had an amazing NCAA meet with six All-American honors, finishing second as a member of the 200 free relay team, second in the 50 free, 100 fly and 100 free, as well as fourth in the 400 free relay team. His performance was a record-breaking event as he set the American record in the 50 free while setting school records in the 100 fly and 100 free as well. In addition to his success at the NCAA's, he garnered three individual titles and four relay titles at the Pac-10 Swimming Championships where he was named Pac-10 Swimmer of the Meet. Just recently, Wildman-Tobriner won a gold medal at the FINA World Championships as a member of the 400 free relay team as well as winning a gold in the 50 free. In his four years at Stanford, he was earned 20 All-American honors and recorded 12 Pac-10 Championships.
Arizona's Jean Basson, a freshman from Johannesburg, South Africa, placed third in the 500 free, fourth in the 200 free, and fifth in the 1650 at the NCAA Championships after swimming All-American times. In addition to his individual performances, Basson swam the second leg of the 800 free relay that took first place with an NCAA record time of 6:14.14.
Stanford's Skip Kenney led the Cardinal to their 26th consecutive Pacific-10 Championship. At the Conference Championships, he coached his swimmers to six individual and four relay titles. Kenney coached Stanford to a second-place finish at the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis, Minn., giving the Cardinal an overall record of 203-37 under coach Kenney. He has been named NCAA Coach of the Year six times after coaching his swimmers to seven NCAA titles and 102 All-Americans, including 65 NCAA Champions. In his 28 year tenure at Stanford, Kenney has coached 58 Pac-10 Individual Champions to 150 titles. The men's swimming Coach of the Year award is the 19th of Kenney's career.
Arizona State's Micky Benedetti, from Rome, Italy, took home the title in both 3-meter and platform competitions at the Pac-10 Championships in Federal Way, Wash. The two-time Pac-10 Diver of the Month went on to win the title at the NCAA Zone-E Championship, where he also finished second in the 1-meter and third in the 3-meter, before finishing runner-up with a 412.10 on the platform at the NCAA Championships. Recently, Benedetti placed sixth in synchronized platform diving while representing Italy at the 2007 FINA World Championships in Melbourne, Australia.
In his 10th year at Arizona State, Mark Bradshaw helped the Sun Devil swimming and diving team to a fifth place finish at the Pac-10 Championships and a 22nd place finish at the NCAA Championships. Bradshaw, who has earned two NCAA Diving Coach of the Year awards, has been named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year the past five seasons.