Six Stanford Swimmers Named To USA Swimming National Team

Oct. 12, 2007

Six current and former Stanford swimmers have been named to the USA Swimming 2007-08 National Team, the organization announced last week. The team is an honorary national team, commending American swimmers for their accomplishments in national-team events over the summer.

Current Cardinal swimmers Nate Cass and Paul Zaich were selected to the team for their efforts this past summer. Cass (200 breast, 200 IM) earned his place on the team after posting a time of 2:14.20 in the 200 breast at the Summer Nationals. He then earned a third place finish in the 200 IM with a time of 2:02.09 to earn a spot in his second event with the USA National Team. Zaich (200 breast) swam his way onto the team at the Summer Nationals with a fifth place finish in a time of 2:13.52.

Former Stanford great Ben Wildman-Tobriner will be competing for the USA in the 50 free and 100 fly. In the 50 free, he posted first place finish(21.80) at the Summer Nationals, and in the 100 fly he finished second in a time of 52.31.

Former Cardinal Jayme Cramer (100 free) and Randall Bal (100 back) have also earned spots on the team. Cramer swam his qualifying time of 49.30 at the Summer Nationals to earn a ninth place finish, while Bal earned his spot after breaking the Pan American Games record with a time of 53.66.

Chad LaTourette, who will enroll at Stanford in 2008, qualified for the team in the 1500 free at the World University Games this past summer.

To be named to the USA Swimming National Team, a swimmer must have one of the top six times in Olympic events swum in finals from the previous year's World Championships, Pan-American Games, World University Games and U.S. Nationals. Relay leadoffs and time trials are not included, and only times from semi-finals or finals are counted.