Pacific-10 Conference Men's Swimming Championships
Feb. 27, 2008
WHAT: Pacific-10 Conference Men's Swimming Championships.
WHERE: Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool, Long Beach, Calif.
WHEN: Wednesday, Mar. 5 - Saturday, Mar. 8.
WHO: Men's swimming teams from ARIZONA, ARIZONA STATE, CALIFORNIA, STANFORD, USC and WASHINGTON will compete for bragging rights at the 2008 Pac-10 Men's Swimming Championship.
TICKETS: All tickets will be available at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool on the day of the event only.*Admission is FREE on Wednesday, Feb. 27
All Session Pass:
Student with ID/Senior $15.00
One Day Pass:
Student with ID/Senior: $6.00
MEDIA CONTACT: The California sports information office will handle publicity for the 2008 Men's Swimming Championship. Scott Ball, the Golden Bears' swimming contact, can be reached at (510) 642-5363.
MEET RESULTS: At the conclusion of the event, results will be posted on the Pac-10 web site (www.pac-10.org) , as well as on California's web site (calbears.com). Please contact Stephanie Montano at the Pacific-10 Conference office for more information.
Four Pac-10 teams finished in the Top-10 at the 2007 NCAA Championship in Minneapolis, Minn. STANFORD led the group, finishing second (397), followed by third-place ARIZONA (371), eighth-place CALIFORNIA (176), and ninth-place USC (145). The Pac-10 collected seven individual national titles and one relay championship at the event.
Stanford senior Ben Wildman-Tobriner, the Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year, 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. In his four years at Stanford, he earned 20 All-American honors and recorded 12 Pac-10 Championships.
Arizona freshman Jean Basson, the Pac-10's Swimming Newcomer of the Year, 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 his watch. 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 was the 19th of Kenney's career.
ARIZONA STATE's C.J. Nuess is a two time All-American in the 400 IM and the 1650 free. In addition, he is the ASU record holder in the 400 IM with a time of 3:44.51. Nuess also holds ASU records in the 200 breast (1:58.93) coming in second, third fastest in the 1650 free (15:01.63), third fastest in the 200 IM (1:47.63), seventh fastest in the 500 free (4:20.81) and the 200 fly (1:47.79), and eighth fastest in the 1000 free (9:10.00). This season, Nuess was named Pac-10 men's swimmer of the Month for December for his record-shattering performance at the Texas Invitational.
WASHINGTON's Evan Bernier is a junior transfer from Minnesota who has already made his mark on the UW swim team. Against USC, Bernier recorded the fifth-fasted time on the Husky all-time list in the 100 free with a time of 44.97. Bernier's top times at Minnesota would already rank among UW's top-three times in three events. His top time in the 200 free would be a UW school record (1:36.79), while he would rank second in the 100 fly (47.64) and third in the 200 IM (1:48.37).
The undefeated No. 2 ARIZONA men's swimming team finished its season knocking off in-state rival Arizona State. The 200 yard medley relay comprised of Albert Subirats, Ivan Barnes, Darian Townsend, and Robert Iddiols, paced the Wildcats by coming in first with a time of 1:29.59. Townsend went on to also place first in the 200 yard free (1:37.60) and the 100 yard free (44.54). Earlier in the season, UA upset top-ranked Texas for the first time in a dual meet. Subirats started off the day in the 200 yard medley relay for Arizona, with afirst-place finish. He also earned Division I National Swimmer of the Week honors for Jan. 28-Feb. 3 from CollegeSwimming.com staffers, for the second time this season. He also had firsts in the 100 yard backstroke and 50 freestyle. With this win, the Arizona men's swimming team will be the top team in the nation in the upcoming rankings.
Despite the Sun Devils' loss to the Wildcats in the last meet of the season, ARIZONA STATE has had a successful swimming season. Two-time All-American in the 400 IM and 1650 free, C.J. Nuess came in first in the 200 IM clocking in a time of 1:50.33. He also placed second in the 1000 free (9:13.55) and the 200 breast (2:03.91). Along with Nuess, seniors John Dwelley and Steve Neuwert swam their last meet of their collegiate careers. Dwelley finished sixth in the 100 fly on ASU's all-time list with a time of 47.97 and Neuwart competed for the Sun Devils for only two years but had personal bests of 19.81 in the 50 free and 43.99 in the 100 free.
So far this season, CALIFORNIA has produced three automatic qualifying times - David Russell in the 100 (46.56) and 200 back (1:42.58) and freshman Damir Dugonjic in the 100 breast (53.46). In addition, 14 swimmers have posted NCAA `B' qualifying marks, including all relays. Russell has recorded the nation's second-best time this season in the 100 back (46.56) and the third-fastest time in the 200 back (1:42.58) while Dugonjic has the second-fastest time in the 100 breast (53.46). In the relays, the Golden Bears have the nation's third-fastest times in both the 200 medley (1:27.27, Russell, Dugonjic, Jernej Godec, and Joe Whittington) and the 400 medley (3:11.75, Russell, Dugonjic, Godec, and William Copeland).
STANFORD took the lead after the first race against rival California in the last meet of the season and never trailed when the team of Eugene Godsoe, Paul Kornfeld, Austin Staab, and Jason Dunford won the 400 yard medley relay. They swam a time of 3:11.94 to just miss the `A' standard, but set a season-best for the Cardinal. In addition to the relay, Dunford won the 50 freestyle in a time of 19.98 seconds and followed that up with a victory in the 100 freestyle with a time of 43.86 seconds. Earlier in the season, Staab (100 fly), Dunford (100 fly), and Nate Cass (200 breast) achieved automatic national qualifying times.
The USC Trojans were led this season by their lone returning All-American Vanni Mangoni and co-captains Richard Gosper and Bryce Elser. The USC men have broken three school records this season, all coming at the 2007 Husky Invite in December. Gosper broke the USC record in the 50 yard free in 19.54 and later tied the school record in the 50 meter free in 23.21. Junior Ankur Poseria made his way into the records books with a 53.68 in the 100 meter fly, erasing a 1987 mark of 54.15, which had been the oldest individual USC men's record. Several Trojans own marks currently listed among the Top 25 in the nation including Gosper's 19.54 in the 50 yard free is tied for the fourth and his 44.01 in the 100 yards free is the 24th. Margoni has the top times in the country in the 200 yards IM (1:44.87) and 400 yards IM (3:44.45) and is 23rd in the 200 back (1:45.36).
In its last Conference meet of the season, WASHINGTON upset No. 20 USC. Junior Evan Bernier won the 100 free in a time on 44.97, which is the fifth-fastest in Husky swimming history, while also winning the 200 free in a UW season-best time of 1:39.50. Russ Mahan and Andre Blyth cracked the UW men's career Top-10 list with Mahan's NCAA `B' time of 54.98 in the 100 breast, good for the No. 3 position, while Blyth swam the fifth-fastest time in school history in winning the 200 fly (1:48.20).
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