Stanford Swimmers Head To U.S. Nationals
March 26, 2001
The Phillips 66 National Championships in Austin, Texas, March 27-April 1, is shaping up to be an exciting meet. Over half of the 2000 Olympic team is expected to compete and there are plenty of up-and-comers who just missed making the Olympic team and are hungry to make their first big international trip. The 2001 World Championships team and the 2001 World University Games team are both being picked at the Spring Nationals. USA Swimming will feature live coverage at www.usa-swimming.org.
Eight current Stanford swimmers will be participating at Nationals: senior Steven Brown (Reno, Nev.), sophomore Randall Bal (Fair Oaks, Calif.), freshman Bobby O'Bryan (Ft. Smith, Ark.), freshman Peter Marshall (Atlanta, Ga.), senior Anthony Robinson (Houston, Texas), freshman Michael Bruce (Wichita, Kan.) and junior Michael O'Neil (Roseburg, Ore.).
MEN'S EVENT-BY-EVENT PREVIEWSprint Freestyle
Jason Lezak (Irvine, Calif.) showed he was still improving even after the Olympics when he defeated Australian superstar Michael Klim in a 50m free showdown at a World Cup meet in Melbourne. The gold and silver medalist from Sydney will battle Olympic teammates Neil Walker (Verona, Wis.), Scott Tucker (Largo, Fla.) and Anthony Ervin (Valencia, Calif.) for spots on the World team. 1998 World champion Bill Pilczuk (Cape May Point, N.J.) will also be looking to reassert his dominance in the 50. Look for up-and-comer Matt Macedo (San Jose, Calif.) as well as Aaron Ciarla (Charlotte, N.C.) and Brock Newman (Atlanta, Ga.) to make a push.
Middle Distance Freestyle
From top to bottom, the 200m free and 400m free finals look to feature quite a bit of talent. Olympians Chad Carvin (Mission Viejo, Calif.), Josh Davis (San Antonio, Texas), Nate Dusing (Villa Hills, Ky.), Scott Goldblatt (Scotch Plains, N.J.), Klete Keller (Phoenix, Ariz.), Tom Malchow (St. Paul, Minn.), Jamie Rauch (Houston, Texas) and Scott Tucker (Largo, Fla.) are all expected to compete. Robert Margalis (St. Petersburg), who was third in the 400m free at the 2000 Olympic Trials, and Jay Schryver (Loveland, Colo.), who was eighth in the 200m free as a junior at the 2000 NCAAs, are other names to watch.
Erik Vendt (North Easton, Mass.) became the first American to break 15 minutes in the 1500m free to earn his Olympic spot at the 2000 Trials. Five weeks later, Trials runner-up Chris Thompson (Roseburg, Ore.) rebroke Vendt's American record to take the bronze medal at the Olympic Games. These two will face off again in Austin, both fresh off a battle at the NCAA Championships where Thompson will have one final try at the NCAA mile title as a senior at Michigan and Vendt will try to stop him as the defending NCAA champion from USC. The two Olympians will also face challenges from up-and-comer Fran Crippen (Philadelphia, Pa.) as well as Robert Margalis (St. Petersburg). Margalis was third in the 1500m free at the Olympic Trials, while Crippen, the 16-year-old younger brother of Olympian Maddy Crippen, was seventh.
With the absence of Lenny Krayzelburg, Aaron Peirsol (Irvine, Calif.) and Neil Walker (Verona, Wis.) will be the men to beat. The two Olympic medalists will have to contend with Michael Gilliam (Nashville, Tenn) who's enjoying a great senior year at Tennessee and youngster Chris DeJong (Holland, Mich.) who jumped onto the scene at the 2000 U.S. Open where he was second in the 200m back. Randal Bal, who was third in the 100m back at Trials, will be another challenger.
The past few years has seen a re-emergence in the men's breaststroke events for the U.S. Led by Ed Moses (Burke, Va.), there's a wealth of talent here. Fellow Olympians Tom Wilkens (Middletown, N.J.), Kyle Salyards (Lancaster, Pa.) and Pat Calhoun (Seymour, Ind.) are all expected to compete. Brendan Hansen (Havertown, Pa.) was third in both breaststrokes at the 2000 Olympic Trials and has had an impressive freshman year at the University of Texas. Other swimmers to watch include Mark Gangloff (Akron, Ohio), Patrick Fowler (Bellevue, Wash.), Jarrod Marrs (Baton Rouge, La.) and Jeremy McDonnell (Houston, Texas).
Olympians Tom Malchow (St. Paul, Minn.), Ian Crocker (Portland, Maine), Tommy Hannan (Baltimore, Md.) and Michael Phelps (Baltimore, Md.) will be the ones to beat. Olympian Nate Dusing (Villa Hills, Ky.) may not have made the team in the butterfly, but he's one of the nation's top 100 flyers and could earn a spot on the World team in that event. Up-and-comers Jayme Cramer (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Andrew Mahaney (Easton, Pa.) could catch some of the veterans off guard. Jeff Somensatto (Annadale, Va.) was third in the 200m fly at the 2000 Olympic Trials and is another strong contender.
Tom Wilkens (Middletown, N.J.), Erik Vendt (North Easton, Mass.) and Robert Margalis (St. Petersburg, Fla.) look to be the class of the field and those three should put on a great show for the crowd, especially in the 400m distance. Tommy Hannan (Baltimore, Md.) made the Olympic team in the 100m fly, but he's been showing his 200 individual medley talent at Texas this collegiate season. Hannon won the 200m IM at his first international event, the 1999 World University Games. Pan Am silver medalist Eric Donnelly (Sarasota, Fla.) and Michael Phelps (Baltimore, Md.) will also be strong in the 400m IM.
courtesy of USA Swimming
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