Men's Swimming Year In Review
July 26, 2001
Four Pac-10 teams finished in the top-10 at the 2001 NCAA Championships in College Station, Texas. STANFORD led the way finishing in second-place (457.5), followed by fourth-place finisher USC (299), sixth-place ARIZONA (251) and eighth-place CALIFORNIA (191).
At the NCAA Championships, Pac-10 institutions won five individual titles. Cal's Anthony Ervin set a new NCAA, pool, U.S. Open and American record in the 100 free (41.80). USC's Klete Keller set pool records in both the 200 and 500-yard freestyle events.
At the Pac-10's in Long Beach, Calif., Stanford (844.5) won its 20th consecutive Pac-10 Championship, defeating runner-up USC (744.2). California finished third (540.5), followed by Arizona (538.0), Arizona State (360.5), and Washington (190.0). Arizona's Omar Ojeda pulled off a clean sweep of the diving events.
USC's Klete Keller was named both Pac-10 Swimmer and Newcomer of the Year. Keller, a freshman from Phoenix, Ariz., won individual NCAA Championships in the 200 and 500-yard freestyle events in College Station, Texas. Both times set pool records. With the wins, Keller tied for third in highest individual points. He garnered 51 total points by virtue of his two wins and by also placing as a member of the Trojans' freestyle relay. The team placed second in the 800-yard freestyle relay, eighth in the 1650-yard freestyle relay and 11th in the 400-yard freestyle relay. At the Pacific-10 Championships, held in Long Beach, Calif., Keller won individual titles in the 200 and 500-year freestyle events. He also helped the USC freestyle relay team place first in the 800 free event, setting a Pac-10 Meet record. Keller placed second in the 1650-freestyle event.
STANFORD's Skip Kenney was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year. Kenney, led the Cardinal to its 20th consecutive Pacific-10 Championship. At the Conference championships, his swimmers won six individual titles and three relay titles. Kenney coached Stanford to a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships. At the pool in College Station, Texas, the Cardinal notched two individual titles and one relay title. The men's swimming Coach of the Year award is the 13th of Kenney's career.
On the diving side, ARIZONA swept the Pac-10 Swimmer, Newcomer and Coach of the Year honors. Omar Ojeda was selected as the Conference's top Swimmer and Newcomer. Ojeda, pulled off a sweep by winning the platform, one-meter and three-meter events at the Pac-10 Championships. At the NCAA Championships, Ojeda he notched two top-10 finishes, placing second in the three-meter springboard and third in the platform diving events. The senior, originally from Edo Mex, Mexico, is a transfer from the Universidad del Valle de Mexico.
In her fifth year at the helm of the Arizona diving program, Michelle Mitchell-Rocha collects her second consecutive Coach of the Year award. She guided the Wildcats to their second consecutive first-place finish at the Championships and helped lead Arizona to three individual titles and 12 top-eight finishes. The Men's Coach of the Year award is the third of Mitchell-Rocha's career.
|Randall Ball, STAN||So.||3.39||Undeclared|
|Steven Brende, USC||Sr.||3.76||Business|
|Maciej Burny, CAL||Jr.||3.38||History|
|Tim Collins, WASH||So.||3.66||Undecided|
|Nick Degenstein, USC||So.||3.81||Chemical Engineering|
|Ryan Gruver, CAL||Sr.||3.52||Anthropology and Rhetoric|
|Jooyoung Lee, CAL||Jr.||3.43||Political Science|
|David Moilanen, WASH||Jr.||3.95||Physics|
|Ryan Oleson, WASH||Jr.||3.44||mechanical Engineering|
|Brian Rodde, STAN||Sr.||3.29||Economics|
|Jay Sayko, USC||Jr.||3.38||Communication|
|Francis Tam, WASH||Sr.||3.28||Chemistry|
|Bruce Vogelgesang, CAL||Jr.||3.37||Material Science and Engineering|
|John Waters, STAN||So||3.64||Undeclared|
|Bo West, ASU||Jr.||3.30||Business|
|Dan Westcott, STAN||So.||3.38||Undeclared|
|Dave Anderson, ARIZ||So.||3.03||Education|
|Nicolas Bartolotta, CAL||So.||3.18||Undeclared|
|Rob Canales, STAN||Sr.||3.06||History|
|Joseph Curreri, USC||Jr.||3.26||History|
|Joel Everman, USC||Jr.||3.21||Business|
|Scott Greenwood, CAL||Sr.||3.14||American Studies|
|Gregg Helland, ASU||So.||3.60||Biology|
|Scott Koenig, ARIZ||So.||3.36||Psychology|
|Greg Long, STAN||So.||3.08||Undeclared|
|Matthew Messmer, CAL||So.||3.08||Undeclared|
|Gavin Olmstead, STAN||So.||3.26||Undeclared|
|Mark Pearson, WASH||Jr.||3.22||Art|
|David Ringe, USC||So.||3.09||Computer Engineering and Computer Science|
|Hironori Sakoda, CAL||Jr.||3.00||Undeclared|
|Dustin Shawnego, CAL||Sr.||3.04||Economics|
|George Wilkinson, CAL||Jr.||3.01||Integrative Biology|