Men's Swimming Year In Review

July 26, 2001

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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.


First Team Yr. GPA Major
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
Second Team Yr. GPA Major
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
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