No. 1 Men's Swimming and Diving Beats No. 5 Arizona State, 136-99

Jan. 26, 2002

Stanford, Calif. - The top-ranked Stanford men's swimming team defeated No. 5 Arizona State, 136-99, this afternoon in a dual meet held at the Avery Aquatic Complex on the campus of Stanford University.

The Cardinal improve to 6-0 on the year, 2-0 in the Pac-10 while the Sun Devils drop to 5-2.

Stanford kicked off the meet with a win in the 400 medley relay in a NCAA provisional qualifying time of 3:13.50 (Randall Bal, Michael Bruce, Dan Westcott, Jeff Guyman). Bal's time of 46.77 in the first leg of the relay, broke the pool record for the 100 backstroke. In the second event on the day, Cardinal Matt Sorlien turned in a superb performance, barely missing the pool record in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 8:56.25. His time is the fastest in this event this year.

Cardinals' Markus Rogan (1:37.54) and Dan Trupin (1:37.77) finished 1-2 respectively in the 200 free. Randall Bal (20.00) and Peter Marshall (20.02) took first and second in the 50 freestyle. Bal set a new pool record with his time of 20.00, which is a provisional NCAA qualifying times.

In the 200 IM, Cardinal Michael Bruce placed first in a time of 1:49.24 (NCAA provisional qualifying time) while teammate Michael O'Neil took second (1:51.45). Dan Westcott took first in the 200 butterfly in a time of 1:48.40. Stanford's Andrew Schnell picked up top honors in the 100 freestyle with a time of 44.86.

Markus Rogan picked up his second victory on the afternoon with a win in the 200 backstroke (1:43.42) while Matt Sorlien won the 500 freestyle (4:23.20). Rogan's time in the 200 back was an automatic qualifier for NCAAs. Cardinal Michael Bruce barely missed his own pool record in the 200 breaststroke, turning in a time of 1:57.72 (pool record is 1:57.55).

The final event of the day was the 400 freestyle relay where Stanford turned in the top time with a fast 2:56.99 - .32 seconds off of the pool record.

Freshman diver Adam Peterson took third in the one-meter diving event (282.60) and third in the three-meter event (306.15) to lead the Cardinal divers. Jesse Fonner took fourth in the one-meter event (266.77) while Brian Ferris finished fourth in the three-meter event (279.30).

The Cardinal are next in action in a dual meet against Southern California, on Saturday, February 9 at 1 p.m. in Los Angeles, California.

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