2002 Pac-10 Men's Swimming Championships

March 5, 2002

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PAC-10 CONFERENCE MEN'S SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS WEEK

WHAT: 2002 Pacific-10 Conference Men's Swimming Championships

WHERE: Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool, Long Beach, Calif.

WHO: Men's swimming teams from ARIZONA, ARIZONA STATE, CALIFORNIA, STANFORD, USC and WASHINGTON will compete for the 2002 Pac-10 Men's Swimming Championships.

WHEN: Thursday through Saturday, March 7-9, 2002, Preliminaries begin at 11 a.m. and finals begin at 6 p.m. each day.

THE SCHEDULE

Thursday, March 7, 11 a.m.
Preliminaries
200 yard freestyle
500 yard freestyle
200 yard individual medley
50 yard freestyle
400 yard medley relay

Thursday, March 7, 6 p.m.
Finals
200 yard freestyle relay
500 yard freestyle
200 yard individual medley
50 yard freestyle
400 yard medley relay

Friday, March 8, 11 a.m.
Preliminaries
200 yard medley relay
400 yard individual medley
100 yard butterfly
200 yard freestyle
100 yard breaststroke
100 yard backstroke
800 yard freestyle relay

Friday, March 8, 6 p.m.
Finals
200 yard medley relay
400 yard individual medley
100 yard butterfly
200 yard freestyle
100 yard breaststroke
100 yard backstroke
800 yard freestyle relay

Saturday, March 9, 11 a.m.
Preliminaries
200 yard backstroke
100 yard freestyle
200 yard breaststroke
200 yard butterfly
400 yard freestyle relay
1650 yard freestyle

Saturday, March 9, 6 p.m.
Finals
1650 yard freestyle
200 yard backstroke
100 yard freestyle
200 yard breaststroke
200 yard butterfly
400 yard freestyle

TICKETS: Tickets for the 2002 Pacific-10 Conference Men's Swimming Championships will be available at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool on day of event only. A one day pass is $10 for adults and $5 for students/seniors. An all-session pass is $25 for adults and $15 for students/seniors.

PAC-10 NOTES: The 2002 Pac-10 Championships feature five of the Conference's men's swimming teams in the top-10 of the latest CSCAA Top-25 poll ... No. 1 STANFORD, No. 4 CALIFORNIA, No. 7 ARIZONA STATE, No. 8 USC and No. 9 ARIZONA. Washington was among two other teams receiving votes ... Six 2001 Pac-10 Champions return to defend their titles in nine events ... Two of last year's competitors return to the pool as 2001 NCAA individual champions as well. California's Anthony Ervin won the 100 free, while USC's Klete Keller won the 200 and 500 free events.

ARIZONA: The No. 9 Wildcats are led by head coach Frank Busch ... Last year Arizona finished fourth at the Pac-10s, and turned in a sixth-place finish at NCAAs ... Senior Roland Schoeman and sophomores Greg Owen and Juan Veloz all return as swimmers that had top-six finishes at the championships a year ago ... Schoeman finished second in the 100 fly and third in the 50 free, while Owen placed sixth in the 200 breast and Veloz finished fifth in the 200 fly ... This season, Schoeman holds top national times in the 50 and 100 free, while Veloz holds a top time in the 200 fly.

ARIZONA STATE: Michael Chasson's No. 7 ASU squad will look to improve on last year's fifth place finish ... Senior Gavin Meadows, junior Anders Lybring and sophomore Ahmed Hussein are Sun Devil swimmers expected to contribute points ... Last year at the championships, Meadows finished fourth in the 200 free and fifth in the 500 free, while Lybring placed sixth in the 200 free and Hussein finished fifth in the 200 back ... Nick Brunelli should also do well. The sophomore has posted top-five national times in the 50 and 100 free this season.

CALIFORNIA: The Golden Bears are led by junior Anthony Ervin ... Last year at the championships, Ervin set records in the 50 (19.11) and 100 (42.21) free events. At the NCAA Championships he set an NCAA, pool, U.S. Open and American record in the 100 free with a time of 41.80 ... Other Cal swimmers able to contribute points include sophomore Alex Lim and seniors Matt Macedo and Peter Aronsson ... Lim holds the second and third-best times in the nation in the 200 and 100 back this season.

STANFORD: Three Pac-10 Champions return to defend their titles for the No. 1 Cardinal this year. Sophomore Bobby O'Bryan won the 100 fly, while fellow sophomore Markus Rogan won the 200 back and 200 IM events. Junior Randall Bal won the 100 back ... This year Bal owns the nation's top time in the 100 back, while Rogan has posted the top time in the 200 back ... Other Stanford swimmers that placed in the top-six at last year's Pac-10's include sophomores Peter Marshall and Michael Bruce and junior Dan Westcott.

USC: USC is ready to improve on last season's runner-up finish at the championships ... The No. 8 Trojans return with last year's Pac-10 Swimmer and Newcomer of the Year, sophomore Klete Keller. At the 2001 championships, Keller won the 200 and 500 free events ... Junior Erik Vendt also returns. Vendt won last season's 1650 free and 400 IM events ... Senior Tamas Kerekjarto and junior Jeff Lee are other Trojan swimmers with top times this season.

WASHINGTON: The Huskies look to improve on its sixth place showing in last year's Pac-10 Championships ... Head coach, Mickey Wender, brings a relatively young team to the 2002 Championships. Just four seniors dot the UW roster ... Washington's team has been led by sophomore Luke Ekhoff. This season Ekhoff has posted national top-25 times in the 100 breast (23rd/55.68), 200 breast (3rd, 1:58.06), 200 IM (21st, 1:49.62).

LAST YEAR: Stanford won its 20th consecutive Pac-10 Championship on the strength of six individual championships and three relay wins. Stanford was followed by USC, California, Arizona, Arizona State and Washington.

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