No. 1 Men's Swimming and Diving Prepares For NCAA Championships

March 22, 2002

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This Week: The No. 1 Stanford men's swimming and diving team (8-0, 4-0 Pac-10) head to Athens, Georgia for the 2002 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, March 28-30 at the Gabrielsen Natatorium on the campus of the University of Georgia. The Cardinal will take 17 athletes (16 swimmers and one diver) to the championships.

Competing For The Cardinal: The following Stanford student-athletes have qualified for NCAA's: Randall Bal, Michael Bruce, Jayme Cramer, Pat Fowler, Jeff Guyman, Peter Marshall, Matt McDonald, Bobby O'Bryan, Michael O'Neil, Scott Ransenberg, Markus Rogan, Andrew Schnell, Matt Sorlien, Dan Trupin, John Waters, Dan Westcott and Adam Peterson.

The Field: The maximum number of participants allowed is 270. All qualifiers who have met the 'A' time standard will be admitted in the meet, those who have met the 'B' time standard will be considered until the event is filled. A total of 35 divers will be entered in the championships. No team is allowed more than 18 competitors. Texas, Auburn, Stanford, Tennessee and California are considered top contenders for the team title.

Gabrielsen Natatorium: Competition for the 2002 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships will be held in Georgia's Gabrielsen Natatorium. The natatorium area contains three separate pools. The 50-meter competition pool holds 844,000 gallons of water and can be configured into four different layouts by utilizing the two movable bulkheads to allow for both short and long-course training. Adjacent to the main pool is seating for nearly 2,000 spectators. Two 1-meter springboards, two 3-meter springboards and five diving platforms (1, 3, 5, 7.5 and 10-meters) cantilever over the diving pool. The diving pool is 16 to 17 feet deep, contains 525,000 gallons of water and is equipped with an air sparger system to cushion a diver's entry into the water.

Cardinal NCAA History: Stanford has won eight NCAA Championships in its illustrious history as one of the top swimming and diving programs in the country. The Cardinal captured titles in 1967, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1998. In 1992, Stanford won the NCAA title after tallying the highest point total in NCAA history (632). That squad also became the only team in NCAA history to win all five relays. On two separate occasions, the men's swimming team won three straight NCAA titles - 1984, '85, '86 and 1992,'93, '94.

Last Time Out: The top-ranked Stanford men's swimming team captured its unprecedented 21st consecutive Pac-10 Championship with a team score of 918. California was second at 708.5 while Arizona was third (616.5). The Cardinal won seven individual titles and three relays over the three-day championship event. Sophomore Markus Rogan won both the 200 back and 400 IM while teammate Dan Westcott won the 200 fly. Sophomore Michael Bruce captured both the 100 and 200 breast for Stanford. Freshman Dan Trupin took home top honors in the 200 IM while junior Randall Bal won the 100 back for the third consecutive season. The Cardinal's winning relays were the 200 medley relay (Bal, Bruce, O'Bryan, Guyman), 200 free relay (Bal, Marshall, Guyman, O'Bryan) and the 400 medley relay (Marshall, Bruce, Westcott, Schnell).

Conference of Champions: Proving its might in the collegiate swimming ranks, six Pac-10 schools will send representatives to the 2002 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships: Stanford, Arizona, Arizona State, California, Southern California and Washington.

Last Year At NCAAs: Last year, the Stanford Cardinal finished second at the 2001 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, garnering 457.5 points. Texas won the meet (597.5) while Tennessee placed third (330.5). The Cardinal won two individual titles as Anthony Robinson won the 50 free (19.15) and Adam Messner won the 200 fly (1:43.12). Stanford also took home top honors in the 200 free relay in a time of 1:16.83. The team placed four swimmers in the top 10 in the 100 back and three in the 200 back. Stanford also got three top 10 finishes in the 200 IM. In all, thirteen swimmers took home All-America honors for the Cardinal. Then-freshman Peter Marshall and senior Adam Messner led the Stanford swimmers with 47 points each in the individual standings.

On The Web: For the latest news, notes and results on the Cardinal swimming and diving squad, log onto the official website of Stanford University athletics at

Head Coach Skip Kenney: Stanford head coach Skip Kenney enters his 23rd season at the helm of the Cardinal program. He has led Stanford to seven NCAA titles, including a runaway win in 1998. He has also been named NCAA Coach of the Year six times, most recently in 1998. In addition, Kenney has led the Cardinal to some of the finest team performances in the history of the NCAA Championship meet. The 1992 squad set meet records for both points scored (632) and victory margin (276 points over Texas), and the 1998 team became the first to have a championship final representative in every individual and relay swimming event. He has guided the Cardinal to 21 straight conference titles, which is far and away the record for consecutive Pac-10 championships in any sport. Kenney has been named Pac-10 Coach of the Year 13 times in the last 19 years.

Tough Competition: The No. 1-ranked Stanford Cardinal is one of five Pac-10 schools ranked in the top 25 ... All five league schools are ranked in the top 10 while two are in the top five.

From the Pool Deck: Of Stanford's 17 athletes competing at this year's NCAA Championships, eight earned all-america honors last year at NCAAs (Randall Bal, Peter Marshall, Markus Rogan, Dan Westcott, Bobby O'Bryan, Michael Bruce, John Waters and Andrew Schnell). Although no individual champions return to defend their titles, three of four members of the NCAA Champion 200 free relay team are back (Randall Bal, Jeff Guyman and Bobby O'Bryan).

Keep An Eye On: Stanford's 200 free relay team - they hold the fastest time in this event this season (1:17.24) ... Cardinal Dan Trupin - he holds the fastest time in the 200 IM in 2002 (1:43.83) ... Stanford's 400 medley relay - they hold the fastest time this year (3:09.22) ... Sophomore Markus Rogan - he holds the fastest time in the 400 IM (3:42.76) and 200 back (1:40.79) this season ... Sophomore Peter Marshall who holds the fastest time this year in the 100 back (45.61).

Did You Know: Stanford has a 16-0 dual meet record over the last two years ... The Cardinal have posted a top four finish at NCAAs for 20 consecutive years ... Stanford has won eight NCAA titles - the last coming in 1997-98.

Golden Summer For Cardinal: Several Cardinals competed in international competitions with great success this summer. Junior backstroker Randall Bal picked up a gold medal at the World Championships. Sophpmore backstroker Peter Marshall took home three gold medals and freshman Jayme Cramer made a statement at the World University Games. Sophomore backstroker Markus Rogan nabbed a silver at the World Championships and junior Dan Westcott was a key member of the U.S. team at the Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia, along with freshman Dan Trupin.

NCAA Order of Events11:00 a.m. - prelim. swimming competition
1:00 p.m. - prelim. diving competitio
7:00 p.m. - finals for swimming and diving

Thursday: 200 Freestyle Relay, 500 Freestyle, 200 Individual Medley, 50 Freestyle, 1 Meter Diving, 400 Medley Relay

Friday: 200 Medley Relay, 400 Individual Relay, 100 Butterfly, 200 Freestyle, 100 Breaststroke, 100 Backstroke, 3 Meter Diving, 800 Freestyle Relay

Saturday: 1650 Freestyle, 200 Backstroke, 100 Freestyle, 200 Breaststroke, 200 Butterfly, Platform Diving, 400 Freestyle Relay

CSCAA Top 25 (3/1/02)

1. STANFORD 2002. Auburn 1923. Texas 1844. California 1765. Tennessee 1676. Minnesota 1597. Arizona State 1508. USC 1469. Arizona 13510. Michigan 13111. Florida 11712. Virginia 11113. South Carolina 10514. Georgia 9815. Texas A&M 7716. SMU 7417. Wisconsin 7118. Alabama 6419. Pittsburgh 6220. Penn State 5121. Indiana 3422. Georgia Tech 2723. Purdue 2624. North Carolina 1925. Northwestern 14

2001-2002 Cardinal Top Times(by event)

50 free: Randall Bal (19.46)100 free: Randall Bal (43.04)200 free: Dan Trupin (1:36.08)500 free: Matt Sorlien (4:18.82)1000 free: Matt Sorlien (8:56.25)1650 free: Matt Sorlien (15:10.78)100 back: Peter Marshall (45.61)200 back: Markus Rogan (1:40.79)100 breast: Michael Bruce (53.79)200 breast: Michael Bruce (1:55.85)100 fly: Peter Marshall (47.12)200 fly: Dan Westcott (1:44.21)200 IM: Dan Trupin (1:43.83)400 IM: Markus Rogan (3:42.76)200 free relay: Bal, Marshall, Guyman, O'Bryan (1:17.24)400 free relay: Bal, Marshall, Guyman, Schnell (2:51.85)800 free relay: Trupin, Rogan, Waters, Schnell (6:26.47)200 medley relay: Bal, Bruce, O'Bryan, Guyman (1:26.46)400 medley relay: Marshall, Bruce, Westcott, Schnell (3:09.22)1-meter diving: Adam Peterson (312.85)3-meter diving: Jesse Fonner (312.20)Platform diving: Adam Peterson (449.90)

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