Randall Bal Captures Silver In 100 Back At Pan Pac Championships
Aug. 29, 2002
Yokohama, Japan - Cardinal All-American Randall Bal, competing for the U.S., brought home a silver medal in the 100m backstroke with his time of 54.45 at the 2002 Pan Pac Championships in Yokohama, Japan.
'That was one of my best times,' said Bal. 'It's a great stepping stone to my future goals.'
Bal turned in a time of 54.53 in the prelims to finish first, then lowered his time to 54.24 in the semis of the 100 back. Stanford teammate Peter Marshall clocked in at 55.59 (4th) in the prelims of the 100 back and finished third in the semifinals with a time of 55.02. Despite having the third fastest time, Marshall did not advance to the finals due to the fact that only two swimmers from each country can advance to the finals, and the top two times were both posted by Americans.
Former Cardinal All-American Tom Wilkens captured a bronze medal in the 200m IM with a time of 2:01.17. Wilkens finished first in the prelims of this event with his time of 2:01.73 and fourth in the semis (2:01.52).
Wilkens also competed in the 400m IM, turning in a time of 4:19.06 in the prelims to finish fifth. Wilkens turned in the third fastest time by an American and did not advance.
In the 200m breastroke, Wilkens clocked in at 2:14.48 to place second in the prelims. His time of 2:13.84 was good enough for sixth in the semifinals but again he was the third fastest American and unable to advance to the final.
The Americans won all possible scoring categories - team points (476-366), overall medals and gold medals (21-11) for both men and women and combined.