Top Ranked Stanford Defeats No. 7 USC, 144-87

Feb. 8, 2003

Stanford, Calif. - The No. 1 Stanford men's swimming and diving team defeated No. 7 USC, 144-87, this afternoon at the Avery Aquatic Center on the campus of Stanford University. The Cardinal improve to 7-0, 3-0 in the Pac-10, while the Trojans fall to 5-3, 2-2 in league action.

Five pool records were broken on the afternoon including the 400 medley relay, 200 IM, 1650 freestyle, 200 butterfly and the 500 freestyle.

It was the final home meet for five Stanford senior swimmers - Randall Bal, Pat Fowler, John Waters, Dan Westcott and Thomas Zochowski.

The Cardinal opened the meet with a pool record in the 400 medley relay. Peter Marshall, Michael Bruce, Jayme Cramer and Bobby O'Bryan combined for a time of 3:10.82 to shatter the old pool record of 3:12.32 set by Stanford in 1999.

USC's Erik Vendt followed with a pool record in the 1650 free with his winning time of 14:46.58 breaking Jeff Kostoff's mark of 14:50.58 set in 1984. Matt Sorlien was second, clocking in at 15:14.91 (an NCAA 'B' qualifying mark) while teammate Michael McLean (15:47.37) was third. Stanford posted a 1-2-3 finish in the 200 free as senior John Waters took top honors with a time of 1:37.02. Markus Rogan was second (1:37.66) followed by Jayme Cramer (1:38.59).

Another 1-2-3 finish was in store for the Cardinal in the 50 free as senior Randall Bal led the field, clocking in at 20.18. Bobby O'Bryan placed second (20.30) while Scott Ransenberg and Andrew Schnell tied for third (20.69). Dan Trupin broke the pool record in the 200 IM with his winning time of 1:45.69. Trupin bested the previous mark of 1:46.68 set by Markus Rogan last year. Teammate Michael Bruce was second (1:48.74). Cardinal Jayme Cramer followed with another pool record - this one in the 200 fly - with his time of 1:45.58 which eclipsed the previous best of 1:45.70 set by Stanford's Anthony Mosse in 1987. Senior Dan Westcott finished second (1:45.95) and sophomore Matt McDonald took third (1:48.47).

Stanford finished 1-2-3 in the 100 free as Randall Bal won his second event of the meet in a time of 44.89. John Waters was second (45.16) followed by senior Thomas Zochowski (45.32). Peter Marshall took top honors in the 200 back, clocking in at 1:44.39 (an NCAA 'B' qualifying time). USC's Ous Mellouli broke the school record in the 500 free with his winning time of 4:20.32, breaking the previous best of 4:20.91 held by Trojan Dan Jorgenson (1987).

USC's Erik Vendt won the 200 breast in a time of 1:57.48 followed by Michael Bruce's time of 1:57.83. Senior Pat Fowler turned in the third best time with his 2:00.62. The 400 free relay team of Bobby O'Bryan, Peter Marshall, Scott Ransenberg and John Waters posted the fastest time in this event, clocking in at 2:57.48.

In the men's one-meter diving event, Cardinal Adam Peterson took first place (317.26) followed by teammate Gavin Olmstead (291.30). On the three-meter event, Olmstead grabbed top honors (303.60) while Peterson finished third (286.65).

Stanford closes out its conference dual meet season on Saturday, February 22, at 1 p.m. against California in Berkeley.

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