No. 1 Cardinal Heads To Pac-10 Championships

March 3, 2003

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Stanford Swimmers Head To Long Beach: The No. 1-ranked Stanford men's swimming team travels to Long Beach, Calif., for the 2003 Pacific-10 Conference Swimming Championships, March 6-8 at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool. Preliminaries will begin at 11 a.m. each day with finals starting at 6 p.m.

Teams from Arizona, Arizona State, California, Stanford, USC and Washington will compete for the 2003 Pac-10 Men's Swimming Championship.

Order of Events:
Thurs., March 6
200 Yard Freestyle Relay, 500 Yard Freestyle, 200 Yard Individual Medley, 50 Yard Freestyle, 400 Yard Medley Relay
Fri., March 7
200 Yard Medley Relay, 400 Yard Individual Medley, 100 Yard Butterfly, 200 Yard Freestyle, 100 Yard Breaststroke, 100 Yard Backstroke, 800 Yard Freestyle Relay
Sat., March 8
1650 Yard Freestyle, 200 Yard Backstroke, 100 Yard Freestyle, 200 Yard Breaststroke, 200 Yard Butterfly, 400 Yard Freestyle Relay

Stanford In The Rankings: The Stanford men's swimming and diving team is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation, according to the latest C.S.C.A.A. poll that was released on February 27. Five Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top 20 (No. 1 Stanford, No. 3 California, No. 8 USC, No. 15 Arizona State, No. 16 Arizona) with two teams in the top 5.

Last Year At Pac-10s: The Cardinal won its 21st consecutive conference championship in 2002 with a final score of 918, easily outdistancing California, who finished second with 706.5 points. Arizona was third (616.5), USC was fourth (571), Arizona State was fifth (400) while Washington took sixth (175). Stanford won three of five relays including the 200 free relay (1:17.24), the 400 medley relay (3:09.22 *Pac-10 meet record) and the 200 medley relay (1:26.46). Dan Trupin set a Pac-10 and Pac-10 meet record in the 200 IM with his winning time of 1:43.83. Markus Rogan was crowned Pac-10 Champion in the 400 IM (3:42.76 * Pac-10 meet record) and the 200 backstroke (1:40.79). Michael Bruce was a double winner in the 100 breaststroke (53.79) and 200 breaststroke (1:56.73). Randall Bal set a Pac-10 meet record with his winning time of 46.35 in the 100 backstroke and Dan Westcott took top honors in the 200 butterfly (1:44.21). In all, Stanford won 10 events at Pac-10s.

Two Decades Of Dominance: The Stanford men's swimming and diving team became the most dominant program in Pac-10 history by winning a 14th consecutive conference championship in 1995. Led by coach Skip Kenney, Tedd Knapp and Rick Schavone, Stanford broke the conference record for consecutive titles, established by UCLA men's basketball under John Wooden. The Cardinal has now run its streak to 21 consecutive Pac-10 titles, and has gone on to finish in the top four at NCAAs in every one of those years as well.

Last Time Out: The No. 1 Stanford men's swimming and diving team defeated No. 7 USC, 144-87, at the Avery Aquatic Center on the campus of Stanford University. 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. 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. 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. 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).

Head Coach Skip Kenney: Stanford head coach Skip Kenney enters his 24th 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.

Up Next: Next stop for the Cardinal will be the 2003 NCAA Division I Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas, March 27-29 at the Jamail Texas Swim Center. The University of Texas at Austin will be the host institution.

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 www.gostanford.com.

Did You Know: Stanford has a 24-0 dual meet record dating back to the 2000-01 season ... Stanford has won eight NCAA titles - the last coming in 1997-98.

Automatic Qualifiers: Six Cardinal swimmers have already swam NCAA 'A' qualifying times this season. In the 100 backstroke, Peter Marshall (46.17), Randall Bal (47.20) and Dan Westcott (47.54) have all posted 'A' times. Westcott (1:42.36) and Markus Rogan (1:43.75) have qualified in the 200 back. Rogan (1:46.92) and Dan Trupin (1:45.69) will be swimming the 200 IM. Jayme Cramer will compete in the 200 butterfly (1:43.91). The 400 medley relay team of Marshall, Bruce, Cramer, and O'Bryan posted an automatic qualifying time of 3:10.82.

U.S. Choses 2003 International Men's Swimming Teams: The teams for the 2003 World Championships, Pan American and World University Games have been chosen by USA Swimming. Six current or former Stanford men's swimmers have been invited to compete for the United States: Randall Bal, Peter Marshall, Tom Wilkens, Jayme Cramer, Andrew Schnell and Dan Westcott. Cardinal swimmer Randall Bal, a 6-3 senior this year on The Farm, will compete on the World Championships Team in Barcelona, Spain. Junior Peter Marshall along with former Stanford standout Tom Wilkens will compete at the Pan American Games Team in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Three current Cardinal swimmers will compete for the U.S. in the World University Games in Daegu, Korea: sophomore Jayme Cramer, junior Andrew Schnell and senior Dan Westcott.

CSCAA Top 25 (2/27/03)

1.	Stanford2. 	Auburn3.	California4.	Michigan5.	Texas6.	Minnesota7.	Florida8. 	USC9.	Virginia10.	Georgia11.	Wisconsin12.	Tennessee13.	Alabama14.	Texas A&M15.	Arizona State16.	Arizona17.	Pittsburgh18.	Penn State19.	Brigham Young20.	Hawaii21.	Harvard22.	Indiana23.	Princeton24.	Purdue25.	Florida State
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