Top Ranked Men's Swimming Heads To NCAA Championships

March 25, 2003

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Stanford Swimmers Head To Austin For NCAAs: The No. 1-ranked Stanford men's swimming team (8-0, 4-0 Pac-10) travels to Austin, Texas for the 2003 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, March 27-29 at the Jamail Texas Swim Center. The University of Texas is the host institution for the event. This will mark the sixth time that Texas has hosted the men's NCAA Championships at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center as the national meet was also held in Austin in 1981, '85, '87, '91 and '96. Prelims will be held at 11 a.m. CT each day with finals beginning at 7 p.m. CT.

The following schools will send at least one swimmer to the event: Alabama, American, Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, Brigham Young, California, Cincinnati, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Harvard, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana State, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Missouri, UNLV, North Carolina, Northwestern, Oakland, Pacific, Penn State, Princeton, Purdue, Rutgers, South Carolina, USC, SMU, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Towson, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Washington, Western Kentucky, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

TV Times: The 2003 NCAA Division I Men's Swimming and Diving Championships will be shown twice by the ESPN networks on a tape-delayed basis: Wednesday, April 2 at 2 p.m. ET (ESPN2) and Friday, April 11 at 3:30 p.m ET (ESPN).

Ticket Information: There are a total of six sessions: three preliminaries sessions and three finals sessions. Individual session tickets will go on sale at the Jamail Texas Swimming Center on Thursday, March 27 at 9 a.m. CT. All tickets are reserved seating, and are non-returnable and non-refundable. To purchase tickets online go to www.TexasBoxOffice.com. All-Session ($48); Prelim Session ($8); Final Session ($10). For more information please call (512) 471-3333 or (800) 982-2386.

For The Cardinal: Stanford will send 16 swimmers to the 2003 NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas. They are: Randall Bal, Michael Bruce, Jayme Cramer, Pat Fowler, Peter Marsahll, Matt McDonald, Michael McLean, Bobby O'Bryan, Tobias Oriwol, Scott Ransenberg, Markus Rogan, Andrew Schnell, Matt Sorlien, Dan Trupin, John Waters and Dan Westcott.

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, with two teams in the top 5.

Last Year At NCAAs: The Cardinal wrapped up the 2001-02 season with a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships in Georgia. Stanford won three individual titles and three relay titles. Markus Rogan was crowned NCAA Champion in both the 200 IM and 200 backstroke. Teammate Peter Marshall was the NCAA champ in the 100 backstroke. The Cardinal took home top honors in three relays: the 200 medley (Randall Bal, Michael Bruce, Matt McDonald, Marshall), the 400 medley (Marshall, Bruce, Dan Westcott, Bal) and the 200 freestyle (Bal, Marshall, Andrew Schnell, Bobby O'Bryan). Stanford's 200 freestyle relay set a new American record in the event with their time of 1:16.49. Seven other individual or relays posted top three finished also including Michael Bruce's second place showing in the 200 breaststroke, Peter Marshall's second place finish in the 200 backstroke and 100 butterfly as well as the Cardinal's 400 free relay team's second place finish. Eight swimmers garnered a total of 17 individual All-American honors along with five swimmers earning a total of eight honorable mention honors. Ten swimmers combined to earn 20 relay All-America honors - the most allowable.

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 22 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 top-ranked Stanford Cardinal recorded their 22nd straight Pac-10 Men's Swimming Championship and recorded a sweep of the top three spots in the 200 backstroke on the final day to help them in their effort. The team total score of 879 was more than enough to sustain their streak of successive conference titles dating back to 1982. Individual winners included Dan Westcott (200 back), Michael Bruce (200 breast), and Randall Bal (100 back). Stanford relay teams won the 200 medley, 800 freestyle and 400 medley.

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 22 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.

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.

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.

From the Pool Deck: Of Stanford's 16 athletes competing at this year's NCAA Championships, 11 earned all-america honors last year at NCAAs (Randall Bal, Jayme Cramer, Peter Marshall, Markus Rogan, Dan Westcott, Bobby O'Bryan, Michael Bruce, Matt McDonald, Andrew Schnell, Dan Trupin and Matt Sorlien). Individual NCAA Champions Markus Rogan (200 back/200 IM) and Peter Marshall (100 back) are back in the pool to defend their titles.

The Lee and Joe Jamail Swimming Center: The 50-meter pool, which holds 880,000 gallons of water, added a newly-remodeled moveable bulkhead and new underwater windows during the summer of 2001. Moveable bulkheads, lowered from the ceiling, can change the 50-meter pool into either a 25-meter or 25-yard short course. The pool is nine feet deep and 75-feet, one-inch wide, providing eight-foot lanes with generous side protective lanes. An electronic timing system determines elapsed time, order of finish and lap splits for each lane to .001 second, which are transmitted to a large display scoreboard. Spectators enjoy an excellent view of the action from the 2,100-seat grandstand. During major competitions, portable bleachers on the deck level can accommodate 500 additional fans.

Stanford NCAA History: The Stanford program has won eight NCAA team titles in the history of the program (1967, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1998). The Cardinal's NCAA titles in 1985 and 1987 came the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center in Austin, Texas. Stanford has won a total of 122 NCAA individual and relay titles in its history. Stanford's Pablo Morales holds the NCAA record for most individual titles won over his career with 11.

Results: TexasSports.com will provide comprehensive with results, race reviews, previews, photo galleries and more.

NCAA Championships Order Of EventsPrelims begin at 11 a.m.; Finals at 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 27200 Yard Freestyle Relay500 Yard Freestyle200 Yard Individual Medley50 Yard FreestyleOne Meter Diving400 Yard Medley Relay

Friday, March 28200 Yard Medley Relay400 Yard Individual Medley100 Yard Butterfly200 Yard Freestyle100 Yard Breaststroke100 Yard BackstrokeThree Meter Diving800 Yard Freestyle Relay

Saturday, March 291,650 Yard Freestyle200 Yard Backstroke100 Yard Freestyle200 Yard Breaststroke200 Yard ButterflyPlatform Diving400 Yard Freestyle Relay

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