Men's Swimming Continues To Lead The Field At Pac-10s

March 5, 2004

Long Beach, Calif. - The second-ranked Stanford men's swimming team continue to lead the field at the 2004 Pac-10 Men's Swimming Championships in Long Beach, Calif. The Cardinal amassed 563.50 points. California finished second with 506 points, followed by Arizona (371.50), USC (339), Arizona State (270) and Washington (206).

USC's Ous Mellouli opened the meet with a victory in the 400y IM in 3:43.38, over Stanford's Markus Rogan, 3:44.84. Mellouli came from behind in the last 100 yards to claim his secondPac-10 title. Both times were automatic NCAA qualifying times. Cardinal Mark Stephens placed eighth in the championship final with a time of 3:54.71.

California's Milorad Cavic won the 100y butterfly in 45.44, breaking the Pac-10 and meet records and giving him his second consecutive title in the eventand his third title in this meet. His teammate Duje Draganja also eclipsedboth marks in 45.72 to place second. Cardinal Matt McDonald took third, touching the wall in 46.71 (NCAA automatic qualifying time). Stanford's Scott Ransenberg placed fifth (47.73) in an NCAA consideration time.

ASU's Nick Brunelli won the 200y freestyle in 1:35.26, barely edging Cardinal Jayme Cramer who clocked in at 1:35.81 (NCAA automatic qualifying time). Teammate Tobias Oriwol was third (1:36.74) followed by Mike McLean (1:37.79). Stanford's Andy Grant placed sixth (1:38.19) while Ben Wildman-Tobriner tied for seventh (1:38.57) as the Cardinal had five swimmers in the championship final.

Washington's Phil Davis claimed the Huskies' first title in the meet winningthe 100y breaststroke with a time of 53.04. Cardinal Gary Marshall finished third, clocking in at 53.79 (NCAA automatic qualifer) while teammate Michael Bruce placed seventh (54.70).

Stanford's Peter Marshall set new marks for the Pac-10 and meet in the 100ybackstroke with a time of 45.21 to give the Cardinal their sixth consecutivetitle in the event. Freshman Hongzhe Sun placed sixth (48.07) followed by teammate Matt McDonald (48.71).

Closing out the night, California's 400y medley relay team consisting of Lim,Henrique Barbosa, Cavic and Draganja, set a new meet record with a time of3:07.31 to win the event. The Stanford quartet of Peter Marshall, Gary Marshall, Matt McDonald and Andrew Schnell finished second in a time of 3:08.52 (NCAA qualifying time).

The meet concludes Saturday at Belmont Plaza. Preliminaries begin at 11 a.m.and finals begin at 6 p.m.

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