Cardinal Markus Rogan Takes Top Honors Twice At European Championships
June 1, 2004
Madrid, Spain - In mid-May, Stanford All-American Markus Rogan went to Madrid, Spain to compete in the 2004 Long Course European Championships. The meet was intended to be a tune-up for the Olympics Games this summer in Greece. Racing unrested, Rogan swam the 100 and 200 backstrokes as well as the 200 and 400 IM's.
'It's not about the European Championships,' said Cardinal head coach Skip Kenney. 'It's about getting ready for the Olympics.'
Rogan place second in the 100 backstroke by 1/100th of a second to Hungarian Lazlo Czeh. The Stanford swimmer clocked 55.27 in the final heat.
The longer events proved to be more fun for the Austrian native. He won his (and his country's) first European swimming title by out-touching Finland's World Champion and Italy's Olympic Gold Medalist in the 200 IM, swimming a best time and national record of 1:59.78.
The 200 back was 'just as fun' in Rogan's own words, as he added another title in a championship-record time of 1:57.58. His 400 IM was a national record of 4:17.70 and was good enough for fourth place overall.
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