Stanford Hosts 2004 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships

July 30, 2004

STANFORD, Calif. - For the first time since 1986, the USA Swimming ConocoPhillips National Championships are returning to the Bay Area. This year also marks the first time the meet has been held at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center.

'USA Swimming is excited to bring its National Championships to the Avery Aquatic Center and Stanford University,' USA Swimming's National Events Director Dean Ekeren said. 'Avery Aquatic Center is one of the finest facilities in the country, and many local people have worked hard to insure the event is a success. We expect some great performances at this event.'

Over 800 US athletes are participating in the meet, as well as teams from France and Mexico.

Some of the top names expected to compete in the meet are National Team members Staciana Stitts, Randall Bal and Shelly Ripple Johnston

A 2000 Olympian and Cal graduate, Stitts will compete in the 100m breaststroke. Stitts recently competed in the 100m and 200m breaststrokes at the 2004 Olympic Trials in Long Beach, Calif., finishing fourth and fifth in those events, respectively.

Stanford graduates Bal and Ripple Johnston are also on the meet roster. Bal, the 2001 World champion in the 50m back, finished fourth in the 100m back at the Olympic Trials. He is the top seed in the 100m back at Nationals and will also be swimming the 50m and 100m free.

A member of USA Swimming's 2001 World championships team, Ripple Johnston has entered the 100m free, the 200m fly, the 200m free, the 100m fly, the 200m IM and the 50m free.

Local standout Brooke Bishop, who swims for Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics, will swim the 100m free, the 100m back and the 50m free.

ConocoPhillips has the longest continuous sponsorship of any amateur sport by any corporation in the world. It has been a sponsor of U.S. Swimming since 1973, when Phillips Petroleum became a marketing partner. ConocoPhillips also sponsors the ConocoPhillips Performance Award, which is presented to the outstanding single performance at the ConocoPhillips National Swimming Championships and the U.S. Open Championships.

Tickets are available at 1-800-STANFORD.

Additional meet information, including psych sheets and meet rosters, can be found at

Schedule and Ticket Prices:

Preliminaries 9:00 a.m. PDT Finals 5:00 p.m. PDT

Women's Events Men's Events

Day 1 - Tuesday, August 3
Timed Finals 4:00 p.m
1 800-meter Freestyle 2

Day 2 - Wednesday, August 4
3 100-meter Freestyle 4
5 200-meter Breaststroke 6
7 200-meter Backstroke 8
9 200-meter Butterfly 10

Day 3 - Thursday, August 5
11 200-meter Freestyle 12
13 400-meter Individual Medley 14
15 400-meter Freestyle Relay 16

Day 4 - Friday, August 6
17 100-meter Backstroke 18
19 400-meter Freestyle 20
21 100-meter Breaststroke 22
23 100-meter Butterfly 24
25 800-meter Freestyle Relay 26

Day 5 - Saturday, August 7
27 200-meter Individual Medley 28
29 1500-meter Freestyle - women *
30 50-meter Freestyle 31
* 1500-meter Freestyle - men 32
33 400-meter Medley Relay 34

IN THE MORNING SESSION ONLY, prelims in Events 29 and 32 will be swum after Event 34.

Prelim's Ticket Prices:
Adults $5
Youth /Senior * $3

Final's Ticket Prices:
Adults $8
Youth /Senior* $6

All Session Pass:
Adults $55
Youth /Senior * $40

*Youth is 12 & Under, Senior is 62 & Over

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