Randall Bal, Jayme Cramer Named to USA Swim Team At 2006 Short Course World Championship

Nov. 15, 2005

Colorado Springs, Co - Randall Bal and Jayme Cramer, two former Stanford All-Americans, are among 13 athletes who will lead a strong contingent of U.S. swimmers at the 2006 FINA World Championships (25m) on April 5-9, 2006, in Shanghai, China.

The Short Course World Championships will be contested in Shanghai Qi Zhong Forest Sports City in a 25-meter pool, half the long course Olympic distance.

'This is the first time we have competed in China since 2001,' said Everett Uchiyama, USA Swimming National Team Director, 'and this group will benefit from the experience when several return in 2008 for the Olympic Games.'

Bal gained numerous All-America honors during his four seasons (2000-03) while Cramer (2002-05) also enjoyed similar success.

During the summer of 2005, Bal helped the United States win the gold medal in the 400 medley relay at the World Championships in Montreal, Canada. Bal also won the silver medal in the 100 backstroke at the World Championship. At the 2005 Summer National Championships, Bal captured the 100 backstroke crown. Cramer helped the American team win the gold medal in the 800 free relay at the World Championships. At the Summer National Championships, Cramer finished third in the 200 free, fourth in the 100 back, and eleventh in the 100 free.

Last weekend, the 2005-06 FINA World Cup series kicked off with a meet in Durban, South Africa, and Cramer emerged as the top American swimmer. Cramer took home four medals overall - two silver and two bronze. Cramer won silver medals in the 50m and 100m back, turning in times of 24.76 and 53.02, respectively. Cramer claimed bronze in the 200m back (1:55.54) and the 200m free (1:46.38). Cramer was also fourth in the 200m fly (1:46.63) and fifth in the 100m fly (52.87). All distances were swum in short course meters format.. Durban was the first of eight stops on the FINA World Cup Series this year. The next World Cup meet will be held Nov. 19-20 in Sydney, Australia

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