No. 3 Stanford Travels To #1 Cal State Bakersfield, #9 USC
Feb. 2, 2006
#3 Stanford at #1 (Division II) Cal State Bakersfield, Friday, February 3, 1:00 p.m.
#3 Stanford at #9 USC, Saturday, February 4, 1:00 p.m.
Another challenging weekend is facing the third-ranked Stanford men's swimming and diving team ... The Cardinal hits the road for a dual meet on Friday at 1:00 p.m. at Cal State Bakersfield ... The Roadrunners are a traditional power in Division II collegiate swimming, and are currently ranked #1 in the country ... Then on Saturday at USC's McDonald Stadium, Stanford arrives for a Pac-10 dual meet against the ninth-ranked Trojans ... The Stanford-USC meet features many of the nation's top collegiate swimmers and future Olympians, and this year is no exception ... Several races promise to be exciting ... They include the 500 free which features USC's Ous Mellouli who has the nation's best time 4:12.18 while Stanford's Andy Grant checks in at No. 3 (1:35.24) ... Grant also is sixth in the nation in the 200 free (1:35.24) ... Hongzhe Sun has been outstanding in the 100 back and the 200 back this year ... Sun has NCAA automatic qualifying times in the 100 back (47.29, #4 in the nation) and the 200 back (1:42.82, #3 in the nation) ... Sun will face a tough challenge from USC's Viktor Bodrogi in the 100 back ... Bodrogi has the eighth-best time in the country at 47.78 ... Bodrogi has the #1 time in the 200 fly (1:44.78) while Stanford's Tobias Oriwol and Sun are ranked eighth and ninth, respectively, with times of 1:46.33 and 1:46.52 ... Another interesting event will be the 200 IM where Sun has the third-best time in the country at 1:46.08 whle Oriwol has a time of 1:46.62 ... Mellouli leads the USC attack in the 400 IM with the #1 time in the nation (3:43.66) ... Oriwol is sixth-best in the nation at 3:50.18 ... Mellouli also is a dominant swimmer for USC in the 1650 free with a season-best time of 15:50.07, third-best in the country ... The 200 breast will feature USC's Mihail Flaskey, who has the fourth-best time in the country (1:58.23) but Stanford freshman Paul Kornfeld is fifth at 1:58.29 ... Stanford is dominant in the relay events ... Stanford is #1 in the country in the 200 free relay (1:20.68), the 800 free relay (6:30.16) and the 400 medley relay (3:14.61), and second in the country in the 400 free relay (2:58.82) and the 200 medley relay (1:29.35) ... USC is third nationally in the 200 medley relay (1:30.10).
Already this year, several Cardinal swimmers have gained the NCAA 'A' and 'B' Standards ... Andy Grant, the school record holder in the 200 free, has an NCAA 'A' standard time of 1:35.24 ... Last year, Grant set the school record of 1:35.97 in finishing third and gaining All-America honors at the NCAA Championship, an event in which Stanford finished second ... Grant also has an NCAA 'A' standard time of 4:18.43 in the 500 free with a time of 4:18.43 ... Last year, Grant chalked up a career-best 4:17.28 in the 500 free at the Pac-10 Championship which is sixth-best in school history ... In the 100 back, Hongzhe Sun has an NCAA 'A' standard of 47.29 ... Last year in the prelims at the NCAA's, Sun set a career-best of 46.55 which also is seventh-best in school history ... Sun also an NCAA 'A' standard in the 200 back with a time of 1:42.82 ... Last year at the Pac-10 Championship, Sun chalked up a career-best 1:41.25 ... Sun is also off to a fast start in the 200 IM where he has an NCAA 'A' standard with a time of 1:46.08 ... Other Stanford athletes with the NCAA 'A' standards are Tobias Oriwol in the 200 IM (1:46.62) and Stanford freshman diver Dwight Dumais who tallied 213.90 points in one-meter diving ... NCAA 'B' standard times have been turned in this year by Ben Wildman-Tobriner in the 50 free (20.17) and 100 free (43.96), Jason Dunford in the 100 free (44.46) and the 100 fly (48.52), Tobias Oriwol in the 200 free (1:37.20) and the 200 fly (1:46.33), Danny Beal in the 200 free (1:37.23) and 500 free (4:23.56), Michael McLean in the 500 free (4:23.15), Shaun Phillips in the 500 free (4:23.77) and 1650 free (15:19.23), Hongzhe Sun in the 200 fly (1:46.52), Mark Stephens in the 200 fly (1:47.78), the 200 IM (1:49.52) and the 400 IM (3:50.18), Andy Grant in the 100 back (49.65) and the 200 back (1:45.72), Paul Kornfeld in the 200 breast (1:58.29), Chris Ash in the 200 breast (2:00.33) and Tobias Oriwol in the 400 IM (3:50.18) ... The Stanford relay teams in the 200 free relay (1:20.68), the 800 free relay (6:30.16) and the 400 medley relay (3:14.61) all have the NCAA 'B' standard.
Stanford's Hongzhe Sun and USC's Ous Mellouli were named Pac-10 Men's Co-Swimmers of the Month for November ... Sun, a junior from Ewa Beach, Hawaii, was dubbed the Most Oustanding Athlete of the Meet at the UC Irvine Speedo Cup, after shattering a meet record and setting a new lifetime best in the 200-yard IM (1:46.08) ... Later in the meet, Sun recorded the then second-best time in the nation in the 100-yard backstroke, winning the race in 47.29 ... Sun then set another meet record in the 200-yard backstroke with an NCAA 'A' time of 1:42.82 ... Earlier in the month, Sun won the 100-yard (48:35) and 200-yard backstrokes (1:45.19) at the Stanford/California Triple Distance Meet ... This is the first monthly honor for Sun and Mellouli, respectively, as well as USC and Stanford's first Swimmer of the Month honor all-time ... Mellouli, a senior from Tunis, Tunisia, posted three wins for the Trojans in each of their November meets ... In USC's dual-meet season opener versus No. 6 Texas, Mellouli posted wins in the 1,000-yard freestyle (9:01.83), the 500-yard freestyle (4:23.00), and the 400-yard individual medley (3:57.11) ... In a non-scoring distance meet against Texas, Mellouli won individual medley races at 100 (51.52), 300 (2:53.67) and 600 (6:00.83) yards ... At No. 7 Arizona, the 2004 Olympic finalist won the 1,000-yard free (9:06.16), the 500-yard free (4:30.22), and the 200-yard IM with an NCAA consideration time of 1:48.91 ... The following day at Arizona State, Mellouli won the 200-yard (1:39.07) and the 500-yard free (4:28.92), in additon to his NCAA consideration performance in the 400-yard IM (3:50.31), to help the Trojans capture their first victory of the season.
Thus far during the 2005-06 season ...
For the third year in a row, Stanford is the champion of the Speedo Cup (Nov. 17-19, 2005)... The Cardinal easily defeated 13 other teams to chalk up 1,819 points over the three day event ... Hongzhe Sun was named the male Most Outstanding Athlete of the Meet ... Sun set a new Speedo Cup record in the 200 back with a time of 1:42.82 ... Earlier in the meet, Sun had an 'A' qualifying time in the 200 IM with his time of 1:46.08 ... Sun has an an 'A' qualifying itme of 47.29 in the 100 back ... Stanford winners at the Speedo Cup included Ben Wildman-Tobriner in the 50 free (20.23) and the 100 free (43.96), Andy Grant in the 200 free (1:35.24) and 500 free (4:18.43), Tobias Oriwol in the 400 IM (3:50.18), Paul Kornfeld in the 200 breast (2:00.97), Danny Beal in the 200 fly (1:48.22), Shaun Phillips in the 1650 free (15:19.23), the 200 free relay team (1:20.68), the 400 medley relay team (3:16.71), the 200 medley relay team (1:29.35), the 800 free relay team (6:30.16) and Jason Dunford in the 100 fly (49.03) ... Against California on Nov. 9, Hongzhe Sun won three events (50, 100 and 200 backstroke) and Andy Grant prevailed in the 200 free and 500 free, Ben Wildman-Tobriner in the 50 free, Tobias Oriwol in the 100 IM, and Noa Sakamoto in the 1000 free ... Stanford began Pac-10 competition on Jan. 20 with a 127-115 victory over fifth-ranked Arizona ... The Cardinal scored victories in seven events including a 1-2-3 finish in the 500 free ... Michael McLean recorded his best time of the season in the 500 free by nearly nine seconds in leading the Stanford sweep with a time of 4:23.15 ... A day later, Stanford posted a decisive 144-93 victory over #23 Arizona State ... Stanford went 1-2-3 in the 50 free, the 200 IM, the 100 free and the 200 back ... The Cardinal posted wins in eight of the 13 events contested ... Complete Stanford results can be found at www.gostanford.com.
Ben Wildman-Tobriner has been selected by USA Swimming as a member of the distinguished 2005-06 National 'A' and 'B' teams ... National 'A' Team members are those swimmers who have achieved a Top-8 FINA world ranking while 'B' Team members are ranked in the Top-16 in individual Olympic events during the traditional long course season (Jan. 1 - Sept. 1, 2005) ... Wildman-Tobriner is a member of the 'A' team along with former Stanford swimmer Randall Bal ... Former Cardinal standouts Jayme Cramer and Peter Marshall help comprise the National 'B' team.