Three Stanford Swimmers Honored At Spring Awards

July 17, 2006

Stanford, Ca - Each year, the Stanford Athletic Board honors several of the top student-athletes in the Cardinal athletic department. In 2006, three swimmers (Nate Cass, Hongzhe Sun, Ben Wildman-Tobriner) were among 32 honored.

Nate Cass - Block 'S' Outstanding Male Freshman Award
Nate was voted by the league coaches as the 2006 Pac-10 Conference Newcomer of the Year ... Nate earned three All-American honors in the 200 IM, the 100 breast and the 200 breast as Stanford finished third at the NCAA Championship ... Nate also helped the Cardinal to its 25th straight Pac-10 title with three top seven finishes at the conference meet, including a second place finish in the 200 IM ... Cass already is ranked in the top 10 in school history in the 100 and 200 breast as well as the 200 IM.

Hongzhe Sun - Conference Male Athlete of the Year (Presented to the Stanford athlete who distinguishes himself in conference competition)
Hongzhe enjoyed a breakout season for the Cardinal in 2006 ... In helping lead Stanford to its 25th straight Pac-10 title, Sun captured first place honors in the 100 and 200 back and the 200 IM ... For his efforts, Sun was voted Pac-10 Swimmer of the Meet ... At the NCAA Championships, he won two All-American honors in finishing second in the 200 back, and swimming the leadoff leg on the third place 400 medley relay team ... Sun also gained All Pac-10 Academic honors for a second straight year.

Ben Wildman-Tobriner - Block 'S' Outstanding Male Junior Award
In 2006, Ben helped lead Stanford to its 25th consecutive Pac-10 title ... He won the Pac-10 titles in the 50 and 100 free, swam on the Pac-10 winning 200 free relay team, placed second in the 100 fly, and swam on the second place 200 and 400 free relay teams, and the 400 medley relay team ... At the NCAA Championships, Ben gained six All-American honors ... At the NCAA's, he finishecd second in the 50 and 100 free ... In three seasons at Stanford, Ben has gained 13 All-American honors ... He set the school record in the 100 free in 2006 ... In the last three years, he has helped lead Stanford to two second place finishes, and one third place finish at the NCAA Championships ... Ben was also named Pac-10 All-Academic for a second time in 2006 ... Ben was also recently named a first team Academic All-American.

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