Stanford Swimmers Named To U.S. Teams

Sept. 6, 2006

Colorado Springs, Co - Stanford University has longed played a major role in the success of United States swimming on the national, international and Olympic levels. For example, in Olympic competition since 1920, Stanford swimmers have won 21 gold, nine silver and five bronze medals.

USA Swimming has announced the athletes who will represent the United States at three international competitions in 2007, and the list includes current Stanford swimmers Chris Ash, Andy Grant, Shaun Phillips, Hongzhe Sun and Ben Wildman-Tobriner, and former Cardinal All-Americans Randall Bal, Jayme Cramer and Peter Marshall.

The three American teams were selected based on results from the 2006 USA Swimming Championships and the 2006 Pan Pacific Championships.

Cramer and Wildman-Tobriner will be among 21 members of the United States team that will compete at the 2007 FINA World Championships (March 25-April 1) in Melbourne, Australia, and also at the Dual in the Pool meet against Australia on April 3, 2007. Cramer will compete as part of the 4 x 200 free relay team while Wildman-Tobriner will compete in the 50 free and as part of the 4 x 100 free relay team.

Cramer captured the 2004 freestyle title at the NCAA's, and was a part of the winning 400 yard medley relay team at the NCAA's in 2005. Cramer was also a three-time Pac-10 individual champion in the 100 back and 200 fly and also helped Stanford to five Pac-10 titles in the 200 yard medley relay, the 400 yard medley relay, and the 800 yard free relay. Wildman-Tobriner enjoyed an outstanding collegiate season in 2006. Wildman-Tobriner gained six All-American honors at the NCAA Championships, and won the Pac-10 titles in the 50 and 100 free, and swam the second leg on the winning 200 free relay team.

Ash, Bal, Grant and Marshall will be a part of the 25-member U.S. team at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (July 17-22, 2007). Ash will compete in the 200 breast, Bal in the 100 back, Grant as a member of the 4 x 200 free relay, and Marshall in the 100 back.

Ash was a top five finisher during his freshman season in the 100 breast at the 2006 Pac-10 Championships. Bal helped Stanford win NCAA titles in the 200 yard free relay (2001-03), the 200 yard medley relay (2002) and the 400 yard medley relay (2002). Bal also won 13 Pac-10 individual and relay titles (2000-03) during his four-year career at Stanford. Grant, who will be a senior at Stanford in the fall, gained All-American honors at the 2006 NCAA's in the 200 free and the 200 back, and also as a member of the 400 free relay. Marshall won three NCAA titles (2002-04) in the 100 yard backstroke in addition to helping Stanford win four relay titles.

At the 2007 World University Games (August 8-13, 2007) in Bangkok, Thailand, 23 swimmers will comprise the American team including Shaun Phillips and Hongzhe Sun. During the 2006 season, Phillips won three All-American honors at the NCAA's, and captured the Pac-10 title in the 1650 free. Sun also won the Pac-10 titles in the 100 and 200 back, and the 200 IM. At the 2006 NCAA's, Sun captured two All-American honors including a second place finish in the 200 back. Phillips is expected to compete in the 200 free and as part of the 4 x 200 free relay while Sun will compete in the 200 back.

Swimming Saga
Randall Bal (100 back) and Ben Wildman-Tobriner ( 50 free) are two of 15 United States swimmers who are members of the 2006-07 National 'A' team ... This team consists of swimmers who have met the Top-8 world rankings in all Olympic events ... Jayme Cramer (200 free) and Peter Marshall (100 back) are members of the United States National 'B' team ... This team comprises times that are ranked among the Top-16 in the world.

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