Former Stanford Swimmers Record Top Finishes At Golden Bear Meet
June 20, 2007
Former Stanford swimmers Randall Bal and Markus Rogan recorded top finishes at the Golden Bear meet held in Zagreb, Croatia from June 16-17. Bal broke three records and won two titles at the competition, while Rogan competed in three races and took two titles as well.
Randall Bal dropped the first meet record of the opening night with an American-record performance of 24.92 in the 50 backstroke. The time nipped the American standard of 24.99 set by Lenny Krayzelburg on Aug. 28, 1999 in Sydney, Australia. The effort also eclipsed the former meet standard of 25.30 set by Thomas Rupprath, who wound up third in the event with a time of 25.97.
Fresh off an American record in the 50 backstroke, Bal chopped a second-and-a-half off the meet standard set by Stefen Driesen in the 100 backstroke, stopping the clock in 53.87 to earn the title on the final night of competition.
Markus Rogan claimed his first title of the meet as he posted a time of 1:52.12 to record the victory in the 200 freestyle. He came back the same night to earn his second title of the competition with a time of 2:02.33 in the 200 backstroke.
The final day of competition saw Rogan compete against former teammate Bal in the 100 backstroke. Rogan managed a third place finish as he recorded a time of 56.63.