March 8, 2002
Long Beach, Calif. - The No. 1-ranked Stanford men's swimming and diving team extended their lead at the Pac-10 Men's Swimming and Diving Championships after day two in Long Beach. Calif. The Cardinal have 637 points to lead the field. California is second with 468.5 while Arizona is third at 398.5.
Stanford won four of seven events on the evening while individual swimmers broke two league meet records.
The Cardinal opened up the night of competition with a victory in the 200 medley relay. The realy team of Randall Bal, Bobby O'Bryan, Michael Bruce and Jeff Guyman posted a winning time of 1:26.46 which is an automatic qualifying time at NCAAs.
The second event of the night was the 400 IM. Sophomore Markus Rogan broke the Pac-10 meet record with his winning time of 3:42.76 (NCAA automatic qualifying time). Freshman Dan Trupin was third with a provisional qualifying time of 3:47.33 while teammate Matt Sorlien placed fifth (3:49.96).
The next event was the 100 fly where sophomore Peter Marshall was edged by Arizona's Roland Schoeman and finished second in a time of 47.12 (NCAA automatic qualifying mark). Freshman Matt McDonald took third in a provisionally qualifying time of 47.39.
USC's Klete Keller won the 200 free in a time of 1:35.25. Stanford's John Waters finished fourth in a time of 1:36.76 (NCAA provisional qualifying time) to lead the Cardinal.
Sophomore Michael Bruce won the 100 breast in a NCAA automatic qualifying time of 53.79. The Cardinal have won this event for the past three consecutive seasons with Bruce's win today. Teammate Peter Lennox-King placed fifth in a time of 55.75.
Stanford finished 1-2 in the 100 back as junior Randall Bal claimed his third consecutive Pac-10 title in this event with a time of 46.35. This time broke the Pac-10 meet record held by Cardinal Brian Retterer (1992). Peter Marshall was second (46.73) while freshman Jayme Cramer took fourth (47.71). Junior Dan Westcott placed fifth for Stanford as well in a time of 47.72. All four swimmers posted NCAA automatic qualifying times in this event.
The final event of the day was the 800 free relay. USC won the event with a Pac-10 meet record time of 6:24.62. Stanford was second. The Cardinal relay team of Dan Trupin, Markus Rogan, John Waters and Andrew Schnell posted a time of 6:26.47 (NCAA automatic qualifying mark).
Action continues tomorrow with prelims in the morning and finals in the evening at the Belmont Plaza Pool in Long Beach, Calif.