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Men's Swimming and Diving Ready to Defend Title
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 06/21/1999

March 24, 1999

This week: Top-ranked Stanford heads to Indianapolis to defend its title at the 1999 NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships. The Cardinal is fresh off its 18th consecutive Pac-10 title, and its fifth undefeated dual-meet season in seven years. Stanford is also shooting for its sixth "perfect season" by going undefeated in duals, winning the Pac-10 title and winning the NCAA title. Stanford has previously accomplished that feat in 1985, 1986, 1993, 1994 and last year.

Stanford Story: The Cardinal (11-0, 4-0 Pac-10) has been ranked No. 1 all season after winning the 1998 NCAA title. Stanford opened the 1998-99 season with a 149-102 victory at Notre Dame last fall, then posted a dramatic 122-121 win over No. 2 Texas in Austin on Oct. 31. The Cardinal trailed going into the final event, but won the 400 freestyle relay to capture the meet. Stanford has not faced No. 3 Auburn this season, but also has wins over No. 4 USC, No. 6 Arizona, No. 7 California, No. 11 Arizona State and No. 17 Nebraska en route to a perfect regular-season. Stanford has lost only two dual meets since 1992 and has won 20 straight since 1997. The Cardinal has been led by its senior tandem of Tate Blahnik and Dod Wales this year. Blahnik is the defending NCAA Champion in the 200 backstroke, while Wales finished in the top three at the NCAA Championships in both the 100 freestyle and the 100 butterfly last year. Going into the NCAA Championships, Wales has the nation's top time in the 100 fly and the 14th-fastest mark in the 100 free, and Blahnik has the nation's second-fastest time in the 200 back and the ninth-fastest time in the 100 back. Other Stanford swimmers with national top-10 times this season include: Justin Ewers (fourth in the 100 back and fifth in the 200 back), Anthony Robinson (fourth in the 100 breast and eighth in the 50 free), Jeremy Kane (seventh in the 1650 free), Dan Schultz (seventh in the 200 back), Reid Gustin (eighth in the 1650 free), Rob Canales (ninth in the 200 IM and ninth in the 400 IM), and Blake Holden (ninth in the 200 breast). Stanford also has recorded several very fast relay times this season, ranking second nationally in both the 400 free relay and the 400 medley relay, third in the 200 medley relay, sixth in the 200 free relay and 12th in the 800 free relay.

Pac-10 Champs, One More Time: Stanford won its 18th consecutive Pac-10 Men's Swimming & Diving Championship March 4-6 at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach, Calif. The Cardinal extended what is the longest winning streak in the history of the Pac-10. Stanford broke the 13-year streak set by UCLA's men's basketball team under John Wooden by winning No. 14 in a row in 1995. Unlike many of the previous 17, however, the 18th title was in doubt down to the wire. Seventh-ranked Cal led the meet after both Day 1 (254-201) and Day 2 (520-484). Stanford out-scored the Golden Bears 46-14 in the 1650 free to start Day 3, cutting the lead to four points. Then a one-two finish by Tate Blahnik and Dan Schultz in the 200 back put the Cardinal ahead for the first time since they led after the second event of the meet. Cal narrowed the gap to 626.5-610.5 after the 100 free, then recaptured the lead 674.5-654.5 by taking first and second in the 200 breast. A two-three finish by Steven Brown and Adam Messner in the 200 fly cut the Golden Bear lead to 706.5-693.5, and then when Mark Michelin's fourth-place points for the 10-meter diving were added in, the Cardinal carried a 708.5-706.5 lead into the final event, the 400 free relay. Stanford led by .79 seconds at the 100 and by 1.05 at the 200, but Cal's star sprinter gave the Bears the lead by .55 seconds at the 300. With 50 yards to go it was neck-and-neck, with Stanford's Dod Wales .01 second behind his Cal adversary, but Wales finished strong, Stanford won by .58, and the streak reached 18. Blahnik (200 back), Justin Ewers (100 back), Anthony Robinson (100 breast) and Wales (100 fly) were individual champions for the Cardinal. Stanford also won the 200 medley relay, the 400 medley relay and the 400 free relay. Fourth-ranked USC finished third, with No. 6 Arizona taking fourth, No. 11 Arizona State in fifth and unranked Washington rounding out the field in sixth. Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA and Washington State do not sponsor men's swimming & diving.

Last Year: Stanford had one of the greatest performances in meet history last year to win its eighth NCAA title. The Cardinal outgunned favored Auburn, in the Tigers' own pool, 599-394.5 and became the first team in meet history to have a finalist in all 18 swimming events. Stanford won eight races and had 16 top-three finishes on the way to the second-best point total and margin of victory in the 62-year history of the NCAA meet (the 1992 Cardinal squad set both records, scoring 632 points to win by 276). Tom Wilkens won the 200 breast, the 200 IM and the 400 IM; Matthew Pierce won the 200 fly and Tate Blahnik won the 200 back, with the Cardinal going one-two in the 200 breast, the 200 fly and the 400 IM. Stanford also won the 200 free relay, the 400 free relay and the 400 medley relay last year. Wilkens joined Pablo Morales (three times) and Jeff Rouse as the only Cardinal men to win three individual events at one NCAA meet.

Stanford's Tradition of Excellence: Stanford men's swimming & diving has a storied tradition of success, producing world-famous athletes ever since the program began in 1915. Swimmer Norman Ross and diver Clarence Pinkston combined to win three gold medals and a silver at the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp, and that legacy has continued on through today. Stanford also produced Olympic medalists in 1924, 1928, 1932, and in every Games from 1960 to the present, except the boycotted 1980 Games. Among the men who have represented Stanford to the tune of 26 gold medals, 10 silvers and seven bronzes are Pablo Morales, Jeff Rouse, Anthony Mosse, Mike Bruner, John Hencken, Brian Job and Pete Desjardins. Additionally, six-time NCAA Coach of the Year Skip Kenney was the head coach at the 1996 Olympics, and an assistant in 1984 and 1988. On the collegiate level, Kenney ranks third all-time with seven NCAA crowns, and Stanford has won a total of eight overall (1967, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994 & 1998), including three in a row on two separate occasions. Stanford has the three highest point-totals in NCAA Championships history (632 in 1992, 599 in 1998 and 566.5 in 1994) and has finished in the top four at nationals every year since 1981.

Format: The NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships feature about 300 student-athletes competing for three days at the Indiana University, Purdue University-Indianapolis Natatorium. There will be a total of 21 events contested: 13 individual swimming events, five relays and three diving events. Each swimming event (except for the 1650 freestyle, which will feature four heats of finals) will have preliminary heats in the morning and finals in the evening. The top eight swimmers, or relay teams, in the morning prelims will advance to the championship final that evening and compete for the top eight places. The next-fastest eight swimmers (with the ninth through 16th preliminary times) will compete in the evening consolation final, for places nine through 16. The winner of the championship final will score 20 points for his team, with second scoring 17, and then 16, 15, 14, 13, 12 and 11 for eighth, or last in the championship final. The winner of the consolation final earns 9 points, with the runner-up scoring 7, followed by 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 point for last in the consolation final. Team points are doubled for relays, with the winner getting 40, second place scoring 34, and so on. An individual can compete in no more than three individual events and no more than seven total events (so three individual and four relays, or two individual and all five relays).

NCAA Outlook: With an 11-0 record, Stanford is certainly one of the favorites to win the NCAA title. In fact, the Cardinal has been ranked No. 1 all season long as the defending champion. But Stanford will need a strong performance to win its ninth NCAA title in men's swimming & diving. A reasonable preview of the meet can be gained by looking at the list of entrants in each event, and assigning points to the top 16 competitors in each event, effectively scoring the meet based on the best times so far this year. Doing that, scoring only the 18 swimming events, shows Texas as the favorite with 396.5 points. Auburn would be the runner-up with 372.5 points and Stanford would place third with 310.5 points. California (263.5), Arizona (241.5), Tennessee (189), USC (162), Minnesota (158), Texas A&M (157) and Florida State (157) round out the top 10 under that ranking system. Points for the three diving events would be added in on top of those totals to produce final scores.

Stanford Men's Swimming & Diving 1999 NCAA Qualifiers
Name (events)
Tate Blahnik (500fr, 100ba, 200ba)
Steven Brown (500fr, 400im, 200fl)
Rob Canales (200im, 400im, 200ba)
Glenn Counts (200im, 100fl, 100fr)
Justin Ewers (50fr, 100ba, 200ba)
Reid Gustin (500fr, 1650fr)
Blake Holden (100br, 200br)
Jeremy Kane (500fr, 400im, 1650fr)
Adam Messner (500fr, 200fr, 200fl)
Matt O'Mara (500fr, 1650fr)
Anthony Robinson (50fr, 100br, 100fr)
Dan Schultz (100ba, 200ba)
Dod Wales (100fl, 100fr)
200 Free Relay (TBD)
400 Free Relay (TBD)
800 Free Relay (TBD)
200 Medley Relay (TBD)

400 Medley Relay (TBD)

CSCAA Top 25 - March 4, 1999

Rk. School        Pts.
 1. Stanford      300
 2. Texas         279
 3. Auburn        278
 4. USC           262
 5. Tennessee     246
 6. Arizona       245
 7. California    221
 8. Georgia       213
 9. Florida State 193
10. Minnesota     184
11. Arizona State 180
12. Texas A&M     163
13. Michigan      140
14. Florida       136
15. Virginia      113
    Penn State    113
17. Nebraska      108
18. SMU            97
19. LSU            93
20. Harvard        58
    North Carolina 58
22. Ohio State     27
    Indiana        27
    Iowa State     27
25. Purdue         22

A list of Stanford's 1999 NCAA entrants by event, with their best time of the season and NCAA rank.

Thursday, March 25

200 Freestyle Relay
 1   Auburn                          1:17.25
 6   Robinson, Ewers, Counts, Wales  1:19.05

500 Freestyle 1 Chris Thompson, Michigan 4:17.17 22 Adam Messner 4:23.95 24 Tate Blahnik 4:24.41 28 Steven Brown 4:24.77 33 Jeremy Kane 4:26.01 38 Matt O'Mara 4:26.39 40 Reid Gustin 4:27.53

200 Individual Medley 1 Nate Dusing, Texas 1:46.41 9 Rob Canales 1:47.92 17 Glenn Counts 1:48.33

50 Freestyle 1 Aaron Ciarla, Auburn 19.39 8t Anthony Robinson 19.75 17 Justin Ewers 19.85

One-Meter Diving no entrants

400 Medley Relay 1 Auburn 3:10.46 2 Blahnik, Robinson, Wales, Ewers 3:11.01

Friday, March 26
200 Medley Relay
 1   Auburn                          1:26.60
 3   Blahnik, Robinson, Wales, Ewers 1:26.80

400 Individual Medley 1 Tim Siciliano, Michigan 3:46.23 9 Rob Canales 3:49.92 20 Steven Brown 3:51.38 35 Jeremy Kane 3:55.15

100 Butterfly 1 Dod Wales 46.66 24 Glenn Counts 48.24

200 Freestyle 1 Anthony Rogis, Nebraska 1:34.97 13 Adam Messner 1:36.82

100 Breaststroke 1 Brendon Dedekind, Florida State 53.36 4 Anthony Robinson 54.08 24 Blake Holden 55.22

100 Backstroke 1 Riley Janes, Texas A&M 46.75 4 Justin Ewers 47.47 9 Tate Blahnik 47.76 14 Dan Schultz 47.99

Three-Meter Diving no entrants

800 Freestyle Relay 1 Texas 6:26.70 12 Wales, Messner, Brown, Blahnik 6:32.75

Saturday, March 27

1650 Freestyle
 1   Chris Thompson, Michigan       14:43.95
 7   Jeremy Kane                    15:09.31
 8   Reid Gustin                    15:09.47
16   Matt O'Mara                    15:18.84

200 Backstroke 1 Matthew Cole, Florida 1:42.39 2 Tate Blahnik 1:42.46 5t Justin Ewers 1:43.70 7 Dan Schultz 1:44.02 32 Rob Canales 1:47.15

100 Freestyle 1 Francisco Sanchez, Arizona State 42.86 14 Dod Wales 43.89 31 Glenn Counts 44.31 37 Anthony Robinson 44.40

200 Breaststroke 1 Nuk Sirisanont, California 1:57.04 9 Blake Holden 1:58.89

200 Butterfly 1 Nate Dusing, Texas 1:44.13 15 Steven Brown 1:46.25 21 Adam Messner 1:46.76

Ten-Meter Platform Diving no entrants

400 Freestyle Relay 1 Texas 2:53.84 2 Ewers, Counts, Messner, Wales 2:53.87

Relay line-ups are from season-best times and are subject to change at NCAAs.

Tate Blahnik 500 free, 100 back, 200 back
Senior Temple, TX
The defending NCAA Champion in the 200 back (1:41.21)...Also placed third in the 100 back (46.93) last year...NCAA Champion in the 400 medley relay as well (47.09 split for 100 back)...Six-time All-American...The 1999 Pac-10 Champion in the 200 back (1:42.46), winning by more than a second and a half...Placed third in the 100 back at Pac-10s (48.21) as Stanford went one-two-three...Finished eighth in the 500 free (4:29.09), recording the sixth-fastest time in prelims (4:24.41)...Led off the Pac-10 Champion 200 medley relay (22.96 split) and 400 medley relay (47.99 split) teams...Anchored the third-place 800 free relay squad (1:38.21 split)...Broke the deGuerre Pool records in the 100 back (47.76, leading off the medley relay) and the 200 back (1:42.78) in the dual-meet victory over USC...Broke the Stanford-Cal double-distance meet record with a 3:43.38 in the 400 back...Undefeated in eight outings in the 200 back this year...Ranks third in school history in the 200 back, fifth in the 100 back and 12th in the 400 IM.

Season bests: 500 free - 4:24.41, 100 back - 47.76, 200 back - 1:42.46
Career bests: 500 free - 4:24.41, 100 back - 46.93, 200 back - 1:41.21

Steven Brown 500 free, 400 IM, 200 fly
Sophomore Reno, NV
The runner-up in both the 200 butterfly (1:44.00) and the 400 IM (3:46.52) at the 1998 NCAA Championships...Was part of a Stanford one-two finish in both of those events, with Matthew Pierce and Tom Wilkens, respectively...Also placed sixth in the 500 free (4:20.49, 4:18.79 prelims) to earn three All-America awards as a freshman...The 1999 Pac-10 runner-up in the 200 fly (1:46.25) after recording the fastest time in the prelims...Finished seventh in the 400 IM (3:53.49) after qualifying sixth in the prelims (3:52.22)...Also placed seventh in the 500 free (4:27.28) after swimming a season-best in the prelims (4:24.77)...Swam the third leg on the third-place 800 free relay squad (1:38.16 split)...Double winner in the 200 fly and the 400 IM in dual meets against Pacific and Arizona State...Ranks second in school history in the 400 IM, fourth in the 500 free and fifth in the 200 fly.

Season bests: 500 free - 4:24.77, 400 IM - 3:51.38, 200 fly - 1:46.25
Career bests: 500 free - 4:18.79, 400 IM - 3:46.52, 200 fly - 1:44.00

Rob Canales 200 IM, 400 IM, 200 back
Sophomore San Jose, CA
A point-scorer in three events at the NCAA Championships last year...Finished ninth in the 200 IM (1:48.11, 1:47.97 in prelims), 11th in the 400 IM (3:51.35) and 16th in the 200 back (1:46.32, 1:45.98 prelims) to become a three-time All-American as a freshman...Took third in the 200 IM (1:48.02) at the 1999 Pac-10 Championships after having the best time in the prelims (1:47.92)...Placed sixth in the 400 IM (3:53.40) after going 3:52.60 in the morning...Finished ninth in the 200 breast (2:01.00), but will swim the 200 back at NCAAs...Won both the 200 and 400 IMs in the dual-meet victory over California...Ranks sixth in Stanford history in the 400 IM, 11th in the 200 backstroke, 12th in the 200 IM and 14th in the 200 breaststroke.

Season bests: 200 IM - 1:47.92, 400 IM - 3:49.92, 200 back - 1:47.15
Career bests: 200 IM - 1:47.92, 400 IM - 3:49.92, 200 back - 1:45.92

Glenn Counts 200 IM, 100 fly, 100 free
Junior Kingwood, TX
Swam the third leg of the NCAA Champion 400 free relay a year ago (43.41 split)...Also earned All-America honors with a ninth-place finish in the 200 IM (1:47.11)...Just missing scoring in two other events at NCAAs last year...Took 18th in the 200 free (1:37.48) and tied for 18th in the 100 free (43.89)...Five-time All-American...Placed fifth in the 200 IM (1:48.45) at the 1999 Pac-10 Championships after swimming 1:48.33 in the prelims...Seventh in the 100 fly (48.48) after recording the fifth-best time in the prelims (48.24)...Finished 10th in the 100 free (44.31)...Swam the second leg (42.99 split) of the 400 free relay that clinched Stanford's Pac-10 title...Also swam the third leg of the 200 free relay (19.88 split) that finished second at Pac-10s...Swam the fly legs on Stanford's unofficial "B" relay teams in the 200 medley relay (21.77 split) and 400 medley relay (47.61 split) at Pac-10s...Swam the second leg of the 400 free relay (44.00 split) that broke the deGuerre Pool record against Nebraska...Swam the second leg of the 400 free relay (44.26 split) that clinched the dual-meet win over Texas....Swam the breast leg on the 400 medley relay team that broke the pool record at Notre Dame...Ranks eighth in school history in the 200 IM, 12th in the 100 free and 15th in the 200 free.

Season bests: 200 IM - 1:48.33, 100 fly - 48.24, 100 free - 44.90
Career bests: 200 IM - 1:47.11, 100 fly - 48.24, 100 free - 43.89

Justin Ewers 50 free, 100 back, 200 back
Senior Phoenix, AZ
Swam the third leg of the 200 free relay team (19.39 split) that won the NCAA title and broke the American record last year...A point-scorer in three individual events as well...Finished fifth in the 100 back (47.55, 47.48 prelims) at NCAAs...Placed 12th in the 200 back (1:45.08, 1:44.68 prelims) and 13th in the 50 free (19.91, 19.77 prelims) to earn three individual All-American honors...Also swam the second leg of the 800 free relay (1:37.06 split) that finished sixth nationally...The 1999 Pac-10 champion in the 100 backstroke (47.62, 47.47 prelims)...Placed third in the 50 free (19.93, 19.85 prelims)...Also was fourth at Pac-10s in the 200 backstroke (1:44.38, 1:43.70 prelims), one of three Stanford swimmers in the top four...Swam on three Pac-10 champion relays in 1999, and one runner-up...Led off the 400 free relay (43.69 split) that clinched the Pac-10 team title for Stanford...Also swam the anchor leg on the 200 medley relay (19.20 split) and the 400 medley relay (42.79 split) that won Pac-10 titles...Swam the second leg (19.33 split) on the 200 free relay that finished second...In his final swim at deGuerre Pool he led off the 400 free relay (44.10 split), giving Stanford a 1.23-second lead and helping the team clinch the dual-meet win over USC...Also anchored the 400 medley relay team (43.21 split) that broke the deGuerre record against USC...Led off the 400 free relay team (44.36 split) that clinched the dual-meet win over Texas...Swam the lead-off leg of the 400 medley relay team (49.67 split) that set a new pool record at Notre Dame...Won the 100 back (48.75) and the 50 free (20.42) against Nebraska...Ranks fifth in school history in the 200 back, sixth in the 100 back, eighth in the 50 free and 10th in the 100 free.

Season bests: 50 free - 19.85, 100 back - 47.47, 200 back - 1:43.70
Career bests: 50 free - 19.77, 100 back - 47.47, 200 back - 1:43.70

Reid Gustin 500 free, 1650 free
Freshman Cincinnati, OH
Stanford's only freshman NCAA qualifier...Third-place finisher in the 1650 free (15:09.47) at the 1999 Pac-10 Championships... Placed 17th in the 500 free (4:27.53), winning the bonus final at Pac-10s...Also placed 34th in the 200 free (1:43.20)...Swam the ancor leg (1:41.61 split) on the unofficial Stanford "B" team in the 800 free relay...His swim at Pac-10s ranks him 11th in school history in the 1650 free.

Season bests: 500 free - 4:27.53, 1650 free - 15:09.47
Career bests: 500 free - 4:27.53, 1650 free - 15:09.47

Blake Holden 100 breast, 200 breast
Senior Bay City, TX
The top returnee in the 200 breast after finishing second (1:56.90) at NCAAs last year to Stanford's Tom Wilkens...Also placed sixth in the 100 breast (54.15) at NCAAs one year ago, and 33rd in the 200 IM (1:49.79)...Finished third in the 200 breast (1:58.89) at the 1999 Pac-10 Championships...Was sixth in the 100 breast (55.22) at Pac-10s...Finished 19th in the 200 IM (1:50.80)...Swam the breast leg on the unofficial Stanford "B" team in the 400 medley relay (55.30 split) and on the unofficial Stanford "C" team in the 200 medley relay (25.45 split)...Scored valuable points by winning the 200 breast (2:02.35) in the dual-meet win over Texas...Ranks fifth in school history in the 200 breast and sixth in the 100 breast.

Season bests: 100 breast - 55.22, 200 breast - 1:58.89
Career bests: 100 breast - 54.15, 200 breast - 1:56.90

Jeremy Kane 500 free, 400 IM, 1650 free
Sophomore Los Gatos, CA
A two-time All-American as a freshman...Placed sixth in the 1650 free (15:06.62) at the 1998 NCAA Championships...Also scored with a 13th-place finish in the 500 free (4:23.49, 4:21.91 prelims) at NCAAs...The 1999 Pac-10 runner-up in the 1650 free (15:09.31)...Ninth in the 400 IM (3:55.15)...Also placed 12th in the 500 free (4:26.01) at Pac-10s...Broke the pool record in the 1000 free (9:18.81) at Notre Dame...Won both the 500 free (4:30.94) and 1650 free (15:18.87) in the dual-meet victory over California...Ranks seventh in school history in the 1000 free, eighth in the 1650 free and 13th in the 500 free.

Season bests: 500 free - 4:26.01, 400 IM - 3:55.15, 1650 free - 15:09.31
Career bests: 500 free - 4:21.91, 400 IM - 3:55.15, 1650 free - 15:04.19

Adam Messner 500 free, 200 free, 200 fly
Sophomore Ann Arbor, MI
A four-time All-American as a freshman...At the 1998 NCAA Championships he finished eighth in the 200 free (1:36.83, 1:35.85 prelims), ninth in the 500 free (4:20.14) and 15th in the 1650 free (15:19.14)...He also swam the third leg (1:36.04 split) on the 800 free relay team that placed sixth at NCAAs...Swam the third leg (44.14 split) of the 400 free relay team that won the 1999 Pac-10 title and clinched the team title for Stanford...Placed third in the 200 fly (1:46.76) at the 1999 Pac-10 Championships...He was also fourth in the 200 free (1:36.82) and fifth in the 500 free (4:23.95) at Pac-10s...Swam the second leg (1:36.94 split) of the 800 free relay team that placed third at Pac-10s...Swam the third leg (45.10 split) of the 400 free relay team that clinched the dual-meet victory over Texas...Swam the third leg (44.60 split) of the 400 free relay team that broke the deGuerre Pool record against Nebraska...Swam the fly leg on the 400 medley relay team that broke the pool record at Notre Dame...Won the 200 free (1:38.46) and the 200 fly (1:46.85) in the dual-meet win over California...Ranks fourth in school history in the 200 free, eighth in the 500 free and 11th in the 200 fly.

Season bests: 500 free - 4:23.95, 200 free - 1:36.82, 200 fly - 1:46.76
Career bests: 500 free - 4:20.14, 200 free - 1:35.85, 200 fly - 1:46.76

Matt O'Mara 500 free, 1650 free
Senior Reno, NV
A returning All-American...Placed 14th in the 1650 free (15:18.35) at the 1998 NCAA Championships...Also was 27th in the 500 free (4:26.94)...Finished sixth in the 1650 free (15:18.84) at the 1999 Pac-10 Championships...Also placed 13th in the 500 free (4:26.39) and 13th in the 400 IM (3:56.85)...Ranks ninth in school history in the 1000 free and 10th in the 1650 free.

Season bests: 500 free - 4:26.39, 1650 free - 15:18.84
Career bests: 500 free - 4:23.06, 1650 free - 15:06.74

Anthony Robinson 50 free, 100 breast, 100 free
Sophomore Houston, TX
A four-time All-American and an NCAA champion as a freshman...Placed fifth in the 50 free (19.55, 19.48 prelims) and eighth in the 100 breast (55.28, 54.50 prelims) to score for Stanford at the 1998 NCAA Championships...Also finished 59th in the 100 free (45.77)...Swam the first leg (19.66 split) of the 200 free relay team that broke the American record and won the NCAA title...Also swam the breast leg (24.55) of the 200 medley relay team that finished second...The 1999 Pac-10 champion in the 100 breast (54.08)...Also finished fifth in the 50 free (20.10, 19.75 prelims) and seventh in the 100 free (44.40) at Pac-10s...Swam the breast legs on two Pac-10 champion relays, the 200 medley (23.93 split) and the 400 medley (54.05 split)...Swam the lead-off leg (20.24 split) on the Pac-10 runner-up 200 free relay team...Swam the breast leg (54.44 split) on the 400 medley relay team that broke the deGuerre Pool record against USC...Ranks fourth in school history in the 50 free and fifth in the 100 breast.

Season bests: 50 free - 19.75, 100 breast - 54.08, 100 free - 44.40
Career bests: 50 free - 19.48, 100 breast - 54.08, 100 free - 44.40

Dan Schultz 100 back, 200 back
Senior Bedford, IN
Returning to his home state for his first-ever NCAA meet...Comes in as a strong points contender in both backstroke events...Was the runner-up in both backstroke events to a Stanford teammate at the 1999 Pac-10 Championships...Finished second to Justin Ewers in the 100 back (48.00)...Finished second to Tate Blahnik in the 200 back (1:44.02)...Placed 33rd in the 50 free (21.60)...Led off the unofficial Stanford "B" team in both the 200 medley relay (23.27 split) and the 400 medley relay (47.99 split, tied for the fastest lead-off split at the meet)...Swam the third leg (21.12 split) for the unofficial Stanford "C" team in the 200 free relay...Ranks sixth in school history in the 200 back and ninth in the 100 back.

Season bests: 100 back - 47.99, 200 back - 1:44.02
Career bests: 100 back - 47.99, 200 back - 1:44.02

Dod Wales 100 fly, 100 free
Senior Cincinnati, OH
A 12-time All-American, including five times in 1998...Two-time NCAA Champion...At the 1998 NCAA Championships, he was second in the 100 fly (46.18), third in the 100 free (42.91) and 25th in the 200 IM (1:49.15)...Swam the anchor leg (42.13 split) on the 400 medley relay team and the first leg (42.92 split) on the 400 free relay team that both won NCAA titles last year...Also anchored the 800 free relay (1:35.91) that placed sixth last year...The 1999 Pac-10 champion in the 100 fly (46.66)...Anchored the Pac-10 title-clinching 400 free relay (43.05 split)...Swam the fly leg on the Pac-10 champion 200 medley relay (20.71 split) and 400 medley relay (46.18 split) teams...Finished fifth at Pac-10s in the 100 free (43.91) and swam the 50 free unofficially (20.33)...Anchored the Pac-10 runner-up 200 freestyle relay (19.60 split) and led off the 800 free relay (1:39.44 split) that finished third...Broke the deGuerre Pool record in the 100 fly (47.11) by .86 seconds in the dual-meet win over Nebraska...Also swam the anchor leg (43.84 split) of the 400 free relay team that broke the deGuerre record against the Huskers...Broke the deGuerre record in the 100 free (43.90) and swam the fly leg (46.91 split) on the 400 medley relay squad that broke the deGuerre record against USC...Anchored the 400 free relay team (43.81 split) that clinched the dual-meet victory at Texas...Won the 100 fly (46.81) and the 100 free (43.89) in the dual-meet win over California...Ranks second in school history in the 100 free, third in the 100 fly, 11th in the 200 free and 11th in the 200 IM.

Season bests: 100 fly - 46.66, 100 free - 43.89
Career bests: 100 fly - 46.32, 100 free - 42.91


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