March 30, 2002
Athens, Ga. - The Stanford men's swimming and diving team finished second in a very close race for the title at the 2002 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships held in Athens, Ga. at the Gabrielsen Natatorium.
The Longhorns scored 512 points and edged the Cardinal (501) by 11 points in the second-closest NCAAs since the 16-place scoring system was introduced in 1984. That year, Florida beat Texas by 10.5 points. Stanford's 501 points marked the highest total ever for the second-place team.
The first event of the evening was the 1650 free. Cardinal sophomore Matt Sorlein placed 13th overall with a time of 15:12.48.
Stanford finished 1-2 in the 200 backstroke with sophomore Markus Rogan, who earlier won the 200 IM, picked up his second NCAA title, clocking in with a pool record 1:41.14. It is the fourth fastest time in school history. Fellow sophomore Peter Marshall took second with a time of 1:41.85 - season and career best time. Marshall's time ranks fifth at Stanford in this event.
Cal's Anthony Ervin set a new American, NCAA, U.S. Open and pool record in the 100 free (41.62). Cardinal Randall Bal placed fourth, clocking in at 42.96 (the third fastest time in Stanford history). Teammate Andrew Schnell finished 12th with a time of 43.63 - a season and career best time for the sophomore.
In the 200 breaststroke, Cardinal Michael Bruce finished second in a school record time of 1:54.81. Bruce's mark shatters the time set by Kurt Grote (1:55.02) in 1995. It is a season and career best mark for the sophomore.
Freshman Matt McDonald placed fourth in the 200 butterfly with his time of 1:44.04 - a season and career high for the Cardinal. His time ranks seventh all-time at Stanford. Junior Dan Westcott took 10th (1:44.12) with a career-best time and teammate Jayme Cramer placed 11th (1:44.80) - also a career-best time.
Cardinal freshman Adam Peterson finished 23rd in the platform diving event recording a score of 391.40.
In the final event of the night, Stanford took second in the 400 free relay with a season-best time of 2:51.63. For the championship, the Cardinal won three of the five relays.
The 2002 NCAA Division I Men's Swimming and Diving Championships will be televised by ESPN Friday, April 12 at 2 p.m. (EST/tape delay). A rebroadcast on ESPN2 is scheduled for April 29 at 2 p.m. (EST/tape delay). Each segment will be 90 minutes in length. Be sure to check your local listings. Air dates and times are subject to change.
FINAL STANDINGS (THROUGH EVENT 21)
Saturday, March 30
1. Texas 512 2. Stanford 501 3. Auburn 365.5 4. Florida 277 5. Southern Cal. 272 6. California 271 7. Arizona 242 8. Minnesota 216 9. Michigan 183 10. Georgia 167