March 1, 2000
This week: No. 6 Stanford looks to continue the most impressive streak in Pac-10 history this weekend at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way, Wash. The Cardinal has won 18 consecutive Pac-10 titles, the longest streak in league history in any sport. But that run of success will be tested Thursday through Saturday. In addition to the No. 6 Cardinal, the meet features No. 2 Arizona, No. 4 California, No. 5 USC, No. 11 Arizona State and unranked Washington. Preliminaries will be held each morning at 11:00 a.m. with finals at 6:00 each night. The Pac-10 Invitational will take place Sunday, giving competitors one more chance to post, or improve upon, NCAA qualifying times.
Stanford Story: The Cardinal (6-3, 3-1 Pac-10) started the season ranked No. 1 nationally after finishing second at the 1999 NCAA Championships. Stanford opened the season with two invitational meets, then kicked off the dual-meet season at home on Nov. 5. No. 3 Texas beat the top-ranked Cardinal, but Stanford bounced back to defeat British Columbia and San Francisco State in dual meets. The Cardinal fell to No. 9 Michigan to return from winter break, but rebounded to defeat No. 11 Arizona State at deGuerre Pool. The young Cardinal squad nearly knocked off No. 2 Arizona as well, using a one-two-three sweep of the 200 breaststroke to tie the meet going into the final relay, but Stanford couldn't pull out the 400 free relay and lost a narrow decision. Stanford then beat Pacific fairly handily and defeated No. 5 USC 128-115 on Jan. 29. Stanford concluded the dual-meet season with a 137-106 victory over No. 4 California. Junior Rob Canales broke Tom Wilkens' deGuerre Pool record in the 200 individual medley, winning the race in 1:47.57. Canales also won the 200 breaststroke, while freshman Gavin Olmstead won both the one-meter and three-meter springboard competitions. Freshman John Waters won the 1000 freestyle, freshman Randall Bal won the 200 backstroke and junior Adam Messner captured the 500 freestyle. Along with returning All-Americans Glenn Counts, Steven Brown and Anthony Robinson, they will lead the Cardinal this weekend. Robinson is the defending Pac-10 champion in the 100 breaststroke. Stanford swimmers have won the 100 breaststroke title at Pac-10s nine consecutive years. Stanford has also won the 100 butterfly five consecutive years, and has triumphed in both the 200 medley relay and the 400 free relay in each of the last eight years.
Pac-10 Diving: The Pac-10 men's diving championships took place a week ago, in conjunction with the women's meet. Stanford scored 75 points in the three diving events, to place fourth going into the 18 swimming events. Arizona has 100 points, Arizona State 99, Cal 90 and USC 56. Washington had no divers entered. For the Cardinal, senior Mark Michelin placed third on the platform, sixth on the three-meter and 10th on the one-meter. Freshman Gavin Olmstead was fifth on one-meter, sixth on platform and seventh on three-meter.
A Year Ago: The Cardinal captured its 18th straight Pac-10 title, edging Cal 748.5-740.5 by winning the final event, the 400 freestyle relay. Dod Wales won the Pac-10 title in the 100 butterfly, Anthony Robinson won the 100 breaststroke, Justin Ewers won the 100 backstroke and Tate Blahnik won the 200 backstroke. In addition to the 400 free relay squad of Ewers, Glenn Counts, Adam Messner and Wales, Stanford also won the 400 medley relay (Blahnik, Robinson, Wales and Ewers) and the 200 medley relay (Blahnik, Robinson, Wales and Ewers).
CSCAA Top 25 (2/10/00)
1. Texas 374 2. Arizona 346 3. Auburn 329 4. California 321 5. USC 310 6. Stanford 296 7. Michigan 269 8. Georgia 258 9. Virginia 253 10. Minnesota 226 11. Arizona State 216 12. Tennessee 199 13. Florida 187 14. SMU 170 15. Texas A&M 159 16. Hawai`i 152 17. Penn State 142 18. Nebraska 123 19. LSU 114 20. Harvard 68 21. North Carolina 66 22. Florida State 43 23. North Carolina State 38 24. Wisconsin 33 25. Purdue 32