Aug. 29, 1999
Three former Stanford swimmers led the U.S. charge at the 1999 Pan Pacific Championships in Sydney, Australia, combining to win five medals, including three golds.
Tom Wilkens '98 won the 200-meter individual medley (2:01.01), and was the top U.S. finisher in two other individual events. He captured a silver medal in the 200m breaststroke (2:13.97) and a bronze medal in the 400m IM (4:18.58). Kurt Grote '95 and Dod Wales '99 both earned gold medals on the U.S. 400m medley relay team. Grote split a 1:01.69 on the breast leg while Wales, who broke the American record in the 100-yard butterfly in March, split a 52.49 on the fly leg.
Additionally, Wales was the top U.S. finisher in the 100m fly (53.38), where he placed fourth. Grote placed fifth in the 200m breast (2:15.41) and was sixth in the 100m breast (1:02.79).
The Pan Pacific Championships, which featured 12 new world records in eight days of competition, was held in the same pool that will be used for the 2000 Olympic Games. Wilkens, Grote and Wales are among numerous current and former Stanford swimmers who will compete for berths on the U.S. team.