January 15, 1999
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford University men's swimming coach Skip Kenney has announced the signing of four athletes to National Letters of Intent, beginning in the 1999-2000 school year - Randall Bal (Fair Oaks, CA/Bella Vista HS), Patrick Fowler (Bellevue, WA/Seattle Prep), Greg Long (Reston, VA/South Lakes HS) and Dan Westcott (The Woodlands, TX/The Woodlands HS).
"We have signed four outstanding young men who will make immediate impacts next season," Kenney said. "The addition of these individuals makes me feel very good about the future of Stanford men's swimming."
Stanford has won eight NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving titles, including four in the 1990's. The Cardinal has also won 17 consecutive Pacific-10 Conference championships dating back to 1982. On the international scene, Stanford has won 26 swimming and diving gold medals, and Kenney has served as head coach of the U.S. Olympic Men's Swimming Team on three occasions (1984, 1988, 1996).
Here's a complete look at the Stanford men's swimming class of 2003.
Randal Bal (Fair Oaks, CA/Bella Vista HS)
Currently ranked fourth in the nation in the 17-18 age group in the 200-yard backstroke, sixth in the 100-yard and 100-meter backstroke and seventh in the 50-meter freestyle ... Member of 1997 United States Junior National Team that competed in Sheffield, England ... Won the 100-meter backstroke at the 1997 Speedo Junior National Championships West ... Two-time U.S. Swimming Scholastic All-American (1996 & 1997) ... Has competed for Sacramento's California Capital Aquatics under head coach Mike Hastings for the last 14 years ... Career bests: 50-yard freestyle 21.16, 50-meter freestyle 23.86, 100-yard backstroke 50.15, 100-meter backstroke 57.59, 200-yard backstroke 1:47.43 and 200-meter backstroke 2:05.60.
Patrick Fowler (Bellevue, WA/Seattle Prep)
The 1997-98 National High School Swimmer of the Year ... Member of United States Swimming National "A" Team and U.S. Swimming All-American Team ... Won bronze medal in the 100-meter breaststroke at the 1998 Goodwill Games in New York City ... Currently ranked No. 7 in the world in the 100-meter breaststroke and No. 1 in the nation in the 17-18 age group in the 100-yard, 100-meter and 200-meter breaststroke ... Set U.S. National High School Record in the 100-yard breaststroke in February of 1998 (53.66) ... Also holds U.S. National 17-18 Age Group Record in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:01.96) ... Two-time U.S. Swimming Scholastic All-American (1997 & 1998) ... Swims for Bob Miller at the Bellevue Club and Mike McCloskey at Seattle Prep ... Career bests: 100-yard breaststroke 53.66, 100-meter breaststroke 1:01.96 and 200-meter breaststroke 2:16.16.
Greg Long (Reston, VA/South Lakes HS)
Middle Distance & Distance Freestyle/IM
High School All-American ... Qualified for 1998 U.S. Nationals in five different events ... Set Virginia State High School Records in the 500-yard freestyle and 200-yard Individual Medley ... Two-time Virginia State High School Champion in the 500-yard freestyle (1997 & 1998), and also won the 200-yard freestyle in 1998 ... Was ranked No. 1 nationally in the 15-16 age group in the 400-yard Individual Medley ... Washington Post All-Metropolitan Swimmer of the Year ... The 1997 Potomac Valley Swimmer of the Year ... Swims for Scott Brown at South Lakes ... Career best times: 200-yard freestyle 1:39.35, 500-yard freestyle 4:27.57, 1000-yard freestyle 9:18.50, 1650-yard freestyle 15:29.08, 200-yard Individual Medley 1:53.80, 400-yard Individual Medley 3:55.60.
Dan Westcott (The Woodlands, TX/The Woodlands HS)
The 1997-98 National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association Swimmer of the Year ... Member of 1998 United States Junior National Team that traveled to Paris, France ... At the 1995 U.S. Olympic Festival, won gold in the 100-backstroke and silver in the 200-backstroke ... Has finished in the top 16 in the 100-meter backstroke at the U.S. Summer Nationals each of the last three years ... Has won U.S. Junior National Championships in both the 100-backstroke and 100-butterfly ... Eleven-time Prep All-American ... Set Texas High School Record in the 100-backstroke ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Swims for Tim Bauer and Pete Payne at The Woodlands High School ... Career best times: 100-yard backstroke 48.68, 100-meter backstroke 56.85, 200-meter backstroke 2:04.46, 100-yard butterfly 48.56, 100-meter butterfly 56.47 and 100-yard freestyle 45.71.