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Pac-10 Men's Swimming Championships
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 06/21/1999
Day One Recap, Results
Day Two Recap, Results

Stanford Claims 18th-Straight Pac-10 Championship

Cardinal hold off Cal in the final race of the meet for the title.

LONG BEACH, Calif. - It came down to the last event of the meet - the 400 freestyle relay - but Stanford was able to defend its Pac-10 title for the 17th straight year, holding off California, at the 1999 Pac-10 Men's Swimming Championships at the Belmont Plaza in Long beach, Calif. Stanford's final score was 748.4, just ahead of Cal's 740.5. USC (674.0) finished third, followed by Arizona (441.0), Arizona State (428.0) and Washington (232.0).

In individual action, Arizona junior Ryk Neethling defended his Pac-10 title in the 1650 freestyle for the second year in a row in the first event of the evening. Neethling's swim of 15:03.02 was six seconds faster than Stanford sophomore Jeremy Kane, who turned in a time of 15:09.31. Kane edged out teammate Reid Gustin, a freshman, who finished third at 15:09.47. Neethling, the two-time defending NCAA champion in the event, also won a Pac-10 title in the 500 freestyle on Thursday. Stanford's 2-3 finish in the event put the Cardinal on top for the first time since day one, by a score of 626.5-610.5.

In the 200 butterfly, Stanford senior Tate Blahnik went out of the Pac-10 meet the way he came in in 1996. Blahnik won the event his freshman year, and did so again his senior campaign in a time of 1:42.46. He is also the defending NCAA champion in the event. Blahnik's Stanford teammate Dan Schultz finished second at 1:44.02, barely edging out third place finisher Gordon Kozulj of Cal, who swam a time of 1:44.08.

Arizona State's Francisco Sanchez won the next event, the 100 freestyle, after finishing second in both the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly earlier in the meet. Sanchez's swim of 42.86 is a new Pac-10 meet record, surpassing the time of 43.07 swam earlier in the day by California senior Bart Kizierowski. Kizierowski finished second in the final at 42.94. Arizona freshman Roland Schoeman finished third in 43.56.

After trailing Stanford for two events, Cal retook the lead by 20 points, 674.5-654.5, following a 1-2 finish by junior Nuk Sirisanont and freshman Andrew Chan in the 200 breaststorke. The win for Sirisanont was the second of the week after taking the 400 IM crown on Friday. Sirisanont swam a 1:57.04, followed by Chan, who swam 1:58.13. Senior Blake Holden of Stanford finished third in 1:58.89.

Sophomore Phil Demers of USC claimed the title in the 200 fly with a swim of 1:45.62. Stanford sophomore's Steven Brown and Adam Messner finished second and third. Brown turned in a time of 1:46.25, while Messner clocked a 1:46.76. With its 2-3 finish, and once the diving scores were added in, Stanford regained the lead by a mere two points - 708.5-706.5 - going into the 400 freestyle relay.

The 400 freestyle relay was just about as close as you can get, but Stanford's anchor Dod Wales was able to out-touch Cal's Lars Merseburg at the wall by .6 of a second. The Cardinal team of Justin Ewers, Glenn Counts, Adam Messner and Wales swam 2:53.87. Second place Cal swam 2:54.45, followed by USC at 2:55.71.

Team Standings

1. Stanford        748.5
2. California      740.5
3. USC             674.0
4. Arizona         441.0
5. Arizona State   428.0
6. Washington      232.0

1650 Yards Freestyle (Timed Final)

 1. Ryk Neethling, ARIZ               15:03.02
 2. Jeremy Kane, STAN                 15:09.31
 3. Reid Gustin, STAN                 15:09.47
 4. Nat Lewis, ARIZ                   15:10.33
 5. Bryan Nelson, WASH                15:14.55
 6. Matt OMara, STAN                 15:18.84
 7. Mickey Murad, CAL                 15:24.93
 8. James Thronton, ARIZ              15:28.00
 9. Mark Warkentin, USC               15:29.97
10. Joel Everman, USC                 15:31.35
11. Mike Dowling, ASU                 15:35.55
12. Matt Carter, ASU                  15:37.09
13. Matt Barry, ASU                   15:37.91
14. Mike Malchak, ASU                 15:52.16
15. Bruce Vogelesang, CAL             15:55.39

200 Yards Backstroke

 
(Finals)
                                    P         F
 1. Tate Blahnik, STAN           1:42.96   1:42.46
 2. Dan Schultz, STAN            1:46.08   1:44.02
 3. Gordan Kozulj, CAL           1:45.19   1:44.08
 4. Justin Ewers, STAN           1:43.70   1:44.38
 5. Leonardo Costa, USC          1:45.60   1:44.78
 6. Matt Macedo, CAL             1:46.56   1:45.78
 7. Kris Souther, ARIZ           1:46.55   1:47.56
 8. Joe Curreri, USC             1:47.89   1:47.90

(Consolation finals) 9. Christian Jacobson, ASU 1:48.48 1:47.38 10. Francis Tam, WASH 1:48.73 1:48.41 11. Matt Allen, ARIZ 1:50.50 1:49.61 12. Casey Ketterling, STAN 1:49.55 1:49.82 13. Chris Geitz, WASH 1:51.48 1:50.97 14. Beau Laughlin, WASH 1:54.67 1:53.27 15. David Moilanen, WASH 1:54.97 1:53.70 16. Geoff Phoenix, WASH 1:54.02 1:53.79

100 Yards Freestyle

(Finals) 1. Francisco Sanchez, ASU 43.71 42.86! 2. Bart Kizierowski, CAL 43.07 42.94 3. Roland Schoeman, ARIZ 43.87 43.56 4. Gabe Woodward, USC 44.06 43.60 5. Dod Wales, STAN 44.09 43.91 6. Bela Szabados, USC 44.08 44.19 7. Anthony Robinson, STAN 44.72 44.40 8. Lars Merseburg, CAL 44.61 44.77

(Consolation finals) 9. Dan Lindstrom, CAL 44.76 44.06 10. Glenn Counts, STAN 44.82 44.31 11. Will Moore, CAL 44.96 44.83 12. Jeff Guyman, STAN 44.91 45.00 12. Joey Morgan, CAL 45.12 45.00 14. Coley Stickels, ARIZ 45.35 45.31 15. Kurt Spenser, STAN 45.29 45.34 16. Mike Williams, USC 45.09 45.49

(Bonus finals) 17. Fergus Hudson, WASH 45.87 45.32 18. David Tong, CAL 45.54 45.64 19. Pablo Abal, ASU 45.88 45.68 20. Bo West, ASU 45.85 45.74 21. Jay Schryver, ARIZ 45.39 45.76 22. Guillermo Diaz, ASU 45.79 45.78 23. Simon MacDonald, ASU 45.60 45.90 24. Sean Gruver, CAL 45.63 46.08

200 Yards Breaststroke

(Finals)
1. Nuk Sirisanont, CAL           1:59.71   1:57.04
2. Andrew Chan, CAL              1:58.28   1:58.13
3. Blake Holden, STAN            1:59.36   1:58.89
4. Slawek Richter, USC           1:59.71   1:59.32
5. Peter Aronsson, CAL           2:00.43   1:59.55
6. Steve Messner, CAL            2:00.04   2:00.06
7. Ryosuke Imai, USC             2:01.19   2:00.19
8. Travis Leyenhorst, ASU        2:00.50   2:00.25

(Consolation finals) 9. Rob Canales, STAN 2:02.40 2:01.00 10. Nick Kaschik, USC 2:01.31 2:01.75 11. Jonathan Tunstall, ASU 2:03.01 2:03.18 12. A. Al-Kudmani, USC 2:03.17 2:03.92 13. Harvey Beckwith, USC 2:03.89 2:03.98 14. Steve Ronson, STAN 2:03.58 2:04.16 15. Ben Millard, WASH 2:05.18 2:06.62 16. Otto Hinks, ASU 2:04.82 2:07.52

(Bonus finals) 17. Adam Guzauskas, ASU 2:08.32 2:03.67 18. David Viav, WASH 2:06.29 2:05.61 19. Chris Bundy, ARIZ 2:06.18 2:05.81 20. Ryan Stratton, WASH 2:06.54 2:06.14 21. Andrey Trinidad, ASU 2:06.56 2:13.45

200 Yards Butterfly

(Finals)
1. Phil Demers, USC              1:47.06   1:45.62
2. Steven Brown, STAN            1:46.50   1:46.25
3. Adam Messner, STAN            1:47.38   1:46.76
4. Bret Awbrey, USC              1:47.08   1:47.04
5. Sean Cargin, CAL              1:47.26   1:47.27
6. Mark Kwok, USC                1:48.90   1:47.95
7. Seth Orozco, ARIZ             1:48.03   1:48.06
8. Hiro Sakoda, CAL              1:48.10   1:48.07

(Consolation finals) 9. Robert Delgado, ASU 1:49.05 1:47.70 10. Alex Silver, CAL 1:49.26 1:48.09 11. Mike ONeil, STAN 1:49.50 1:48.81 12. Ben Anderson, ARIZ 1:48.99 1:48.93 13. Robert Roosa, WASH 1:49.00 1:49.10 14. Austin Paulsen, ASU 1:51.90 1:51.82 15. Jamie Stone, WASH 1:51.15 1:52.01 16. Clay Flocco, WASH 1:52.98 1:53.91

(Bonus finals) 17. Ryan Oleson, WASH 1:53.32 1:51.43 18. Chris Mlakar, WASH 1:54.40 1:55.13

Platform Diving

1. Justin Dumais, USC 823.95 2. Arno Bergstrom, ARIZ 693.55 3. Allan Sonkin, ASU 567.80 4. Mark Michelin, STAN 487.80 5. Dan Zimmerman, ARIZ 477.20 6. Shawn Schuessler, USC 455.00 7. James Wells, USC 447.70

400 Yards Freestyle Relay

(Finals)
Stanford "A"                                    2:53.87
(Ewers, Counts, Messner, Wales)
California "A"                                  2:54.45
(Macedo, Lindstrom, Kizierowski, Merseburg)
USC "A"                                         2:55.71
(Woodward, Demers, Awbrey, Szabados)
Arizona State "A"                               2:58.40
Arizona "A"                                     2:59.36
Washington "A"                                  3:01.51

Heat 2 USC "B" 3:01.61 USC "C" 3:06.08 Washington "B" 3:06.99 Washington "C" 3:08.63

! - Pac-10 Meet Record


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