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Men's Swimming & Diving 1999 Wrap-Up
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 06/21/1999

April 22, 1999

Last week: Stanford suffered its first loss in two seasons, finishing second to Auburn at the 1999 NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships. The Cardinal went a perfect 11-0 during the regular season and captured its 18th consecutive Pac-10 title in dramatic fashion. The highlight of the NCAA meet was Stanford senior Dod Wales' American record in the 100 fly (see below), and senior Tate Blahnik won his second consecutive NCAA title in the 200 backstroke. The Cardinal placed in the top two in four of five relays and saw nine swimmers capture All-America honors.

All in the Family: The highlight of the meet came when Stanford senior Dod Wales shattered the American record in the finals of the 100 fly. Wales' mark of 45.89 broke former Stanford standout Pablo Morales' American record of 46.28, and earned Wales his first NCAA individual title. Ross Wales, the 1967 NCAA champion in the 100 fly, then presented the awards to the eight finalists, including presenting an award to his son. Dod and Ross became the first father and son in history to win the same event at the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships. Ross Wales went on to win a bronze medal in the 1968 Olympics, and is currently a vice president of FINA, the international governing body for swimming. Adding to the story, Wales trained under Morales, then a Stanford assistant coach, during his junior year.

Pac-10 Champs, One More Time: Stanford won its 18th consecutive Pac-10 Men's Swimming & Diving Championship March 4-6 at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach, Calif. The Cardinal extended what is the longest winning streak in the history of the Pac-10. Stanford broke the 13-year streak set by UCLA's men's basketball team under John Wooden by winning No. 14 in a row in 1995. Unlike many of the previous 17, however, the 18th title was in doubt down to the wire. Seventh-ranked Cal led the meet after both Day 1 (254-201) and Day 2 (520-484). The Cardinal carried a 708.5-706.5 lead into the final event, the 400 free relay, which Stanford won by .58 seconds. Seniors Tate Blahnik (200 back), Justin Ewers (100 back), Dod Wales (100 fly) and sophomore Anthony Robinson (100 breast) were individual champions for the Cardinal. Stanford also won the 200 medley relay, the 400 medley relay and the 400 free relay.

Regular Season: The Cardinal went 11-0 during the dual-meet season, its fifth undefeated season in the last seven years, and its ninth under Skip Kenney. In October, Stanford beat No. 2 Texas in Austin 122-121, winning the final relay to clinch the meet. Stanford also beat nationally ranked teams from USC, Arizona, Cal, Arizona State and Nebraska.

Senior Salute: Stanford says goodbye to eight seniors this year. They are Tate Blahnik, a three-time NCAA champion and a 10-time All-American from Temple, Texas; Justin Ewers, an NCAA champion and 12-time All-American from Phoenix, Ariz.; Blake Holden, a two-time All-American from Bay City, Texas; Casey Ketterling, a four-time Pac-10 scorer from Mesa, Ariz.; Matt O'Mara, an All-American from Reno, Nev.; Matthew Pierce, an NCAA champion and four-time All-American from The Woodlands, Texas; Dan Schultz, a four-time All-American from Bedford, Ind.; and Dod Wales, a three-time NCAA champion and 19-time All-American from Cincinnati, Ohio.

The Coach: Stanford Coach Skip Kenney led the Cardinal to its 18th consecutive Pac-10 title, a league record for any sport, and its 18th consecutive top-four finish at the NCAA Championships. Kenney has won seven NCAA team titles in his tenure at Stanford and his athletes have earned 715 All-America certificates and 38 NCAA individual or relay titles. Although his first team went only 3-6 overall, they still finished in the top 10 at the NCAA meet. Since then, it's been onwand and upward, and the Cardinal has a 155-32 (.829) dual-meet record in Kenney's 20 years at the helm.

1999 NCAA Champions

Tate Blahnik
200 back 1:41.42

Dod Wales
100 fly 45.89

1999 NCAA All-Americans

Tate Blahnik
500 free, 100 back, 200 back, 800 FR

Steven Brown
200 fly, 400 im, 800 FR

Rob Canales
200 back, 200 im, 400 im

Glenn Counts
100 free, 100 fly, 200 im, 200 FR, 400 FR

Justin Ewers
50 free, 100 back, 200 back, 200 FR, 400 FR, 200 MR, 400 MR

Adam Messner
200 free, 500 free, 200 fly, 800 FR

Anthony Robinson
50 free, 100 breast, 200 FR, 400 FR, 200 MR, 400 MR

Dan Schultz
100 back, 200 back, 200 MR, 400 MR

Dod Wales
100 free, 100 fly, 200 FR, 400 FR, 800 FR, 200 MR, 400 MR

Records Set in 1999

Dod Wales (100 fly, 45.89)
American, U.S. Open, NCAA, Pac-10 and Stanford record

March 25-27, 1998
Indiana University Natatorium
Indianapolis, IN

Final Team Standings
1. Auburn       467.5
2. Stanford     414.5
3. Texas        356.5
4. California   300.5
5. Arizona      296
6. USC          286.5
7. Tennessee    171
8. Michigan     169
9. Georgia      149.5
10. Texas A&M   148
Stanford Finishers
Event                        Trials   Finals

200 Free Relay 1 Auburn 1:16.50*** 1:16.63 ***new U.S. Open, NCAA, meet and Pool record 2 Stanford 1:18.06 1:17.54 (Finals: Anthony Robinson 19.69, Dod Wales 19.31, Glenn Counts 19.59, Justin Ewers 18.95) (Trials: Dod Wales 19.94, Anthony Robinson 19.19, Glenn Counts 19.62, Justin Ewers 19.31)

500 Freestyle
 1 Ryk Neethling (Arizona) 4:17.97 4:13.80
 9 Adam Messner            4:20.74 4:20.58
 15 Tate Blahnik           4:21.58 4:24.94
 17 Steven Brown           4:22.98 
 22 Jeremy Kane            4:24.23 
 32 Matt O'Mara            4:26.10 
 43 Reid Gustin            4:30.92 

200 Individual Medley 1 Lionel Moreau (Auburn) 1:45.03 1:45.24 5 Glenn Counts 1:47.13 1:47.19 12 Rob Canales 1:47.80 1:47.08

50 Freestyle 1 Aaron Ciarla (Auburn) 19.43 19.36 7t Anthony Robinson 19.58 19.72 12 Justin Ewers 19.82 19.78

One Meter Diving 1 Rio Ramirez(Miami, Fla.)574.00 643.10 No competitors

Event Trials Finals

400 Medley Relay 1 Auburn 3:12.77 3:09.17 2 Stanford 3:11.71 3:09.25 (Finals: Dan Schultz 47.69, Anthony Robinson 53.66, Dod Wales 45.38, Justin Ewers 42.52) (Trials: Tate Blahnik 48.16, Blake Holden 54.83, Dod Wales 45.71, Justin Ewers 43.01)

200 Medley Relay 1 Auburn 1:26.87 1:26.12 2 Stanford 1:27.32 1:26.23 (Finals: Dan Schultz 22.81, Anthony Robinson 23.93, Dod Wales 20.35, Justin Ewers 19.14) (Trials: Dan Schultz 22.73, Anthony Robinson 23.96, Glenn Counts 21.26, Justin Ewers 19.37)

400 Individual Medley 1 Tim Siciliano (Michigan) 3:45.56 3:43.54 5 Steven Brown 3:49.02 3:47.51 11 Rob Canales 3:49.18 3:49.06 25 Jeremy Kane 3:53.35

100 Butterfly 1 Dod Wales 46.36 45.89 12 Glenn Counts 47.55 47.63

200 Freestyle 1 Ryk Neethling (Arizona) 1:35.56 1:33.59 5 Adam Messner 1:35.68 1:35.84

100 Breaststroke 1 Brendon Dedekind (FSU) 53.68 53.16 5 Anthony Robinson 54.21 54.31 25 Blake Holden 55.65

100 Backstroke 1 Michael Gilliam (Tennessee) 47.71 47.12 2 Dan Schultz 47.24 47.20 3 Justin Ewers 47.45 47.26 6t Tate Blahnik 47.68 47.49

Three Meter Diving 1 Troy Dumais (Texas) 606.90 688.70 No competitors

Event Trials Finals

800 Free Relay 1 Texas 6:23.03 4 Stanford 6:26.71 (Finals: Steven Brown 1:36.99, Dod Wales 1:36.77, Tate Blahnik 1:37.60, Adam Messner 1:35.35)

1650 Freestyle 1 Ryk Neethling (Arizona) 14:35.57 19 Matt O'Mara 15:21.43 20 Reid Gustin 15:22.11 25 Jeremy Kane 15:30.55

200 Backstroke 1 Tate Blahnik 1:42.16 1:41.42 8 Justin Ewers 1:43.59 1:44.27 11 Rob Canales 1:45.15 1:44.81 12 Dan Schultz 1:44.14 1:44.99

100 Freestyle 1 Bart Kizierowski (Cal) 42.60 42.70 8 Dod Wales 43.27 43.61 14t Glenn Counts 43.68 43.98 18 Anthony Robinson 43.93 Event Trials Finals

200 Breaststroke 1 Dave Denniston (Auburn) 1:56.50 1:55.51 18 Blake Holden 2:00.70

200 Butterfly 1 Shamek Pietucha (Virginia) 1:44.24 1:43.50 4 Steven Brown 1:44.59 1:44.63 6 Adam Messner 1:45.06 1:45.03

Platform Diving 1 Rio Ramirez (Miami, Fla.) 586.90 901.60 No competitors

400 Free Relay 1 Auburn 2:53.65 2:50.90 2 Stanford 2:54.48 2:53.41 (Finals: Justin Ewers 43.40, Glenn Counts 43.33, Anthony Robinson 43.73, Dod Wales 42.95) (Trials: Justin Ewers 43.66, Glenn Counts 44.17, Anthony Robinson 43.23, Dod Wales 43.42)


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