March 28, 2002
Athens, Ga. - The No. 1-ranked Stanford men's swimming and diving team captured one individual and two relay NCAA titles on the first day of competition at the 2002 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships held in Athens, Ga. The Cardinal are currently in second place with 143 points in the overall team standings. Texas leads with 163 points while Arizona is third with 104.
In the first event of the evening, Stanford defended its title in the 200 free relay winning in an American and NCAA record time of 1:16.49. The Cardinal team of Randall Bal, Peter Marshall, Andrew Schnell and Bobby O'Bryan swam the race in a season-best time.
USC's Klete Keller took top honors in the 500 free in a pool record time of 4:12.83.
Stanford finished 1-2 in the 200 IM with sophomore Markus Rogan winning his first NCAA title in a pool record time of 1:44.03. It is a career-best time for Rogan as well as the second fastest time in school history. Freshman Dan Trupin took second in a time of 1:44.08 - the third fastest time in school history.
Cardinal junior Randall Bal, making his second appearance of the night, finished third in the 50 free with a time of 19:48. Arizona's Roland Schoeman placed first in a time of 19:08 (Schoeman broke the NCAA record in the prelims with his time of 19:06). Sophomore Andrew Schnell finished ninth (19.80) in a career-best time while teammate Bobby O'Bryan took 16th (20.11).
Texas' diver Troy Dumais was crowned the NCAA Champion on the one-meter event with his score of 390.35. Stanford freshman Adam Peterson, making his first NCAA appearance, finished 24th (271.65).
The final event of the evening was the 400 medley relay. Stanford claimed its third title on the day its second win in a relay with a pool record time of 3:06.81. The team of Peter Marshall, Michael Bruce, Dan Westcott and Randall Bal cut almost three seconds off of their previous season-best time.
Action will continue tomorrow with the 200 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, three-meter diving and the 800 free relay. Prelims begin at 11 a.m. with the finals starting at 7 p.m. ET.
Team Standings (after day one) 1. Texas (163) 2. Stanford (143) 3. Arizona (104) 4. Florida (91) 5. Auburn (83.5) 6. Southern California (70) 7. California (67) 8. Minnesota (64.5) 9. Tennessee (57) 10. Virginia (52) 11. Georgia (47)