Oct. 19, 2009
DURBAN, South Africa-- Stanford alum Peter Marshall is in first place following the first of five World Cup swim meets, after setting a world record in the 50 backstroke on Saturday, and breaking his own World Cup and American record in the 100 backstroke on Friday.
Marshall's first place showing, along with a world record gave the American a best of 40 points at the meet.
Marshall, who won the NCAA 100 backstroke three times in four years at Stanford (2000-04), set the world, American and World Cup record in the 50 backstroke with a time of 22.75, breaking Randall Bal's time of 22.87, set in Berlin.
A day earlier Marshall swam 49.40 in the 100 backstroke, beating fellow Cardinal Markus Rogan, who set an Austrian record. That mark broke Marshall's own World Cup and American record of 49.63 and fell two-tenths short of the world record.
Rogan is currently in ninth place in the FINA World Cup standings.
The World Cup will head to Moscow on November 6 and 7, before continuing in Stockholm (November 10-11), Berlin (November 14-15) and Singapore (November 21-22).
Marshall last year finished in second place at the World Cup to South Africa's Cameron van der Burgh. Marshall set three world records last year, in the 50 and 100 backstroke in Stockholm, Sweden and in the 100 backstroke in Berlin, Germany.
FINA awards points for each of the top-10 swimmers based on each swimmer's top performance, with performance bonuses for world records. Double points are awarded for the last meet of the Cup.
The Cardinal men and women will host their annual alumni meet on October 24 starting at 9 a.m. in their next competition of the season.
CURRENT FINA SCORING