Stanford capped an impressive year in which it dominated men's collegiate swimming. In the process, it established scoring marks for both the Pac-10 and NCAA meets. Stanford swimmers set American records in the 100 and 200 backstroke as well as the 200 and 400 medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay in 1992.
Stanford scored an NCAA record 632 points to win its fifth NCAA men's swimming title, which was held in Indianapolis, March 26-28. Stanford defeated runner-up Texas by a 276 point margin to secure its fourth title in the last eight years. The Cardinal finished the season with a 5-1 record and its 11th consecutive Pac-10 team title. For his efforts, head coach Skip Kenney was named NCAA Coach of the Year, the fifth such honor in the Cardinal mentor's 14-year tenure.
Stanford concluded its record setting performance in Indianapolis in an impressive fashion. Cardinal swimmers set seven American records, won four individual titles and set three relay marks. The meet also marked the first time ever that a team won all five relay races.
"I don't think anybody could expect to do this well. This is one of those dream-type of meets. Jeff Rouse is a perfect example of how focused we were coming into the meet. We had great preliminary swims, probably the best ever for Stanford. We really set ourselves up well for the finals. We were so unpredictable coming in, and we've been a very pleasant surprise." said Skip Kenney.
Senior Jeff Rouse, who later captured a silver and gold at the Barcelona Olympics, had his best meet at Stanford. He won three individual championships: 100 back (46.12), 200 back (1:40.64) and 200 IM (1:45.81) with the backstroke events won in American record times. In addition, he was part of record-setting 200 and 400 medley relay teams as well as anchoring the winning 400 freestyle relay squad. For his efforts, Rouse was named the 1992 NCAA Swimmer of the Year.
Stanford's 200 points on day #1 were the most ever to open the meet, the previous high being 165. The Cardinal won four of the five events on the opening day. On the final two days, Stanford had at least one finalist in each event. Two freshmen, Ray Carey and Dan Kanner, both turned in impressive top-eight finishes. Carey came in fourth in the 200 butterfly (1:45.30) and Kanner came in seventh in the 200 free (1:36.16).
1991-92 NCAA Team Results
1. Stanford 632 2. Texas 356 3. UCLA 310 4. California 265 5. Arizona 238
1992 Individual NCAA Champions
Prelims Finals Place 50 Free Erik Maurer 19.64 19.58 1st 100 Back Jeff Rouse 47.29 *46.12 1st 200 Back Jeff Rouse 1:42.47 *1:40.64 1st 200 IM Jeff Rouse 1:46.26 1:45.81 1st 200 Freestyle Relay John deGroot, Brian Retterer, 1:17.28 1st Bill Schell, Erik Maurer 400 Freestyle Relay Brian Retterer, Erik Maurer, 2:53.95 1st John deGroot, Jeff Rouse 800 Freestyle Relay Eddie Parenti, Brian Retterer, 6:26.59 1st Dan Kanner, Derek Weatherford 200 Medley Relay Jeff Rouse, Tyler Mayfield, *1:25.88 1st Bill Schell, John deGroot 400 Medley Relay Jeff Rouse, Tyler Mayfield, *3:08.39 1st Trip Zedlitz, Brian Retterer *NCAA and American Record