Stanford men's swim team claimed its second consecutive NCAA crown as it capped an undefeated season in 1993. Stanford finished 8-0 and on the way to the NCAAs, the Cardinal won its 12th consecutive Pac-10 title, leaving broken records in its wake.
The Cardinal again toppled all opponents at the Pac-10 Conference meet at the King County Aquatic Center at Federal Way, Washington March 4-6, 1993. Along the way, Stanford swept all five relays, a feat never before accomplished in Pac-10 history.
Five Pac-10 meet records fell to Stanford swimmers as well. Trip Zedlitz won the 200 IM, breaking the meet record in 1:45.50. Joe Hudepohl outdistanced the field in the 200 free to capture first and break the meet record in 1:35.05. Kurt Grote swam to a first-place finish and broke the record in the 200 breaststroke in 1:56.93.
Cardinal relay teams broke the other two Pac-10 meet records. The 800 freestyle relay team, consisting of Eddie Parenti, Dan Kanner, Eric Diehl and Hudepohl, took first and slashed the meet record to 6:24.98. The 400 freestyle relay team, made up of Bill Schell, Erik Maurer, Derek Weatherford and Hudepohl, dropped the record to 2:54.10 with a first-place finish.
Stanford outdistanced the field by 245 points, earning a total of 865, to win the Pac-10 title. UCLA and Arizona State were second and third respectively.
Stanford's twelfth Pac-10 title primed the Cardinal for the '93 NCAAs in Indianapolis, Indiana. And Stanford painted the Indiana pool Cardinal red.
The Cardinal came away with three individual titles and three relay titles. Tyler Mayfield broke the Pac-10 Conference record in the 100-yard breaststroke, and also swam away with the NCAA title (5307). Derek Weatherford took the crown in the 100 back and Ray Carey struck gold in the 200 butterfly.
Hudepohl, Trip Zedlitz, Maurer and Weatherford, otherwise known as the 400 freestyle relay team, broke Stanford's school record as they claimed the title. The 200 freestyle relay team (Schell, Maurer, Mayfield, Hudepohl) won in a time of 1:17.78 and the 400 medley relay team (Weatherford, Mayfield, Zedlitz and Hudepohl) pulled in Stanford's sixth title.
Other Stanford school records fell at the NCAAs as Bill Schell placed third in the 50 free with a time of 19.49. Hudepohl knocked off the 100 free record with his 43.33 as the lead-off leg of the NCAA-winning 400 free relay. Zedlitz placed second in the 200 individual medley and knocked the Cardinal record down to 1:45.36.
Stanford's efforts resulted in 520.5 points as the Cardinal pushed aside Michigan (396) and Texas (326) to claim the NCAA crown.
Other highlights for the 1992-93 team include head coach Skip Kenney men's American swim team winning the Pan Pacific Championships in Kobe, Japan. Stanford was represented at the meet by seven Cardinal swimmers in addition to coach Kenney. Stanford also won the men's team title this summer at the US Swimming National Championships in Austin, Texas.
In addition, three of Stanford's backstrokers ranked in the top four in the world. Jeff Rouse (1992 graduate) ranked first while Brian Retterer and Weatherford were third and fourth respectively.
1992-93 NCAA Team Results
1. Stanford 520.5 2. Michigan 396.0 3. Texas 326.0 4. Arizona 263.0 5. UCLA 260.0 6. Auburn 215.0 7. California 175.0 8. Tennessee 170.0 9. Florida 157.5 10. SMU 148.5
1993 Individual NCAA Champions
Trials Finals Finish 100 Back Derek Weatherford 47.63 47.10 1st 200 Fly Ray Carey 1:44.67 1:44.01 1st 100 Breast Tyler Mayfield 53.55 53.07 1st 200 Freestyle Relay Bill Schell, Erik Maurer, 1:17.69 1:17.78 1st Tyler Mayfield, Joe Hudepohl 400 Freestyle Relay Joe Hudepohl, Trip Zedlitz, 2:55.61 *2:53.37 1st Erik Maurer, D. Weatherford 400 Medley Relay D. Weatherford, Tyler Mayfield, 3:14.36 3:08.85 1st Trip Zedlitz, Joe Hudepohl