Feb. 15, 2007
Second ranked Stanford men's swimming will head to Federal Way, Wash. to compete in the Pac-10 Championships from Wednesday, February 21 - Sunday, February 24. Head Coach Skip Kenney will be looking for his unprecedented 26th straight Pac-10 title.
COMING ON STRONG
The Cardinal posted season best times in nine events and matched their team high score of 169 in their final regular season meet at Cal on February 10. The best times included senior Ben Wildman-Tobriner posting an NCAA automatic mark of 19.39 in the 50 free and the 100 free with a 43.15, senior Shaun Phillips with a 9:04.24 in the 1000 free, sophomore Jason Dunford in the 100 fly with a 47.18, senior Hongzhe Sun recording an NCAA automatic mark of 46.98 in the 100 back and a 1:41.22 in the 200 back, sophomore Paul Kornfeld posting a 53.91 in the 100 breast, the 400 free relay "A" team swimming to an NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 2:53.26, and the 200 medley relay "A" team with a 1:26.60.
THUS FAR IN THE 2006-07 SEASON
*In their final regular season meet of the season (2/10/07), No. 2 Stanford men's swimming defeated No. 4 Cal by a score of 169-131 at the Spieker Aquatics Center in Berkeley, CA. With the victory, the Cardinal men completed an undefeated dual meet season with a record of 5-0. *On January 27, fueled by double victories by Phillips (500 and 1650 free) and Dumais (1-meter and 3-meter diving), the second-ranked Stanford men's swimming and diving team overpowered sixth-ranked USC, 141-95, in a Pac-10 dual meet on Saturday afternoon at the Avery Aquatic Center. *On January 13, Wildman-Tobriner took first place honors in the 50 free and the 100 fly, and helped the 200 free relay and 200 medley relay teams to victory as the second-ranked Stanford men's swimming and diving team recorded a 169-129 victory at Arizona State in a Pac-10 dual meet on Saturday at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Complex. *On January 12, led by double victories by Phillips (500 free, 1000 free), sophomore Nate Cass (200 breast, 200 fly) and sophomore Dwight Dumais (1-meter, 3-meter diving), the second-ranked Stanford men's swimming and diving team posted a 129-112 victory over fifth-ranked Arizona in the Pac-10 season opener for the Cardinal on Friday afternoon at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center. *For the fourth straight year, the nationally-ranked Stanford men's swimming team captured the Speedo Cup Championship at the Belmont Plaza Pool (Nov. 17-19). The Cardinal tallied 1,803.5 points over three days of the meet to beat 15 other teams including runner-up Brigham Young. BYU collected 911 points.
A SEASON OF SUCCESS
Stanford will be looking to continue its run in the Pac-10, as they have won the past 25 conference titles. The Cardinal is 5-0 in dual meets this year including recent wins over Cal (169-131), USC (141-95), Arizona (129-112) and Arizona State (169-129). Several Stanford swimmers have already met the NCAA qualifying "A" standard. The list includes Wildman-Tobriner in the 50 free (19.39) and the 100 free (43.30), Phillips in the 200 free (1:34.84), the 500 free (4:16.31) and the 1650 free (14:51.77), Sun in the 200 fly (1:44.00), the 100 back (46.98), the 200 back (1:41.22) and the 200 IM (1:46.19), Cass in the 200 breaststroke (1:55.63), and the 400 free relay team of Wildman-Tobriner, Dunford, senior Andy Grant and senior Matt Crowe. At the Pac-10 Men's and Women's Diving Championships, Dumais captured two medals, including a gold on the one-meter (357.95 pts) and a bronze on the three-meter (346.95 pts).
LAST SEASON AT THE PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS
For the 25th consecutive season, the top-ranked Cardinal men's swimming and diving team has captured the Pacific-10 championship. The streak started during the 1981-82 season, and continued when the Cardinal captured the 2006 conference title with 880 points to beat five other Pac-10 teams, including runnerup and third-ranked California with 796 points on Saturday night at the Weyerhauser King County Aquatics Center. Stanford displayed its dominance by winning the first four events. The day began with Phillips winning the 1650 free (14:43.89, career-best and #2 all-time at Stanford) for the second straight year. Sun then followed with his second consecutive Pac-10 victory in the 200 back (1:41.17). For Sun, it was his third Pac-10 title in the 2006 conference championship. Earlier in the meet, Sun won the 200 IM (1:44.49) and the 100 back (46.79). After victories by Phillips and Sun, Wildman-Tobriner, from Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco, became Stanford's first Pac-10 champion in the 100 free since 1998 with a season-best and NCAA "A" qualifying time of 42.79. Then Kornfeld climbed to the winners stand with a victory in the 200 breaststroke (1:55.30). It was the fourth time in the last five years that a Cardinal swimmer has captured the 200 breast Pac-10 title.