LONG BEACH, Calif. (Mar. 2, 2001) -- The No. 2 Stanford Cardinal pulled away from the competition today, the second day at the 2001 Men's Pac-10 Championships. Stanford now has 589.5 points, and No. 8 Southern California moved up to the second spot with 462.5 points. The No. 7 Arizona Wildcats brought their point total to 346, jumping ahead of No. 5 California with 339.5 points. Arizona State (258.5 points), ranked No. 13, and No. 25 Washington (122 points) remain in fifth and sixth place, respectively. Included in the point totals are two of the three diving events, one meter and three meter.
In the finals of the 200-yard medley relay, the Cardinal team, made up of sophomore Randall Bal, senior Anthony Robinson, freshman Bobby O'Bryan and junior Jeff Guyman, broke the NCAA record with time of 1:26.02. Cal made an NCAA qualifying time in this event as well, placing second with a time of 1:27.47. The Golden Bear relay team consisted of freshman Alex Lim, junior Peter Aronsson, junior Matt Macedo and sophomore Anthony Ervin.
In the last event of the day, the 800 free relay, USC broke a Pac-10 meet record with a time of 6:24.77. Junior Rodrigo Castro, sophomore Jeff Lee, Kerekjarto and freshman Klete Keller made up the relay team for USC.
USC sophomore, Erik Vendt, broke a Pac-10 meet record in the finals of the 400 IM touching the wall in the time of 3:43.74. Stanford senior Steven Brown (3:44.00) placed second in the event, also with an NCAA qualifying time.
Senior Anthony Robinson of Stanford also set a Pac-10 meet record with his preliminary time of 53.18 in the 100 breast. Placing second in the 100 breast, with an NCAA qualifying time of 54.34, was USC senior Ryosuke Imai.
Taking home the Pac-10 title in the 100 fly was Cardinal freshman Bobby O'Bryan (47.13), followed by Arizona junior Roland Schoeman (47.51), both NCAA qualifying times.
In the 200 free USC and Stanford placed first and second with NCAA automatic times. Keller swam to a time of 1:34.99, while senior Adam Messner came in at 1:35.74.
Golden Bear, Lim, posted an NCAA qualifying time of 47.67 in the 100 back, while Stanford's Bal captured the Pac-10 crown with a time of 46.91.
The third and final day of the 2001 Men's Pac-10 Swimming Championship will be March 3rd, beginning with preliminaries at 11 a.m. PST followed by the finals at 6 p.m. PST.