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With Two Events to Go, Texas on Brink of Winning Third Straight NCAA Crown -- March 30, 2002

By Phillip Whitten

ATHENS, Georgia, March 30. THERE are only two events left to be swum at the 2002 Men's NCAA Chmpionships in Athens, Georgia, and Stanford leads Texas in the team scoring by 33 points, 467-434.

But it is Texas that stands on the brink of winning its third straight NCAA men's swimming and diving title. Should that come to pass, Texas coach Eddie Reese will owe a large debt of gratitude to his diving corps, who will have outscored Stanford's divers 100+ - 0.

Here's the situation right now: Stanford leads by 33 with the 10 meter platform diving and 400 free relay left to be contested. Stanford has no divers in a position to score points. Texas already has 4 points, with three additional divers in the big final. If the Longhorn divers finish the worst they possibly can -- 6th, 7th an 8th -- they will get another 36 points, giving them 40 for the event. If they score the best they can, they'll earn 53, giving them 57.

So, barring a major injury or DQ, Texas will notch between 40 and 57 points, giving the Horns an advantage of between 8 and 25 points with just the relay left to swim.

Barring a DQ, the greatest differential possible in the relay is 18 points -- that is, if Stanford wins and Texas comes in eighth -- Stanford will gain 18 points.

So in order for it to be mathematically possible for the Cardinal to win, Texas must score 51 or fewer points in the diving.

The Texas divers qualified 1-2-3, so that scenario is unlikely.

Even if it should come to pass, Stanford must still defeat Texas in the relay -- by as many as 18 points. However, Texas qualified fifth and Stanford -- albeit with a B squad -- qualified eighth. So Texas would have to swim poorly and the Cardinal would have to swim out of their minds.

It's thoretically possible, folks, that Stanford could still win. But don't bet on it.

This will be #3 in a row for Eddie Reese's Horns.

Today's highlights (more detailed descriptions to follow in the next story.

USC's Erik Vendt took the 1650 in 14:37.40, followed closely by Hrvard's John Cole.

Stanford's Markus Rogan and Peter Marshall went 1-2 in the 200 back.

Anthony Ervin swam a fabulous 100 free, his 41.62 breaking the American record of 41.80 he shared with Matt Biondi.

Texas' Brendan Hansen broke his own AR in the 200 breast with a brilliant 1:52.88 effort.

Alabama freshman Stefan Ghergel came roaring from behind to win the 200 fly.




FINALS RESULTS
EVENT: 15 MEN's 1650 Yard FREESTYLE

NCAA Record: 14:26.62 CHRIS THOMPSON MICHIGAN 2001
AMERICAN Record: 14:26.62 CHRIS THOMPSON MICHIGAN 2001
US OPEN Record: 14:26.62 CHRIS THOMPSON MICHIGAN 2001
POOL Record: 15:02.92 BEAU WIEBEL GEORGIA 1197
QUALIFYING FOR THIS MEET: 15:20.44

RESULTS of FINALS

RANK NAME YEAR TEAM TIME

1) VENDT, ERIK JR SOUTHERN CAL. 14:37.48 **
:50.52 :53.74 :53.79 :53.60 :53.37 :53.14
:53.26 :53.09 :53.19 :53.35 :53.62 :53.76
:53.82 :53.32 :53.03 :52.79 :26.09
** POOL Record:
2) COLE, JOHN SO HARVARD 14:39.71
:50.76 :53.93 :53.82 :53.87 :53.72 :53.62
:53.87 :53.92 :53.93 :53.77 :53.36 :53.31
:53.05 :53.22 :52.89 :53.22 :25.45
3) MORTIMER, JUSTIN SO MINNESOTA 14:50.57
:51.83 :53.36 :54.12 :53.94 :54.07 :53.63
:54.38 :54.25 :54.40 :54.67 :54.73 :54.63
:53.83 :54.24 :54.52 :54.37 :25.60
4) MARGALIS, ROBERT FR GEORGIA 14:51.92
:51.09 :53.72 :53.91 :53.80 :53.42 :53.41
:53.41 :53.53 :53.92 :53.92 :54.47 :55.12
:56.02 :56.76 :55.57 :54.49 :25.36
5) NELIGAN, BRENDAN FR MICHIGAN 14:52.11
:50.97 :53.75 :53.93 :53.87 :53.92 :53.96
:54.23 :54.56 :54.58 :54.95 :54.85 :54.74
:54.87 :54.43 :54.77 :54.38 :25.35
6) PRICHARD, IAN SO VIRGINIA 14:52.60
:51.05 :54.00 :54.04 :54.16 :54.42 :54.58
:54.37 :54.82 :54.83 :54.86 :54.56 :54.82
:54.49 :54.45 :54.41 :53.77 :24.97
7) KELLER, KLETE SO SOUTHERN CAL. 14:54.83
:50.55 :53.56 :53.88 :53.94 :53.73 :53.82
:53.74 :53.94 :54.27 :54.74 :55.40 :55.45
:56.17 :55.89 :55.63 :55.85 :24.27
8) AYALON, SHILO JR GEORGIA TECH 14:55.05
:52.82 :55.16 :54.98 :54.48 :54.52 :54.46
:54.33 :54.49 :54.70 :54.60 :54.38 :54.39
:54.99 :54.60 :54.48 :52.66 :25.01
9) DRAKE, JUSTIN JR MICHIGAN 15:00.53
:52.58 :54.39 :54.70 :54.54 :54.49 :54.86
:54.35 :54.45 :54.64 :54.78 :55.54 :55.38
:55.54 :56.04 :55.54 :53.53 :25.18
10) CLEMENTS, KEVIN SR AUBURN 15:01.12
:50.91 :53.91 :54.72 :54.94 :55.57 :55.64
:55.04 :55.04 :54.90 :55.03 :54.93 :54.80
:55.11 :55.38 :55.07 :54.47 :25.66
11) KETCHUM, DAN SO MICHIGAN 15:03.55
:52.54 :56.06 :55.85 :55.78 :55.78 :55.51
:55.92 :55.46 :55.06 :55.20 :54.84 :55.15
:54.71 :54.41 :54.22 :52.66 :24.40
12) duRAND, GEORGE FR TENNESSEE 15:09.75
:52.71 :55.45 :55.32 :55.33 :55.13 :55.17
:55.03 :55.10 :55.07 :55.19 :55.18 :55.62
:55.36 :55.76 :55.86 :55.55 :26.92
13) SORLIEN, MATT SO STANFORD 15:12.48
:53.47 :55.84 :56.18 :55.77 :55.61 :55.27
:55.23 :54.68 :54.94 :54.92 :55.03 :55.45
:55.98 :55.91 :55.62 :55.56 :27.02
14) DeMARCO, DANIEL JR VIRGINIA 15:12.67
:52.52 :54.15 :54.83 :54.96 :55.23 :55.41
:55.51 :55.69 :56.07 :55.96 :55.93 :56.25
:56.35 :56.03 :55.84 :55.69 :26.25
15) EVERMAN, JOEL SR SOUTHERN CAL. 15:13.85
:53.08 :55.55 :55.52 :55.56 :55.93 :55.71
:55.88 :55.87 :55.76 :55.83 :55.78 :55.65
:55.44 :55.74 :55.67 :55.02 :25.86
16) HURD, ANDREW FR MICHIGAN 15:14.21
:52.03 :54.65 :54.87 :55.12 :55.22 :55.26
:55.39 :55.60 :55.58 :55.81 :55.92 :56.07
:56.28 :56.55 :56.68 :56.12 :27.06
17) JONES, BENJAMIN FR AUBURN 15:15.17
:51.97 :55.32 :56.00 :55.59 :55.65 :55.37
:55.50 :55.64 :55.95 :56.03 :55.87 :56.37
:56.34 :56.18 :55.84 :54.80 :26.75
18) SCHULTE, MICHAEL SR YALE 15:15.66
:52.66 :55.63 :55.44 :55.36 :55.82 :56.20
:55.23 :55.76 :55.96 :55.74 :56.23 :56.25
:56.39 :55.64 :55.78 :55.51 :26.06
19) WARKENTIN, MARK SR SOUTHERN CAL. 15:16.47
:51.85 :55.33 :55.30 :55.55 :56.07 :56.15
:56.08 :56.13 :56.37 :56.50 :56.37 :56.29
:55.88 :55.47 :55.81 :55.47 :25.85
20) GALLOWAY, JAMES JR AUBURN 15:16.78
:52.93 :56.02 :56.24 :56.10 :56.12 :55.95
:55.95 :55.83 :55.96 :55.94 :55.31 :55.43
:55.48 :55.47 :55.93 :55.50 :26.62
21) KEVORKIAN, ARAM FR ARIZONA 15:17.27
:51.91 :55.37 :55.33 :55.52 :55.91 :56.06
:56.21 :56.02 :56.24 :56.40 :56.56 :56.57
:56.49 :55.92 :56.06 :55.05 :25.65
22) SICILIANO, TIM SR MICHIGAN 15:18.46
:52.89 :55.24 :55.16 :55.41 :55.48 :55.35
:55.87 :56.18 :56.29 :55.94 :56.10 :56.10
:56.69 :56.32 :56.29 :55.97 :27.18
23) KIRK, PAUL FR PENN STATE 15:21.61
:53.04 :55.97 :56.33 :56.26 :56.58 :56.52
:56.67 :56.26 :56.31 :56.32 :56.06 :56.28
:56.08 :55.93 :55.98 :54.99 :26.03
24) PULLIN, JAMES JR TEXAS 15:25.90
:54.13 :55.81 :56.10 :55.05 :55.18 :55.52
:55.91 :55.17 :55.72 :56.55 :56.47 :57.16
:57.08 :57.79 :57.92 :57.03 :27.31
25) NYLANDER, EVAN SO TENNESSEE 15:36.93
:53.24 :56.26 :56.67 :56.81 :56.79 :56.58
:57.25 :57.19 :57.13 :57.31 :57.93 :57.10
:57.71 :57.54 :57.33 :56.92 :27.17
26) LIMKEMANN, ERIC SO PITTSBURGH 15:47.10
:52.68 :55.79 :55.21 :55.71 :56.03 :56.29
:57.06 :57.85 :58.00 :58.45 :58.92 :59.23
:59.54 :59.38 :59.29 :59.02 :28.65




FINALS RESULTS
EVENT: 16 MEN's 200 Yard BACKSTROKE

NCAA Record: 1:40.06 BRIAN RETTERER STANFORD 1995
AMERICAN Record: 1:40.06 BRIAN RETTERER STANFORD 1995
US OPEN Record: 1:40.06 BRIAN RETTERER STANFORD 1995
POOL Record: 1:44.97 ROBERT BREWER GEORGIA 1997
QUALIFYING FOR THIS MEET: 1:45.65

RESULTS of FINALS

RANK NAME YEAR TEAM PRELIM TIME

CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

1) ROGAN, MARKUS SO STANFORD 1:41.52 1:41.14**
:23.84 :25.58 :25.99 :25.73
** POOL Record:
2) MARSHALL, PETER SO STANFORD 1:42.24 1:41.85
:23.46 :25.96 :26.54 :25.89
3) HAMPLEMAN, KIRK SR AUBURN 1:42.49 1:42.57
:24.34 :26.10 :25.94 :26.19
4) JANSEN, MICHAEL SR FLORIDA 1:42.26 1:42.95
:24.05 :25.69 :26.02 :27.19
5) KELLAM, CHRIS SO FLORIDA 1:42.92 1:43.00
:24.57 :26.38 :26.57 :25.48
6) HUNT, RAYMOND SO AUBURN 1:42.45 1:43.34
:24.77 :25.91 :26.49 :26.17
7) HARCSAS, CHRISTIAN JR ARIZONA STATE 1:43.11 1:44.07
:24.94 :26.73 :26.66 :25.74
8) LIM, ALEX SO CALIFORNIA 1:43.02 1:44.27
:23.92 :26.08 :26.93 :27.34

CONSOLATION FINAL

9) SOUTHER, KRIS SR ARIZONA 1:43.37 1:42.70
:23.98 :25.47 :26.19 :27.06
10) WAGNER, LUKE SO VIRGINIA 1:43.40 1:43.70
:24.58 :25.93 :26.47 :26.72
11) FALTRACO, JOEY SO KENTUCKY 1:43.96 1:44.33
:24.50 :26.12 :26.67 :27.04
12) SWANSON, ANTHONY NORTHWESTERN 1:43.59 1:44.46
:24.23 :26.03 :27.12 :27.08
13) LINDSAY, MARC SR GEORGIA 1:43.87 1:44.52
:24.60 :26.43 :27.08 :26.41
14) SHEVCHIK, DAN SR HARVARD 1:44.72 1:44.78
:25.22 :26.48 :26.80 :26.28
15) OSBORN, PETER FR GEORGIA 1:44.81 1:45.87
:25.18 :26.84 :27.15 :26.70
16) KARR, JONATHON SR AUBURN 1:44.86 1:46.06
:24.72 :26.73 :27.06 :27.55




FINALS RESULTS
EVENT: 17 MEN's 100 Yard FREESTYLE

NCAA Record: :41.80 ERVIN / BIONDI CALIFORNIA 01 / 87
AMERICAN Record: :41.80 ERVIN / BIONDI CALIFORNIA 01 / 87
US OPEN Record: :41.80 ERVIN / BIONDI CALIFORNIA 01 / 87
POOL Record: :43.20 BROCK NEWMAN AUBURN 1997
QUALIFYING FOR THIS MEET: :44.07

RESULTS of FINALS

RANK NAME YEAR TEAM PRELIM TIME

CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

1) ERVIN, ANTHONY JR CALIFORNIA :42.33 :41.62**
:19.76 :21.86
** NCAA Record: AMERICAN Record: US OPEN Record: POOL Record:
2) DRAGANJA, DUJE FR CALIFORNIA :42.48 :42.22
:19.99 :22.23
3) SCHOEMAN, ROLAND SR ARIZONA :42.61 :42.80
:20.03 :22.77
4) BAL, RANDALL JR STANFORD :43.47 :42.96
:20.60 :22.36
5) LaFLEUR, ERIC SO ARIZONA :43.22 :43.51
:21.12 :22.39
6) ANDERSON, LUKE SO VIRGINIA :43.39 :43.52
:20.86 :22.66
7) MACEDO, MATTHEW SR CALIFORNIA :43.40 :43.69
:20.99 :22.70
8) ODENDAAL, HENDRIK SR FLORIDA :43.35 :43.73
:21.05 :22.68

CONSOLATION FINAL

9) CROCKER, IAN SO TEXAS :43.64 :43.01
:20.75 :22.26
10) JAYME, CARLOS SO FLORIDA :43.50 :43.28
:20.61 :22.67
11) KEMP, CHRIS JR TEXAS :43.49 :43.47
:20.94 :22.53
12) SCHNELL, ANDREW SO STANFORD :43.48 :43.63
:21.05 :22.58
13) WOCHOMURKA, RYAN FR AUBURN :43.48 :43.78
:20.94 :22.84
14) SILKAITIS, TERRY FR MINNESOTA :43.57 :43.80
:21.31 :22.49
15) CASTRO, RODRIGO SR SOUTHERN CAL. :43.49 :43.90
:21.34 :22.56
16) KIDD, MATTHEW FR AUBURN :43.53 :44.47
:21.28 :23.19




FINALS RESULTS
EVENT: 18 MEN's 200 Yard BREASTSTROKE

NCAA Record: 1:53.11 BRENDAN HANSEN TEXAS 2001
AMERICAN Record: 1:53.11 BRENDAN HANSEN TEXAS 2001
US OPEN Record: 1:53.11 BRENDAN HANSEN TEXAS 2001
POOL Record: 1:55.42 JEREMY LINN TENNESSEE 1997
QUALIFYING FOR THIS MEET: 1:59.49

RESULTS of FINALS

RANK NAME YEAR TEAM PRELIM TIME

CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

1) HANSEN, BRENDAN SO TEXAS 1:54.18 1:52.88**
:25.27 :28.57 :29.22 :29.82
** NCAA Record: AMERICAN Record: US OPEN Record: POOL Record:
2) BRUCE, MICHAEL SO STANFORD 1:56.60 1:54.81
:25.92 :29.21 :29.59 :30.09
3) SALYARDS, KYLE SO GEORGIA 1:56.05 1:55.67
:25.96 :29.35 :29.90 :30.46
4) MARSHALL, GARY SO VIRGINIA 1:55.93 1:56.33
:26.26 :29.10 :30.06 :30.91
4) HACKLER, JEFF JR MINNESOTA 1:56.29 1:56.33
:26.36 :29.55 :29.98 :30.44
6) BREE, ANDREW SO TENNESSEE 1:56.93 1:56.56
:26.48 :29.67 :30.10 :30.31
7) HOPWOOD, JEFF JR MICHIGAN 1:57.29 1:56.59
:26.45 :29.65 :30.19 :30.30
8) GANGLOFF, MARK SO AUBURN 1:57.05 1:57.16
:26.40 :29.17 :30.52 :31.07

CONSOLATION FINAL

9) EKHOFF, LUKE SO WASHINGTON 1:58.18 1:56.13
:26.78 :29.62 :29.43 :30.30
10) QUINN, SEAN JR NORTH CAROLINA 1:57.40 1:57.02
:27.17 :29.65 :29.91 :30.29
11) BLOCH, CHEYNE SO HAWAII 1:57.69 1:57.35
:26.49 :30.39 :30.04 :30.43
12) FLORES, BAYANI SR CALIFORNIA 1:57.39 1:58.24
:26.77 :30.29 :30.30 :30.88
13) CALHOUN, PATRICK JR AUBURN 1:58.79 1:58.51
:26.33 :30.02 :30.69 :31.47
14) BINKLEY, ROSS JR TEXAS 1:58.86 1:59.01
:27.17 :30.69 :30.57 :30.58
15) FORREST, CHRIS SR MINNESOTA 1:58.59 1:59.40
:27.45 :30.51 :30.46 :30.98
CARON, JUSTIN JR AUBURN 1:58.08 DISQUAL
:27.56 :30.32 :30.40 DISQUAL




FINALS RESULTS
EVENT: 19 MEN's 200 Yard BUTTERFLY

NCAA Record: 1:41.78 MELVIN STEWART TENNESSEE 1991
AMERICAN Record: 1:41.78 MELVIN STEWART TENNESSEE 1991
US OPEN Record: 1:41.78 MELVIN STEWART TENNESSEE 1991
POOL Record: 1:44.74 HEATH EDWARDS GEORGIA 1997
QUALIFYING FOR THIS MEET: 1:46.52

RESULTS of FINALS

RANK NAME YEAR TEAM PRELIM TIME

CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

1) GHERGHEL, IOAN FR ALABAMA 1:44.35 1:42.68**
:23.67 :26.60 :26.22 :26.19
** POOL Record:
2) LEE, JEFF JR SOUTHERN CAL. 1:44.34 1:42.94
:23.33 :26.07 :26.94 :26.60
3) KENDRICK, RAINER FR TEXAS 1:44.11 1:43.56
:22.59 :25.82 :26.75 :28.40
4) McDONALD, MATT FR STANFORD 1:44.00 1:44.04
:23.16 :26.13 :26.74 :28.01
5) MAHANEY, ANDREW SO GEORGIA 1:44.32 1:44.17
:23.78 :26.76 :26.71 :26.92
6) SHERRARD, DUNCAN SR FLORIDA 1:44.62 1:44.32
:23.83 :26.31 :26.55 :27.63
7) DASH, JEFF JR ARIZONA 1:44.46 1:44.42
:23.25 :26.66 :26.94 :27.57
8) O'CONNOR, KELLAN NORTHWESTERN 1:44.48 1:44.58
:23.21 :26.19 :26.90 :28.28

CONSOLATION FINAL

9) VELOZ, JUAN SO ARIZONA 1:44.75 1:43.93
:23.64 :26.59 :26.72 :26.98
10) WESTCOTT, DAN JR STANFORD 1:45.11 1:44.12
:23.77 :26.66 :26.82 :26.87
11) CRAMER, JAYME FR STANFORD 1:45.03 1:44.80
:23.96 :26.72 :27.07 :27.05
12) LAM, RANDY SO GEORGIA 1:45.24 1:44.92
:23.97 :26.82 :27.14 :26.99
13) MONTAGUE, JOE SR TEXAS 1:45.86 1:44.96
:23.62 :26.70 :26.85 :27.79
14) SIOUI, STEPHEN FR FLORIDA 1:45.83 1:45.76
:24.01 :26.69 :27.34 :27.72
15) RAAB, MICHAEL FR VIRGINIA 1:44.72 1:45.79
:23.84 :26.82 :27.25 :27.88
16) KNOWLES, JEREMY SO AUBURN 1:45.57 1:46.16
:24.33 :26.92 :27.25 :27.66