Stanford, behind three wins from senior captain Tom Wilkens, captured the team title at the 75th Annual NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center. The Cardinal scored 599 points in the three day competition to beat host Auburn (394.5) and Texas (362.5). Rounding out the top ten teams were Tennessee (233), Southern California (220), Arizona (185), Georgia (175.5), California (175), Southern Methodist (155.5) and Arizona State (143).
Wilkens, a political science major, led a one-two Stanford finish in the 200 breaststroke to add to his two individual medley titles. Later in the program, junior Matthew Pierce and freshman Steven Brown also finished one-two for the Cardinal in the 200 butterfly. Stanford capped off the meet with a narrow win over Texas in the 400 freestyle relay.
Skip Kenney, who has now coached 7 Stanford teams to the NCAA title, was proud of the fact that his swimmers managed to make the championship final in all 18 swimming events. None of his current athletes had ever won a team title. Kenney was named Swim Coach of the Year.
Press release from www.auburn.edu/athletics/ncaaswim