ANN ARBOR, MI., JAN. 11 — On the day prior to the Michigan-Stanford men's dual here (Jan. 12), the schools had an exhibition meet in which some outstanding performacnes were swum.
Foremost was soph Peter Marshall's 46.92 100 back, No. 3 nationally for 2001-'02.
Marshall's pr, 46.08 from the prelims of the 400 medley relay at last year's NCAAs (Randal Bal led off at night) ranks him fifth on the all-time performers' list, 12th performance and is a United States Swimming 17-18 national age group record.
Marshall finished second in the 100 back race itself to Tennessee's Michael Gilliam (45.97-46.23).
Bal led off in 46.31, stil his pr.
This evening Bal was second (seasonal-best 47.50) while freshman Jayme Cramer was third (seasonl pr 47.96).
In the 400 IM, Stanford's Austrian Olympian, Markus Rogan, who was silver medalist in the 200 back at the World Championships in Fukuoka, went a pr 3:48.81 to win the 400 IM. His best had been a 3:50+ from the Longhorn Invitational in Austin lastDecmber.
Since with the addition of Jayme Cramer Stanford has a surfeit of sprint bzckstrokers (Bal, Marshall, Dan Westcott [pr 46.84] and Rogan [pr 46.83]), having the latter swim the longer medley at NCAAs could pay big dividends.
In the 100 fly, Carmer went another seasonal pr of 48.18. His career-best is 47.46 from the YMCA Nationals and if he keeps dropping as he has, he could
give Texas' Ian Crocker — defending NCAA champ — a real battle.
In the 100 breast Cardinal Michael Bruce won in 55+. His pr's a 54.37 from last year's Pac-10s.
Two other Stanford swimmers made waves: Matt Sorlein in the 1650 with a fine unshaved 15:11.76 and rookie Dan Trupin with a 1:38+ 800 free relay leadoff.
The Cardinal are tabbed by many experts to have the inside track to the NCAA title this season and Michigan coach Jon Urbancek — whose Wolverines won in
1995 (making him the first man to ever win and coach a national collegiate championship team at the same school) — thinks that favorite's role is well
"Stanford's got too many horses and Texas lost too much to graduation," he says.
– Bill Bell