NCAA Div. I Men: Bruce, Messner Star as Stanford Knocks Off USC, 159-82

STANFORD, Feb. 2. THE second-ranked Stanford men's swimming team notched its seventh consecutive dual meet victory this afternoon with a convincing 159-82 win over No. 8 USC at the Avery Aquatic Center on the Stanford campus. Stanford improves to 7-0 overall, 3-0 in the Pac-10, while the Trojans fall to 3-2, 1-2 in league action.

Freshman Michael Bruce set a new pool record in the 200 breastroke with his winning time of 1:57.55. Bruce broke former Cardinal and Olympian Tom Wilkens' pool record of 1:58.21 in 1998. Bruce's time in this event is the fastest in the nation this season.

Stanford senior Adam Messner won the 200 free is a blistering time of 1:35.90 to automatically qualify for NCAAs. His time in this event is also the fastest in the nation this year.

Freshman Markus Rogan's winning time of 1:43.71 in the 200 back automatically qualified him for NCAA's in that event as well. Once again, this time is the fastest in the nation this season.

The Stanford freestyle relay team of Robinson, O'Bryan, Schnell and Messner, provisionally qualified for NCAA's with their winning time of 2:58.08 in the 400 free relay while the team of Bal, Robinson, O'Bryan and Guyman also provisionally qualified in the 400 medley relay (3:14.11).

The Cardinal finished 1-2-3 in the 50 free with Anthony Robinson (20.37), Jeff Guyman (20.45) and Randall Bal (20.50). Dan Westcott and Steven Brown finished 1-2 in the 200 fly with times of 1:46.26
and 1:47.32 respectively. Both times were season-bests for the swimmers.

Stanford also finished 1-2 in the 100 free with Jeff Guyman (44.54) and Bobby O'Bryan (44.61). Both times are provisionally qualifying times for NCAAs.

Stanford won eight of 11 events on the afternoon.

USC's Erik Vendt won the 1000 free in a time of 9:01.96 while teammate Tamas Kerekjarto won the 200 IM (1:47.68). Trojan Klete Keller won the 500 free (4:24.20).

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