By Phillip Whitten
Federal Way, WA – Stanford University took a giant step toward winning its 18th straight Pac-10 Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship, winning six of seven events on the second day of competition, being held at the Kings County Aquatic Center.
At the end of Day 2, Stanford led with 505 points. Cal (438) and USC (415.5) were locked in a struggle for second, while Arizona State surprisingly led rival U. of Arizona 231 to 227 for fourth, and Washington was sixth (154.5).
The Cardinal began the day by winning the 200 medley relay in 1:26.68. Junior Steve Brown followed with a win in the 400 IM in 3:46.18, almost two seconds ahead of USC freshman Erik Vendt.
In the 100 fly, Dan Westcott led a one-two Stanford sweep, touching in 47.61 with teammate Glenn Counts second in 47.86.
The 200 free saw Stanfords’s Adam Messner upset double-defending NCAA champion Ryk Neethling of Arizona, 1:34.35 to 1:34.89.
USC sophomore Ryosuke Imai finally stopped the Stanford onslaught when he won the 100 breast in 53.83, a touch ahead of the Cardinal’s Anthony Robinson (53.90). But it was Stanford that emerged on top in the very next event, the 100 back. Randall Bal won a very close race, finishing in 47.29, just ahead of Cal’s Bart Kizierowski (47.36) and Westcott (47.41).
The Cardinal finished a very successful day by taking the 800 free relay in 6:25.94.