2002-03 Honor Roll: Randall Bal

The ninth winner of The Bootleg's Honor Roll award is swimmer Randall Bal. Bal is one of the top backstrokers in the world and just finished a stellar career on The Farm.

In the May/June issue of The Bootleg Magazine (re-published on TheBootleg.com in late-June), we introduced The Bootleg Honor Roll and also released a list of 30 finalists for this award for the 2002/2003 school-year. Here is a link to that story.

The criteria are as follows:

Each academic year, The Bootleg’s Honor Roll will recognize the top ten Stanford student-athletes who have performed at an exceptional level, with athletic accomplishments that are both extraordinary and inspirational. While achieving athletic success, these athletes should also have displayed uncommon leadership, sportsmanship and respect towards their fellow teammates and opponents. Finally, these honorees’ performances and actions should also demonstrate their love for their particular sport as well as their school pride, the famed “Spirit of Stanford.”

During the month of July, we will be releasing the 10 winners of this prestigious award, one by one. The announced winners so far are baseball catcher Ryan Garko, water polo’s Tony Azevedo, volleyball's Logan Tom, soccer's Marcia Wallis and track & field's Grant Robison , swimmer Tara Kirk, baseball's Carlos Quentin and middle distance runner Lauren Fleshman.

The ninth recipient of The Bootleg Honor Roll Award is swimmer Randall Bal. Bal (from Fair Oaks, CA) tied for 12th individually with 37 meet points at the 2003 NCAA's. He finished 4th in the 100 back and won the 200 freestyle relay with three Cardinal teammates for the second consecutive year. The Stanford team finished third at the NCAA's.

Bal shared the Stanford Athletic Board's 2002/2003 Biff Hoffman Award with Ryan Garko and Soccer's Todd Dunivant as the outstanding male senior at Stanford. He finished his collegiate career as a 21-time All-American and five-time NCAA Champion. He won the Pac-10 title in the 100 back all four of his seasons on The Farm while helping Stanford win the conference championship each of those year. FYI, the Stanford men have now won the Pac-10 swim title 22 consecutive years!

At the recently concluded FINA World Swimming Championships, Bal finished 5th in the 50 meter backstroke with a personal-best time of 25.19 seconds. His focus in the next year will be to make the U.S. Olympic Team and to swim in Athens in the summer of 2004.

(photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)


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