2003-04 Honor Roll: Peter Marshall

The Stanford men's swim team has been a perennial juggernaut in Pac-10 and NCAA competition, and a big reason for that is Peter Marshall, the newest member of the 2003-04 Bootleg Honor Roll. Though he may have missed out on an Olympic berth, his skill and leadership over the past four years make him a deserving recipient of this honor…

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In the May/June issue of The Bootleg Magazine (re-published on TheBootleg.com in early August), we released the 30 finalists for The Bootleg Honor Roll award for the 2003/2004 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 August, we will be releasing the 10 winners of this prestigious award, one by one. The previously announced winners of this award are Tony Azevedo and Amber Liu.

The third recipient of The Bootleg Honor Roll award is swimmer Peter Marshall. Marshall, who hails from Atlanta, GA, was the driving force behind a team that placed second at the NCAA Championships and won its 23rd consecutive Pac-10 title. Marshall has never lost a dual meet in his four years on the Farm, which includes a narrow victory in this year’s Big Meet which ran Stanford’s overall record against the Bears to 93-13. As for individual achievements, Marshall has plenty, setting a world record at the NCAA Championships in the 100 backstroke with a time of 50.32 and setting a U.S. Open record with a time of 23.70 in the lead-off leg of the 200 free relay. He is a 12-time individual All-American and has three NCAA titles to his name. Marshall also won this year’s Biff Hoffman Award, which is awarded to the top male Stanford swimmer.

Marshall missed qualifying for the 2004 Olympic squad in the 100 back by four hundredths of a second, losing to three-time gold medal winner Lenny Krayzelburg. However, Marshall, who graduated this spring with a B.A. in Economics, will almost certainly be heard from again in international competition.

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