2004-05 Honor Roll: Gary Marshall

Maybe there is something in the water at Stanford these days, because the water is where we now have found three of our first five winners for The Bootleg's 2004-05 Honor Roll. Men's swimmer Gary Marshall capped off a strong Cardinal career with a banner senior year, winning medals and breaking records at Pac-10, national and international events.

In the Summer Issue of The Bootleg Magazine, we released the 30 finalists for The Bootleg Honor Roll award for the 2004/2005 school-year.

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.  We previously have recognized Tony Azevedo, Alice Barnes, Nicole Barnhart and Caroline Bruce amongst this year's winners.  Our fifth announced member of the The Bootleg's 2004-05 Honor Roll is men's swimmer Gary Marshall.

Gary Marshall's cousin, Torrance, was a DB on the National Champion 2000 Oklahoma Sooners football squad.  However, after a rewarding 2005 season, Gary will finally have the last laugh at family reunions.

This past March at the 2005 NCAA Championships in Minneapolis (Minn.), Marshall's stellar performances led the Cardinal to a second-place team finish.  First on the slate was the 400 medley relay, where Marshall and teammates Jayme Cramer, Matt McDonald and Ben Wildman-Tobriner combined for a time of 3:06.45, and the Cardinal claimed NCAA title in the event.  The Bartlesville (Okla.) native's contributions were essential to the title, as Marshall's 52.19 breaststroke split paced the field.

Marshall's success continued in individual events.  In the 100 breaststroke, Marshall held off USC's Mihaly Flasky while clocking a 52.68, giving the 2002 University of Virginia transfer a second NCAA title.  In the 200 breaststroke, Marshall couldn't quite pull off a third national title, but his 1:54.54 placed him third.  The Class of 2005 graduate leaves Stanford atop the school record books in both the 100 and 200 breast.

Those record-setting performances came at the Pac-10 Championships in Long Beach (Calif.), where Marshall would be crowned the Swimmer of the Meet.  His 100 breast times of 52.60 in the prelims and 52.55 in the finals both set Pac-10 records, as Marshall claimed the conference crown in the event.  In the 200 breast, Marshall's 1:52.71 not only won the event in a Pac-10 record time, but also came within one-tenth of a second of the American record.

Marshall's aquatic success hardly went unnoticed.  At the end of the season, he was named The Biff Hoffman Award winner, given annually to Stanford's most outstanding male senior - across all sports.  Additionally, Marshall qualified for the 2005 World University Games in Turkey, where his 1:02.15 placed him fourth in the 100 breaststroke.

Although he must have been busy winning national championships, Marshall also found the time to excel in the classroom.  With a 3.57 GPA, the International Relations major earned himself First Team Pac-10 All-Academic honors for the second straight year.

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