2005-06 Honor Roll: Ben Wildman-Tobriner

Through six of our 10 winners for The Bootleg's 2005-06 Honor Roll, we have yet to tab a performer in the pool... until today. Junior men's swimmer Ben Wildman-Tobriner was versatile this past season with top finishes across different strokes and distances, both as an individual and in relays. Six times he was an All-American this past year, and today he is our seventh announced Honor Roll winner.

In the Summer Issue of The Bootleg Magazine, we released the 30 finalists for The Bootleg Honor Roll award for the 2005/2006 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 are releasing the 10 winners of this prestigious award, one by one.  We previously have recognized David Sender, Arianna Lambie, Laura Shane, Chris Minaker, Alice Barnes and Candice Wiggins amongst this year's winners.  Our seventh announced member of the The Bootleg's 2005-06 Honor Roll is men's swimming performer Ben Wildman-Tobriner.

As marketing never tires of telling us, Stanford is a home of champions.  And sure enough, Stanford is full of high school state champions, conference champions and the occasional national champion.  But how many people can call themselves world champions?

Enter junior Ben Wildman-Tobriner.  In the summer of 2005, he swam with the U.S. 400 meter relay team that took first at Worlds.  And in many ways, the ensuing season was more impressive yet.

Stanford men's swimming & diving finished the 2005-06 campaign with a third-place showing at the NCAA Championship -- and 25th straight Pac-10 title!  No swimmer was more responsible for either feat than Wildman-Tobriner.

In the 100 fly, Wildman's 46.56 from this season was the seventh-fastest time in the history of a program obviously steeped in tradition – and fly isn't his primary stroke.  Freestyle is, and Wildman's 42.17 set the all-time school record in the 100.

At Pac-10s, Wildman-Tobriner dominated the freestyle sprint events.  He swept the 50 and 100 sprints, and anchored the winning 200 relay.  He also took second in the 100 fly and swam on medaling 400 free and 200 and 400 medley relay teams.

Wildman-Tobriner kept up the tremendous pace at Nationals, where he took six All-American honors.  His 50 and 100 free placed him second and third in the nation, respectively, and knocking at the door of a national title come his senior season.  He also swam on three national top-six relays: the 400 medley and 400 and 200 free.

For his efforts in the pool, Wildman-Tobriner earned the Athletic Department's Outstanding Male Junior Award for the past school year, which is all the more remarkable given he earned the Outstanding Male Sophomore Award the season previous.  For his efforts outside the pool, Wildman-Tobriner earned an Academic All-American nod.  He posts a 3.68 in Biomechanical Engineering – no small feat.

A San Francisco resident, Wildman-Tobriner, kept busy this summer with top-five finishes at U.S. Swimming Nationals (2nd in 50 free, 4th in 100 free) and the Pan Pacific Championships (5th, 50 free).

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