Stanford Men's Swimming Holds Commanding Lead At Pac-10 Championships

Feb. 23, 2007

After three days of competition, Stanford men's swimming and diving holds a commanding lead over the rest of the field. The Cardinal are in first place with 655.5 total points, followed by Arizona (433) in second and Cal (429) in third.

Day three got underway with the 400 yard IM. Stanford's Keenan Newman recorded a fourth place finish in a time of 3:49.96. Teammate Scott Lathrope finished in ninth place with a time of 3:52.82. Arizona State's Gal Nevo (3:47.50) and Christopher Nuess (3:48.43) swept the top two spots, while Mark Eckert of Cal finished third (3:49.52).

The 100 yard butterfly was next and gave the Cardinal a chance to shine once again. Ben Wildman-Tobriner took the top spot in a time of 46.00, while Cal's Nathan Adrian finished second with a time of 46.81. Jason Dunford rounded out the top three in 46.89. Patrick Simpkins finished 10 with a time of 48.44, while teammates Alex Coville (48.86), Eugene Godsoe (49.11) and Matt Crowe (49.09) finished 14, 16 and 21, respectively.

Andy Grant represented Stanford in the top three in the 200 yard freestyle. He swam to a second place finish in a time of 1:34.46, while Dominik Meichtry of Cal (1:33.82) took first and Arizona's Nicolas Oliveira (1:34.78) placed third. Daniel Beal (1:35.16), Shaun Phillips (1:35.26) and Phillip Morrison (1:38.63) came in fifth, sixth and 13, respectively.

The fourth event of the day, the 100 yard breaststroke, had four Stanford swimmers in the top five. The contingent was led by first place finisher Paul Kornfeld with a time of 52.75 and Nate Cass in third posting a time of 53.97. Chris Ash (54.46) and Paul Zaich (54.54) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Hongzhe Sun swam his way to a second place finish in the 100 yard backstroke in a time of 47.08. USC's David Russell came in first, posting a time of 46.93, while Albert Subirats finished in third with a time of 47.41. Stanford's Eugene Godsoe (49.44) and Kyle Ransom (49.99) placed 10 and 11, respectively.

Stanford continued it's relay dominance, this time Hongzhe Sun, Paul Kornfeld, Jason Dunford and Ben Wildman-Tobriner claimed first in the 400 yard medley relay in a time of 3:07.32. Arizona followed in second with a time of 3:10.84 and USC placed third with a 3:12.07. The Cardinal 'B' team of Eugene Godsoe, Keenan Newman, Patrick Simpkins and Phillip Morrison posted a 3:18.00.

The final day of action continues tomorrow in Federal Way, Wash. with prelims beginning at 11:00am and the finals at 6:00pm.

Team Scores (Includes 3-meter diving)
1. Stanford 655.5
2. Arizona 433
3. Cal 429
4. USC 343.5
5. ASU 266
6. Washington 144

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