Stanford Swimmers Noa Sakamoto And Chad LaTourette Qualifiy For Open Water National Team
Oct. 24, 2007
Stanford swimmers Chad LaTourette and Noa Sakamoto recently competed at the 2007 World Championship Trials in Fort Myers, FL in the 10K event. The top ten finishers at the FINA Open Water World Championships, held April 29-May 4, 2008 in Seville, Spain, will automatically qualify for the 2008 Olympic Games.
LaTourette, a recruit for the class of 2013, placed fourth with a time of 1:57.15, while Sakamoto finished four seconds back in fifth place with a time of 1:57.19. Both Cardinal swimmers qualified for the US Open Water national team. LaTourette will have the additional honor of representing the US in the 5K at the World Championships in Seville, Spain.
Former Cardinal great Randall Bal captured three gold medals this past weekend at the FINA World Cup meet in Durban, South Africa. Bal swept the backstroke events, turning in times of 23.79 in the 50, 51.13 in the 100, and 1:53.15 in the 200. For his efforts, Bal was named the men's 'Most Valuable Performer' of the meet, and is now in the lead in the World Cup's overall rankings. The next event on the 2007 World Cup circuit will be held on October 27-28 in Singapore.