No. 3 Stanford Prepares For First Home Meet Of Season Against Washington
Nov. 2, 2007
The No. 3 ranked Stanford men (1-0, 0-0 Pac-10) will host Washington in the first home meet of the season for the Cardinal on Saturday, November 3 at 9:00 a.m. in the Avery Aquatic Center. In the first meet of the season, Stanford defeated LSU by a score of 139-123 at the LSU Natatorium. The Cardinal took first place in seven of the 14 races contested, including both relays and secured their victory with a first place finish e 200 freestyle to down the Tigers.
Washington at Stanford
Avery Aquatic Center/Maas Family Diving Facility Stanford, CA
Saturday, November 3, 2007 (9 am, PT)
Event Order: 400 Medley Relay, 1000 Free, 200 Free, 50 Free, 400 IM, 200 Fly, 100 Free, 200 Back, 500 Free, 200 Breast, 200 Free Relay
Notes: The Stanford-Washington men's meet will be swam in conjunction with the Stanford-Washington women's meet with alternating events (women first); ^No Prelims; *Short-Course Yards Meet.
Ranked No. 3 To Begin Season
Stanford has been ranked No. 3 by the collegeswimming.com national poll, behind No. 1 Texas and defending national champion No. 2 Auburn. Arizona, Michigan, Cal, Georgia, Indiana, and Minnesota round out the top 10.
The 2007-08 Team
Junior Jason Dunford and sophomore Alex Coville have risen as the heirs apparent to take the place of World Champion sprinter Ben Wildman-Tobriner. Both Dunford and Coville were consolation finalists at the 2007 NCAA championships (Coville in the 50 and Dunford in the 100), while both finished in the top eight in both the 50 and the 100 at the 2007 Pac-10 Championships.
In the middle distance freestyle events, the Cardinal will turn to senior Danny Beal and captain Phillip Morrison to pick up where Andy Grant and Shaun Phillips left off. Beal picked up two All-American honors with a 12th-place finish in the 500 free and a 14th-place finish in the 200 free at last year's NCAA Championships, while Morrison finished in the top 16 of both events at the 2007 Pac-10 Championships. Also returning for the Cardinal is sophomore Andrew Trepp. Look for freshman David Mosko, as he gains experience at the collegiate level to step up big for the Cardinal in both the 200 and 500 freestyles.The Cardinal returns Noa Sakamoto, who will also represent the United States in 2008 at the World Open Water Championships, as well as add freshman Scotty Korotkin, an Olympic trials qualifier in the mile and a National finalist in both the mile and the 800. In short, Stanford returns a great amount of depth, while adding a very talented group of newcomers which will allow the Cardinal to contend for the nation's top spots in most of the freestyle events, including the relays.
The Cardinal men are very young in the backstroke, but return the talents of NCAA competitor Eugene Godsoe, an all-around swimmer who finished fifth in the 200 and tenth in the 100 backstrokes at the Pac-10 championships. Godsoe is joined by fellow sophomore Scott Lathrope who finished 14th in the 200 back at last years Pac-10 Championships. Look for sophomore David Dunford, a World Champion qualifier representing Kenya, to step up and add much needed depth to the backstroke events.
Jason Dunford returns as Stanford's top flyer, coming off of a seventh-place finish in the 100 at the 2007 NCAA Championships, as well as a Top 3 finish at the Pac-10 Championships. Dunford leads a young but talented group of flyers including Patrick Simpkins, Alex Coville, Eugene Godsoe, Phillip Morrison, and Danny Beal. Simpkins finished fifth at the Pac-10 Championships in the 200, while picking up a tenth place finish in the 100. Coville, Godsoe, and Morrison all finished in the top16, while Beal, a former NCAA qualifier, should add depth throughout the season. Stanford brings in two of the top recruits in the country in Austin Staab, the National High School Record holder in the 100 fly, and David Mosko, the 2007 Junior National champion in the 200 fly. Both freshmen should make an immediate impact for the Cardinal.
Stanford is fortunate to return most of its top swimmers in the breaststroke as Paul Kornfeld, Nate Cass, Paul Zaich, and Chris Ash return for their junior seasons. In the breaststrokes alone, Kornfeld and Cass have combined for a total of eight All-American honors. Zaich is coming off of a productive summer of representing the US at the international level, as well as two Top 8 finishes at this past summer's National Championships. All three finished in the top 6 of both the 100 and 200 breast events at the 2007 Pac-10 Championships. Ash picked up an All-American honor at the 2007 NCAA Championships, finishing 11th in the 200 before representing the US at the Pan Pacific Championships in Brazil in the summer of 2007. Egans Gans returns for his senior season after qualifying for the Olympic Trials in the 100 and the US Nationals in the 200. Karl Boehringer and BJ Johnson, return to add strength and depth to an already very strong field. Both swimmers are seasoned veterans at the national level and will add strength as the Cardinal attempt to win their 27th straight Pac-10 title. John Christe, the top breaststroke recruit in the country and a 2005 National Junior Team member, joins the Cardinal and will add even more depth and strength to one of the team's strongest events.
One of Stanford's strongest fields over the years has been the individual medleys, and 2007 was no different. At the Pac-10 Championships, five out of the top 16 finalists were from The Farm, four of whom will return to compete for the Cardinal in the 2007-08 season. Nate Cass led the way with a second place finish at the Pac-10 Championships before picking up one of his three All-American honors in the 200 IM at the NCAA championships. Top breaststroker Paul Kornfeld returns to add depth, as does Scott Lathrope and Paul Zaich. Look for newcomer Josh Charnin-Aker, a senior national qualifier in both the 200 and 400 IM, to make an immediate impact for the Cardinal throughout the season. John Criste, one of the top high school swimmers in the IM last year, will gain valuable experience and add depth to this squad.
Relays have always showcased the great depth of Stanford swimming and this year looks to be no different. Jason Dunford, Paul Kornfeld, Alex Coville, and Danny Beal all return from last years top relay squads, four of which finished in the Top 6 at the NCAA Championships, while Phillip Morrison, Eugene Godsoe, Jake Allen, Austin Staab, David Mosko, and Andrew Trepp look to step up and fill the holes left by the graduated class of 2007.
Junior Dwight Dumais returns with three All-American honors and six top five finishes at the Pac-10 Championships over the past two years. Dumais looks to lead a small but determined group of Cardinal divers through to the championship season. Returning to add depth will be Nate Kim and Luke Henesy. Kim helped Stanford to its 26th consecutive Pac-10 title with three top eight finishes, while Henesy earned two finishes in the Top 16. Sole newcomer freshman Brent Eichenseer was a top three finisher at the 2007 National Junior Olympics and has the potential to make an impact on the boards throughout the season.
Head Coach Skip Kenney
One of the greatest coaches in the history of collegiate swimming and one of the most respected leaders in United States swimming today is Skip Kenney. After 28 seasons as head coach of Stanford University, Kenney stands alone among his peers for his accomplishments in the pool and his character away from the pool.
Last season, Kenney guided the Cardinal to its 26th straight Pacific-10 Championship. At the conference meet, Stanford claimed four relay and six individual titles over the four-day meet, as Kenney was honored as the Pac-10 Coach of the Year for the 19th time. The Cardinal went onto earn a second place finish at the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis, MN, where 11 Stanford swimmers garnered 30 All-American honors.
Kenney's swimmers have also excelled in the classroom as 15 swimmers were named to the Pac-10 All-Academic team. Last season, 14 swimmers were honored on the Pac-10 All-Academic team. Two years ago (2004-05), 15 swimmers were honored on the Pac-10 All-Academic team. Another major achievement is the fact that 100 percent of his student-athletes have earned their degrees.
Kenney has led the Cardinal to seven NCAA titles, including a runaway win in 1998. He has also been named NCAA Coach of the Year six times, most recently in 1998. In addition, Kenney has led the Cardinal to some of the finest team performances in the history of the NCAA Championship meet. The 1992 squad set meet records for both points scored (632) and victory margin (276 points over Texas), and the 1998 team became the first to have a championship final representative in every individual and relay swimming event. He has also coached a total of 113 All-Americans to 896 All-American honors, and has developed 65 NCAA Champions.
His achievements as head coach at Stanford are unparalleled in Pac-10 history. He has guided the Cardinal to 26 consecutive conference titles, which is far and away the record for consecutive Pac-10 championships in any sport. The Cardinal broke the conference record for consecutive titles, established by UCLA men's basketball under John Wooden in 1995 when they captured their 14th consecutive title. Kenney has been named Pac-10 Coach of the Year 19 times in the last 25 years. He has coached an amazing 61 Pac-10 Individual Champions to 156 titles during his tenure. His relay teams have picked up 69 Pac-10 titles as well. Last season, three Stanford swimmers captured six Pac-10 titles in addition to four relay victories. Two seasons ago, Stanford had seven individual conference champions to go along with a relay victory.
In 28 years as the head coach at Stanford, Kenney has recorded a 208-37 overall record, including an 111-7 record (.941) over the past 14 years.
Associate Head Coach Ted Knapp
Ted Knapp enters his 24th season with the Cardinal program and seventh as the associate head coach. Since coming to The Farm, Knapp has played an influential role in Stanford capturing seven NCAA championships and 26 Pac-10 titles.
Knapp assists in all phases of the swimming program, including daily workouts, team travel, and is in charge of all swim recruiting. In addition, he supervises all dryland training and the team's strength program.
Knapp was named as the Assistant Manager to the 2007 US World Championship Team and the Head Men's Manager to the 2008 US Olympic Team.In 2007, Knapp guided the Cardinal to a second place finish at the NCAA Championships where 11 Stanford athletes garnered 30 All-American honors.During his tenure at Stanford, Knapp has helped coach 58 NCAA individual champions, 27 NCAA champion relay teams, 140 Pac-10 individual champions, and 68 conference relay champions.
A 1981 graduate of Stanford with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, Knapp was a four-year letterman, specializing in the freestyle events. In his junior season (1979-80), Knapp earned All-America status as he anchored the Cardinal 400 medley relay squad to an 11th-place finish at the NCAA Championship. A competitive swimmer for 13 years before entering the coaching profession, Knapp also participated in the 1980 U.S. Olympic Trials.