Men's Swimming Makes Statement In Triple-Distance Meet
Nov. 7, 2007
Although the 'Triple-Distance' competition between No. 7 California and No. 3 Stanford was an unofficial, non-scoring event, both teams provided some quality times and exciting races for the fans that made it out to the Avery Aquatic Center on Wednesday.
The 'Triple-Distance' format provides a champion for each event domain as the swimmer whose three swims add up to the best overall time.
In the sprint-freestyle events, Stanford junior Jason Dunford made a clean sweep of the affair as he posted top times in the 50 (20.11), 100 (44.39) and 200 (1:40.37). William Copeland was Cal's top man with strong swims in the 50 (20.88), 100 (45.36) and 200 (1:43.33) while Stanford's Andrew Trepp put together a very strong second-place showing in the 200 (1:42.16) to provide support through the sprint events.
In the butterfly races, freshman phenoms Austin Staab and David Mosko led the charge for the Cardinal as Staab posted quick times of 22.47 in the 50 and 49.53 in the 100, while Mosko provided a 1:50.06 to claim the top spot in the 200. Cal senior Jernej Godec won the 50 (22.15) and tied for first with Staab in the 100.
The backstroke events saw Stanford sophomore Eugene Godsoe put on a show, as he took top times of 22.83 in the 50, 48.96 in the 100 and gave a stellar come-from-behind win in the 200 (1:47.23). A strong final lap allowed him to overtake Cal's top backstroker David Russel, who had great swims of his own just behind Godsoe in all three races (23.23, 49.95 and 1:47.31).
The breastrokers were paced by Cardinal co-captain Paul Kornfeld, as he posted wins of 25.83, 56.21 and 2:02.94. For Cal, freshman Damir Dugonjic and senior Richard Hunter followed Kornfeld in the 50 and 100, while Stanford freshman John Criste claimed second in the 200 with a quality time of 2:04.11.
The individual medley events were split between co-captain Nate Cass and freshman Josh Charnin-Aker, as Cass claimed the 100 (51.54) and 200 (1:53.06), while Charnin-Aker took the 400 in an impressive early-season time of 3:59.80. Cal freshman Martti Aljand finished second to Cass in the 100 with a time of 52.17 and third in the 200 with a 1:55.42.
Distance freestylers knew how to share today, as three different swimmers claimed the top spots in the three races. Stanford's senior co-captain Phillip Morrison was victorious in a very close 200 race with Cal senior Dominik Meichtry, as they were 1:40.11 and 1:40.21, respectively. It was then Meichtry's turn as he won the 500 in a time of 4:37.13 to Morrison's 4:37.21. Finally, Stanford senior Noa Sakamoto claimed his own 1st place with a 9:29.99 in the 1000. Both Morrison and Meichtry were longing for the shorter races, as Stanford freshman Scotty Korotkin moved up into the second place spot with a strong swim of 9:32.49.
In diving action, the Stanford duo of senior Nate Kim and freshman Brent Eichenseer won the combined 1 meter event with a score of 639.30, over Cal's Sam Helvie and Tom Henninger who combined to score 604.05 points. In 3 meter action, Kim returned, this time with teammate Casey Weston, to take the event with a score of 601.57, while the Cal team of Taylor Dehn and Brian Lawler took second with 595.35 points.
To finish the day's competition, the swimmers were back in the water for two relay events. The Stanford squad of Eugene Godsoe, Paul Kornfeld, Austin Staab and Jason Dunford won the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:17.93 over Cal's squad of David Russell, Damir Dugonjic, Dominic Cathey and Scott Sorge, who offered a 3:21.90 for second place. Cal then turned the tables as they won the 400 free relay with the team of Will Copeland, Joe Whittington, Jernej Godec and Dominik Meichtry (3:01.38). Meanwhile, Stanford's team of Andrew Trepp, Danny Beal, Jake Allen and Phillip Morrison took second with a 3:04.46.
The day provided a fast and fun first look at the splendid rivalry between these two great programs. Fans should look forward to February 23rd when Stanford travels to Berkeley for what always promises to be one of the fastest collegiate dual meets of the year.
The Stanford divers travel to Athens, Georgia this Friday, November 9 for a diving-only competition, while the swimmers look ahead to the Speedo Cup competition in Long Beach, California on November 15-17.
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