Stanford Men's Swimming Impresses On Day 1 Of U.S. Olympic Trials

June 29, 2008

Omaha, Neb.- The Stanford men's swimmers got off to a great start at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials on Sunday. The Cardinal were led by Chris Ash and John Criste who advanced to Monday's final in the 100 breaststroke.

Swimming an opening round and a semi-final, Criste and Ash qualified along with six others for Monday's final. Ash finished fifth with a time of 1:01.16, while Criste finished eighth with a time of 1:01.38. Also advancing to the semi-final, but failing to qualify for the final was Nate Cass who finished 15th with a time of 1:02.60.

Also contested on Sunday was the 400 IM, which included two Stanford swimmers. Scott Lathrope finished 32nd with a time of 4:28.14, while Josh Charnin-Aker finished 43rd with a time of 4:31.75. Neither swimmer advanced to the final, which was won by Michael Phelps in a World Record time of 4:05.25.

The other Stanford swimmer to compete on Sunday was David Mosko in the 400 freestyle. Mosko finished 24th with a time of 3:55.55, but did not advance to the final.

Several Stanford swimmers will be back in the pool as the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials continue on Monday, highlighted by the attempts of Ash and Criste to secure places on the Olympic Team when they compete in the final of the 100 breast.

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