No. 2 Men's Swimming And Diving Heads To Arizona For A Pair Of Key Pac-10 Dual Meets
Jan. 22, 2009
Stanford Travels To Arizona
Stanford travels to the desert this weekend to face a pair of Arizona schools in Pac-10 dual meet action. First the Cardinal will face Arizona State from the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center in Tempe on Friday, at 1 p.m. Saturday will be a matchup of the defending national champion Arizona Wildcats, currently ranked No. 4 in the country and the No. 2 Cardinal. The meet will take place at the Hillenbrand Aquatics Center in Tucson at noon. Stanford will look to avenge their only dual meet loss from last season when they take on the Wildcats.
Stanford Tops Pacific
Stanford improved to 3-0 with a convincing 124-69 win over Pacific from the Avery Aquatic Center. The Stanford men won every event they were entered on their way to victory. The Cardinal spread out their victories with no one swimmer capturing more than one event each.
Cardinal Dominates Art Adamson Invitational
The Stanford men clearly established themselves as one of the top teams in the national following their impressive performance at the Art Adamson Invitational in College Station, Texas. The Cardinal won the meet with 1,565, which more than doubled the score of second place LSU. During the meet, Stanford swam to five automatic NCAA standards and numerous NCAA consideration times. Eugene Godsoe led the way with NCAA `A' standards in both the 100 and 200 back. Also with `A' standards were Bobby Bollier in the 200 back and Chad La Tourette in the 1,650 free. In Addition, the Stanford 800 free relay made up of Bollier, Rob Andews, Jake Allen and Phillip Morrison attained the `A' standard.
Stanford Tops Cal In Triple-Distance Meet
The No. 3 Stanford men's swim team put on an impressive performance at the Avery Aquatics Center in a triple-distance meet against California. Although the meet was not scored, the Cardinal had the swimmer with the best combined times in each of the six disciplines contested. The Cardinal were led by Eugene Godsoe who was the only swimmer to sweep all three distances (50, 100, 200) in one event. Godsoe won the 50 back with a time of 22.66 seconds, the 100 back with a time of 49.01 seconds and the 200 back with a time of 1:48.91. Also winning their event overall with wins at two of three distances for Stanford were Nate Cass (IM) and Austin Staab (sprint free). Cass took the top spot in the 200 IM (1:49.74) and the 400 IM (3:57.28), while finishing second in the 100 IM (51.12). Staab took the top spot in the 50 free (20.66) and the sprinters 200 free (1:39.02), while placing second in the 100 free (45.19). The other Stanford swimmers with the top overall times were Bobby Bollier in the butterfly, Paul Kornfeld in the breaststroke and Chad La Tourette in the distance freestyle.
Stanford Defeats Washington in Pac-10 Opener
The Cardinal men's swim team got their Pac-10 season off to a good start with a 134-70 win over Washington on October, 31 from the Avery Aquatic Center. Stanford improved to (2-0, 1-0 Pac-10) with the victory. The Cardinal were led by Jason Dunford, Paul Kornfeld and Alex Coville who were members of winning relay teams and each won an individual event.
The Cardinal dominated their first Invite of the year when they scored 1,006.5 points to defeat second-place California (635 points) in Stockton, Calif. Stanford was led by Jason Dunford and Eugene Godsoe who both had a pair of individual event wins as well as a spot on a winning relay team. The Cardinal also got event wins from Nate Cass, David Mosko and Bobby Bollier.
The Cardinal are owners of one of the most impressive streaks in NCAA history, a Pac-10 record for any sport, with 27 consecutive Pac-10 titles in swimming. The Cardinal also have an impressive streak going at the NCAA Championships where they have placed among the top-four teams for 27 consecutive years as well.
Stanford brought home its share of hardware in 2007-08 season, including a pair of NCAA titles and four Pac-10 championships. Paul Kornfeld was the largest contributor for the Cardinal after winning the NCAA Championships in both the 100 and 200 breast. Kornfeld was also the Pac-10 Champion in both events. The other Pac-10 Champions for Stanford were Austin Staab in the 100 fly and Danny Beal in the 200 fly.
The Stanford men's swimming team will feature three athletes who competed in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Jason Dunford represented his home country of Kenya in the 100 free and 100 fly. After being eliminated in the heats of the 100 free, Dunford advanced to the final of the 100 fly where he finished fifth. Dunford also briefly held the Olympic Record in the 100 fly when he swam a time of 51.47 seconds in the opening round. Jason's brother, David Dunford also competed for Kenya when he swam in the heats of the 50 free in Beijing. The younger Dunford won his opening heat, but failed to advance based on time. Finally, Phillip Morrison swam for his native Brazil in the 800 free relay, but did not advance through the heats.
The Stanford swimming and diving coaching staff is made up of some of the most experienced and accomplished coaches in the country. Head swimming coach, Skip Kenney is in his 29th season at Stanford. He owns an impressive dual meet record of 215-38 (.849) in addition to 27 straight Pac-10 titles and seven NCAA titles. Associate head coach, Ted Knapp is entering his 25th season at Stanford and has been instrumental in the success of the program. He is also coming off the summer of 2008 where he was the head men's manager to the 2008 U.S. Olympic men's swim team. Head diving coach, Rick Schavone, enters his 30th year on The Farm. Schavone, who coaches both the men's and women's divers, is a four-time NCAA coach of the year and has coached divers to 10 NCAA Championships.