No. 1 Stanford Tops Cal To Complete Perfect Regular Season
Feb. 21, 2009
Berkeley, Calif. - No. 1 Stanford men's swimming (8-0, 5-0 Pac-10) completed an unbeaten regular season with a 153-109 victory over California on Saturday afternoon from the Spieker Aquatics Complex. It was the fourth consecutive dual meet win for Stanford over Cal.
The Cardinal got their meet off to a strong start by winning the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:10.87. The experienced team of Eugene Godsoe, Paul Kornfeld, Austin Staab and Jason Dunford defeated the team from Cal by almost two seconds.
Dunford and Godsoe also won events as individuals for Stanford. Dunford captured the 50 free where he was the only swimmer in the field to break 20 seconds with a time of 19.65. Godsoe also dominated his event, the 200 back, winning with a time of 1:45.62
In the first individual event, it was time for a pair of Stanford freshmen to shine. Chad La Tourette easily captured the 1,000 free with a time of 9:07.40, but teammate Michael Zoldos also came through for the Cardinal, finishing second with a time of 9:17.85 to edge Isaac Howell of Cal by a hundredth of a second.
La Tourette also captured a second event later in the meet when he won the 500 free with a time of 4:29.24.
The most exciting race of the day was the 200 IM, with Nate Cass edging Martin Liivamagi of Cal by a hundredth of a second. Cass finished with a time of 1:48.60, coming from behind on the final freestyle length.
Cass also doubled up his victories in the 400 IM, winning with a time of 3:54.80.
In diving, Dwight Dumais swept both events, winning the 1-meter with a score of 332.17 and the 3-meter with a score of 371.85.
Cal was led by Nathan Adrian who won both the 100 and 200 freestyle races.
The Big Meet concludes the regular season for both Stanford and Cal. Both will next compete in the Pac-10 Championships Wed.-Sat., March 4-7. The Cardinal will be looking to extend their impressive streak of 27 consecutive Pac-10 titles, a Pac-10 record for any sport.