La Tourette Adds to Medal Count

July 7, 2009

BELGRADE, Serbia-- After winning a silver medal in the 400 freestyle on Sunday, Stanford freshman Chad La Tourette won gold in the 800 freestyle at the World University Games on Tuesday.

Fellow Cardinal John Criste (200 breaststroke) and Robert Bollier (200 butterfly) also have a chance for medals tomorrow, following solid showings in the Eastern European capital.

La Tourette's (Mission Viejo, CA) gold medal run led past Italy's Federico Colbertaldo, who he beat by 1.34 seconds to finish with a time of 7:47.24. A collegiate All-American this past season, La Tourette holds the third-fastest 1650 freestyle time in school history. His next chance for a medal begin on Wednesday, when he swims in the heats of the 1500 freestyle.

Criste (Saugus, CA) qualified for the Finals after finishing second to WUG-record holder and fellow American, Sean Mahoney, in the Semifinals, with a time of 2:12.06. Mahoney set the new standard with a time of 2:09.79. Criste began his day by winning his heat with a time of 2:13.37.

Bollier (Mission Hills, KS) will also head to the Finals on Wednesday, in the 200 butterfly, finishing seventh in the Semifinals with a time of 1:57.54. He was fourth in the heats (1:58.31).

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana-- In Indianapolis at the U.S. World Championship Trials, Trevor Scheid (Pittsburgh, PA) finished in fourth (3:51.10) and David Mosko (Cincinnati, OH) was sixth (3:53.76) in the Finals of the 400 freestyle.

Curtis Lovelace finished sixth in the Finals of the 100 breaststroke (60.65), after finishing eighth in the preliminaries (61.75).

The World University Games continue through July 10, while the Trials run through July 11.

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