Oh Canada! Zoldos and Kornfeld Finish Second at Trials
July 10, 2009
Stanford's Paul Kornfeld and Michael Zoldos both finished second at the Canadian World Championship Trials on Friday and are more than likely headed to the World Championships later this month based on their performances.
For Kornfeld (Kingwood, TX), this is his third medal of the Trials, as he swam 2:11.72 in the 200-meter breaststroke Finals, gaining on winner Scott Dickens and his time of 2:11.40 over the final 100 meters. Kornfeld bettered his preliminary time by nearly eight seconds, coming back after being seeded fifth (2:19.28). Kornfeld, a senior for Stanford this past season, was previously second in the 50-meter breaststroke and third in the 100 breaststroke.
Zoldos (Phoenix, AZ), a freshman for the Cardinal, finished second to Ryan Cochrane (3:49.73) with a time of 3:50.93 for his first top-three finish of the meet.
In Serbia, Jason Dunford (Nairobi, Kenya) had already won a silver and a bronze medal at the World University Games so to complete the set, the Stanford senior needed a Gold, and he did just that by winning the 100-meter butterfly on Friday with a time of 41.29. Dunford's time beat out the U.S.'s Chris Brady.
Jason's brother, David, will look for his own Gold Medal in the 50-meter freestyle on Saturday as the second-seed after racing to a time of 22.21. David had won his preliminary heat and had posted the fastest time amongst the first round of competitors, at 22.29. Jason finished 12th overall in the Semifinals with a time of 22.68, after a time of 22.80 in the preliminaries.
In other Finals action at the U.S. World Championship Trials in Indianapolis, incoming recruit Matt Thompson (2:10.55) was eighth in the Finals of the 2000 individual medley and freshman Curtis Lovelace (2:02.36) was second in the 'C' Final of the same event. Jakob Allen was eighth in the 'B' Final of the 100 freestyle (49.99).
The Trials and World Championships conclude on Saturday.
Michael Zoldos, Silver, 400 freestyle
**-- More than likely, the top two finishers at the Trials are invited to the World Championships in Rome later this month.