Cardinal to Embark to Emerald City for U.S. Open
July 28, 2009
STANFORD-- Nearly a dozen Stanford Swimmers will be headed to the U.S. Open in Federal Way, Washington from August 4 to 8 with hopes to qualify for the 2009 U.S. Youth Team World Cup in Sweden and Germany later this year.
Among those slated to compete is Chad La Tourette (Mission Viejo, CA), who finished off a solid showing at the World University Games with three medals, and four recruits from the nation's top recruiting class.
La Tourette, who was a two-time All-American this past season, won gold in the 800 freestyle and silver in the 400 and 1500 freestyles in Serbia two weeks ago.
Bobby Bollier (Mission Hills, KS), a four-time All-American as a freshman last year, is also slated to compete, as is fellow All-American and classmate Curtis Lovelace (Nashville, TN). Rounding out the list of returning Cardinal swimming just outside the Emerald City in August are: freshman Nick Koerner (Longmont, CO), sophomore Scotty Korotkin (Sacramento, CA) and junior Patrick Simpkins (Woodland Hills, CA).
Stanford, which boasts the nation's top recruiting class, according to collegeswimming.com, will have four incoming swimmers competing in: Mack Montgomery (Columbia, SC), Aaron Wayne (Antioch, CA), Thomas Santoli (Davidson, NC) and Dan Miller (St. Louis, MO).
Wayne and Montgomery are both top-30 recruits, with Montgomery posting Olympic Trials best of 1:51.68 in the 200 freestyle and 3:57.72 in the 400 freestyle, and Wayne setting North Coast Sectional records in the 100 and 200-yard freestyle.