Lovelace Takes Home First Gold of U.S. Open

Aug. 4, 2009

FEDERAL WAY, Washington-- Stanford's Curtis Lovelace took home gold, and Bobby Bollier was a silver medalist in separate events on the first day of the U.S. Open Swim Championships.

Lovelace (Nashville, TN), a collegiate All-American in two disciplines of the breaststroke this past season as a freshman, won the 200-meter breaststroke with a course-record 2:10.38, after finishing third in the preliminaries with a time of 2:14.14.

Bollier (Mission Hills, KS), a Pac-10 Champion and All-American in the 200-yard butterfly, finished in second place in the top section of the 200-meter butterfly with a time of 1:55.87, .15 seconds behind leader Hidemasa Sano  (1:55.72).  Bollier entered the meet with the top time (1:55.67), just missing his personal-best by two-tenths of a second.

In other meets out at the U.S. Open, Patrick Simpkins (Woodland Hills, CA) was second in the “B” Finals of the 200-meter butterfly (1:59.68), two-tenths behind the winner, while John Criste (Saugus, CA) was seventh behind Lovelace in the 200-meter breaststroke (2:14.77). In the 1500-meter freestyle Scott Korotkin (Sacramento, CA) was 21st (15:55.12).

The meet runs through Saturday, with Wednesday's events featuring Bollier in the 400 individual medley, and also the 100 freestyle, 200 backstroke and 400-meter freestyle relay.

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