Stanford Opens Season and Arena with Win
Sept. 7, 2009
NEW ORLEANS, La.-- Stanford University with help from their hosts, the University of New Orleans, reopened the Lakefront Aquatic Center for the first time since Hurricane Katrina, beginning the collegiate season with a 103.5-to-58.5 win.
Rob Andrews took home first place finishes in the 200 freestyle (1:41.59) and the 50 butterfly (23.12), while Curtis Lovelace was a first place winner in the 100 individual medley (53.39) and in the 400 medley relay. The relay team, which featured Lovelace, Matt Thompson, Bobby Bollier and Jakob Allen, set the course record with a time of 3:24.00.
Andrews edged 2009 NCAA 100 butterfly champion and teammate Austin Staab in the 50-yard event, 23.12 to 23.15.
Home to the Privateer swimming and diving program from 1984 through 1992 and again from 2004 to 2005, the Lakefront Aquatic Center is the final athletic facility on the UNO campus to re-open its doors following the impact of Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. The men's team was reinstated last year.
The Stanford men's swim team continues its season season on October 10 when it hosts Hawai'i. The men's and women's diving teams begin their season on October 2, by hosting San Jose State.
MEDALISTS VS. NEW ORLEANS
1. Aaron Wayne, 20.99
3. Alex Coville, 21.58
1. Rob Andrews, 1:41.59
2. Morgan Priestley, 1:44.28
1. Chad La Tourette, 9:24.94
2. Michael Zoldos, 9:35.90
3. Trevor Scheid, 9:41.46
400 Medley Relay
1. Thompson/Lovelace/Bollier/Allen, 3:24.00 (stadium record)
2. Godsoe/Criste/Staab/Coville, 3:24.17