Pac-10 Men's Swimming Championship Begins Wednesday

March 2, 2010

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Men's Swimmers to Watch

• California JR Nathan Adrian, who won gold in the 400-meter free relay in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, is the reigning 2009 Pac-10 Men's Swimmer of the Year. Adrian has had a strong junior campaign, He is the school record holder in the 50-yard free (18.71), 100-yard free (41.08) and 200-yard free (1:32.98). He earned Pac-10 Swimmer of the Month honors for December after making a splash in Manchester, England at the 2009 Dual in the Pool. He won the 50 free race and set an American record with a time of 20.71. He also won the 100 free with another American record of 45.4. He was also a part of two relays, the 400 medley relay and the 400 free relay, which also set American records.

• Arizona SR Jean Basson, a 2008 Olympian for South Africa, Basson has established himself as the Wildcats' top  long distance swimmer. Basson is the reigning 2009 NCAA Champion in the 500-yard free (4:08.92). In a dual meet in December against then-No. 1 Texas, Basson set the school record in the 1.650-yard free (4:15.22), an NCAA `A' cut. 

• Jack Brown, an Arizona senior, has also set Wildcat records this season, earning the fastest time in school history in the 400-yard IM with a time of 3:41.49 against Texas. Brown also is the current school record-holder in the 200-yard breaststroke (1:54.05) and owns the third-fastest time in the 200-yard IM (1:43.67) in Wildcat history.

• Stanford SR Eugene Godsoe was named Pac-10 Swimmer of the Month for November. He is the 2009 Pac-10 Champion in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke events, and a five-time All-American in the 100-yard butterfly, the 100-yard back, the 200-yard back, and the 200-yard and 400-yard medley relays. In the 200-yard backstroke race at the 2009 Pac-10 Championships, Godsoe won with a meet-record time of 1:40.51. At last year's NCAA Championships, Godsoe became the fifth Cardinal all-time to break the 46-second mark in the 100-yard fly (45.99). 

• Stanford SO Chad La Tourette, the 2009 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year was last season's Pac-10 Champion in the 1,650-yard free. At the 2009 NCAA Championships, La Tourette finished the 1,650-yard free in second place and set a new Cardinal record (14.33.55). La Tourette is a two-time All-American (500-yard free and 1,500-yard free). He competed in the 2009 World University Games earning three medals, including a gold in the 800 freestyle with a time of 7:47.27.   


Pac-10 Team Notes 

• ARIZONA currently sits atop the college swimming rankings after going undefeated through the regular season, including key wins over No. 2 Texas and No 3 Stanford.  SR Jack Brown leads the Wildcats in the 200-yard and 400-yard IM races with season-high times set at 1:44.05 and 3:44.41, respectively. Brown also finished fourth at the 2009 NCAA Championship with a time of 3:41.49 in the 400 IM to earn All-American honors. SR Jordan Smith claimed the 50-yard free event against Texas in December with a time of 20.18 and finished second (44.67) in the 100-yard free. SR Jean Basson returns as the reigning Pac-10 and NCAA champion in the 500-yard freestyle and currently has the third-fastest time in the country at 4:15.22 in the event. 

• ARIZONA STATE is led by SO backstroke and middle distance swimmer Xavier Mohammed. In a loss against USC, Mohammed won three events, including the 200-yard backstroke, clocking a time of 1:47.80, which was almost a second and a half faster than the rest of the field. In the 200-yard IM, an event that Mohammed won gold at the 2008 European Juniors, he took first with a time of 1:52.20. Also in the USC dual meet, JR James Rigg won the 100-yard fly with a time of 50.08. Against rival Arizona, SR Max Laney won the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:46.79, making the NCAA `B' cut. 

• CALIFORNIA is ranked No. 4 in the latest national poll, and the Bears are led by junior Nathan Adrian. Adrian, a gold medalist in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, is the reigning Pac-10 and NCAA Champion in the 50-yard free and the 100-yard free. Adrian owns the top times in the country in the 50-yard free (18.71), the 200-yard free (1:32.98), the 100-yard free (41.08) and the 100-yard fly (46.62). Junior Damir Dugonjic is the defending Pac-10 and NCAA-title holder for the 100-yard breastsroke, and set a new American record of 50.86 in his NCAA swim last season. Dugonjic is the Cal record-holder in the 100-yard breast (50.86). The Bears have a talented 400 medley relay team that finished first in the Big Meet against rival Stanford, finishing with a time of 3:10.74.   

• STANFORD enters the Pac-10 Championships ranked No. 3 nationally, having won 28-straight Conference titles. SR Eugene Godsoe will look to continue its dominance in the backstroke events after sweeping the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke events at the 2009 Pac-10 Championships. Godsoe currently holds a top-10 time nationally in the 100-yard backstroke (46.67). Last season's Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year, SO Chad Le Tourette, returns as the 1,650-yard freestyle champion. Le Tourette currently holds the eighth-best time in the 1,650-yard free in the nation (14:56.20) and leads a group of talented Cardinal distance swimmers, including JR David Mosko (15:07.81, 15th) and SO Trevor Scheid (15:10.94, 22nd) who boasts top-25 times nationally in the 1,650-yard free. JR Alex Coville and FR Aaron Wayne are Stanford's top sprint event competitors. Coville is Stanford's record-holder in the 50-yard free (18.87). 

• USC, ranked No. 14 nationally, is led by freshman French Olympian Clement Lefert, senior Hungarian Olympian Zoltan Povazsay as well as senior James Martin, sophomore Patrick White and freshman Alex Lendrum. Lefert owns four NCAA `B' cuts and several times that rank among the fastest in the nation, including the 200-yard free (1:34.96) and 500-yard free (4:19.60), which rank 10th and fifth, respectively. Lendrum also has four NCAA `B' cuts as well, coming in the 200-yard free (1:49.07), 400-yard IM (3:49.23), the 100-yard free (48.71) and the 200-yard backstroke (1:45.18). White has clocked NCAA `B' cuts in the 200-yard free (1:36.08) and the 500-yard free (4:23.63). Martin, a co-captain with White, has collected NCAA `B' cuts in the 200-yard free (1:49.25), 400-yard IM (3:49.23) and the 200-yard backstroke (1:46.42). Povazsay owns NCAA `B' cuts in the 200-yard free (1:36.44) and the 500-yard free (4:21.55), ranking 23rd and 14th, nationally. 


Pac-10 2008-09 Men's Swimming Season in Review

Three Pac-10 teams finished in the top-10 at the 2009 NCAA Championships in College Station, Texas. STANFORD (460.5) led the Conference placing third behind Auburn and Texas. CALIFORNIA (350) finished fourth and ARIZONA (309) took sixth place. The Pac-10 collected five individual national titles at the event.

Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year: Nathan Adrian, a 2008 Olympic gold medalist, becomes the fifth Golden Bear to earn Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year accolades. At the Conference championships in Long Beach, Calif., the sophomore was named the Pac-10 Swimmer of the Meet after claiming the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle titles. The Bremerton, Wash., native won the 50 free in a Pac-10- and American-record time of 18.82, breaking his own school record set in December. Adrian also swam the freestyle leg of the Bears' 400 medley relay, which won the Pac-10 title in an NCAA-record time of 3:03.30. Adrian gave Cal its first national title in the 50 free since 2000, touching in at an American-record time of 18.71. He won his second individual event in the 100 free, setting another American record with a time of 41.80. 

Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year: Chad La Tourette is the second-straight Cardinal to be named Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year and the fourth overall. The Mission Viejo, Calif., native captured the Pac-10 title in the 1650 free by recording the third-fastest time in Stanford history (14:39.01) and finishing more than five seconds faster than the event's runner-up. The freshman was the Cardinal's top finisher in the 500 free, placing third with a time of 4:16.29. At the NCAA Championships, La Tourette broke the school's 1650 free record with a time of 14:33.55 to finish as the NCAA runner-up. He also finished 11th in the 500 free to lead the way for Stanford.

Pac-10 Coach of the Year: Skip Kenney guided Stanford to a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships, the ninth straight top-three finish and the 28th consecutive top-four showing for the Cardinal. In his 29th season at the helm of the program, Stanford extended its Pac-10 Championship winning streak to 28 years. The 28-striaght Conference championships is the longest such streak for any sport in the nation. This marks the 20th Pac-10 Men's Swimming Coach of the Year honor of Kenney's career.

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