Cardinal Climb To Third After Second Day Of NCAA Championships

March 16, 2007


After the second day of competition at the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships Stanford sits in third place with 261 points. Auburn (380 points) and Arizona (278 points) are currently in first and second, respectively. The Cardinal broke four more records on this day of competition, while finishing second in two events as well.

In the first final of the day the 200 Medley relay team of Hongzhe Sun (22.01), Paul Kornfeld (23.82), Jason Dunford (20.50) and Ben Wildman-Tobriner (18.52) grabbed second place in the event with a final time of 1:24.85. The Auburn team of Goodrich (21.51), Maras (23.40), Puninski (20.04) and Cielo (18.42) took first place setting an NCAA record with a time of 1:23.37.

Next up for the Cardinal was the 100 fly where Ben Wildman-Tobriner took second place breaking the pool record along with the Stanford school record with his time of 45.36. Jason Dunford finished seventh in the event as he posted a time of 46.70. The top time was swam by Subirats of Arizona as he set an NCAA record with a 44.57.

The third event for Stanford was the 200 free where Shaun Phillips finished in sixth place and moved into second place in Stanford's Top Times list with a 1:34.01, while Andy Grant placed seventh in a time of 1:34.11. Daniel Beal competed for the Cardinal in the consolation swim as he took sixth in the race, 14 overall, with a time of 1:35.79. It was Arizona taking the top spot once again as Townsend swam to victory posting a time of 1:33.29.

In the 100 breast it was Paul Kornfeld breaking the pool record and becoming Stanford's fastest 100 breast stroke swimmer ever as he finished in second place with a time of 52.19. Keenan Newman swam to a fifth place finish as he posted a time of 52.94, while Nate Cass placed second in the consolation swim, tenth overall, and now sits in second place on Stanford's Top Times list a he posted a 52.23. Alexandrov of Northwestern took first as be broke the NCAA record with his time of 51.56.

In the three-meter diving Dwight Dumais earned a prelim score of 333.45, but was not able to qualify for the finals as he finished 18 overall. Segerlin of Auburn won the title with a final score of 415.80.

The 800 free relay team of Andy Grant (1:34.34), Daniel Beal (1:34.80), Hongzhe Sun (1:35.35) and Shaun Phillips (1:33.43) set a new American record as they finished in second place posting a time of 6:17.92, breaking the old record of 6:18.00 held by Texas. Arizona's team of Nilo (45.92), Basson (45.74), Townsend (44.25) and Ritter (45.12) set a new NCAA record as they finished first in a time of 6:14.14.

'Our team swam very well again today,' commented Associate Head Coach Ted Knapp. 'There have been some pretty special times that have won and some great times that have finished second as well. The 800 free relay was a great way to end the night, breaking the American record in a team event like that. This was one race the team was focusing on and it became something really special to see; that is exactly what you look for in a team. Our guys should be very happy with their swims today.'

Action continues tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. (PST) with the swimming prelims, 11:30 a.m. diving prelims and the finals at 5:00 p.m.

SATURDAY, MARCH 10, 2007 (EVENTS 15-21)
Event Stanford Entries (NCAA Seed, Entry Time)
15. 1650 FREE: Shaun Phillips (#4, 14:51.77)
16. 200 BACK: Hongzhe Sun (#2, 1:41.22), Andy Grant (#17, 1:44.54), Eugene Godsoe (#23, 1:45.17)
17. 100 FREE: Ben Wildman-Tobriner (#2, 42.51), Matt Crowe (#7, 43.03), Jason Dunford (#23, 43.58), Alex Coville (#29, 43.72), Kyle Ransom (#38, 43.89)
18. 200 BREAST: Paul Kornfeld (#4, 1:55.54), Nate Cass (#5, 1:55.63), (David) Chris Ash (#6, 1:56.28), Keenan Newman (#15, 1:57.61)
19. 200 FLY: Hongzhe Sun (#3, 1:43.91), Daniel Beal (#29, 1:46.65)
20. Platform DIVING: Dwight Dumais
21. 400 FREE RELAY: Stanford (#3, 2:51.50)

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