Cardinal Come Back Strong On Second Day Of NCAA Championships Prelims

March 16, 2007

The second round of the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships began today at 10:00 a.m. (PST) with the prelims. Stanford had six individual swimmers and two relay teams qualify for the finals taking place tonight at the University Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, MN.

The first prelim of the day was the 200 medley relay, where the Stanford team of Hongzhe Sun (21.64), Paul Kornfeld (24.28), Jason Dunford (20.72) and Alex Coville (19.13) qualified for the finals in sixth place with a time of 1:25.77. Texas qualified first in the event as the team of Sacco (21.66), Ohalloran (23.52), Berens (20.75) and Weber-Gale (18.81) recorded a new pool record time of 1:24.74.

In the 100 fly prelim the Cardinal had two swimmers qualify for the finals. Ben Wildman-Tobriner qualified fourth with a time of 46.23 and Jason Dunford finished right behind in fifth with a 46.35 moving into sixth on Stanford's Top Times list. Kyle Ransom finished 31 with his time of 47.86. Arizona's Subirats qualified in first with a time of 45.84.

Shaun Phillips (1:34.18) and Andy Grant (1:34.35) both qualified for the finals in the 200 free as Phillips took second as he moved into fourth on Stanford's Top Times list and Grant placed fifth. Daniel Beal qualified for the consolation swim as he finished in 11 place with a time of 1:35.04. Meichtry of Cal took first in the event with a time of 1:34.00.

Next up was the 100 breast prelims, as Paul Kornfeld qualified for the finals in second place with a time of 52.60 just five seconds behind the top spot on Stanford's Top Times list. Keenan Newman took fifth place with a time of 52.88 moving into fourth on the Top Times list, while Nate Cass qualified for the consolation swim finishing tenth with a 53.27 moving into sixth on the Top Times list and (David) Chris Ash finished 27 posting a time of 54.36. Polyakov of Alabama placed first with a 52.41.

Eugene Godsoe was the lone swimmer for Stanford in the 100 back prelims as he finished in 28 place with a time of 48.59. Arizona's Subirats qualified in fist place with a time of 45.68.

The three-meter diving prelims have just begun and action continues at 5:00 p.m. (PST) with the swimming and diving finals.

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