Stanford Takes Over First Place At Pac-10 Championships

March 6, 2008


Stanford had an impressive showing of team depth to overtake California and Arizona to take the lead at the Pac-10 Men's Swimming Championships after two days. The Cardinal got several outstanding swims at the highly competitive meet from Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach, Calif. Stanford leads with 277 points, while California is second with 258 and Arizona is third with 240.

The evening session began with the 500 yard freestyle. Stanford's David Mosko entered the night as the top seed after swimming an `A' standard time of 4:19.10 in the prelims. However in the finals, the pace quickened and Mosko finished third despite improving his time to 4:18.04. Just ahead of Mosko was teammate, Daniel Beal who finished second with an `A' standard time of 4:16.80. Jean Basson of Arizona won the event with a time of 4:15.29.

The second event of the evening was the 200 IM, which was won by Darian Townsend of Arizona with a time of 1:44.43. Stanford showed off its depth, however by placing three in the top 7 overall. Nate Cass finished second with an `A' standard time of 1:45.52. Finishing fourth was Paul Kornfeld with a time of 1:46.95. Kornfeld actually swam slightly quicker in the prelims where his morning time of 1:46.60 was a season best and `B' standard. Finally, Josh Charnin-Aker finished seventh with a time of 1:50.90. He also swam quicker in the morning where his time of 1:47.93 was a `B' standard.

In the final individual event of the evening, the 50 yard freestyle, Stanford again showed its depth, placing three in the top 6. Jason Dunford finished second with an `A' standard time of 19.52 seconds. Finishing fifth was Austin Staab with am `A' standard time of 19.59 seconds. Just behind him was Jason's brother David Dunford with a time of 19.73 seconds in sixth. William Copeland of Cal won the event with a time of 19.30 seconds.

The final event of the evening was the 200 yard freestyle relay. Stanford finished second in the race with a team of the Dunford brothers, Staab, and Eugene Godsoe. Their time of 1:18.17 was another `A' standard. Cal won the relay with a time of 1:17.99.

In addition to the swimming events, the 1-meter diving was added to the team scores on Thursday as well. All three diving events were completed last weekend, but the scores will be added in the traditional order of events. Tomorrow the Cardinal and the rest of the Pac-10 will be right back in the pool for the third of four days of competition. Stanford looks to expand their lead as they try to extend their conference record of 26 consecutive titles.

1 Stanford University STAN 277
2 Univ of California Berkeley CAL 258
3 University of Arizona ARIZ 240
4 Arizona State University ASU 157
5 University of Southern Calif USC 134
6 University of Washington WASH 77

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