Stanford Underway At The NCAA Men's Swimming And Diving Championships
March 27, 2008
Stanford qualified two swimmers and two relays for the championship finals during the morning session of the first day of the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships from Federal Way, Wash. on Thursday.
Stanford got a season best time in the prelims of the 200 free relay to finish as the fourth seed entering the final tonight. The team of Jason Dunford, Austin Staab, David Dunford, and Eugene Godsoe swam a time of 1:17.64. Arizona took the No.1 seed by swimming a time of 1:17.05.
The first individual event of the morning was the 500 free, which Stanford got an outstanding performance by Daniel Beal to qualify for the championship final. Beal's time of 4:15.11 was a personal best and moved him into third on Stanford's all-time list. Beal's enters tonight final as the No. 7 seed. The top seed is Sebastian Rovault of Georgia who swam a time of 4:13.67.
The next event also produced a championship final qualifying swim when Nate Cass swam a time of 1:44.84 in the 200 IM. Cass enters tonight's final as the No. 6 seed after improving his personal best. The top seed went to Darian Townsend of Arizona who swam a time of 1:43.40.
Paul Kornfeld also competed in the 200 IM where he finished 24th with a time of 1:46.53, a season best.
The 50 free saw three Stanford swimmers closely packed together. David Dunford finished 14th with a personal best time of 19.59 seconds, which ties him for 13th on Stanford's all-time list. Right behind Dunford was Staab who finished 14th with a time of 19.60 seconds. Both qualify for tonight's consolation final in the event.
The older Dunford, Jason, finished just behind his teammates with a time of 19.63 to finish 18th. Cesar Cielo of Auburn took the event handily with a time of 18.79 seconds.
The final swimming event of the session was the 400 medley relay where Stanford finished sixth. The team of Godsoe, Kornfeld, Staab, and Jason Dunford swam a time of 3:08.77, which was off the pace set by California who swam a time of 3:07.67.
The NCAA Championships will continue this evening at 7:00 p.m. PT with the finals of the events swam this morning. Stanford will swim the championship finals of both relays as well as Beal in the 500 free and Cass in the 200 IM. Also competing will be Nathan Kim in the 1-meter diving competition.