Impressive Swims For the Cardinal On Day 2 At The NCAA's

March 28, 2008

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    Some outstanding individual swims by Stanford made it a banner morning session during second day of the NCAA Championships from the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way, Wash. Stanford qualified several swimmers and the relay into the championship finals while setting a school record and taking a top seed along the way.

    In the 200 free senior Daniel Beal continued a strong meet with a school record performance in his final NCAA Championships. Beal's time of 1:33.26 smashed the previous record of 1:33.97 set by Andy Grant in 2005. The swim gives Beal the second seed entering tonight's final just behind top seed Shaune Fraser of Florida who finished with a time of 1:33.15.

    Qualifying for the consolation final in the same event was Andrew Trepp who finished 16th with a time of 1:35.66. His time moves him into seventh on the Stanford all-time list in the 200 free.

    Also swimming the 200 free were Phillip Morrison who finished 32nd with a time of 1:36.71 and Dan Priestley who finished 35th with a time of 1:36.84.

    Paul Kornfeld continued to dominate the breaststroke, taking the top seed to tonight's final with a season best time of 52.40 seconds, just off his own school record.

    Qualifying for the consolation final were John Criste who finished 11th with a season best time of 53.37 seconds and Chris Ash who finished 16th with a season best time of 53.55 seconds. Both times are top-10 all-time at Stanford.

    Finishing just out of the finals were Nate Cass who finished 17th with a time of 53.76 seconds and Paul Zaich who finished 23rd with a time of 54.11 seconds.

    Two more outstanding swims came in the 100 fly where Austin Staab and Jason Dunford both qualified for the championship final. Staab will enter tonight as the second seed after finishing with a time of 45.79 seconds. Dunford finished fourth with a time of 46.07 seconds, which was also the fourth fastest time in school history.

    Alexei Puniski of Auburn had the fastest time of the prelims with a time of 45.78 seconds.

    The final individual event was the 100 back where Eugene Godsoe took the fifth seed into tonights final. Godsoe's time of 46.80 was a personal best and places him in a tie for ninth on Stanford's all-time list.

    The morning began with the 200 medley relay where Stanford placed fifth. The team of Godsoe, Kornfeld, Staab, and Dunford swam time of 1:25.69, which equaled their season best. Auburn took the top seed heading into the final by swimming a time of 1:24.27.

    The 400 IM was won by Clark Burckle of Florida with a time of 3:42.82. Stanford did not have a competitor in this event.

    Nathan Kim is the lone Stanford competitor in the 3-meter diving competition that will conclude this evening.

    Tonight's finals should be full of excitement with several Stanford swimmers in the mix for individual national championships as well as giving the team a chance to move up in the team standings. Coming into Friday fifth, Stanford looks to make their move on the second day of competition much like they did at the Pac-10 Championships.

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