Paul Kornfeld Named Pac-10 Swimmer Of The Year

April 10, 2008

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    WALNUT CREEK, Calif.- The Pac-10 Conference announced the post-season awards for the 2007-08 men's swimming and diving season on Thursday. Stanford was well represented as Paul Kornfeld was named Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year, while Austin Staab was named Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year.

    In a season that saw the Cardinal capture their 27th consecutive Pac-10 championship and finish third at the NCAA Championships, Kornfeld and Staab were rewarded for their outstanding efforts for the team all season.

    Kornfeld, a junior from Kingwood Texas, won both the 100 breast (52.03) and the 200 breast (1:53.11) at the 2008 NCAA Championships. His times set the school record in the 100 breast and ranks second all-time in the 200 breast at Stanford. He was the first Stanford swimmer since 2002 to win multiple national titles.

    Also at the NCAA's, Kornfeld was a member of the school record setting performance in the 400 medley relay (3:05.43), which finished third. He was also a member of the 200 medley relay at NCAA's that finished 5th (1:25.69).

    Kornfeld also won the 100 breast (52.43) and 200 breast (1:54.49) at the 2008 Pac-10 Championships. At the same meet he was a member of the 400 medley relay (3:07.25) that took second and the 200 medley that took third (1:25.59). He was named Pac-10 Swimmer of the Meet for his efforts.

    Kornfeld becomes the second consecutive Stanford swimmer to win the award. Last season, Ben Wildman-Tobriner was the recipient.

    Staab, a freshman from Westerville, Ohio, was a six-time All-American and Pac-10 Champion in the 100 fly during his first season on the Farm.

    Staab finished third at the NCAA Championships in the 100 fly (45.61). He was a member of the school-record 400 medley relay team (3:05.43) that finished third at the NCAA Championships. He also was a member of the 200 free relay (1:17.47) team that finished fourth, the 200 medley relay (1:24.95) that finished fourth, and the 400 free relay (2:51.46) that finished fourth at the NCAA Championships.

    He also finished 15th in the 50 free (19.59) at the NCAA Championships and 20th in the 100 free (43.33) prelims of the NCAA Championships.

    Staab also entered the Stanford record book by tying Wildman-Tobriner's school record in the 100 fly (45.36).

    Staab becomes the first Pac-10 newcomer of the year for Stanford since Nate Cass in 2006.

    Both Kornfeld and Staab return next year to Stanford where the Cardinal will be looking for a 28th straight Pac-10 title and first NCAA Championship since the 1997-98 season.

    Other awards presented on Thursday were to Mickey Benedetti of Arizona State for the Pac-10 diver of the year, Ben Grado of Arizona for the Pac-10 diving newcomer of the year, Frank Busch of Arizona for the Pac-10 swimming coach of the year, and Mark Bradshaw of Arizona State for the Pac-10 diving coach of the year.

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