Five Stanford Swimmers Included On U.S. National Team

Oct. 9, 2008

Five current and former Stanford men's swimmers were named to the USA Swimming National Team for 2008-09. The team is made up of the six fastest American swimmers in each event from the Olympic Games, Olympic Trials, or U.S. Open.

Former Cardinal swimmers Ben Wildman-Tobriner and Randall Bal, along with current student-athletes Chad La Tourette, John Criste and Bobby Bollier make up the Stanford contingent.

Wildman-Tobriner ('07) is coming off the Olympic Games where he won Olympic Gold as a member of the 4x100-meter free relay. He was also an Olympic finalist in the 50 free where he finished fifth. He qualified by the national team by having the third fastest time in the nation in the 50 free (21.64).

Bal ('03) competed in the 100 back at the U.S. Olympic Trials. His time of 53.09 seconds qualified him as the fourth fastest in that event.

La Tourette is beginning his freshman year on The Farm. He is the only Stanford swimmer to earn a spot on the national team in two events. He is the sixth qualifier in the 400 free (3:48.59) and the fourth qualifier in the 1,500 free (14:57.50).

Criste, a sophomore, was a finalist in the in the 100 and 200 breast at the U.S. Olympic Trials. He earned his spot on the team in the 200 breast at the U.S. Open with the sixth fastest time (2:11.46).

Bollier is also entering his freshman season. He qualified fourth in the 200 fly at the U.S. Open with a time of 1:55.67.

Being a National Team member gives the athletes opportunities with insurance and tuition assistance programs, altitude training opportunities, as well as career program and access to the sports medicine high performance network.

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