No. 1 Men's Swimming Looks To Extend Record Streak At The Pac-10 Championships

March 3, 2009

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    2009 Pac-10 Championships
    The No. 1 Cardinal are set to compete in the 2009 Pac-10 Championships from the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach, Calif. The Cardinal have won a record 27 consecutive Pac-10 titles and will be looking to extend their streak from March 4-7.

    Wed., March 4, at 6 p.m.

    200 Medley Relay
    800 Freestyle Relay

    Thur., March 5, at 6 p.m.
    500 Freestyle
    200 Individual Medley
    50 Freestyle
    200 Freestyle Relay

    Fri., March 6, at 6 p.m.
    400 Individual Medley
    100 Butterfly
    200 Freestyle
    100 Breaststroke
    100 Backstroke
    400 Medley Relay

    Sat., March 7, at 6 p.m.
    1650 Freestyle
    200 Backstroke
    100 Freestyle
    200 Breaststroke
    200 Butterfly
    400 Freestyle Relay

    NOTE: Preliminaries will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday-Saturday.
    The preliminary events will take place in the same order as the finals listed above.

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    Live Meet Results
    At the conclusion of the event, results will be posted on the Pac-10 web site (, as well as on Arizona State's web site ( Please contact Regina Verlengiere at the Pacific-10 Conference office for more information. Following each day the full results will be published on

    Ranked Opponents
    The Pac-10 is again among the most competitive conferences in the country. In addition to the top-ranked Cardinal, No. 2 Arizona, No. 6 California, Washington, USC and Arizona State should provide four days of top competition.

    2008 Pac-10 Championships
    Last season the Cardinal faced one of their most daunting challenges in continuing their streak of consecutive conference titles. The Cardinal entered the meet ranked No. 3, but faced No. 2 Arizona, as well as No. 11 Cal. However, the Cardinal had several strong swims including Pac-10 titles from Paul Kornfeld in the 100 and 200 breast and from Austin Staab in the 100 fly and Danny Beal in the 200 fly. Stanford went on the win the meet with 865 points, while Cal finished second with 769.

    Big Meet Success
    No. 1 Stanford men's swimming (8-0, 5-0 Pac-10) completed an unbeaten regular season with a 153-109 victory over California on Saturday afternoon from the Spieker Aquatics Complex. It was the fourth consecutive dual meet win for Stanford over Cal. The Cardinal got their meet off to a strong start by winning the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:10.87. The experienced team of Eugene Godsoe, Paul Kornfeld, Austin Staab and Jason Dunford defeated the team from Cal by almost two seconds. Dunford and Godsoe also won events as individuals for Stanford. Dunford captured the 50 free where he was the only swimmer in the field to break 20 seconds with a time of 19.65. Godsoe also dominated his event, the 200 back, winning with a time of 1:45.62. The most exciting race of the day was the 200 IM, with Nate Cass edging Martin Liivamagi of Cal by a hundredth of a second. Cass finished with a time of 1:48.60, coming from behind on the final freestyle length. Cass also doubled up his victories in the 400 IM, winning with a time of 3:54.80.

    Stanford Sweeps Cal-State Bakersfield And USC
    The Cardinal stayed unbeaten by defeating a Cal-State Bakersfield and USC in their final home meets of the season. Stanford defeated CSU Bakersfield by a score of 142-97 on Friday, before knocking off Pac-10 rival, USC, 213-86 on Saturday. The Cardinal used a balanced attack on Friday with a different Stanford swimmer winning each event. Versus USC on Saturday, the Cardinal were led by Jason Dunford who represented the seniors on senior day by winning both the 100 free and 100 fly as well as being a part of two winning relays.

    Stanford Sweeps The Arizona Schools
    Stanford swept a pair of Pac-10 rivals in the desert to improve their record to 5-0 (3-0 Pac-10). First, the Cardinal knocked off Arizona State by a score of 156-99. Jason Dunford and Eugene Godsoe led the way for Stanford, each winning a pair of events. Dunford won the 200 free with a time of 1:39.38 and followed that up with a victory in the 200 fly in a time of 1:49.62. On Saturday the Cardinal had their most impressive win of the season as they dominated No. 4 Arizona 191-107, who was the defending national champion and the only team to beat Stanford in a dual meet last season. Stanford was led by five double-event winners. Jason Dunford, Eugene Godsoe, Austin Staab, John Criste and David Mosko all won a pair of events.

    Stanford Tops Pacific
    Stanford improved to 3-0 with a convincing 124-69 win over Pacific from the Avery Aquatic Center. The Stanford men won every event they were entered on their way to victory. The Cardinal spread out their victories with no one swimmer capturing more than one event each.

    Cardinal Dominates Art Adamson Invitational
    The Stanford men clearly established themselves as one of the top teams in the national following their impressive performance at the Art Adamson Invitational in College Station, Texas. The Cardinal won the meet with 1,565, which more than doubled the score of second place LSU. During the meet, Stanford swam to five automatic NCAA standards and numerous NCAA consideration times. Eugene Godsoe led the way with NCAA `A' standards in both the 100 and 200 back. Also with `A' standards were Bobby Bollier in the 200 back and Chad La Tourette in the 1,650 free. In Addition, the Stanford 800 free relay made up of Bollier, Rob Andews, Jake Allen and Phillip Morrison attained the `A' standard.

    Stanford Tops Cal In Triple-Distance Meet
    The No. 3 Stanford men's swim team put on an impressive performance at the Avery Aquatics Center in a triple-distance meet against California. Although the meet was not scored, the Cardinal had the swimmer with the best combined times in each of the six disciplines contested. The Cardinal were led by Eugene Godsoe who was the only swimmer to sweep all three distances (50, 100, 200) in one event. Godsoe won the 50 back with a time of 22.66 seconds, the 100 back with a time of 49.01 seconds and the 200 back with a time of 1:48.91. Also winning their event overall with wins at two of three distances for Stanford were Nate Cass (IM) and Austin Staab (sprint free). Cass took the top spot in the 200 IM (1:49.74) and the 400 IM (3:57.28), while finishing second in the 100 IM (51.12). Staab took the top spot in the 50 free (20.66) and the sprinters 200 free (1:39.02), while placing second in the 100 free (45.19). The other Stanford swimmers with the top overall times were Bobby Bollier in the butterfly, Paul Kornfeld in the breaststroke and Chad La Tourette in the distance freestyle.

    Stanford Defeats Washington in Pac-10 Opener
    The Cardinal men's swim team got their Pac-10 season off to a good start with a 134-70 win over Washington on October, 31 from the Avery Aquatic Center. Stanford improved to (2-0, 1-0 Pac-10) with the victory. The Cardinal were led by Jason Dunford, Paul Kornfeld and Alex Coville who were members of winning relay teams and each won an individual event.

    UOP Invite
    The Cardinal dominated their first Invite of the year when they scored 1,006.5 points to defeat second-place California (635 points) in Stockton, Calif. Stanford was led by Jason Dunford and Eugene Godsoe who both had a pair of individual event wins as well as a spot on a winning relay team. The Cardinal also got event wins from Nate Cass, David Mosko and Bobby Bollier.

    Postseason Streaks
    The Cardinal are owners of one of the most impressive streaks in NCAA history, a Pac-10 record for any sport, with 27 consecutive Pac-10 titles in swimming. The Cardinal also have an impressive streak going at the NCAA Championships where they have placed among the top-four teams for 27 consecutive years as well.

    Cardinal Champions
    Stanford brought home its share of hardware in 2007-08 season, including a pair of NCAA titles and four Pac-10 championships. Paul Kornfeld was the largest contributor for the Cardinal after winning the NCAA Championships in both the 100 and 200 breast. Kornfeld was also the Pac-10 Champion in both events. The other Pac-10 Champions for Stanford were Austin Staab in the 100 fly and Danny Beal in the 200 fly.

    Stanford Olympians
    The Stanford men's swimming team will feature three athletes who competed in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Jason Dunford represented his home country of Kenya in the 100 free and 100 fly. After being eliminated in the heats of the 100 free, Dunford advanced to the final of the 100 fly where he finished fifth. Dunford also briefly held the Olympic Record in the 100 fly when he swam a time of 51.47 seconds in the opening round. Jason's brother, David Dunford also competed for Kenya when he swam in the heats of the 50 free in Beijing. The younger Dunford won his opening heat, but failed to advance based on time. Finally, Phillip Morrison swam for his native Brazil in the 800 free relay, but did not advance through the heats.

    Coaching Experience
    The Stanford swimming and diving coaching staff is made up of some of the most experienced and accomplished coaches in the country. Head swimming coach, Skip Kenney is in his 29th season at Stanford. He owns an impressive dual meet record of 215-38 (.849) in addition to 27 straight Pac-10 titles and seven NCAA titles. Associate head coach, Ted Knapp is entering his 25th season at Stanford and has been instrumental in the success of the program. He is also coming off the summer of 2008 where he was the head men's manager to the 2008 U.S. Olympic men's swim team. Head diving coach, Rick Schavone, enters his 30th year on The Farm. Schavone, who coaches both the men's and women's divers, is a four-time NCAA coach of the year and has coached divers to 10 NCAA Championships.

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