Stanford Finishes Third At NCAA Swimming And Diving Championships
March 28, 2009
College Station, Texas - Stanford completed their season with a third-place finish at the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships from the Texas A&M Student Recreation Center Natatorium. The Cardinal had several more outstanding swims on Saturday, but could not overcome eventual champion Auburn or national runner-up Texas.
Stanford totaled 430.5 points to finish third for the second consecutive season. It was the ninth straight top-three finish and the 28th consecutive top-four NCAA finish under head swimming coach Skip Kenney and diving coach Dr. Rick Schavone.
Auburn came from behind on Saturday to take the title with 486 points. Texas was second with 453 points. California (318) and Florida (300) rounded out the top-five teams.
The Cardinal got the evening off to a great start by scoring big points in the 1,650 free. Chad La Tourette smashed the Stanford record with a time of 14:33.55 to finish as the NCAA runner-up. Also with a top-10 finish was David Mosko who placed seventh with a time of 14:45.30.
A pair of freshmen also scored points for Stanford as Trevor Scheid and Michael Zoldos tied for 15th. The duo finished with times of 14:56.80 to each earn the first All-America honors of their careers.
Following the distance free, Eugene Godsoe finished with his second consecutive fifth-place finish in a backstroke event. Godsoe's time of 1:40.08 was just two hundredths off the Stanford school record.
The 100 free saw the return of Austin Staab. Fresh off his NCAA title in the 100 fly on Friday night, Staab competed in the championship final. This time Staab finished sixth with a time of 42.06. While the time was not an American record like Staab now owns in the 100 fly, it was the second-fastest in Stanford history.
In the consolation final of the 100 free, Alex Coville finished 11th. Coville finished with a time of 42.70 to earn All-America honors in both sprint freestyle events.
The Cardinal were again strong in the breaststroke as Paul Kornfeld and John Criste both advanced to the championship final of the 200 breast. The defending NCAA champ in the event, Kornfeld settled for third, although he did break the school record in the event with a time of 1:52.55. Criste also fared well, placing fifth with a time of 1:52.98.
In the consolation final, Curtis Lovelace finished 11th with a time of 1:54.63. The trio of Stanford breaststrokers scored 36 team points in the event.
In the final individual swimming event of the meet, Bobby Bollier led Stanford in the 200 fly with a fourth-place finish with a time of 1:42.36. Having already broken the 22-year-old Stanford record of Pablo Morales at the Pac-10 Championships, Bollier bettered his school record in the prelims with a time of 1:41.79.
Also competing in the championship final was David Mosko who placed seventh with a time of 1:43.42. Mosko was also faster in the prelims where his time of 1:41.98 was second all-time for Stanford.
In diving, Brent Eichenseer placed 13th in the platform competition with a score of 366.35. The 13th-place finish gives Eichenseer the first All-America honor of his career.
To conclude the NCAA Championships, the team of Coville, Staab, David Dunford and Jason Dunford competed in the 400 free relay. The Cardinal finished fourth with a school-record time of 2:47.97. Auburn won the event to give them four of the five relays on the way to the NCAA title.
The Cardinal conclude another successful season in men's swimming. Along with another high finish at the NCAA Championships, the Cardinal extended their Pac-10 Championships winning streak to 28, while also rewriting the school record book.