Quartet to Compete at Worlds in Rome
July 15, 2009
ROME, Italy-- From Canada to Hong Kong to Kenya, the World Aquatic Championships in Rome will feature a little Cardinal and Red on their caps, as Paul Kornfeld (Canada), Jason and David Dunford (Kenya) and Geoff Cheah (Hong Kong) will compete for their respective countries and Stanford University starting on July 26.
Kornfeld, who will swim in the 200-meter breaststroke, won three medals at the Canadian Trials in Montreal last week. He finished with a Silver Medal in the 50 and 200 breaststroke and was a third place finisher in the 100 breaststroke. Kornfeld was a four-time All-American in both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes at Stanford, and won each event at the 2008 NCAA Championship.
The Dunford brothers and Cheah each swam at the World University Games in Serbia last week, with Jason picking up three medals-- a gold in the 100 butterfly, a silver in the 50 butterfly and a bronze in the 100 freestyle. Jason was a 19-time All-American throughout his career at The Farm, earning certificates all four years in the 100 butterfly and 200 and 400 freestyle relays. Jason was the most successful male athlete at the 2007 All-African Games, winning eight medals, including three golds.
David had the second-best preliminary time in the 50 freestyle, before finishing sixth in the Finals. David, a year younger than his brother, was a three-time American last season and is a five-time All-American over three seasons.
Cheah, a freshman this past season, will return to the World Championships for the second time after competing in the 2007 edition in Melbourne, Australia. The next games will take place in Shanghai, China in 2011.
This will be the 13th edition of the Aquatic World Championships and will feature competition in all five aquatics disciplines: diving, swimming, open water swimming, synchronized swimming and water polo. Over 2500 athletes and 185 countries will compete.
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