Kornfeld Just Misses Advancing to Semifinals in 200 Breastroke

July 30, 2009

ROME, Italy-- Stanford's Paul Kornfeld fell six spots short of qualifying for the Semifinals of the 200-meter breaststroke at the World Aquatic Championships, in a competition that saw the course record get broken.

Kornfeld, a former All-American for the Cardinal and competing for Canada, started off strong, racing out to a time of 29.96 over the first 50 meters, before falling about two seconds shy of leader, American Eric Shanteau, and his record time of 2:08.55. Kornfeld's time of 2:11.87, .15 seconds short of his personal-best, was six spots shy of the final qualifying mark of 2:10.54.

Kornfeld won two silver medals and a bronze medal at the Canadian Trials earlier this month, and will compete in Leeds, England at the British Grand Prix next week.

In the 200-meter backstroke, current Cardinal Geoff Cheah, racing for Hong Kong, swam 2:08.25.

The Championships run through Sunday.

World Championship Schedule/Finals Appearances for the Cardinal:
J. Dunford, 50 butterfly Finals (6th)
D. Dunford, 50 freestyle, Friday
J. Dunford, 100 butterfly, Friday
D. Dunford, 50 backstroke, Saturday
G. Cheah, 50 backstroke, Saturday

Other Cardinal Events in Europe
Canada, Great Britain, Russia Tri-Meet, August 1-2 (Michael Zoldos, Matthew Swanston)
British Short Course Grand Prix, August 6-9 (Zoldos, Swanston, Kornfeld)

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