Dunford to Race for Gold in Rome

July 31, 2009

ROME, Italy-- Stanford's Jason Dunford will compete for gold in the100-meter butterfly at the World Aquatic Championships on Saturday after finishing fifth in the Semifinals with a personal-best 50.78.


The four-time All-American in the 100-yard butterfly in college, earned the final spot for the Semifinals after finishing 16th in the preliminaries with a time of 51.76. Dunford then bettered that mark by a second in the Semifinals, as Serbia's Milorad Davic set a world record with a time of 50.01 and Michael Phelps was second. This is the second finals for Dunford, who was sixth earlier in week in the 50-meter butterfly. His previous best was 50.85.

Jason's brother, David, reached the Semifinals of the 50-meter freestyle, twice setting his personal-best. In the preliminaries, he was 14th with a time of 21.96, before finishing 16th in the Semifinals (21.89). His previous best was 22.21.

World Championship Schedule/Finals Appearances for the Cardinal:
J. Dunford, 50 butterfly Finals (6th)
D. Dunford, 50 freestyle, Semifinals (16th)

J. Dunford, 100 butterfly, Finals Saturday
D. Dunford, 50 backstroke, Saturday
G. Cheah, 50 backstroke, Saturday

Other Cardinal Involved 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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