Swimming Begins Season in the Bayou

Sept. 1, 2009

STANFORD, Calif.-- Stanford Swimming, which has finished the season in the top-three nationally 25 times in Skip Kenney's 30 years, begins its 2009-10 campaign in New Orleans on September 7. This will be the first meet at the Lakefront Aquatics Center since Hurricane Katrina, an arena the Privateer men have not swam at since 1991-92, and the women, since 2004-05. The meet begins at 2 p.m. Pacific.

Stanford Swimming is coming off a very strong summer in which they competed in nine meets in six countries winning a combined 27 medals, including 12 golds over a six week span.

Sophomore Chad La Tourette won a combined five medals over the summer, including two silvers and a gold at the World University Games in Serbia and two more gold medals at the U.S. Open outside of Seattle.

Returning swimmers Curtis Lovelace (gold) and Bobby Bollier (silver) each won medals at the U.S. Open, while Scotty Korotkin won two golds in the freestyle at the Maccabiah Games in Israel. In addition, Michael Zoldos and recruit Matthew Swanston won two medals a piece at a tri-meet with Canada, Great Britain and Russia.

Though not swimming internationally, the team is also bolstered by senior Eugene Godsoe, a Pac-10 champion and All-American in the 100 and 200 backstrokes, and NCAA 100 butterfly champion and junior Austin Staab.

Four Cardinal swimmers swam at the World Aquatic Championships in Italy in late July. Paul Kornfeld, who won three medals at the Canadian Trials in Montreal, and was a competitor in the 200-meter breaststroke, while David and Jason Dunford and Markus Rogan, also competed. David will be a senior on this year's team, while the others exhausted their eligibility.

Among the newcomers from the No. 1 recruiting class in the country, Aaron Wayne won a gold and silver medal at the Junior National Championships in mid-August, and Mack Montgomery, Matt Thompson and Swanston each competed at swim trials prior to Worlds.

The next meet for Stanford Swimming will be October 2 against San Jose State (diving only), and October 10 against Hawai'i.

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