Stanford Wins Pac-10 Men's Swimming Championships for 29th Straight Conference Title
March 6, 2010
LONG BEACH, Calif.- Stanford claimed its 29th straight Pac-10 Men's Swimming Championships on Saturday evening at the Belmont Shores Olympic Pool in Long Beach,Calif. Paced by three individual event victories and a second place relay finish, Stanford amassed 897 points en route to collect its 29th consecutive Conference crown. The California Golden Bears claimed second place for the seventh straight season with
829.5 points. Arizona tallied 654.5 points for third place and the Wildcats' fourth straight appearance on the podium.
Cardinal co-captain Eugene Godsoe nabbed Swimmer of the Meet honors. His championship feats included two individual wins in the 100-yard backstroke, 200-yard backstroke and four second place finishes in the 100 butterfly, 200-yard medley relay, 800-yard freestyle relay and the 400-yard medley relay. Godsoe swam two NCAA “A” qualifying times in his victories.
“In the four years I have been at Stanford this was by far the most exciting Pac-10 meet that I have competed in,” Godsoe said. “We got some e-mails from many former players last night who talked about the tradition and the pride of being a Stanford swimmer. Everybody was real fired up for today’s meet because we did not want to be the team that gave up the streak.”
On the fourth and final night of the 2010 Pac-10 Men's Swimming Championships, Stanford swimmers reigned supreme in the 1650 freestyle, 200 backstroke and 200 butterfly events. Arizona outpaced a tight pack in the 200 breaststroke. And California placed first and second place in the 100 freestyle. In the 400 freestyle relay, the final race of the competition, the event podium mimicked the Conference championship podium announced just moments later.
Saturday's finals session started with the 1650-yard freestyle. The contest is considered the equivalent of a mile in swimming. Defending Pac-10 champion, sophomore, Chad LaTourette of Stanford swam away from the pack as his closest competitor finished over 10 seconds behind La Tourette. La Tourette had an NCAA “A” qualifying time of 14:46.70. Stanford junior David Mosko finished in second (14:57.37) and freshman Richard Charlesworth of USC finished third (14:57.39) both NCAA considerationtimes.
'We all talked about how important this morning was last night because we wanted to qualify as many swimmers as possible in the “A” events,” La Tourette said. “I think everyone picked up their game this morning because we knew we had a lot on the line tonight.”
Junior Nathan Adrian was one of two Golden Bears to post NCAA consideration times in the 100 freestyle championship final, swimming 42.35 to win. Cal junior Graeme Moore took second in a time of 42.72. Adrian, a 2008 United States Olympic Gold Medal winner, won Cal's third-straight 100 free title at the Pac-10 Championship. Stanford's David Dunford (43.03) withstood strong challenges from a field separated by only 0.8 seconds to secure the bronze. Godsoe showcased his second Pac-10 Championship performance in the 200 backstroke, turning nearly even with teammate freshman Matt Thompson at the halfway mark, Godsoe accelerated to a two-second advantage over the last 100 yards. He touched the wall at 1:40.97, for an NCAA “A” qualifying time, to win the event for the second straight season. Thompson touched in 1:42.09 to claim second and Arizona senior Bryan O’Connor finished third with a time of 142.58 both NCAA consideration times.
Arizona freshman Carl Mickelson won the 200 breaststroke (1:54.96) winning by just three-hundredths over Curtis Lovelace and John Criste (1:54.99) of Stanford who tied for second. Cardinal sophomore Bobby Bollier (1:41.84) won the 200 butterfly and California freshman Tom Shields (1:42.63) finished second in an NCAA “A” qualifying times. David Mosko rounded out the podium with a time 1:43.16.
'This was an exciting meet with a lot of ebbs and flows-- a championship meet and a great team effort,' Stanford associate head coach Ted Knapp said. 'We had great leadership from our senior class, and that is what is necessary to pull off a successful meet. Although this title is great our real work begins in three weeks [at the NCAA Championships].”
Men's Team Rankings - FINAL
2. California, 829.5
3. Arizona, 654.5
4. USC, 521
5. Arizona State, 326