La Tourette and Godsoe Star as Cardinal Finish Fourth at NCAAs

March 28, 2010

COLUMBUS, Ohio-- Chad La Tourette became Stanford's first 1650 freestyle champion in 23 years, Eugene Godsoe finished in the top-three for the third time and Stanford finished in fourth place at the NCAA Swimming Diving Championships.

La Tourette blew away the field in the 1650 freestyle, becoming the first Cardinal winner in the NCAA's longest distance event since Jeff Kostoff won in 1984, 1986 and 1987. La Tourette's time of 14:42.87 was a pool record, beating out Georgia's Martin Grodzki (14:48.15) by six seconds. 

“I felt pretty good. My race wasn’t as fast as I would have liked, but it feels great to be an NCAA Champion,” said La Tourette. “I was worried after the first 500, but I felt ok and I was able to progress from there and bring it home.”

Stanford finished with 369 points for fourth place, as the Cardinal extended an impressive streak dating back to 1982 in which it finished in the top-four each of those years, while winning eight national titles. The Cardinal this year produced two NCAA Champions (La Tourette and Godsoe) and had 24 All-America finishes, despite being one of three teams who came to the championships sick with a stomach virus. Texas won the title with 500 points, Cal was second (469.5), followed by Arizona (369).

Godsoe finished third in the 200 backstroke on Sunday, following a win in the 100 back and a third place showing in the 100 butterfly earlier this weekend. In his final collegiate event, he fell one hundreth second shy of Brian Retterer's 1995 school record with a time of 1:40.07. He bettered his best by .01 second, still second all-time. Freshman Matt Thompson came back to win the 200 backstroke consolation finals with a time of 1:41.54, the eighth-best time in school history.

Godsoe finished his career with 52 points in his final NCAAs for 112 combined points, 28th-best all-time.

Bobby Bollier and David Mosko, the school's top two 200 butterfliers all-time, also finished neck-and-neck in the finals, as Bollier bettered his school record from 1:41.79 to 1:41.54, while Mosko was fourth with a mark of 1:42.99.

Stanford closed out the event, third in the 400 freestyle relay, as David Dunford, in his final collegiate event, swam the anchor leg.

Dunford also finished fifth in the 100 freestyle with a mark of 42.60, after racing to a time of 42.21 in the preliminaries, the third-fastest time in school-history. Alex Coville was also an All-American, finishing 13th (43.11).

Curtis Lovelace reached the finals of the 200 breaststroke, finishing sixth with a time of 1:54.37 after a personal-best 1:54.25 in the prelims, still fifth-best all-time.

Top Stanford Finishers and All-Americans
* - All-Americans indicated with an asterisk and finish in the top-16
Preliminaries start at 9 a.m. PT and finals start at 4 p.m. PT

Full Results:

Friday, March 26, 2010
200 Free Relay (4th, Coville, Dunford, Wayne, Allen, 1:16.64)*
500 Freestyle (4th, Mosko, 4:13.92, 11th, La Tourette, 4:17.93)*
200 Individual Medley (34th, Lovelace, 1:46.07)
50 Freestyle (7th, Dunford 19.47, 8th, Coville 19.51)*
One-Meter Diving (26th, Eichenseer, 311.30)
400 Medley Relay (3rd, Godsoe, Lovelace, Bollier, Andrews, 3:05.41)*
(school-record for Godsoe at 44.93 in 100 backstroke)

Saturday, March 27, 2010
200 Medley Relay (4th, Godsoe, Lovelace, Coville, Dunford, 1:25.12)*
400 Individual Medley (22nd, Bollier, 3:49.13)
100 Butterfly (3rd, Godsoe, 45.96)*
200 Freestyle (15th, Andrews, 1:37.36)*
100 Breaststroke (7th, Lovelace 52.61, 8th, Criste, 52.83)*
100 Backstroke (1st, Godsoe, 45.11)*
Three-Meter Diving (17th, Eichenseer, 377.25)
800 Freestyle Relay ( 7th, Priestley, Mosko, Bollier, Andrews)*

Sunday, March 28, 2010
1650 Freestyle (1st, La Tourette, 14:42.87, 11th, Mosko, 14:56.17)*
(pool record for La Tourette)
200 Backstroke (3rd, Godsoe, 1:40.07, 9th, Thompson, 1:41.54)*
100 Freestyle (5th, Dunford, 42.60, 13th, Coville, 43.11)*,
200 Breaststroke (6th, Lovelace, 1:54.37, 14th, Criste, 1:55.59)*
200 Butterfly (3rd, Bollier, 1:41.54, 4th, Mosko 1:42.99)*
(school-record for Bollier)
Platform Diving (23rd, Eichenseer, 283.70)
400 Freestyle Relay (3rd, Allen, Andrews, Coville, Dunford, 2:51.27)*



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