STANFORD, Calif. - A number of current and former Stanford student-athletes and alumni competed at the 15th FINA World Championships which wrapped up in Barcelona this past Sunday.
Stanford was represented by eight water polo players, three swimmers and a diver at the competition, along with current Stanford diving head coach Rick Schavone, who served as a U.S. coach.
The USA men's water polo squad featuring Tony Azevedo '05, Janson Wigo '10 and Alex Bowen '15, went 2-1 in group play, defeating Russia and Canada following a tournament-opening loss to Croatia, before being eliminated in the preliminary knockout round by Spain, 10-6.
Bowen led the Cardinal trio with seven goals while Wigo scored six and Azevedo five over the four games.
On the women's side, the Cardinal quintet of Lauren Silver '09, Melissa Seidemann '13, Annika Dries '14, Kiley Neushul '15 and Maggie Steffens '16 were part of the USA team that finished fifth. The team went rolled through group play with wins over Greece, Canada and Great Britain then qualified for the quarterfinals with a 14-3 win over Brazil.
However, the team's hopes for gold were dashed with a 9-6 loss to Spain in a rematch of the 2012 Olympic Gold Medal Final, relegating the USA to the 5th-8th bracket. There, the U.S. rebounded with wins over the Netherlands and Greece to claim fifth place.
Steffens led the Cardinal group with 11 goals at the tournament while Seidemann netted nine. Neushul added seven goals and Dries and Silver each scored five times.
In the swimming competition, Stanford volunteer assistant coach Eugene Godsoe '10 won silver in the 50 fly during his first major international meet as a member of Team USA.
Brazil’s Cesar Cielo sprinted home to retain his crown and win the fifth world title of his career. Cielo hit the wall in 23.01 as Godsoe won silver in 23.05 from the outside lane.
Godsoe, a former Cardinal All-American won the 50 and 100 butterfly races at the U.S. World Championships Trials.
Godsoe was eighth in the prelims, edging out world record holder Rafael Munoz for the last spot in the finals.
He also swam on the 400 medley relay team that qualified first in the preliminaries in 3:32.72. Godsoe did not swim in the final, during which the United States was disqualified for a false start in the back-to-breast exchange. The four members of the preliminary team would have taken home gold medals along with the regular members had there been no disqualification.
Godsoe reached the semifinal of the 100 fly, where he finished 11th in 51.96.
BJ Johnson qualified for his first FINA World Championships by taking second in the 200 breast at the Phillips 66 National Championships and World Team Trials in June. Johnson moved on from the prelims with a 2:11.64 (15th out of 16 qualifiers), and his 2:10.79 in the semifinals landed him 12th overall.
Diver Kristian Ipsen '15 was 17th with 333.10 points off the 1-meter board. Only the top 12 advanced to the finals. Ipsen started strong with 67.50 points on his reverse 1.5 with 2.5 twists, good for the third-best score in the opening round, but scored less than 50 points on his next three dives to find himself in 23rd place with two rounds to go. He came back with 56 points on a reverse 2.5 pike and closed out his list with 70 points on a reverse 1.5 with three twists, the most difficult dive done by any diver in the contest.
Under the watchful eye of Team USA and Stanford head coach Rich Schavone, Ipsen rebounded to take 12th in the 3-meter finals, two spots behind his semifinal standing. Ipsen was the highest American finisher in the 3-meter.
Maya DiRado '14 fell just shy of a bronze medal in the 400 individual medley, finishing fourth in 4:32.70. American teammate Elizabeth Beisel claimed bronze when she touched in 4:31.69. Beisel was the defending champion while DiRado won the 400 IM at the U.S. national meet.
DiRado still came home with a medal by earning gold with the 800 free relay team. She was on the qualifying relay which swam in the prelims.