Nov. 21, 2008
College Station, Texas - Stanford men's swimming took a big lead on the first day of the Art Adamson Invitational on Friday. The Cardinal have totaled 450 points, easily outdistancing second-place LSU with 269 points. The Cardinal also earned several qualifying times for the NCAA's, but a controversy over the length of the Texas A&M pool leaves the times in doubt.
The Cardinal won both relays with NCAA `A' Standard times, but appear as if they are going to lose the times due to the length of the pool.
The Cardinal initially earned an NCAA `A' standard in winning the 200 free relay with a time of 1:17.00. However, the team of Alex Coville, Austin Staab, David Dunford and Jason Dunford may lose the swim because of the pool length controversy.
After an official measurement done by the Strong Surveying company at the conclusion of the day's events, the pool was found to be just over one inch short. The very same company measured the pool on Wednesday and it was measured at 75 feet ½ inch. For the pool to be regulation size, it must be no less than 75 feet exactly. Friday night's measurement was revealed to be 74 feet 10 and 7/8 inches.
The unfortunate situation with the pool length leaves the times in doubt, especially with the quantity of NCAA standard times recorded by Stanford.
The 500 free was dominated by Stanford where a total of eight swimmers earned NCAA `B' Standards. Bobby Bollier (4:15.82), Trevor Scheid (4:16.04), David Mosko (4:16.36), Chad La Tourette (4:17.20), Morgan Priestley (4:22.95), Scotty Korotkin (4:23.96), Michael Zoldos (4:21.53) and Phillip Morrison (4:21.70) all appeared to earn the NCAA mark.
The 200 IM was also a Cardinal rout as Stanford took the top five places. In addition, Nate Cass (1:45.15), Josh Charnin-Aker (1:46.97) and Curtis Lovelace (1:47.17) each appeared to have earned NCAA `B' Standards.
In the 50 free, the Cardinal took the top four spots with each swimmer appearing to earn a NCAA `B' Standard. The four members of the free relay team: Jason Dunford (19.44), David Dunford (19.66), Staab (19.67) and Coville (19.83) all were under the national time.
In diving, Dwight Dumais finished third in the one-meter competition with a score of 320.15. His score was above the NCAA qualifying standard.
The Cardinal will be back in the pool on Saturday for the second day of the Art Adamson Invitational. Stanford will continue to look for fast times as they find out the decision regarding the length of the pool.