Sept. 9, 2008
Baton Rouge, La. - The Stanford men's swimming team got their season underway with 196-63 win over the University of New Orleans at the Crawfish Aquatic Center in Baton Rouge, La.
The Cardinal were competing against a Privateer team that returned to competition after a 16 year hiatus. It also was one of the first sporting events in Baton Rouge since hurricane Gustav and was a sign of strength for the University of New Orleans athletics as they continue to return from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
The Cardinal who will be seeking their 28th consecutive Pac-10 Title and look to improve upon a third place finish at the NCAA Championships won every event in the competition.
Stanford was led by Jason Dunford who was the lone double-event winner. Dunford, fresh off his Olympic experience in Beijing won both the 100 fly and the 50 free. In the 100 fly Dunford swam a time of 48.80 in same event that he was an Olympic finalist and briefly held the Olympic Record this past August.
Also competing for Stanford was Paul Kornfeld who won the 100 breast in a time of 58.09. Kornfeld who is the defending NCAA Champion in the event will look to repeat his title this season.
The Cardinal will next compete when the men's and women's swimming alumni meet takes place on Saturday, October 11 at 9:00 a.m. at the Avery Aquatic Center. The annual meet will honor old traditions and celebrate both the historic legacy and bright future of Stanford men's and women's swimming.
The warm-up for the meet will begin at 8:30 a.m. Following the meet all participants will be treated to a post-meet tailgater before the Stanford football team hosts Arizona at 2:00 p.m. for the homecoming game.