Jan. 19, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. – Chad La Tourette has the nation's fastest times in 1000 and 1650 freestyles as he and the No. 3-ranked Cardinal (2-0) head to the desert to take on No. 2-ranked Arizona on Friday at 1 p.m. PT and Arizona State on noon on Saturday.
If the current rankings hold true, the Pac-10 and NCAA Championships should be another close one, with Arizona, Stanford and Cal all ranked 2-3-4 in the national rankings.
La Tourette, the defending NCAA Champion in the 1650, is the only one in the nation to swim under nine minutes (8:56.40) in the 1000 and lone male under 14:50, topping out at 14:47.06 in the longer distance.
“To win the conference title again this year we will need to have outstanding performances across the board similar to last year,” said La Tourette. “Again, we will look to our freshmen to have breakout swims to inspire the upperclassmen and score points.”
The Cardinal also saw the return of Austin Staab, the 2009 NCAA Champion in the 100 fly, who was named the national swimmer of the week following the first weekend of 2011.
Making a name for himself during his senior season is Sacramento's Scotty Korotkin. Traditionally a distance swimmer, Korotkin ranks 12th in the 1000 free and 15th in the 1650 free as he looks for his first All-America certificate.
In the sprints, senior Alex Coville and sophomore Aaron Wayne both have top-10 times. Coville's time of 19.60 is sixth nationally in the 50 free, while Wayne has the ninth-fastest 100 time (43.45). Both are behind the other in the other discipline. Arizona counters with four swimmers in the top-20 in the 50 free and three in the 100 free. The 200 free relay has both the Wildcats and Cardinal ranked in the top-five. Stanford also has top-10 rankings in the 200 and 400 medley relays.
In the backstroke, sophomores Matt Thompson and Matthew Swanston rank ninth and tenth in the 200-yard event. Thompson also has the eighth-fastest 400 IM time. In the breaststroke, senior John Criste has the third-fastest 100 breastroke and 13th-fastest 200 breast.
Brent Eichenseer anchors the diving competition after wins in the platform and three-meter two weeks ago at the Bruin Invite. Junior Taylor Sishc stepped up to finish second in the platform and third in the one and three meters. Freshmen Noah Garcia and Dhruv Tyagi also finished in the top-six.
National Top-15 Rankings
50 Free: Coville (6th), Wayne (13th)
100 Free: Wayne (9th), Coville (11th)
200 Free: Andrews (8th)
500 Free: Bollier (5th), Mosko (6th)
1000 Free: La Tourette (1st), Mosko (9th), Korotkin (12th)
1650 Free: La Tourette (1st), Mosko (8th), Korotkin (15th)
200 Back: Thompson (9th), Swanston (10th)
200 Fly: Bollier (3rd), Mosko (6th)
100 Breast: Criste (3rd)
200 Breast: Criste (13th)
400 IM: Thompson (8th)