Feb. 17, 2010
STANFORD, Calif.-- No. 2-ranked Stanford (6-1, 2-1 Pac-10) will host arch rival, No. 4-ranked California (5-1, 2-1 Pac-10) on Saturday at the Avery Aquatics Center to close out the dual season prior to embarking on the team's 29th consecutive Pac-10 Conference title.
The Cardinal feature 17 times ranked amongst the national top-15, led by back stroker Eugene Godsoe, and distance swimmer Chad La Tourette.
Stanford will have to contend with one of the nation's fastest sprinters in Cal's Nathan Adrian, who features the nation's fastest 50 time, second-best 100 time and ninth-fastest 100 butterfly time. Adrian set the American record in the 50 and 100-meter shortcourse at the Duel in the Pool in December, the same meet La Tourette set the U.S. record in the 800-meter freestyle.
Godsoe, a two-time national swimmer of the week this season, has the nation's fastest 100 backstroke, at 46.67. He also ranks 16th in the longer discipline, joining teammates Matt Thompson (11th) and Matthew Swanston (13th) amongst the nation's fastest 200 backstrokers. For Cal, they will counter with All-American Guy Barnea and Danish national teamer Mathias Gydesen.
La Tourette, one of four Cardinal distance swimmers, ranked, has the sixth-fastest 500-yard (4:20.38) and 1000-yard (9:06.11) times, as well as the third-fastest 1650-yard time. Joining the Cardinal sophomore over the long haul is David Mosko, Michael Zoldos and Trevor Scheid, all who boast a top-20 national time.
In the breaststroke, John Criste (8th) and Robert Lovelace (16th) will have to contend with Cal All-American Nolan Koon and Slovenian Olympian Damir Dugonjic, who rank third and 10th, respectively in the 100-yard event.
With Austin Staab withdrawing from school, the team has reworked its lineup in regards to the sprints, relays and butterfly, as Alex Coville has taken the reigns as the team's top sprint specialist. Coville has the nation's 16th-fastest 50 time and 25th-best 100 time.
In diving, Cardinal All-American Brent Eichenseer has been the team's top diver, while senior All-American Dwight Dumais battles a shoulder injury that has kept him out since late January. Eichenseer is coming off a career-best 341.55 in the one-meter against USC and a quarterfinal appearance at the U.S. Winter Nationals.
Saturday's meet will also be the final home event for seniors: Dwight Dumais, David Dunford, Eugene Godsoe, and Patrick Simpkins.
Following Saturday's affair, championship swimming begins on February 25 to 27 in Federal Way, WA when Dr. Rick Schavone's divers competes at the conference diving championships. For the rest of the men's team, they will compete at the Pac-10 Championships in Long Beach on March 3-6. The Zone E Regional Diving Championships will take place in Columbus, OH March 12-14, while the NCAA Championships for the men will occur March 25-27.
Order of Events
400 Medley Relay
1 meter diving
3 meter diving
400 Free Relay