Dec. 13, 2010
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates-- Five Stanford affiliated swimmers will take part in the five-day FINA World Swimming Championships starting on Wednesday in the Persian Gulf.
Four alumni-- Markus Rogan, Paul Kornfeld, Jason and David Dunford along with current junior Bobby Bollier are slated to swim later this week. Three are Stanford record holders.
Two-time Olympic Silver medalist, Rogan (2000-04) has the best chance to medal among Cardinal competitors. Rogan ranks second to American Ryan Lochte in the 200-meter individual medley and ninth in the 200 backstroke and 13th in the 200 freestyle.
Rogan will look to medal for the third-straight World Championship. He won three Silvers in Shanghai in 2006 and a gold in the 200 backstroke at the last games in Manchester in 2008. He left as the school-record holder in the 400 IM, which still stands since 2002.
Bollier currently ranks in the Stanford top-10 in four categories, including a school-record of 1:41.54 in the 200-yard butterfly, a No. 3 time in the 500 freestyle and a No. 5 time in the 400 individual medley (3:45.05).
Kornfeld (2005-09) will compete in the 50, 100 and 200-meter breaststrokes. The former NCAA champion, who moved back to Calgary to train for the 2012 Olympics, will also blog from the site at www.paulkornfeld.com. He is Stanford's current record holder in the 200 breast.
Elder brother, Jason (2005-09), a 19-time All-American, will compete in the 50 and 100 freestyle, as well as the 50 and 100 butterflies. In Beijing, he briefly held the Olympic record in the 100 fly (51.14) swimming for Kenya.
Also a 2008 Olympian, David (2006-10), an 11-time All-American at Stanford, will be making his second appearance at the world championships, swimming in the 50 and 100 freestyle.
Schedule of Events (Dubai is 12 hours ahead of the West Coast)
World Championship Website