Oct. 7, 2009
STANFORD, Calif.-- Stanford Men's Swimming (1-0) will host its first home meet of the 2009-10 season, this Saturday, when the University of Hawaii closes out a two-day stretch in the Bay Area, by swimming against the Cardinal at 1 p.m. The Warriors (0-0) open their season Friday at Cal.
Also taking place at the Avery Aquatics Center this weekend is a separate diving meet, as head diving coach Rick Schavone's women's team will exhibit at the Western Athletic Conference shootout. That meet includes: San Jose State, Fresno State, Nevada, Boise State, UC Davis, and New Mexico State. Friday's competition starts at 4 p.m. and Saturday's is at 10 a.m.
Head coach Skip Kenney, now in his 31st season, welcomes back 16 All-Americans to this year's team, and boasts the nation's top recruiting class.
Junior Austin Staab (Westerville, Ohio) is the most decorated returning swimmer, earning 13 All-America awards over his career, including back-to-back NCAA appearances in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly. The defending NCAA Champion in the 100 butterfly, boasts the school's top time in the event and is also a four-time Pac-10 champion, including the 2008 and 2009, 100-yard fly titles.
Senior Eugene Godsoe (Greensboro, NC) has won 10 All-American certificates and has won both the 100 and 200 backstrokes at the Pac-10 Championships in 2009. Godsoe is amongst Stanford's all-time greats in the backstroke, boasting top-five times in both disciplines.
Captain David Mosko (Cincinnati, Ohio) is a six-time All-American over his first two seasons, earning four of his honors in 500 yard or longer events. Mosko also has Stanford's second-fastest 500 time.
Senior David Dunford, who competed at the World Championships this past summer, is a two-time All-American in the 50 freestyle. He also competed at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Junior Alex Coville (Rome, Ga.) is a seven-time All-American, mostly in the relays, and is a part of two Pac-10 relay championships in 2009. Junior John Criste (Saugus, Calif.) is a four-time All-American in the breaststroke.
Last year's freshman class made quite an impressive, as Chad La Tourette (Mission Viejo, Calif.) won five medals over the summer after two All-America certificates in the longer freestyles; and Curtis Lovelace (Nashville, Tenn.) was a 100 and 200 breaststroke All-American and Geoff Cheah (Hong Kong, China) was an All-American four times as a freshman, three in the individual freestyle.
Eight incoming athletes were ranked in the collegeswimming.com's top-100 prep swimmers, with an impressive six ranked in the top-40. The top two swimmers in the 200 backstroke highlight the class, in Dallas native Matt Thompson, the fifth overall-rated recruit, and Canadian Matthew Swanston, the 10th-rated recruit. Thompson, one of the nation's best preps, has three of the fastest times in four different events and is one of just three prep athletes nationwide to rank in the top-16 in five different disciplines.
The Cardinal opened up their season last month, when they helped, with the University of New Orleans, to open the Lakefront Aquatic Center for the first time since Hurricane Katrina. Stanford began the collegiate season with a 103.5-to-58.5 win.
Rob Andrews took home first place finishes in the 200 freestyle (1:41.59) and the 50 butterfly (23.12), while Lovelace was a first place winner in the 100 individual medley (53.39) and in the 400 medley relay. The relay team, which featured Lovelace, Matt Thompson, Bobby Bollier and Jakob Allen, set the course record with a time of 3:24.00. Andrews edged Staab in the 50-yard butterfly event, 23.12 to 23.15.
Stanford aquatics will also host a number of alumni meets on October 24 as part of homecoming, with the swim alumni on campus starting at 9 a.m., the women's water polo alumnae at 10 a.m. and the men's water polo alumni at 4 p.m. For more information about the alumni events, contact Ted Knapp (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the men's program, and Shane Whildin (email@example.com) with the women's team.