March 1, 2010
Cardinal Head to Long Beach
The Stanford Cardinal will look to win its 29th-straight conference title at the Pac-10 Championships from March 3-6 in Long Beach at the Belmont Plaza Pool on Second Street in the Belmont Shore area of the City.
Diving will continue with the Zone E Regional Diving Championships March 11-13. Following the Pac-10 Championships, the NCAA Championships are set to be held in Columbus, OH March 25-27.
Kenney at the Helm
Three-time Olympic coach, six-time NCAA Coach of the Year and 20-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Skip Kenney is in his 31st season at the helm of the Stanford program. He returns to the city of his alma mater, Long Beach State, where he graduated in 1972. The Cardinal have won seven NCAA titles since he came to the Farm in 1979-80.
Dr. Rick Schavone is in his 32nd year as the team’s diving coach. This year’s team features four All-Americans, Carmen Stellar and Meg Hostage, for the women, and Dwight Dumais and Brent Eichenseer for the men. He has coached at least one All-American in 26 of the last 27. With Dumais nursing a shoulder injury, Eichenseer enters the postseason having posted back-to-back career-bests in the one-meter.
Kenney has won a record 28-straight conference titles under his leadership. To put in perspective, the John Wooden UCLA basketball teams won 14 consecutive titles, half as many as Kenney has won. The Cardinal have also finished in the top three at the national meet 25 times and never lower than fourth since 1981.
Eichenseer Dives First
Brent Eichenseer, diving at the Pac-10 Diving Championships in Federal Way, WA over the last week of February finished third in the three-meter (382.00) and platform (391.85) and fourth in the one-meter (386.85). Those points will be used for this week’s Pac-10s.
The Stanford Men have a number of reigning Pac-10, among them: Jake Allen (400 free relay-2009), Bobby Bollier (200 butterfly-2009), Alex Coville (200 free relay-2009, 400 free relay-2009), Dwight Dumais (one-meter-2007, 2009), David Dunford (200 free relay-2009, 400 free relay-2009), Eugene Godsoe (100 back-2009, 200 back-2009), and Chad La Tourette (1650 free-2009).
America’s Top Distance Swimmers
Mission Viejo native and sophomore Chad La Tourette has developed into one of the top distance swimmers in the country, setting the American shortcourse record in the 800 freestyle in December, while posting the NCAA’s fifth-fastest 1650 time. La Tourette’s season started over the summer as he won five medals in international competition before beginning his second season. La Tourette was an All-American 500 and 1650 as a freshman. La Tourette also has the school’s fastest 1650 time (14:33.55).
Going the Distance
Along with Chad La Tourette, the Cardinal feature three other swimmers ranked in the top-30 nationally in the distance events. David Mosko has the nation’s ninth-fastest 1000 and 1650 times while Trevor Scheid is 14th in both discplines. In addition, Michael Zoldos has top-30 times in both the 500 and 1000 events.
Back to the Top
Senior Eugene Godsoe, a two-time national swimmer of the week this season and November’s Pac-10 Swimmer of the Month, is making the most of his final season. Godsoe has the fifth-fastest 100 backstroke in the country and is also 18th in the 200-yard event. Godsoe comes into the postseason with the second-fastest 100 time and third-fastest 200 time in school-history. Godsoe also has the school’s second fastest 200 time (1:40.08), two hundreths slower than the school record by Brian Retterer.
Bollier and Mosko Fly
Besides being amongst the top distance swimmers, David Mosko has also posted the nation’s 19th-fastest 200 butterfly time. Mosko is not the only top butterflier on the team. Bobby Bollier’s time of 1:45.37 is four-tenths faster than Mosko (1:45.78) for the 15th-best national time.
Breaststroke Has Two of NCAAs Best
John Criste and Robert Lovelace are two of the NCAAs best breaststrokers. Criste and Lovelace both rank in the top-30 nationally in the 100 and 200 events. Criste is the school record holder in the 100 event and has the third-fastest 200 time.
The Cardinal feature a number of international swimmers. Geoff Cheah swam in the world championships with Hong Kong, senior Olympian David Dunford swims for Kenya with his brother Jason (a former Stanford swimmer), while Matthew Swanston swims for Canada, most recently at the World University Games last summer. David Dunford ranks in the Stanford top-10 in both the 50 (6th) and 100 (9th) freestyles.