March 26, 2009
College Station, Texas - No. 1 Stanford men's swimming is off to a fast start at the 2009 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. After a day of record breaking swims, the Cardinal sit in third place with 130 points. Texas leads with 171 points, while Auburn is second with 141.
With two days of action left, there is still a long way to go to see who will be crowned NCAA champion on Saturday evening.
After the prelim heats in the morning, the action begun with the 200 free relay on Thursday night. Despite swimming under the previous NCAA record, Stanford settled for second as they were edged by Auburn at the wall. The Cardinal team of Alex Coville, Austin Staab, Jason Dunford and David Dunford did set a new school record with a time of 1:14.22. Auburn's time of 1:14.08 was a new NCAA record, breaking their own record from 2007. Neither Stanford nor Auburn had a swimmer split over 19 seconds accounting for the record times.
The top individual event of the day for Stanford was the 50 free where the Cardinal put a pair of swimmers in both the championship and consolation finals. Coville led the way by placing fourth overall with a time of 18.92 seconds. However, it was not his fastest swim of the day as his time of 18.87 in the prelims tied the school record of 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Ben Wildman-Tobriner from 2007.
Jason Dunford also competed in the championship final and finished seventh with a time of 19.32. Dunford was also faster in the prelims with a time of 19.09, the fourth-fastest in Stanford history.
2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Nathan Adrian of California won the event with an American record time of 18.71.
In the consolation final Staab tied for the top time to finish tied for ninth overall. Staab's time of 18.96 is the third-fastest in Stanford history. Also in the consolation final was David Dunford who finished 13th with a time of 19.28.
Bobby Bollier actually swam the fastest time of the day for Stanford with a 4:14.75 in the prelims. The time was the third fastest in school history. In the finals Bollier finished 16th with a time of 4:20.28.
In the 200 IM, Stanford had just one swimmer in the consolation final. Nate Cass finished 13th with a time of 1:44.27. In the prelims, Cass set the school record in the event with a time of 1:43.82.
Also in the prelims, Josh Charnin-Aker had a good swim with a time of 1:44.45. Charnin-Aker finished 19th, but his time was fourth-fastest all-time for the Cardinal.
Auburn swept both relays on the day by winning the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:01.39.
In diving, Dwight Dumais advanced to the finals of the 1-meter springboard competition where he finished eighth. Dumais had a score of 339.70 in the finals after finishing the prelims with the second-best score.
Brent Eichenseer also competed, but did not advance out of the prelims, finishing 20th.
The Cardinal will be back in action tomorrow for the second of three days at the NCAA Championships. Stanford will look to move up in the standings as they attempt to claim their ninth NCAA title in school history.