Aug. 4, 2009
FEDERAL WAY, Washington-- Stanford's Curtis Lovelace took home gold, and Bobby Bollier was a silver medalist in separate events on the first day of the U.S. Open Swim Championships.
Lovelace (Nashville, TN), a collegiate All-American in two disciplines of the breaststroke this past season as a freshman, won the 200-meter breaststroke with a course-record 2:10.38, after finishing third in the preliminaries with a time of 2:14.14.
Bollier (Mission Hills, KS), a Pac-10 Champion and All-American in the 200-yard butterfly, finished in second place in the top section of the 200-meter butterfly with a time of 1:55.87, .15 seconds behind leader Hidemasa Sano (1:55.72). Bollier entered the meet with the top time (1:55.67), just missing his personal-best by two-tenths of a second.
In other meets out at the U.S. Open, Patrick Simpkins (Woodland Hills, CA) was second in the “B” Finals of the 200-meter butterfly (1:59.68), two-tenths behind the winner, while John Criste (Saugus, CA) was seventh behind Lovelace in the 200-meter breaststroke (2:14.77). In the 1500-meter freestyle Scotty Korotkin (Sacramento, CA) was 21st (15:55.12).
The meet runs through Saturday, with Wednesday's events featuring Bollier in the 400 individual medley, and also other competitors in the 100 freestyle, 200 backstroke and 400-meter freestyle relay.