March 4, 2009
Long Beach, Calif. - No. 1 Stanford men's swimming began the Pac-10 Championships with a pair of school records. On the first evening of competition, the Cardinal established new school records in both the 200 medley and 800 free relays.
However, the fast times were only good enough for second place in each race and Stanford sits in third place in the very early going. No. 6 California and No. 2 Arizona are tied atop the standings with 72 points, while the Cardinal are third with 68 points.
The first race of the evening was the 200 medley relay where Stanford finished second with a school-record time of 1:24.19. The team was led off by Eugene Godsoe in the backstroke with a split of 21.44. He was followed by Paul Kornfeld in the breaststroke with a split of 23.98 and Austin Staab in the butterfly with a split of 20.24. Jason Dunford anchored the relay in the freestyle, but despite an impressive split of 18.53, fell just short to the team from California who set a Pac-10 record with a time of 1:23.98.
The second and final event of the night was the 800 free relay where Stanford again finished second. The Cardinal finished with a school-record time of 6:14.84, which trailed Arizona by two hundredths of a second (6:14.82). The time by Arizona was a Pac-10 record.
The Cardinal will be back in the pool for the second day of the Pac-10 Championships on Thursday. The day will mark the beginning of the individual events with the 500 free, the 200 IM and the 50 free, in addition to the 200 free relay.