Oct. 30, 2008
Stanford Hosts Washington
No. 3 Stanford welcomes Washington to the Avery Aquatic Center in Pac-10 dual meet action this Friday, Oct. 31 at 2:00 pm. The Cardinal (1-0, 0-0) won last year's meet 123-82 over the Huskies (5-0, 0-0). Stanford is coming off 27 consecutive Pac-10 titles and a third place finish at the NCAA Championships last year. With most of their top swimmers returning and a crop of talented freshmen, the Cardinal should be back in contention for both the Pac-10 and NCAA titles in 2008-09.
The Cardinal dominated their first Invite of the year when they scored 1,006.5 points to defeat second-place California (635 points) in Stockton, Calif. Stanford was led by Jason Dunford and Eugene Godsoe who both had a pair of individual event wins as well as a spot on a winning relay team. The Cardinal also got event wins from Nate Cass, David Mosko and Bobby Bollier.
The Cardinal are owners of one of the most impressive streaks in NCAA history, a Pac-10 record for any sport, with 27 consecutive Pac-10 titles in swimming. The Cardinal also have an impressive streak going at the NCAA Championships where they have placed among the top-four teams for 27 consecutive years as well.
Stanford brought home its share of hardware in 2007-08 season, including a pair of NCAA titles and four Pac-10 championships. Paul Kornfeld was the largest contributor for the Cardinal after winning the NCAA Championships in both the 100 and 200 breast. Kornfeld was also the Pac-10 Champion in both events. The other Pac-10 Champions for Stanford were Austin Staab in the 100 fly and Danny Beal in the 200 fly.
The Stanford men's swimming team will feature three athletes who competed in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Jason Dunford represented his home country of Kenya in the 100 free and 100 fly. After being eliminated in the heats of the 100 free, Dunford advanced to the final of the 100 fly where he finished fifth. Dunford also briefly held the Olympic Record in the 100 fly when he swam a time of 51.47 seconds in the opening round. Jason's brother, David Dunford also competed for Kenya when he swam in the heats of the 50 free in Beijing. The younger Dunford won his opening heat, but failed to advance based on time. Finally, Phillip Morrison swam for his native Brazil in the 800 free relay, but did not advance through the heats.
The Stanford swimming and diving coaching staff is made up of some of the most experienced and accomplished coaches in the country. Head swimming coach, Skip Kenney is in his 29th season at Stanford. He owns an impressive dual meet record of 215-38 (.849) in addition to 27 straight Pac-10 titles and seven NCAA titles. Associate head coach, Ted Knapp is entering his 25th season at Stanford and has been instrumental in the success of the program. He is also coming off the summer of 2008 where he was the head men's manager to the 2008 U.S. Olympic men's swim team. Head diving coach, Dr. Rick Schavone, enters his 30th year on The Farm. Schavone, who coaches both the men's and women's divers, is a four-time NCAA coach of the year and has coached divers to 10 NCAA Championships.