March 22, 2010
Cardinal Look For its Ninth Title
The Stanford Cardinal will head to Columbus, OH for the NCAA Championships from March 25-27 looking for its ninth NCAA title and first national title since 1998. This year’s team features a Cardinal ranked in the top-10 in 15 events, including all five relays and the nation’s fastest swimmers in the 500 freestyle (David Mosko) and 1650 freestyle (Chad La Tourette).
Cardinal coach Skip Kenney won his 29th-straight Pac-10 Conference title to begin March. Since head coach Skip Kenney took over the program, seven of those national titles have occurred since 1985. Since Kenney took over the program, the Cardinal have also finished in the top three at the national meet 25 times and never lower than fourth since 1981.
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.
Dr. Rick Schavone is in his 32nd year as the team’s diving coach. He has coached at least one All-American in 26 of the last 27 years. Brent Eichenseer, after fifth place finishes in the one and three-meters as well as a fourth place finish in the platform, is in the NCAAs for the second time in his career.
Godsoe Has Stellar Final Pac-10s
Senior Eugene Godsoe was named the Pac-10 Championships Swimmer of the Meet following wins at the conference championship in the 100 and 200 backstroke and a second place finish in the 100 butterfly. Godsoe enters his final collegiate meet with the nation’s third fastest 100 back (46.03) and 200 back (1:40.97) times.
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From a Distance
All season the Cardinal have produced some of the nation’s fastest distance swimmers, led by the nation’s fastest 500er in David Mosko (4:14.53) and fastest 1650 freestyler Chad La Tourette (14:46.70). Four Cardinal swimmers rank in the national top-20 in the 500 overall, and four are amongst the national top-25 in the 1650. Should the Cardinal win in either of the longer distances, it will mark the first time since the 1980s the Cardinal have had an individual champion in either the 500 freestyle (1988) or 1650 freestyle (1987).
Cincinnati junior David Mosko is not only a solid distance freestyler, he ranks fifth in the 200 butterfly, joining teammate Bobby Bollier, who ranks No. 2 nationally (1:41.84). Eugene Godsoe ranks seventh nationally in the 100 butterfly (46.10).
Nation’s Top Breaststroker
Junior John Criste enters the NCAA Championships with the nation’s fifth fastest times in both the 100 and 200-yard events of the breastroke. Criste is a back-to-back All-American in both disciplines.
A Look at the Cardinal All-Americans
Stanford features 14 All-Americans on its roster. Eugene Godsoe is the most decorated, as a 10-time All-American, earning back-to-back honors in the 100 and 200 backstrokes. Alex Coville was an All-American in the 50 and 100 freestyle for two of his seven honors. David Mosko previously was named an All-American six times, notably in the longer distances. Here is a complete list:
Eugene Godsoe (100 fly-09, 100 back-08-09, 200 back-08-09, 200 medley relay-08-09, 400 medley relay-08-09, 200 free relay-08),
Alex Coville (200 free relay-07-09, 50 free-09, 100 free-09, 200 medley relay-09, 400 free relay-09, 400 medley relay-09),
David Mosko (200 fly-09, 500 free-08-09, 1650 free-08, 1500 free-09, 800 free relay-08),
David Dunford (50 free-08, 09, 200 free relay-08-09, 200 medley relay-08, 400 free relay-09),
John Criste (100 breast-08-09, 200 breast-08-09, 200 medley relay-09),
Bobby Bollier (500 free-09, 200 free-09, 200 fly-09, 800 free relay-09),
Jake Allen (200 free-09, 800 free relay-09), Chad La Tourette (500 free-09, 1500 free-09), Curtis Lovelace (100 breast-09, 200 breast-09), Rob Andrews (800 free relay-09),
Josh Charnin-Aker (400 IM-09), Brent Eichenseer (platform-09), Trevor Scheid (1500 free-09), Michael Zoldos (1500 free-09).
Last Time it Happened
Stanford is ranked amongst the national top-eight in six events and in all five relays... Amongst swimmers ranked in the top-8 nationally, here is a list of the last time Stanford individuals won titles: 500 freestyle (twice in school history, last in 1988 with John Witchel)... 1650 freestyle (four times in school history, last when Jeff Kostoff won in 1984, 1986 and 1987)... 100 backstroke (last by Peter Marshall in 2002-03-04)... 200 backstroke (last by Markus Rogan in 2002)... 100 butterfly (last by Austin Staab in 2009)... 200 butterfly (last by Adam Messner in 2000-01)... 200 free relay (last in 2003)... 400 free relay (last in 1998)... 800 free relay (twice in school-history, last in 1992)... 200 medley relay (last in 2002)... 400 medley relay (last in 2005).
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.