Aug. 6, 2009
FEDERAL WAY, WA-- Stanford's Chad La Tourette won his fourth medal of the summer, pacing the field in the 400 freestyle Finals at the U.S. Open Championships on Thursday. He swam 3:48.26.
La Tourette (Mission Viejo, CA), who won a gold and two silver medals at the World University Games in Serbia last month, beat Sebastian Rouault by .13 seconds to secure the win. He posted the third-fastest preliminary time (3:51.83).
Bobby Bollier (Mission Hills, KS) reached two Finals, finishing seventh in the Finals of the 100-meter butterfly (53.54) and fifth in the “B” Finals of the 400 freestyle (3:55.36). Patrick Simpkins (Loveland, CO) finished second in the same “B” Finals as Bollier with a time of personal-best of 53.28.
Over in Leeds, England at the Short Course Grand Prix, All-American Michael Zoldos (Phoenix, AZ) was fifth in the Finals of the 400-yard freestyle (3:44.70) and incoming freshman Matthew Swanston was sixth in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:56.02.
The U.S. Open, just outside of Seattle, runs through Saturday, with Bollier and La Tourette slated to go in the 200 freestyle on Friday, while the English Grand Prix runs through Sunday just outside of West Yorkshire.