Oct. 14, 2009
STANFORD, Calif.-- Stanford Men's Swimming (2-0) will head to the University of the Pacific Invitational on Saturday at noon to face off against the host Tigers, Brigham Young, Air Force and Cal in the team's third meet of the season for head coach Skip Kenney.
The Cardinal have opened up the season with wins at the University of New Orleans, in that school's first meet at their home arena since Hurricane Katrina, and at home over Hawai'i.
The Cardinal are currently on an 13-match win streak dating back to the 2007-08 season. In Kenney's 30 seasons as a head coach, Stanford has finished in the top three nationally 25 times, winning seven NCAA titles.
Freshman Aaron Wayne (Antioch, Calif.), a part of the nation's top recruiting class, has won all three sprints he has swam. He has posted the nation's sixth-fastest 50-yard time (20.63) and the ninth-best 100-yard time (45.70).
Eugene Godsoe (Grensboro, N.C.) has the nation's top 100 backstroke time at 48.99, as the senior is coming off back-to-back All-American performances in the 100 and 200 backstrokes over the last two seasons. Godsoe has Stanford's second-best 200 time and third-fastest 100 all-time.
Returning distance swimmers, David Mosko (Cincinnati, Ohio), Michael Zoldos (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Chad La Tourette (Mission Viejo, Calif.), each All-Americans last season, have all posted top-10 NCAA times in the 1000 freestyle. Mosko leads the Cardinal pack with a time of 9:22.57 for the sixth-fastest time nationally.
La Tourette, a sophomore, coming off five medals this past summer and one of five Cardinal on the U.S. National Team, is also ranked third nationally in the 500 freestyle with a mark of 4:31.26.
Senior David Dunford (Nairobi, Kenya), one of four Cardinal at this summer's World Aquatics Championships in Rome, has the nation's fourth-fastest 50-yard time at 20.54, set in last Saturday's 200 free relay. Dunford, a two-time All-American in the event, has Stanford's sixth-fastest time (19.28) all-time.
Of the 16 All-Americans returning for the Cardinal this season, Austin Staab (Westerville, Ohio) is the most decorated, with 13 All-America awards. He was the first Cardinal butterflyer to win the 100 since Dod Wales in 1999, an event former Cardinal Pablo Morales won four times from 1984 to 1987. Staab ranks in the top-three in Stanford history in four different events, including records in the 200 free (1:32.71) and 100 fly (44.69).
The Cardinal men and women will return home during Homecoming Weekend to host their alumni October 24 starting at 9 a.m.