Feb. 3, 2010
STANFORD, Calif.-- No. 2-ranked Stanford Swimming (4-1, 1-1 Pac-10) heads down the home stretch with their final road dual matches of the season, at Cal State Bakersfield (4-1) on Friday at 1 p.m. and at No. 13-ranked USC (8-1, 1-1 Pac-10) on Saturday at noon. The Cardinal close out the dual season against Bay Area rival, No. 4 Cal, on February 20 at home.
The Pac-10 Championships start February 25 as the Cardinal men look to win their 29th-straight conference title.
The Cardinal's strength this year lies in its middle and long distance swimmers, with Chad La Tourette leading a pack of four freestylers in the national top-20 in either the 500, 1000 or 1650 freestylers.
La Tourette has four times ranked in the top-five, paced by the third-fastest 1650 time (14:56.20), and fifth-fastest 500 (4:20.38) and 1000 (9:06.11) times in the NCAA this season. He set the American record in the 800 in December.
Junior David Mosko and sophomore Michael Zoldo also rank amongst the nation's leaders in all three disciplines. Mosko also has the fourth-fastest time in the 500, while he also ranks eighth in the 1650 and 18th nationally in the 1000, while Zoldos ranks ninth in the 1000, 15th in the 500 and 20th in the 1650.
Mosko is also one of two Cardinal swimmers ranked in the 200 butterfly, ranking 12th, behind teammate Bobby Bollier and his time of 1:45.37, which is ninth.
USC also features two top freestylers in the 500, French Olympian and freshman Clement Lefert, with the nation's third fastest 500 (4:19.39) and Hungarian Olympian Zoltan Povazsay, whose time ranks ninth.
Stanford's depth is also featured in the backstroke, where Eugene Godsoe has the nation's fastest 100 time at 46.67, the lone backstroker with an “A” standard time. In the 200 a trio swimmers is separated by four-tenths of the second. Matt Thompson's time ranks 11th, Matthew Swanston is 13th and Godsoe is 14th, posting season-bests from 1:44.39 to 1:44.80.
Thompson also ranks 16th in the 400 individual medley, in front of teammate Josh Charnin-Aker, who is 17th.
In the 100 breaststroke, John Criste's time of 54.49 is seventh nationally, while Curtis Lovelace's mark is 14th. The duo flip flop in the 200-yard event with Lovelace at 10th and Criste at 16th. USC's Dillon Connolly is USC's best breaststroker, checking in at No. 5, five-hundreths faster than Criste (54.44).