Aug. 7, 2010
IRVINE, Calif.-- Stanford's Chad La Tourette won his first national championship, swimming the world's fastest time of the year in the 1500-meter freestyle to close out the ConocoNational Championships on Saturday evening.
The NCAA 1650 Champion swam a time of 14:55.39, blowing away the rest of the field, finishing eight seconds ahead of Peter Vanderkaay and breaking Canadian Ryan Cochrane's season-best of 14:56.83 at his country's own national trials last week, and setting up a likely matchup between the two at the Pan Pacific Championships later this month. La Tourette and Cochrane are the only two swimmers to surpass 15 minutes in the mile this year.
“The focuse comes from practice and that transfers over to the pool,” said La Tourette, who grew up less than 20 minutes from the event grounds in Mission Viejo. “(This race) always hurts. You feel a fire inside your abs, but it's always worth to see the time at the end.”
La Tourette earlier in the week finished fourth the 400 free and was the NCAA Champion in the 1650-yard freestyle in March.
Also for Stanford, Robert Lovelace just missed the “A” Final of the 200 breaststroke, while Eugene Godsoe was in his third straight consolation heat.
Lovelace just missed the “A” Finals by two-hundreths, but made up for it by winning the consolation finals with a mark of 2:14.10, seventy-five tenths of a second ahead of anyone else in the “B” Finals. It was Lovelace's second finals of the week, as he was sixth in the 100 breast on Tuesday.
Godsoe competed in his third “B” Final of the week, winning the evening heat with a time of 2:00.94. The Stanford graduate reached the consolation heats of the 100 back (11th) and 100 fly (15th) earlier in the week.
Three other Cardinal swimmers reached two finals this week, David Mosko (400 free, 200 fly), Bobby Bollier (200 and 100 fly) and Alex Coville (50 and 100 free). Mosko was seventh in the 400 free and Bollier was fourth in the 200 fly, for their best finishes for the week.
Stanford's divers will be in action next week from August 10 through 15 at Texas A&M for the National Diving Championships. Alums Dwight Dumais (one and three meter) and Cassidy Krug (three-meter, three-meter sycnhro) and incoming freshman Stephanie Phipps (one and three meter) will all be in action.
Stanford Athletes in the Top-24
ConocoPhillips National Championships
Complete Results: http://www.star-meets.org/results/Nats/2010/
400 Free: La Tourette (A Finals, 4th, 3:48.76), Mosko (A Finals, 7th, 3:52.64)
100 Breast: Lovelace (A Finals, 6th, 1:01.72), Criste (C Finals, 24th, 1:03.90)
200 Free: Priestley (C Finals, 18th, 1:50.57)
100 Back: Bal (A Finals, 8th, 55.18), Godsoe (B Finals, 11th, 55.15)
200 Fly: Bollier (A Finals, 4th, 1:57.47), Mosko (B Finals, 9th, 1:58.21)
100 Fly: Bollier (B Finals, 11th, 53.68), Godsoe (B Finals, 15th, 54.04)
50 Free: Coville (B Finals, 13th, 22.85)
100 Free: Coville (C Finals, 23rd, 50.71)
200 Back: Godsoe (B Finals, 9th, 2:00.94), Thompson (B Finals, 14th, 2:02.06)
200 Breast: Lovelace (B Finals, 9th, 2:14.10), Criste (C Finals, 23rd, 2:19.76)
1500 Free: La Tourette (A Finals, 1st, 14:55.39)--world's fastest time this year