Aug. 18, 2010
IRVINE, Calif.-- Stanford's Chad La Tourette won the silver medal in the 1500-meter freestyle for Team USA at the Pan Pacific Championships, a half hour from his hometown of Mission Viejo.
La Tourette, who won the U.S. National Championship two weeks ago in the same pool, with then the world's fastest time, swam 14:54.55, second only to Olympic bronze medalist and Canadian Ryan Cochrane, who swam 14:49.47, the new world's fastest time.
La Tourette and third place finisher Zhang Lin were neck and neck over the first 900 meters before La Tourette pulled away and finished ahead of the 2008 Olympian and silver medalist in the 400 freestyle. Cochrane led the field from the early going.
Also for Stanford, reaching the consolation finals of the 100 backstroke was graduate Tobias Oriwol, who finished 11th overall with a time of 55.34 in the “B” Finals for Canada. Oriwol secured the final spot in the evening session with a 16th place finish following the morning session (55.37).
Other Stanford men swimming on day one who did not reach the finals, all swimming for Canada, were Paul Kornfeld who was 30th in the prelims of the 50-meter butterfly and Matthew Swanston was 24th in the 100 backstroke (56.34).
All four of the Stanford men will continue to compete at the Pan Pacifics through Sunday.
Stanford Swimmers at the Pan Pacifics
100 Back: Oriwol (11th, 55.34)
1500 Free: La Tourette (2nd, 14:54.55)