March 27, 2009
College Station, Texas - Stanford men's swimming recorded more blazing times on Friday, but remain in third after two days of competition at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Austin Staab led the Cardinal on his way to a NCAA title in the 100 butterfly.
The Cardinal have totaled 298.5 points to trail Texas with 348 points and Auburn with 342. Saturday will conclude the NCAA Championships with Stanford attempting to come from behind in the team race in many of their strongest events.
Staab set NCAA and American records in the short course yards 100 fly, while dominating the field with a time of 44.18. The time would also be a world record for short course yards, but because yards are generally only swam in America, the record is not recognized. Staab previously established the American record at the Pac-10 Championships, but it was broken in the prelims by Tyler McGill of Auburn. McGill ended up second in the final as Staab broke his American record and the NCAA record of Albert Subirats set back in 2007.
"It definitely was in the back of my mind because of my 400 medley relay split," said Staab regarding whether he believed he could go that fast. "It was in the back of my head, but it was definitely a surprise. My biggest motivation is that I'm here to race, and Tyler McGill gave me a great race. I wasn't expecting him to go that fast in the morning, and that gave me a shake, but I knew exactly what I needed to do, and I did it."
Also swimming in the championship final of the 100 fly was Jason Dunford who finished eighth with a time of 45.93. In the prelims, Dunford's time of 45.43 was the third-fastest in Stanford history.
Swimming in the consolation final for the Cardinal was Eugene Godsoe who finished 10th. Godsoe became the fifth swimmer in Stanford history to break 46 seconds with a time of 45.99. Overall the Cardinal scored 38 points in the 100 fly to make up ground in the team standings.
While the 100 fly was good to Stanford, it was the 100 breast that was the top point-scoring event of the day for the Cardinal.
John Criste led Stanford with a third-place finish with a time of 51.89. Criste now has the two fastest times in school history after setting the school record in the 100 breast in the prelims with a time of 51.75. Criste scored 16 team points for Stanford.
Immediately following Criste was the defending NCAA champion in the event, Paul Kornfeld. Kornfeld settled for fourth in 2009 with a time of 52.05. The previous school record holder in the 100 breast will also have a chance to defend his NCAA title in the 200 breast on Saturday.
Finally, freshman Curtis Lovelace took the top spot in the consolation final to place ninth overall. Lovelace finished with a time of 52.50 to join Criste and Kornfeld as the three fastest 100 breaststrokers in Stanford history. Overall the Cardinal scored 40 points in the 100 breast, their top event of the 2009 NCAA meet thus far.
Despite having just one swimmer in the back, Eugene Godsoe scored big points for Stanford with his fifth-place finish. Godsoe scored 15 team points for the Cardinal by touching the wall in 45.87.
In the 200 free, Stanford had a pair of swimmers in the consolation final. Bobby Bollier led Stanford with his 13th-place finish and a time of 1:34.50. Finishing 14th was Jake Allen with at time of 1:34.87.
The first individual event of the evening was the 400 IM, where Josh Charnin-Aker led the Cardinal. Charnin-Aker finished 13th with a time of 3:45.26 to earn the first All-America honor of his career.
In relays, Stanford had a pair of third-place finishes. First, the 200 medley relay finished with a time of 1:23.14. The Cardinal team of Godsoe, Criste, Jason Dunford and Alex Coville could not quite match the pace of the eventual winner, Auburn. However, it was a new school record for the Cardinal in the event.
In the 800 free relay the Cardinal could not keep pace with Texas or Arizona and settled for third. The team of Staab, Bollier, Jake Allen and Rob Andrews finished with a time of 6:16.71.
Leading the way for the Stanford divers was Dwight Dumais who finished tied for 15th on 3-meter. Dumais finished with a score of 371.50 in the `B' finals. Brent Eichenseer also competed, finishing 21st in the prelims with a score of 341.60.
The Cardinal will return to the Student Recreation Center Natatorium on Saturday for the conclusion of the NCAA Championships. Stanford will make a last effort to climb up the overall team standings.