Stanford had more outstanding swims in the prelims of the final day of the 2008 NCAA Championships from the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way, Wash. Entering the day in third place; Stanford has set themselves up to hold onto a top-3 finish with strong swims in tonight's finals.
The Cardinal showed off their depth in the 200 breast where they had four swimmers qualify for the two final heats. Paul Kornfeld, fresh off his NCAA title in the 100 breast finished third with a time of 1:54.87 to qualify for the championship final.
Also qualifying for the championship final in the 200 breast were John Criste who finished fifth with a personal best time of 1:55.46 and Chris Ash who finished seventh with a personal best time of 1:55.93.
Nate Cass also swam well to take the top seed of the consolation final by finishing ninth with a season best time of 1:56.23.
Daniel Beal continued his strong meet with big personal best in the 200 fly to finish third with a time of 1:43.05. A day after setting the school record in the 200 free, Beal moved into second place on the all-time 200 fly list, trailing only Stanford legend Pablo Morales.
Also competing in the 200 fly were David Mosko who finished 20th with a personal best time of 1:45.42 and Phillip Morrison who finished 33rd with a time of 1:48.25.
Also qualifying for a championship final was Eugene Godsoe in the 200 back. Godsoe finished seventh with a personal best time of 1:42.38.
Stanford had several competitors in the loaded 100 free, but failed to qualify any for tonight's finals. Jason Dunford led Stanford finishing 19th with a time of 43.29 seconds, just ahead of teammate Austin Staab who was 20th with a time of 43.33 seconds. Finishing 32nd for the Cardinal was Andrew Trepp who swam a personal best time of 43.82 seconds. Completing the 100 freestylers was David Dunford who was 36th with a time of 43.88 seconds.
The final event of the morning session was the 400 free relay where Stanford finished sixth. The team of Jason Dunford, Staab, David Dunford, and Dan Priestley swam a time of 2:52.88 to qualify for tonight's championship final.
Stanford will return to the pool tonight for the final session of the NCAA Championships. The Cardinal will look to hold onto third place, leading arch rival Cal by just 8.5 points with plenty of swims from both teams in what should be an exciting finish.