July 8, 2009
Paul Kornfeld (Kingwood, TX) likely earned himself a spot at the World Championships later this month following a second place finish at the Canadian World Championship Trials in Montreal on Wednesday.
Kornfeld, who was named an All-American multiple times throughout his four-year career at Stanford, swam 28.06, second only to Scott Dickens in the 50-meter breaststroke. He came into the Finals as the second seed after the preliminaries (28.23).
Freshman Michael Zoldos (Phoenix, AZ), also competing in Canada, won the "B" Final of the 200 freestyle (1:50.52), following a 1:51.42 preliminary time earlier in the day. Zoldos came into the meet seeded 21st.
Over in Serbia, Stanford's Jason Dunford and Chad La Tourette both have chances at medals on Thursday following strong showings at the World University Games.
La Tourette (Mission Viejo, CA), already a two-time medal winner this week, finished second in the preliminaries of the 1500 freestyle. La Tourette's time of 15:24.73 was second only to France's Sebastian Rouault (15:24.13). Last year in Bangkok, Thailand, La Tourette set the WUG record (15:00.26) in the event.
Dunford (Narobi, Kenya), who was sixth in the preliminaries in the 100 freestyle (49.43), bettered that mark to 48.82, and is third heading into the Finals.
In other World University Game Finals, Bobby Bollier (Mission Hills, KS) finished fifth (1:56.84) in the 200 butterfly and John Criste (Saugus, CA) was seventh in the 200 breaststroke (2:12.37).
At the World Championship Trials in Indianapolis, David Mosko was seventh in the 200 butterfly (1:58.68), while Patrick Simpkins was fourth in the "C" Final (2:02.55).
The World University Games continue through July 10, while the Trials run through July 11.
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