LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Despite having only three seniors, Stanford
won its 27th consecutive Pacific-10 Conference men's swimming
championship Saturday night at Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool.
??????? The Cardinal finished 96 points ahead of second-place Cal,
865-769. Arizona took third place with 748.5 points.
??????? Stanford coach Skip Kenney, who guided the Cardinal to all 27
conference titles, ranked the 2008 championship among the
highlights of his career.
??????? "Personally, I can say that three of these (titles) standout above
all the others: the very first one, the one that we won by eight
points and this one," Kenney said. "We have a young team and most
of the country expected this to be the year the streak ended."
??????? Kenney attributed the Cardinal's success to his squad's camaraderie.
??????? "Team chemistry is what allows people to reach their potential,"
he said. "The bottom one-third of the team has to create the
atmosphere for the top-one third to flourish. The first night, we
had 19 swims and 17 lifetime-best times."
??????? Stanford held only a 613-602 advantage over the Golden Bears with
four events remaining, and led the Wildcats 661-653.5 with three
??????? But the Cardinal's Paul Kornfeld secured the victory by winning
the 200-yard breaststroke in 1 minute, 54.49 seconds -- the
nation's second-fastest time in the event this year.
??????? Kornfeld, who recorded the country's fastest time in? breaking the
Pac-10 record for the 100 breast on Friday night, was voted the
swimmer of the meet by the coaches.
??????? Elsewhere, Arizona's 400 freestyle relay team of Darian Townsend,
Nicholas Nilo, Albert Subirats and Joel Greenshields swam the
fastest national time to win in 2:50.73.
??????? Cal's squad of William Copeland, Jernej Godec, Joe Whittington and
Dominik Meichtry finshed second with a time of 2:52.08, the
??????? Copeland and teammate David Russell also registered the
third-fastest national times in their respective individual
specialties. Copeland won the 100 freestyle in 42.47 seconds and
Russell took the 200 backstroke in 1:42.01.
??????? Arizona State earned its only meet victory when C.J. Nuess
qualified for the NCAA championships by dominating the field in
the 1,650 freestyle.
??????? Nuess, who led by as many as 12 seconds, won in 14:55.84 and beat
Stanford's David Mosko by nearly eight seconds.
??????? The Cardinal's Daniel Beal became the conference's only qualifier
in the 200 butterfly, which he won in 1:44.68.
Automatic qualifiers to NCAA championship meet:
?? ? ? ?Arizona:?Jean Basson (200 free, 500 free), Cory Chitwood (200
back), Joel Greenshields (100 free), Nicholas Nilo (100 free, 200
free), Albert Subirats (100 back, 100 fly), Darian Townsend (100
free, 200 free, 200 IM), 200 free relay, 200 medley relay, 400
free relay, 800 free relay.
?? ? ? ?Arizona State: C.J. Nuess (1,650 free).
?? ? ? ?Cal: Martti Aljand (200 breast), William Copeland (50 free, 100
free), Damir Dugonjic (100 breast), Mark Eckert (200 IM, 200
back), Dominik Meichtry (200 free), Jernej Godec (50 free, 100
fly), Sean Mahoney (200 breast), David Russell (100 back, 200
back), Joe Whittington (50 free), 200 free relay, 200 medley
relay, 400 free relay, 400 medley relay, 800 free relay.
?? ? ? ?Stanford: David Ash (200 breast), Daniel Beal (200 free, 200 fly,
500 free), Nathan Cass (200 IM), John Criste (200 breast), Jason
Dunford (50 free, 100 free, 100 fly), Eugene Godsoe (100 back, 200
back), Paul Kornfeld (100 breast, 200 breast), David Mosko (500
free), Austin Staab (50 free, 100 free, 100 fly), Paul Zaich (200
breast), 200 free relay, 200 medley relay, 400 free relay, 400
medley relay, 800 free relay.
?? ? ? ?USC: Vanni Mangoni (400 IM).
Final Team Standings
?? ? ? ?1. Stanford University, 865 points
?? ? ? ?2. University of California Berkeley, 769
?? ? ? ?3. University of Arizona, 748.5
?? ? ? ?4. Arizona State University, 371
?? ? ? ?5. University of Southern California, 328
?? ? ? ?6. University of Washington, 246.5