La Tourette earns silver medal at Pan Pacific Championships

Stanford junior Chad La Tourette earned a silver medal in the 1,500 free at the Pan Pacific Championships in Irvine on Wednesday evening.

La Tourette went 14:54.55 to finish second only to Olympic bronze medalist and Canadian Ryan Cochrane, who swam 14:49.47, the world's fastest time of the year.

Stanford grads Tobias Oriwol and Paul Kornfeld and sophomore Matthew Swanston all competed for Canada.

Oriwol was 11th in the 100 back in 55.34 and Swanston was 24th in 56.34. Kornfeld went 26.39 in the 50 fly to place 30th.

La Tourette, a four-time All-American, is the reigning NCAA 1,650 free champion.

The United States won 13 medals -- five gold, four silver and four bronze -- and set two meet records on the first night of the championships.

Allison Schmitt won the first gold and set the first meet record for Team USA, taking the women's 200 free in 1:56.10. Veteran Aaron Peirsol set the second meet record, finishing first in the men's 100 back in 53.31.

Other gold medalists for the U.S. were Ryan Lochte in the men's 200 free, Michael Phelps in the men's 200 fly and Kate Ziegler in the women's 800 free.


The reigning NCAA champion Stanford men's volleyball and women's tennis teams have accepted invitations to visit President Barack Obama at the White House on Sept. 13.

The Stanford teams are among a variety of NCAA championship teams from the 2009-10 academic year that will be honored in a ceremony by the President.

For the Stanford volleyball team, the visit will reunite assistant coach Chris McLachlin with Obama, a player he coached on the 1979 Hawaii state championship basketball team at Honolulu's Punahou School.

McLachlin and Obama have been in touch, such as during a 2008 Hawaii vacation during in which Obama played a pickup basketball game with his old Punahou teammates. Spencer McLachlin, Chris' son and Stanford volleyball outside hitter, also took part and drained a jumpshot against Obama.

The visit also will be special for assistant coach Ken Shibuya, who was born in D.C. and grew up nine miles from the White House in Falls Church, Va.

Stanford captured its second-ever NCAA men's title with a dominating 30-25, 30-20, 30-18 victory over Penn State before a raucous crowd at Maples Pavilion. Brad Lawson had 24 kills in 28 swings and finished with a hitting percentage of .821 -- a Stanford season-high by nearly .200 points.

The Stanford tennis team captured its 17th national title on May 25th in Athens, Ga., when the Cardinal rallied to a 4-3 victory over Florida.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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Posted by Peter La Tourette
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 19, 2010 at 11:43 am

You have the wrong photo for Chad La Tourette. That isn't Chad.

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