Bollier swims to third place finish at Los Angeles Grand Prix

Ditto finishes fifth in the women's 800 free; other swimmers make national qualifying marks

Stanford junior Bobby Bollier improved his 200 fly time from the morning by over two seconds but it wasn't enough to overcome New Mexico's Yin Chen in the finals of the men's 200 fly at the Los Angeles Grand Prix swim meet Friday at USC's McDonald Stadium.

Bollier, who recorded the fastest qualifying mark, went 1:58.28 to finish third, well behind Chen's winning mark of 1:56.92.

Bollier came back to finish 14th overall in the 400 free with his time of 4:00.82 in the A consolation finals. PASA's Adam Hinshaw was 18th in 3:59.60 (in the B consolation final) and Stanford junior Rob Andrews was 23rd in 4:07.90.

Stanford grad and Olympian Elaine Breeden won the A Consolation final of the women's 200 fly with a swim of 2:09.52, while PASA's Megan Colbrie-Fischer was 20th overall in 2:16.79.

PASA's Ben Hinshaw just missed qualifying for one of the consolation finals, but his time of 2:07.61 was good enough as a junior national championship qualifier.

Stanford junior Natalie Durant was 11th in the women's 200 back in 2:16.38.

Stanford product and Olympian Julia Smit won the consolation final in the women's 100 free with a national qualifying time of 55.85, which would have placed her sixth had she qualified for the finals.

Both Smit (4:45.86) and Stanford senior Liz Smith (4:47.68) qualified in the top eight of the women's 400 IM, which was held as a time trial.

Stanford junior Samantha Woodward was 14th overall in 56.53 and Cardinal sophomore Andi Murez was 15th in 56.58. Both swimmers also swam national qualifying times.

Cardinal senior Kate Dwelley went 56.08 in the B consolation final, also a national qualifying time. She was 18th overall.

Stanford senior Kelsey Ditto finished fifth in the women's 800 free with a time of 8:45.79. Kate Ziegler set a meet record in winning the event in 8:25.89.

Stanford grad Markus Rogan went 51.14 in a men's 100 free time trial, qualifying him for the nationals. He was officially listed 13th on the results sheet.

Rogan also finished in the top eight in the 200 back. He swam an event best 2:01.76.

PASA's Nick Trowbridge went 2:07.08 to finish 13the overall, while PASA teammate Matt Murray was 15th in 2:07.97.

On Thursday, Stanford junior Chad La Tourette finished second to USC grad Ous Mellouli by a sliver in the preliminaries of the men's 1,500 free.

Mellouli had the fastest time at 15:11.21, while La Tourette finished 15:11.22.

Palo Alto Stanford swimmer Adam Hinshaw recorded the 12th fastest time to qualify for a consolation final.

In other prelims Friday:

Women's 100 free -- 27, Liv Jensen (Palo Alto/Cal Aquatics) 57.77; 36, Elizabeth Webb (Stanford) 58.06; 41, Ally Howe (PASA) 58.30; 64, Natalie Durant (Stanford) 59.04; 77, Jessica Bergman (PASA) 59.48; 109, Colleen Fotsch (Palo Alto/Cal Aquatics) 1:00.31; 143, Haley Read (PASA) 1:01.29.

Men's 100 free -- 41, Rob Andrews (Stanford) 52.93; 51, Ben Hinshaw (PASA) 53.40; 62, Matt Murray (PASA) 53.70; 64, Nick Trowbridge (PASA) 53.75; 72, Curtis Lovelace (Stanford) 54.00; 86, Adam Hinshaw (PASA) 54.28.

Women's 200 back -- 34, Megan Fischer-Colbrie (PASA) 2:21.92; 45, Jessica Bergman (PASA) 2:23.21; 100, Katherine Reeves (PASA) 2:29.05.

Women's 400 IM -- 52, Haley Read (PASA) 5:13.01; 68, Marie-Pierre Delisle (PASA) 5:15.73.


Stanford players Chris Reed and Eric Smith were both named West All Stars for the upcoming Atlantic Collegiate Summer Baseball League on July 12.

Smith, a freshman infielder last season, is batting .516 over the first 10 games of the season with four doubles and a triple to go along with six runs and four RBIs. Smith's 31 at-bats is just out of the reach of the minimum for league leaders, as Lackawanna's Jon Wilson has 34 at-bats and is batting a league-best .441.

Reed, who just completed his sophomore season, has a 1.13 ERA over 16.0 innings and six appearances. The lefthander has struck out 17 and walked six while going 1-1.

Smith appeared in 36 games this past season, batting .286, while Reed had a 6.10 ERA over 19 games.

Stanford is expected to have a few more summer all stars in the coming weeks, as the New England Collegiate Baseball League (announcement comes July 13) features both Kenny Diekroeger and Mark Appel, former players of the week, preparing for its game July 18; and the Cape Cod League, whose game is at Fenway Park on July 28.

Jordan Pries recently threw a no-hitter in the Cape and Brett Mooneyham, who threw four shutout innings at the Team USA Trials on Wednesday, and could be an all star as well, if he's not selected for Team USA.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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