Stanford's Chad La Tourette is world's fastest


Stanford junior Chad La Tourette won his first national championship, swimming the world's fastest time of the season in the 1,500 free on the final day of the ConocoNational Championships on Saturday in Irvine.

La Tourette, who won the NCAA 1,650 free title, went 14:55.39, finishing eight seconds ahead of Peter Vanderkaay.

La Tourette and Canadian Ryan Cochrane are the only two swimmers to surpass 15 minutes in the mile this year.

"The focus comes from practice and that transfers over to the pool," La Tourette said. "You feel a fire inside your abs, but it's always worth to see the time at the end."

La Tourette finished fourth the 400 free earlier in the week.

Stanford's Curtis Lovelace won the consolation final of the 200 breast with a mark of 2:14.10. He was sixth in the 100 breast on Tuesday.

Cardinal grad Eugene Godsoe competed in his third 'B' Final of the week, finishing ninth overall in the 200 back with a time of 2:00.94.

Three other Cardinal swimmers reached two finals this week, David Mosko (400 free, 200 fly), Bobby Bollier (200 and 100 fly) and Alex Coville (50 and 100 free). Mosko was seventh in the 400 free and Bollier was fourth in the 200 fly, for their best finishes for the week.

The Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics women's team finished fifth with 160 points and Palo Alto junior Jasmine Tosky had a lot to do with that. She completed an impressive run at the U.S. championships with a 12th place finish in the 100 free and swam the third leg of the 400 medley relay that placed eighth.

Palo Alto's Madeline Schaefer won the 'B' final of the 100 free with a 55.35. She just beat Stanford senior Kate Dwelley, who touched at 55.37. Stanford product Julia Smit was 16th in 56.30 and Cardinal incoming freshman Felicia Lee was 17th in 55.47.

Schaefer also anchored the medley relay. Ally Howe and Sarah Liang got things started for PASA.

Cardinal senior Kelsey Ditto was fifth in the 800 free with a nice time of 8:38.59 and Stanford senior Liz Smith finished 10th in the 200 breast with a rime of 2:28.61.

Women's tennis

Sacred Heart Prep grad Haley Hemm, a sophomore at North Carolina, dropped a 6-4, 6-3 decision to Pepperdine's Alexandria Walters in the first round if the ITA National Collegiate Summer Circuit Championships at Indiana University on Saturday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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