Stanford senior Austin Staab seems ready to shoulder the load for the Cardinal men's swimming team at the NCAA championships this weekend.
Staab helped the 200-yard free relay team set an American record in the finals and then took home the 200 IM title to help Stanford finish the first day of the championships in second place with 136 points, three behind leader Texas and two points ahead of third-place California.
Bobby Bollier finished second and Chad La Tourette was sixth in the 500 free, Alex Coville was fifth in the 50 free and the 400 medley relay team finished third at the meet being held in Minneapolis, Minn.
The Cardinal set the American record in the free relay by swimming a 1:15.84 in the preliminaries and finishing second to Auburn. Stanford, with Coville, Staab, Jake Allen and Aaron Wayne, came back to win the event with a time of 1:15.26 in the finals, setting a school record in the process.
Staab set a pool and school record in the 200 IM, swimming a 1:41.57, and winning his second career NCAA title. He established the fourth-fastest time in NCAA history in the event and fifth all-time. Staab's previous school mark was 1:42.01, set at the Pac-10 meet. This is only the fourth time in his career that Staab has swam the IM since high school.
Staab's win gives Stanford its NCAA-record setting ninth win in the 200 IM. Previous Cardinal winners are George Harrison (1959), Dick Roth (1967), Pablo Morales (1985, 86, 87), Jeff Rouse (1992), Tom Wilkens (1998) and Markus Rogan (2002).
Bollier swam a personal-best 4:13.94 (still ranking No. 3 all-time at Stanford) to finish three seconds behind Virginia's Matt McLean. La Tourette went 4:16.15 for valuable points to help make up for the absence of injured David Mosko, who was fourth in the event last year.
Coville went 19.25 for his fifth-place finish in the 50 free. California's Nathan Adrian set the American record in the event with his time of 18.66.
High school swimming
A day after posting a ridiculous national high school record time in the men's 200-yard IM, Hershey's David Nolan, who has committed to Stanford, took down two more national high school records at the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Class AAA Championships at Bucknell University.
Nolan's 200 IM time of 1:41.39 would have won the NCAA title on Thursday. That ranks him No. 4 all-time, ahead of Stanford's Staab. Nolan is believed to be the first prep swimmer in history to set three national records in the same meet.
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