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Godsoe, DiRado continue strong showings at USA national championships

Dwelley, Smit, Woodward, Taylor, Bollier also swim in 'A' finals

By Rick Eymer

Palo Alto Online Sports

Eugene Godsoe moved to South Carolina after graduating from Stanford to focus on his swimming career. At the time he could not envision recapturing other hidden talents.

Godsoe, who finished fourth in the 100 fly on Thursday night at the USA National Swimming Championships being held at Stanford, figured he could focus on swimming without the bother of school work.

To his surprise and delight, Godsoe connected with current SwimMAC teammate Gregory Pearsall in a musical way. The two have opened their own corner of the music world on youtube, featuring Godsoe on piano/organ and vocals and Pearsall on guitar and vocals.

"I met him in Charlotte and we started playing together in December," Godsoe said. "We discovered we shared the same interests in music."

Godsoe began playing the piano when he was six, though he all but abandoned it by the age of 15. Two years later, he was drawn to the piano again.

Their videos are anything but static as they've experimented with split screens and different angles. So far there's a handful of cover songs on the site. When he's not busy putting in the work toward an appearance at next year's Olympic trials in Omaha, he's likely jamming with Pearsall.

"It's not just music or film," Godsoe said. "I like formulating ideas and trying to do things I may not be able to do later."

Godsoe credits his entrepreneural spirit to attending school in the heart of Silicon Valley. After all, the founders of both Yahoo! and Google are Stanford products.

Godsoe is in great shape as he looks ahead to a competitive season. He swam a 52.41 in the fly, 19th in the world rankings this year, finishing behind teammates Timothy Phillips (51.69) and Davis Tarwater (51.94). He also finished fifth in the 100 back during Wednesday's competition.

Stanford senior Bobby Bollier, who won a national title in the 200 fly Wednesday night, finished ninth (53.45) in the 100 fly. Incoming freshman David Nolan was 12th overall in 53.53 and fellow recruit Erich Peske, from nearby Los Gatos, was 21st in 53.69.

Stanford had three swimmers among the top 24 of the 50 free, including Alex Coville in 11th with a time of 22.44, Jakob Allen in 20th in 23.28 and Aaron Wayne (22.97) in 24th.

Olympian Nathan Adrian won the race in 21.84, ranking him fourth in the world behind Cesar Cielo (21.52), Bruno Fratus (21.76) and Fred Bousquet (21.78).

Stanford sophomore Maya DiRado continued her impressive week, finishing second in the 400 IM with a time of 4:37.88, 10th in the world this season and her personal best.

Recent world champ Elizabeth Beisel won the event in 4:34.78, which is the fourth-fastest this year, behind her top-ranked time of 4:31.78, Hannah Miley (4:34.22) and Stephanie Rice (4:34.23).

"I just tried to stay as close to her as I could," DiRado said. "She had a great swim in China, so if she was anywhere close to that I knew it would be a great time for me."

Stanford sophomore Andrea Taylor was fifth in 4:44.28 and Cardinal grad and Olympian Julia Smit was sixth in 4:44.35.

In the women's 50 free, Lara Jackson went 24.98 to win the event and move up to 17th in the world this year while defeating a standout field.

Stanford's Kate Dwelley (25.27) and Stanford's Samantha Woodward (25.33) also competed for the national title while finishing fourth and fifth, respectively.

Palo Alto grad Liv Jensen touched out Colorado Stars' Missy Franklin, a personal best of 25.44 to 25.54, in the B final with incoming Stanford freshman Maddy Schaefer finishing third (13th overall) in 25.69.

The Stanford women's 800 free relay team of Dwelley, DiRado, Andi Murez and Felicia Lee finished third with a mark of 8:08.25. The Athens Bulldogs won the race in a meet record 7:58.14.

PASA's team of Jasmine Tosky, Alina Grima, Rachael Acker and Maddie Schaefer placed seventh in 8:10.38.

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