Stanford grad swims to records for Hong Kong


Former Stanford All-American swimmer Geoff Cheah broke five Hong Kong records during last week's World University Games in Kazan, Russia.

Cheah, who completed his Stanford career in 2012, made it to the semifinals in each of his three individual events. He missed the finals of the 100-meter free by 0.10 seconds, finishing 11th with a lifetime-best and Hong Kong record 49.69.

In the 100 fly, Cheah posted a record 53.70 and broke the 50 fly Hong Kong record at the halfway mark in 24.60. Cheah went 53.95 in the finals for 15th.

Cheah went 22.76 in the 50 free for another lifetime best, missing the finals by 0.18 to take 13th.

Cheah's 57.28 in his backstroke leg of the 400 medley relay broke another Hong Kong record.

Cheah will be competing for Hong Kong in the 50 free at the upcoming FINA World Championships taking place in Barcelona, Spain. Cheah's race will be held Friday, Aug. 2.


The Stanford men's and women's swim teams plus a solid contingent from Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics will be among the nearly 1,000 entrants from around the world competing at the 2013 U.S. Open set for July 30-Aug. 3 at the William Woollett, Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine.

Two-time Olympians Cullen Jones and Amanda Weir will headline the event, which runs concurrently with the swimming portion of the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain.

Other Olympic medalists scheduled to swim include Tyler McGill, Stanford's Lia Neal and Haley Anderson, who is fresh off a gold medal in the 5K event at the FINA Open Water Championships.

The meet also will host more than 100 international swimmers, including South Africa's Roland Schoeman, Sebastian Rousseau and Darian Townsend and Japan's Noriko Inada.

The action begins Tuesday, July 30 with prelims at 9 a.m., followed by finals at 6 p.m.

A live webcast of the entire meet will be streamed online via

The U.S. Open, which is making its first-ever visit to California, was first held in 1985. In 2012, the meet was held in Indianapolis.

Upon the conclusion of the U.S. Open, the 2013 Speedo Junior National Championships will take over the same facility and run from Aug. 5-9.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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