Stanford men in finals at FINA swimming championships


Stanford sophomore Abrahm DeVine and Cardinal freshman True Sweetser earned top-eight finishes this weekend at the FINA Short Course World Swimming Championships in Windsor, Canada.

In the 400-meter individual medley, DeVine (4:06.02) qualified for the final heat and finished eighth. Japan's Daiya Seto set the pace with a 3:59.24. Fellow American Josh Prenot was fourth in 4:01.94.

True Sweetser
Two weeks ago at the Texas Invitational, DeVine (1:43.02) won the 200-yard individual medley and finished third (3:42.15) in the 400-yard individual medley.

The sophomore was an All-American in both events for the 2015-16 season, and was named preseason 2016-17 All-America in the 400 IM.

Sweetser (14:35.51) qualified for the final heat of the 1500-meter freestyle, finishing sixth. Korea's Taehwan Park won the race in 14:15.51.

At the Texas Invite, Sweetser swam an NCAA A-cut (14:35.04) to finish second in the 1,650-yard freestyle.

Team USA won the trophy for the Best Team of the Championships. The Americans finished first in the medal’s table, with a total of 30 (8 gold, 15 silver and 7 bronze). They were also responsible for the second world record of the competition, in the women’s 4x50m medley, in a time of 1:43.27. Ali DeLoof, Lilly King, Kelsi Worrell, and Katrina Konopka comprised the realy.

Stanford freshman Cameron Thatcher is set to compete at the USA Diving Winter National Championships in Columbus, Ohio beginning Thursday.

The championships will be used to select the United States roster for the 2017 World University Games, 2017 FINA Grand Prix meets and the 1-meter spot for the 2017 World Championships.

Stanford finished its fall season with a strong showing at the Texas Invitational. The Cardinal returns to action Jan. 6 when it hosts Pacific.

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