PALO ALTO, California, January 8. ONE year after taking a personal leave of absence from competition at Stanford University, Austin Staab returned to the pool with two wins today in a dual meet over the University of the Pacific. The meet was held in short course yards format.
Staab, the 2009 NCAA champion in the 100-yard butterfly, won the 200 freestyle in 1:40.67 and the 100 freestyle in 45.42. Staab also competed in the 100 butterfly as an exhibition swimmer, touching the wall first in 50.40.
Staab, the Swimming World Magazine male high school swimmer of the year in 2008, did not compete in 2010, either in NCAA or USA Swimming competitions, as he took an undisclosed leave of absence. The decision had an effect on the Stanford Cardinal at the 2010 NCAA championships, where they finished in fourth place.
Check our college news channel this weekend for a recap of the Stanford vs. Pacific dual meet.