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COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 28. STANFORD's Chad La Tourette started off the final night of the meet with a pool record in the 1650 free.
La Tourette clocked a time of 14:42.87, which lowered the pool record of 14:50.46 set by Ohio State's Stefan Sigrist last month at Big Tens. The win broke a two-year streak of Georgia winning the event, and gave Stanford its sixth title in the event's history.
"I felt pretty good," La Tourette said. "My race wasn't as fast as I would have liked, but it feels great to be an NCAA champion. I was worried after the first 500, but I felt okay and I was able to progress from there and bring it home."
Previous Cardinal victors include Austin Clapp (1932), Michael Bruner (1975) and Jeff Kostoff (1984, 1986-87). Consequently, La Tourette's win is the first for Stanford since 1987.
La Tourette dominated the race as Georgia's Martin Grodzki finished well behind with a second-place 14:48.15. Jackson Wilcox started Texas off on the right note in what should be a march to Eddie Reese's 10th title with a third-place 14:49.47. Defending champ Troy Prinsloo of Georgia wound up in seventh with a 14:52.16.
California witnessed its lead shrink to 2.5 points with a top tally of 348.5. Texas pushed its second-place tally to 346 points. Arizona (269), Florida (264) and Stanford (247) will be battling for the last spots in the top five.
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