Honor Roll No. 4: Paul Kornfeld

Pick number four for TheBootleg's 2007-08 Honor Roll is a no-brainer. Paul Kornfeld became Stanford's first multiple national title winner since 2002, with NCAA titles in the 100 and 200 breast this season, plus two Pac-10 crowns. Kornfeld, Stanford's second straight Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year, helped the men capture their 27th straight Pac-10 title and finish third at NCAAs.

In the latest issue of The Bootleg Magazine, we released the 30 finalists for The Bootleg Honor Roll award for the 2007/2008 school-year.

The criteria are as follows:

Each academic year, The Bootleg's Honor Roll will recognize the top ten Stanford student-athletes who have performed at an exceptional level, with athletic accomplishments that are both extraordinary and inspirational.  While achieving athletic success, these athletes should also have displayed uncommon leadership, sportsmanship and respect towards their fellow teammates and opponents.  Finally, these honorees' performances and actions should also demonstrate their love for their particular sport as well as their school pride, the famed "Spirit of Stanford."

During the months of June and July, we are releasing the 10 winners of this prestigious award, one by one.  We have previously recognized baseball's Jason Castro, gymnastics' David Sender and swimming's Julia Smit as amongst this year's winners. Our fourth announced member of The Bootleg's 2007-08 Honor Roll is swimmer Paul Kornfeld.

 

Honor Roll Winner: Paul Kornfeld 

Paul Kornfeld is only one of two Stanford athletes to win multiple national titles this year. (Track's Erica McLain, an NCAA champion in the indoor and outdoor triple jump, is the other.) Like McLain, Kornfeld's two events might not have been all that different from each other – the 100 and 200-meter breast – but he made up for diversity with sheer dominance, beating everyone else in the country when it mattered most.

The rising senior from Kingwood, Tex., set a school record with his 52.03 in the 100 breast at the 2008 NCAA Championships to claim his national title. His 1:53.11 in the 200 breast was second-best in school history and fast enough to make him the first Stanford swimmer since 2002 to win multiple national titles in the same year.  

Kornfeld, a team captain this past season, also swam his share of relay legs to help the Stanford men finish third in the nation in 2007-08. His leg helped Stanford set a school record (3:05.43) and finish third in the 400-medley relay, and he also swam in the 200 medley relay that finished fourth nationally (1:24.95).

Kornfeld was a remarkably consistent performer this past season – winning virtually all the races in which he was favored. He complemented his two national titles in breaststroke, for example, with two Pac-10 titles in breaststroke weeks earlier, with a 100 time of 52.43 and 200 time of 1:54.49. There too he swam on high-placing relays, helping the 400 medley relay (3:07.25) take second and the 200 medley third (1:25.59). Most impressively, Kornfeld earned Pac-10 Swimmer of the Meet honors, following in the footsteps of Stanford's Ben Wildman-Torbriner, the 2007 recipient.  That Stanford has now won 27 straight Pac-10 swimming titles, despite the Skip Kenney scandal and the ever-increasing depth of the league, is a testament to the dedication of swimmers like Kornfeld.

A management science and engineering major, Kornfeld received the Block "S" Most Outstanding Sophomore Award after a sophomore season that saw him earn his fourth, fifth and sixth All-American titles (he now has 10), set the 100-breast school record (that he rebroke this year) and finish as high as second at NCAAs.

Even as a freshman, Kornfeld showed promise, winning the 200 breast at Pac-10s, and finishing third and seventh in the 100 and 200 breast respectively at NCAAs.

Kornfeld's career tally now stands at two national titles, 10 All-American awards, seven Pac-10 titles, the school record in the 100 breast and the team captaincy. And the scary thing for the rest of the conference is that list will only grow. Kornfeld still has his senior year ahead of him.

 


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