Men's, Women's Swimming, Diving Host First Dual Meets
Nov. 8, 2000
LOS ANGELES - The No. 5 USC women's swimming and diving team and the No. 6 men's team hosts their firsts dual meets of the 2000-2001 season when they host the No. 1 Arizona women and the No. 4 Arizona men on Friday (Nov. 10) and then take on the No. 19 Arizona State women and the No. 13 Arizona State men on Saturday (Nov. 11). Both meets begin at 1 p.m. at the McDonald's Swim Stadium on the USC campus.
The USC women opened at No. 5 in the first College Swimming Coaches Association of America Top 25 poll of the year (Oct. 26) and the men started at No. 6.
TROJANS AT THE USC INVITATIONAL
USC junior Tamas Kerekjarto, a native of Hungary, highlighted a fine first meet for both the men's and women's teams at the USC Invitational (Oct. 20-21). Kerekjarto won five events overall (200y and 400y IM, 100y and 200y free and 200y fly), posting a pool record and NCAA consideration time of 3:51.52 in the 400y IM. He also posted consideration times in the 200y free (1:39.26) and the 200y IM (1:49.26). On the women's side, sophomore Michala Kwasny posted a team-best three wins, coming in the 200y IM and both the 100y and 200y fly. Her times of 2:01.25 in the 200y IM and 2:00.72 in the 200y fly are both NCAA consideration times.
DIVERS OPEN STRONG AT STANFORD INVITE
USC's divers served notice they will be a force to be reckoned with this season with a fine showing at the Stanford Fall Diving Invite on Nov. 3-4. Freshman diver Raymond Vincent won both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards in his first collegiate meet and junior Kellie Brennan won the 3-meter and took second in the 1-meter. USC women's freshman Nicci Fusaro had a solid debut, taking third in the 3-meter and fourth in the 1-meter.
USC IN 1999-2000
Both of USC's men's and the women's teams remained among the elite in the nation in 1999-2000. The men's team, which finished sixth at the 2000 NCAAs, featured nine swimmers who earned a combined 20 All-American honors, highlighted by Erik Vendt's NCAA title in the 1500m free, in which he set a short-course American record. The women's squad, with only six swimmers and one diver at the 2000 NCAAs, still managed a seventh-place finish. In addition, each earned at least one All-American honor and 12 overall. Kristin MacGregor did the most damage for the women, earning a trio of All-American honors in the 200m IM, 200m breast and 400m medley relay. Corrie Murphy had the best single performance, taking second on the 400m IM. For the season, the USC men finished 5-2 overall and 2-2 in Pac-10 meets. The women's team finished 5-3, 2-3.
USC AT THE 2000 SUMMER OLYMPICS
USC had a dominant showing at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Not only was USC men's and women's coach Mark Schubert the head coach for the United States men's team, but Trojan swimmers and divers took home a bushel of medals. Trojan alum Lenny Krayzelburg (1998) was perhaps the star of the entire week-long competition, winning golds in the 100m and 200m back and in the 400m medley relay. USC grad Lindsay Benko (1999) also won gold in the 800m free relay. Current USC sophomore Erik Vendt won a silver in the 400m IM and also finalled in the 1500m free. And current freshman Klete Keller won a bronze in the 400m free and a silver as part of the 800m free relay. On the diving side, former Trojan women's diver Dorte Lindner, competing for Germany, took home a bronze in the 3-meter springboard. In all, 15 former and current USC swimmers and divers competed at the Olympics.