No. 8 Men's Swimming, Diving Face Bay Area Foes

Jan. 31, 2001

LOS ANGELES - The No. 8 USC men's swimming and diving team (3-1, 1-1) heads north to face traditional rivals No. 2 Stanford on Friday (Feb. 2) in Palo Alto at 1 p.m. and No. 7 California on Saturday (Feb. 3) in Berkeley at 1 p.m.

The men's team has been highlighted by junior Tamas Kerekjarto and sophomore Erik Vendt.

Kerekjarto has USC's top times in the 200 free (1:37.64), 200 IM (1:48.24), 400 IM (3:51.30) and the 100 fly (1:48.24). All of the above times are NCAA consideration cuts.

Vendt, a silver medalist in the 400m IM in at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, holds the Trojans' top times in the 1000 free (9:00.01) and the 1650 free (15:23.88, NCAA consideration). Vendt is also formidable in both IM events.

The Trojans' top sprinter is senior co-captain Gabe Woodward, who has USC's top times in the 50 (20.56) and 100 free (45.77).

USC features two of the top breaststrokers in the conference in seniors Ryosuke Imai and Slawek Richter. Imai holds the Trojans' fastest times in both the 100 (56.83) and 200 (2:03.57) breast events.

Sophomore Jeff Lee owns USC's top times in the 200 fly (1:47.12, NCAA consideration) and in the 100 back (50.78). Freshman Trent Staley has been USC's fastest in the 200 back (1:49.31). The Trojans have also added a talented transfer from LSU in Rodrigo Castro, a junior sprinter from Brazil who gives USC more point-scoring options

Freshman diver Raymond Vincent is also a point-scoring threat who has already proven to be one of the top divers in the Pac-10.This is the final weekend of dual meets for the men's squad. The next major meet for the Trojans are the 2001 Pacific-10 Conference Championships on March 1-3 in Long Beach, Calif.

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