Keller Wins NCAA Title in 500

March 23, 2001

USC freshman Klete Keller, a two-time medalist at the 2000 Summer Olympics, won an NCAA title in the 500-yard freestyle on Thursday night on the first night of finals at the 2001 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships at Texas A&M.

Keller won the 500 in 4:14.67, barely edging Michigan's Chris Thompson, who finished in 4:14.71. USC sophomore Erik Vendt, another medalist from Sydney, took third in 4:16.13.

Keller's win in the 500 was USC's first in the event since Dan Jorgensen won it in 1987. It is USC's 84th individual title ever on the men's side.

USC junior Tamas Kerekjarto was fourth in the 200 IM in 1:45.65.

The Trojans' 400 medley relay of sophomore Jeff Lee, senior Ryosuke Imai, junior Nick Kaschik and junior Rodrigo Castro.

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