Vendt, Keller Win U.S. National Titles

March 30, 2001

USC sophomore Erik Vendt and freshman Klete Keller won national titles in the 400-meter IM and the 200-meter freestyle, respectively, and both set school records in the process, at the 2001 U.S. Spring National Championships in Austin, Texas, on Thursday (March 29).

Vendt won the 400m IM in a USC record time of 4:14.19, shattering the old mark held by David Wharton (4:28.43). Keller won the 200m free in a Trojan record of 1:48.89, breaking the mark of Bela Szabados (1:49:66). With the victories, both qualified for the USA World Championship Team that will compete in the World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, this July.

On the women's side senior Corrie Murphy took sixth in the 400m IM in 4:50.93.

On Wednesday, Vendt, Keller and junior Mark Warkentin reached the finals of the 400m free. Vendt was third in 3:53.15, while Keller was fifth in 3:54.27 and Warkentin took sixth in 3:54.52.

Freshman Jana Krohn also finalled on Wednesday. She was sixth in the 100m butterfly in 1:00.62.

Both Keller and Vendt are coming off of sensational performances at the recently completed 2001 NCAA Championships. Keller won NCAA titles in 200-yard and 500-yard free while Vendt turned in three top-three finishes (500y and 1650y free and 400y IM).

The U.S. Nationals continues through Sunday (April 1).

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