Keller Named 2001 Pac-10 Men's Swimmer Of Year

April 5, 2001

USC freshman Klete Keller has been named 2001 Pacific-10 Conference Men's Swimmer and Newcomer of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Thursday (April 5).

Keller, who came to USC after winning silver and bronze medals at the 2000 Summer Olympics, is the first Trojan to earn Men's Swimmer of the Year honors since Dave Wharton earned the honor four consecutive times from 1988-1991. The Newcomer of the Year honor is only the second the Pac-10 has given out. Cal's Anthony Ervin won the honor last year.

Keller won individual titles in the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyles at the 2001 NCAA Championships and also anchored the Trojans' second-place 800-yard freestyle relay. At the 2001 Pac-10 Championships, Keller won individual titles in the 200y and 500y freestyles and also swam on USC's title-winning 800y freestyle relay that set a meet record.

At the recently completed 2001 U.S. Spring Nationals, Keller won a national title in the 200-meter free and also swam on USC's winning 800-meter freestyle relay. With his efforts, he qualified for the 2001 U.S. World Championship team.

Stanford Coach Skip Kenny was named 2001 Pac-10 Men's Coach of the Year.

Like Keller, Cal freshman Natalie Coughlin earned Pac-10 Women's Swimmer and Newcomer of the Year honors while Stanford Coach Richard Quick was named Women's Coach of the Year.

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