Kerekjarto, Keller Win At Texas Invitational

Dec. 1, 2001

Trojan senior Tamas Kerekjarto crushed his season best in winning the 200y IM and sophomore Klete Keller won the 500y free to lead USC's efforts on the first day of the 2001 Texas Invitational in Austin, Texas.

Kerekjarto had already lowered his season's best in the 200y IM to 1:47.74 in qualifying first in prelims, but then beat the time by a full two seconds in winning the finals heat in 1:45.74, an NCAA automatic qualifying time.

The Texas Invitational is one of the toughest collegiate meets of the season and features many of the top programs in the nation.

Keller qualified fourth in the 500y free in prelims, but won the finals race in 4:19.80, edging junior teammate Erik Vendt, who took second in 4:20.27. Junior Jeff Lee took fourth in the 100y fly in 47.93 while Rodrigo Castro was seventh in the 500y free in 4:24.18

On the women's side, junior Michala Kwasnsy finished third in the 200y IM in 1:59.48, also shattering her season's best, previously a 2:01.06 entering the meet. She also was seventh in the 100y fly in 54.67. Asa Sandlund took sixth in the 500y free in 4:48.52.

The meet continues Saturday and Sunday. Complete results can be found at www.TexasSports.com.

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