Vendt Wins 500y Free At Pac-10s
March 7, 2002
Junior Erik Vendt and sophomore Klete Keller finished first and second, respectively, to pace six USC finalists in the 500y freestyle to highlight the Trojans efforts on the first day of the 2002 Pacific-10 Conference Swimming Championships at Belmont Plaza in Long Beach, Calif.
USC finished fourth on the first day of competition. Stanford is in first (251), followed by Arizona (191.5), Cal (189), USC (179), Arizona State (135.5) and Washington (27).
Vendt edged out Keller for his first ever Pac-10 title in the 500y free (Keller won the event last year). Vendt finished in 4:16.31, well ahead of Keller in second (4:18.65). Junior Jeff Lee was fourth (4:20.49), sophomore Trent Staley was fifth (4:21.76), senior Rodrigo Castro was seventh (4:22.17) and senior Mark Warkentin was eighth (4:23.52).
Mike Gausman, who was off the team last year, reached the finals of the 200y IM, taking eighth in 1:49.33.
Competition continues tomorrow at 11 a.m. with preliminaries and 6 p.m. with finals. The championship wraps up Saturday night.
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