Klete Keller Wins 200y Freestyle At Pac-10s

March 8, 2002

Sophomore Klete Keller successfully defended his title in the 200y free and USC's 800y freestyle relay finished first while breaking its own Pac-10 meet record to highlight the Trojans' efforts on the second day of the 2002 Pacific-10 Conference Swimming Championships at Belmont Plaza in Long Beach, Calif.

USC finished fourth after two days of competition. Stanford is in first (637), followed by Cal (468.5), Arizona (398.5), USC (384), Arizona State (293) and Washington (98).

Keller won the 200y free for the second straight year in 1:35.25, edging senior teammate Rodrigo Castro, who took second in 1:35.78. A Trojan has won the event in five of the past six years. Castro was third last year in the event.

The Trojans' 800y free relay team of junior Jeff Lee, Castro, junior Erik Vendt and Keller broke its own Pac-10 meet record with a winning time of 6:24.62, topping last's year's record mark of 6:24.77. USC finished almost two seconds ahead of second-place Stanford.

Senior Ahmad Al-Kudmani made his first-ever Pac-10 Championships finals appearance after qualifying third in the 100y breast in 55.21. He also took third in the finals in 55.36.

Vendt was the defending Pac-10 champ in the 400y IM, but took second this year in 3:44.53, behind Stanford's Rogan Markus. It is Vendt's third Top Two finish at Pac-10s in the event. Senior Mark Warkentin finished fourth (3:48.76) while freshman Paul Fahey was seventh in his first-ever Pac-10 finals appearance (3:50.96).

Junior Jeff Lee took seventh in the 100y fly in 47.77. He was third in the event last year. USC's highest finisher in the 100y back was sophomore Trent Staley, who was 12th in 49.08

The Trojans' 200y medley relay team of Oliver White, Al-Kudmani, David Ringe and Mike Stoller was fifth.

The competition concludes Saturday with preliminaries at 11 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.

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