Troy's 400y Free Relay Qualifies For Finals On Last Day Of NCAAs

March 30, 2002

On the heels of winning the NCAA title in the 800y freestyle relay on Friday night, USC's 400y free relay qualified for finals with the third fastest time of the morning to lead Troy's efforts on the final day of prelims at the2002 Men's NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at Georgia's Gabrielsen Center on Saturday (March 30).

The unit of junior Jeff Lee, senior Rodrigo Castro, sophomore Klete Keller and senior Tamas Kerekjarto, the same foursome that won the 800y free title, swam a 2:54.26 to earn a second swim.

Lee was the only individual qualifier for championship finals, swimming the fourth-fastest time in the 200y fly in 1:44.34, breaking his own school record of 1:44.37 that he set at the 2001 Pac-10s.

Castro, who finalled in the 200y free on Friday, earned a spot in the consolation finals of the 100y free with a 43.49.

Other USC finishers from the morning included sophomore Trent Staley, 23rd in the 200y back (1:46.21), freshman Paul Fahey, 27th in the 200y breast (2:00.34), Kerekjarto, 20th in the 200y fly (1:46.13) and sophomore Mike Gausman, 28th in the 200y fly (1:47.60).

Four Trojans will swim in the timed finals of the 1650y free. Seniors Mark Warkentin and Joel Everman will swim their race at 5:25 p.m. EST while junior Erik Vendt and Keller will swim in the final heat of the race, which kicks off the championships finals, at 7 p.m. EST.

Vendt has already won the 400y IM while Keller has won the 500y free. Vendt won the mile as a freshman in 2000 when the event was swum in shortcourse meters.

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