Vendt Wins Twice More, But USC Falls

Nov. 2, 2002

A pair of wins by senior Erik Vendt and firsts by sophomore diver Ray Vincent and freshman Mihaly Flaskay highlighted the No. 5 USC men's swimming and diving team's efforts against top-ranked Texas, but the Trojans still fell to the Longhorns, 208-143, as the two-day meet was completed on Saturday (Nov. 2) at the Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center in Austin, Texas.

Texas A&M's men's team also raced in the meet, but did not score against USC.

Vendt, the senior co-captain who posted three wins on Friday, continued to lead the Trojans with a crushing win in the 1650y free (15:03.74) and a first in the 200y IM (1:50.45). Vendt's closest competitor in the mile was freshman teammate Tyler Storie, who was second in 15:50.01.

Vincent, who missed all of 2002 while recovering from shoulder surgery, won the 3-meter springboard with 533.30 points, edging Texas' Mark Shattuck (533.16).

Flaskay, from Hungary, won the 100y breast (55.14), edging Texas' Brendan Hansen (55.27), the defending NCAA title holder in the event.

Other solid performances included sophomore Paul Fahey's second in the 200y IM (1:51.93), freshman Ous Mellouli's second in the 200y free (1:38.37), senior Erik Tolmachoff's second in the 200y fly (1:48.66), junior Trent Staley's third in the 100y back (51.03) and senior Oliver White's third in the 50y free (20.87). Also, the 200y medley relay team of senior Jeff Lee, Flaskay, White and Mellouli was second in 1:31.17.

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