Cardinal Vs. Gold Intrasquad Kicks Off Season

Oct. 21, 2004

Los Angeles - The USC men's and women's swimming and diving teams open competition with its Cardinal and Gold intrasquad meet, resuming their annual exhibition team challenge on Friday (Oct. 22) at 3 p.m. at McDonald's Swim Stadium on the USC campus.

The women's team is led by NCAA champion sophomore Kalyn Keller and NCAA title-winning junior diver Blythe Hartley, who returned to the team after a year off training for the 2004 Olympics. The men's squad is led by All-American junior Ous Mellouli and sophomore Olympic medallist Larsen Jensen.

All four of the above athletes competed are among a handful of current Trojans who competed at the 2004 Olympics. Jensen was a silver medallist in the 1500m freestyle while Hartley won bronze on the 10-meter synchronized platform. Keller was a finalist in the 800m freestyle while Mellouli was a finalist in the 400m IM. Mellouli, in fact, recently won gold in the 400m IM and a bronze in the 200m IM at the 2004 Short Course World Championships.

Freshman Rhi Jeffrey won a gold medal in Athens as part of the 4x200m free relay (on the prelim swim) while Viktor Bodrogi and Gergely Meszaros (both competing for Hungary) also were in Athens on the men's side.

USC begins its non-conference competition on Oct. 29-30 when it travels to Austin, Texas, to face the highly ranked Texas Longhorns. The Longhorns men's team is coached by Eddie Reese, who coached the U.S. men's Olympic team alongside USC Coach Mark Schubert, who coached the American women in Greece.

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