USC Falls To Michigan

Jan. 4, 2005

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Host USC's top-ranked men's swimming team was defeated by No. 9 Michigan, 145-117, on Tuesday (Jan. 4). It was USC's first loss of the year.

Due to poor weather, the meet was competed in the USC Physical Education meet, the first time a meet has been raced there since 1983.

USC junior Ous Mellouli won the 200y IM (1:51.33), sophomore Larsen Jensen won the 1000y free (9:18.29) and sophomore Sean Sussex won the 50y free (21.12). Sussex's win spearheaded a 1-2-3 in the event as Richard Gosper took second (21.30) and Tyler Wilson (21.57) was third.

Michigan's Peter Vanderkaay, a 2004 U.S. Olympic teammate of Jensen's, won the 200y free (1:38.61), edging Mellouli's 139.55. Vanderkaay's brother, Christian, won the 100y breast (57.13), out-touching USC senior Paul Fahey (57.44).

Peter Vanderkaay also won the 500y free, beating friendly rival Jensen, 4:30.18 to 4:31.44.

Michael Phelps, who swims for Club Wolverine and trains with Michigan, was expected to race in an exhibition but did not make it to the meet.

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