USC Swims At Cal State Bakersfield

Jan. 14, 2005

The USC men's and women's swimming and diving teams head north to take on Cal State Bakersfield and Pacific on Saturday (Jan. 15) at 1 p.m. and finals are at 6 p.m. (CST).

RANKINGS -- The USC men are ranked No. 1 while the women are No. 17.

TOP PERFORMANCES (MEN) -- Junior Ous Mellouli's 3:41.32 in the 400y IM is by far the top time in the nation thus far and his 1:44.14 is second in the 200y IM and both are NCAA automatic qualifying times. So is his 4:15.43 in the 500y free, which is also second. His 15:00.26 in the 1650y free is third and his 1:36.28 in the 200y free is eighth. Sophomore Larsen Jensen's 14:44.89 is the fastest mile in the country this year while his 4:15.43 in the 500y free is tied with Mellouli for second best (both are NCAA A cuts). Senior co-captain Paul Fahey's 3:47.79 is sixth in the country while Mihaly Flaskay has the eighth fastest time in the 100y breast (54.21). Sophomore Viktor Bodrogi has a No. 13 time in the 100y back (48.61) and No. 14 in the 200y fly (1:47.00). Sam Masson has three top 15 times in the 100y fly (48.21), 200y fly (1:46.91) and 200y back (1:45.54). Sean Sussex is 14th in the 100y free (44.21) and 15th (20.15) in the 50y free. USC's 200y medley relay is the second fastest ranked unit in the country and the 800y free relay is fourth.

TOP PERFORMANCES (WOMEN) -- Senior Joanna Fargus owns a top 4 time in the 200y back (1:55.74) while senior Marisa Kozak is seventh in the 200y fly (1:58.32). Freshman Rhi Jeffrey's 49.23 in the 100y fly is sixth in the country and USC's 800y free relay (7:18.81) is seventh.

RETURNING ALL-AMERICANS (MEN) -- The USC men's team returns junior Ous Mellouli (400m IM, 1500m Free) and seniors Paul Fahey (400m IM) and Ray Vincent (platform diving). The men also return 2003 All-American breaststroker Mihaly Flaskay (who did not attend USC in 2004 while training to qualify for the Olympics in his native Hungary) and sophomore Larsen Jensen, a 2004 Olympic silver medalist who skipped the second half of the 2004 season to train for the U.S. Olympic Trials.

RETURNING ALL-AMERICANS (WOMEN) -- The Trojan women return sophomore Kalyn Keller (400m and 1500m free), senior Joanna Fargus (800 F.R.) and sophomore Cait Connealy (800 F.R.). The women also return former All-American diver and NCAA title winner Blythe Hartley, who did not compete last year while training for the 2004 Olympics. She returns as a redshirt junior after earning a combined (and maximum) six All-American honors her first two years at USC.

TROJANS WITH ATHENS STAMPED IN THEIR PASSPORTS -- The women's squad features three Trojans who competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. Diver Blythe Hartley (competing for Canada) won bronze on the 10-meter synchronized platform and also reached the final of the 3-meter individual springboard. Sophomore Kalyn Keller was a finalist in the 800m freestyle (taking fourth) and also swam in the 400m free. Freshman Rhi Jeffrey won a gold medal in Athens as part of the 4x200m free relay (on the prelim swim). USC's men's Olympians are led by Larsen Jensen, who was a silver medallist in the 1500m freestyle and took fourth in the 400m free. Junior Ous Mellouli, competing for Tunisia, was a finalist in the 400m IM and raced in the 1500m free (Mellouli, in fact, recently won gold in the 400m IM and a bronze in the 200m IM at the 2004 Short Course World Championships). Viktor Bodrogi and Gergely Meszaros (both competing for Hungary) also were in Athens on the men's side.

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