Jensen Earns World Championship Spot In 1500m Free

April 5, 2005

USC sophomore Larsen Jensen, the third-fastest ever in the 1500m free and the American record holder in the event, won his specialty distance race at the U.S. World Championship Trials to qualify for the 2005 World Championships in a convincing swim on Tuesday (April 5).

Jensen won the 1500m free in 15:04.06, bettering Erik Vendt's school record of 15:13.00 with ease.

Chris Thompson, another of America's top milers, finished second in 15:11.24.

Jensen and Thompson battled even for most of the race with Thompson actually leading slightly two thirds through the contest. But Jensen turned on the motors with about 300 yards to go and Thompson had nothing left to keep up.

Jensen's swim guarantees him a spot at the World Championships in July in Montreal where he'll join a host of Trojans who have made the squad, including teammate and fellow 2005 NCAA title winner Ous Mellouli as well as former teammate Kaitlin Sandeno.

Former Trojan Trent Staley, a 2004 team captain, reached the finals of the 200m back, taking fifth.

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