Jensen Wins 800m Free At U.S. World Championship Trials

April 6, 2005

USC sophomore Larsen posted his second win in as many days at the 2005 U.S. World Championships Trials, adding a title in the 800m free on the final day of competition on Wednesday (April 6) in Indianapolis, Ind.

Jensen, who won the 1500m free Tuesday night, won the 800m free in 7:54.22 the next morning, obliterating one of USC's longest-standing school records, previously held by Dan Jorgensen (8:07.74 in 1987).

'I didn't get much sleep last night, but I felt fine,' said Jensen, who, like in the 1500, defeated second-place Chris Thompson. 'I came home pretty strong the last 100, and that's pretty much what I wanted to do, so it was a pretty good morning swim.

'I think both (my 1500 and 800 swims) would be pretty good prelim swims for World Championships. If I go that fast in the morning (prelim swims) this summer, I think that will set me up fine for finals.'

Former Trojans Kaitlin Sandeno (400m IM, 4x200m Free) and Klete Keller (4x200 Free) will also represent the U.S.

A handful of international Trojans will also compete at the 2005 FINA World Championships in Montreal from July 24-31, including junior Ous Mellouli (Tunisia). The events in Montreal will also include championships for water polo, diving, synchronized swimming and open water swimming, spanning July 17-31.

Click on the FINA site to access more information on the World Championships.

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