Trojan Swim Newsletter

Sept. 2, 2005

It has been a busy summer for Trojan swimming. There have been many additions in the water as well as on the deck. The women's team has 12 incoming freshmen and the men's team is adding eight. We have also added two new assistant coaches to the staff, NCAA Swimming All- Americans at USC Paige Francis '00 and Lindsay (Benko) Mintenko '99. With these additions we are looking forward to strong recruiting and fundraising as well as improving in the water.

Trojans have also been busy swimming at the National and International level. This summer there were several international meets, including the FINA World Championships in Montreal where USC senior diver Blythe Hartley represented Canada and received a world title in the one meter platform. Trojan junior Larsen Jensen was second in the 800 free (7:45.63), setting an American record. Jensen was also second in the 1500 free (14:47.58). Senior, Ous Mellouli, representing Tunisia, was third in the 400 free (3:46.08) and fifth in both the 400 IM (4:13.47, a national record) and 800 freestyle (7:51.03). Volunteer assistant coach Kaitlin Sandeno was third in the 400 IM. Mellouli also participated in the Mediterranean Games where he won numerous events including the 800 free, 200 IM, and 400 IM. Post Grad swimmer Jo Fargus received two third-place finishes in the 100 and 200 backstroke at British World Championship trials in personal best times.

The World University Games in Izmir, Turkey, included incoming freshman Rebecca Soni, who represented the United States by posting two second-place finishes in the 100 (1:08.77) and 200 breaststroke (2:27.84). Soni also participated in the US Nationals and gathered her first national title in the 200 breaststroke and was 6th in the 100.

U.S. Nationals were a quick drive down the 405 freeway in Irvine, Calif. Junior Kalyn Keller proved to be back in form after getting 4th in the 800 freestyle (8:33.60), 3rd in the 1500 freestyle (16:36.54), and 9th in the 200 butterfly (2:14.06) with her best time in four years. Current graduate assistant and two-time Hungarian Olympian Tamas Kerekjarto ('03) received an impressive three medals in his three swims. Kerekjarto was 3rd in the 200 IM, 5th in the 400 IM, and 6th in the 200 butterfly. Sophomore Rhi Jeffery gathered a 11th in the 100 free and 11th in the 50 free. USC junior Connor Hall made his first US National qualifying time in the 200 butterfly at the Janet Evans Invitational and was able to join the team in Irvine.

Overall, the Trojans had a very impressive summer and are looking forward to having a great season. We hope you all can join us some time to cheer on the Trojans.

As we get ready to start the new year, we are asking for your donations to help with many things, including facility upgrades like new bulkheads, a new dry-land training area and replacement uniforms for the swimming and diving teams. We have included a new updated donation card. Your donations also provide the swimming and diving teams with the best possible accommodations when we travel to away meets and the conference and NCAA championships. We thank you greatly for your contribution.


We will be celebrating USC swimming again this year with an alumni dinner and alumni relays the weekend of Nov. 4-5. We would like to have anyone who loves USC swimming to join us. The invites will be in the mail soon and you will be able to request football tickets at a discounted price of $30. The Trojans play 'The Farm' that weekend. The dinner will be on Friday night (Nov. 4) at the USC Conference Center on campus and the relays will be on Saturday. The time will be determined depending on when the football game starts. There are rooms available at the Radisson on Wilshire in downtown. The rate is $99 and there are rooms being held for Friday and Saturday (Nov. 4-5) under the 'USC swimming Reunion.' The phone number for the Radisson is 213.385.2653

Please click on the schedule link at the top of the page for the complete USC schedule.

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