Trojans Host Longhorns In Matchup Of Highly Ranked Squads

Nov. 10, 2005

LOS ANGELES -- The No. 8 USC men's swimming team, led by 2005 NCAA title winners Ous Mellouli and Larsen Jensen, hosts No. 6 Texas on Friday and Saturday (Nov. 11-12) at the USC McDonald's Swim Stadium in a two-day dual meet. The Trojans, looking to improve upon their ninth-place finish at the 2005 NCAA Championships, boast six returning All-Americans, including the powerful distance punch of Mellouli and Jensen, both 2005 World Championship medallists. USC defeated Texas 240.5 to 112.5 in a two-day meet last year.

RETURNING ALL-AMERICANS - Mellouli was a four-time All-American as a 2005 junior, reaching the finals of the 500y and 1650y free in addition to his title in the 400y IM and his spot anchoring the 400y medley relay. Jensen was a two-time All-American, winning the 1650y free and making the final of the 500y free. Junior Mihaly Flaskay was a three-time All-American, finishing second in the 100y breast (finishing out of first by 0.24) while swimming on USC's championship final 200y and 400y medley relays. Juniors Sam Masson (fly) and Viktor Bodrogi (back) also swam on USC's NCAA medley relays to each earn a pair of All-American honors while junior Sean Sussex earned his All-American nod as the anchor of the 200y medley relay. The only All-American not returning is graduated diver Ray Vincent, who reached the platform final three consecutive seasons.

USC AT THE 2005 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - Jensen won a pair of silver medals at the 2005 World Championships in the 800m (re-setting his own American record) and 1500m free while Mellouli won two bronze medals in the 400m IM and 400m free.

TROJANS SCHEDULED TO COMPETE AT THE 2006 SHORT COURSE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - Jensen, freshman Rebecca Soni and former Trojan Kaitlin Sandeno have been selected to represent the United States at the 2006 FINA Short Course World Championships (25m), April 5-9, in Shanghai, China. In addition, USC Coach Mark Schubert will serve as an assistant coach on the women's team.

USC IN ANY LANGUAGE - The Trojan swimming and diving teams have featured diverse rosters for years and this season is no different. The men's squad includes swimmers from Tunisia (Mellouli), Hungary (Bodrogi and Gergely Meszaros), Italy (Vanni Mangoni), Guatemala (Evan Marcus) and South Korea (Joon Youm). Blythe Hartley on the women's team is from Canada while Head Diving Coach Hongping Li is Chinese and sophomore Renee Viveros has competed for the Mexican national team.

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