Jensen Sets Two Pool Records -- Among Eight That Fall -- In Loss To Cal
Feb. 3, 2006
Sophomore Larsen Jensen set two McDonald's Stadium pool records -- among eight that were broken in the 80-minute meet -- and USC also broke a school relay record, but No. 9 Troy's men's swimming and diving team fell short against No. 3 Cal, losing 134-109 in Pac-10 dual meet action on the Trojan campus on Friday (Feb. 3).
USC fell to 5-3 overall, 1-2 in the Pac-10. Cal improved to 6-0, 3-0.
Jensen, appearing at full strength after spending much of 2005 rehabilitating from knee surgery, broke Trojan Erik Vendt's 2003 pool record in the 1000y free, finishing in 8:48.34, topping the old mark of 8:49.59 set in 2002. In his second swim, Jensen's 500y free time of 4:17.09 again broke a Vendt record from the same 2002 meet (4:19.83). Because Jensen missed the fall recovering from the surgery, his NCAA automatic qualifying time in the 500y free was his first of the season.
The Trojans' other pool record came courtesy of junior Sam Masson. Already the owner of the fastest 100y fly time in the country this year, he proved himself at the longer distance, winning the 200y fly in 1:45.77. That edged the pool record held by Stanford's Jayme Cramer, when he swam 1:45.97 in 2002.
USC also set a school record in the 400y medley relay in the meet's first event, as the quartet of sophomore Viktor Bodrogi, junior Mihaly Flaskay, Masson and junior Sean Sussex went 3:10.06. It bettered the team standard of 3:10.70 set last year at the NCAA Championships.
That event also marked the first pool record to fall on the day as Cal's unit of David Russell, Henrique Barbosa, Jernej Godec and Jonas Tilly finished in 3:09.89, bettering Arizona's 2004 mark by almost five seconds.
USC Senior Ous Mellouli almost came away with his own pool record in the 200y free, winning the race in 1:34.43, 0.14 off the pool record. The time was still good enough to tie him as the second-fastest Trojan ever in the race.
Sussex's winning 100y free time of 43.88 out of Lane 1 was not only a personal best, but also was just off the pool record of 43.59, set in 2004.
USC's other winner on the day was junior Michael Hilde, who won the 1-meter springboard with 363.08, edging junior teammate Kenny Jenkins (356.92). Jenkins and Hilde finished second and third, respectively, on 3-meter.
In addition to the 400y medley relay, Cal's other pool-record performances included Miguel Molina in the 200y IM (1:46.11, bettering USC's Gary Anderson's 1:47.96 in 1990, the oldest men's short course yards record in the books), Russell in the 200y back (1:41.88, beating USC's Lenny Krazyelburg's 1:43.67 in 1998), Barbosa in the 200y breast (1:56.45, topping Stanford's Michael Bruce's 1:56.93 in 2002) and the Bears' 400y free relay (2:55.91, ahead of Arizona's 2004 time of 2:56.73).
USC wraps up the dual-meet schedule for the season on Saturday when they host No. 2 Stanford at 1 p.m. at McDonald's Swim Stadium.