Trojans Finish 7th At NCAAs
March 25, 2006
Junior Larsen Jensen, senior Ous Mellouli and junior Viktor Bodrogi all earned individual All-American honors in USC Coach Mark Schubert's last night heading the Trojans to lead the No. 9 USC men's swimming and diving team's efforts on the final day of the 2006 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday (March 25) at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta.
The meet marked final time for Schubert coaching USC at the NCAA Championships, as he will take a head coaching position with USA Swimming in May. He led the Trojans to eight top 6 finishes and 12 top 10 finishes at the NCAA Championships in 14 years. Since taking over in 1993, Schubert has led USC to 11 individual NCAA titles and one relay title as well as 40 Pac-10 titles. Of the 14 USC individual men's swimming records, 11 are held by swimmers coached by Schubert.
USC finished seventh this year with 223 points. Auburn won the team title (480.5) and was followed by Arizona (440.5), Stanford (362.5), Texas (307), Florida (268.5), California (250.5) and USC.
Jensen, who won the 1650-yard freestyle in 2005, took third this year. Recovering from ACL surgery this season, he returned strong in the spring semester, his third-place time of 14:44.89 a testament to his strong work to get back.
Mellouli posted his fourth career top-eight (and All-American) performance in the mile, finishing seventh in 14:55.73. He also finished second in both the 400y IM and 500y free in his final NCAA meet for the Trojans.
Bodrogi, who broke a 20-year old Pac-10 record in the 200y fly at the 2006 Pac-10 Championships, took third in the event on Saturday in 1:43.10, behind Michigan's Davis Tarwater (1:41.84) and Georgia's Gil Stovall (1:42.10). USC junior teammate Sam Masson, third in the 100y fly, competed in the consolation of the 200y fly, but was disqualified.
Junior diver Kenny Jenkins made his NCAA Championships scoring debut with a ninth-place finish on platform (291.60), missing qualifying for the final by less than three points. Junior teammate Michael Hilde was also close to earning a finals appearance, but still scored individually on the platform for the third year in a row with his 11th place (289.95) finish.
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