Klete Keller Wins 200 Free at Pan Pacific Championships

Aug. 17, 2006

Former USC swimmer Klete Keller cruised to victory in the men's 200-meter freestyle at the 2006 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Victoria, British Columbia, on Thursday.

The United States' Keller, who swam for the Trojans in 2001 and 2002, took the lead at the halfway stage of the race and pulled clear to win in a final time of 1:46.20, 1.31 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Tae Hwan Park of Korea.

Keller is the older brother of current Trojan senior Kalyn Keller, who will represent the U.S. in Monday's 10-kilometer Open Water Race. The siblings competed for the U.S. in the 2004 Olympics where Klete won a gold and a bronze medal.

Other Trojan highlights from the first day of competition at Saanich Commonwealth Place included USC graduate Jo Fargus' reaching the finals of the women's 100-meter backstroke where she finished seventh behind Japan's Hanae Ito. Fargus' best event, however, will come on Saturday when she swims in the 200-meter backstroke, an event in which she won gold for Australia earlier this year at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

Incoming transfer Amanda Weir posted the seventh-fastest qualifying time in the women's 200-meter freestyle but did not swim in the finals.

The 2006 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships feature competitors from 19 countries. The meet runs through Sunday.

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