Fargus Finals in 200 Back at Pan Pacific Championships

Aug. 19, 2006

Former USC women's swimmer Jo Fargus finished sixth in the women's 200-meter backstroke, and former USC men's swimmer Klete Keller took third in the men's 400-meter freestyle during Saturday's third day of competition of the 2006 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Victoria, British Columbia.

Fargus, swimming for Australia, was competing in her second finals of this year's Pan Pacific Championships, having finished seventh in Thursday's 100-meter backstroke. She clocked 2:13.48 in Saturday's final, which was won in a meet-record time of 2:08.66 by Japan's Reiko Nakamura. Fargus swam at USC from 2002 to 2005 and was an undergraduate coach while training at USC this year. She has returned to form this year after suffering a severe ankle injury in 2003. In March Fargus won gold in the 200-meter backstroke at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

Keller, who won the 200-meter freestyle on Thursday, went straight to the lead in Saturday's 400-meter freestyle and had a .28-second advantage with 50 meters left. Yet he faded in the final stretch as Korea's Tae Hwan Park won in 3:45.72. Keller, who had beaten Park in the 200-meter freestyle, clocked 3:47.17 in Saturday's race. The former Trojan is the American record holder and 2004 Olympic bronze medallist for the 400-meter freestyle.

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 swam for the U.S. in the 2004 Olympics.

Competition at the Saanich Commonwealth Place pool concludes on Sunday, and Monday's Open Water Race will take place at Elk Lake. This year's Pan Pacific Championships features competitors from 19 countries.

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