Vendt Takes Silver in 1,500 Free at Pan Pacific Championships

Aug. 20, 2006

USC graduate Erik Vendt finished second in the men's 1,500-meter freestyle on Sunday at the 2006 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Victoria, British Columbia. Incoming transfer Amanda Weir won the consolation finals of the women's 50-meter freestyle and then anchored the United States' women's 400-meter medley relay team that captured gold.

The United States' Vendt was beaten by Korea's Tae Hwan Park, who took the lead with just over 100-meters to go and won in 15:06.11. Vendt was 1.06 seconds back in a time of 15:07.17.

Vendt, who swam at USC from 2000 to 2003, also won the silver medal in the 1,500-meter freestyle at the 2002 Pan Pacific Championships in Yokohama, Japan. The first American under 15 minutes in the 1,500, he retired from competitive swimming after the 2004 Olympics but came back in April 2006.

Weir won the consolation finals of the women's 50-meter freestyle in 25.25 seconds, a time that would have won her the silver medal had she raced in the championship finals. The United States' Kara Lynn Joyce, a former teammate of Weir when Weir swam at Georgia in 2004-2005, won gold in 25.10 seconds.

Weir, who transferred to USC this fall, had posted the third-fastest qualifying time in the event but could not compete in the finals because only two swimmers from each country are allowed to race in the finals, and the two qualifiers faster than Weir were American.

After swimming in the consolation finals of the 50-meter freestyle, Weir then came back to anchor the United States' 400-meter medley relay team that won gold in 3:58.38. The time was a Pan Pacific Championships record and .08 seconds off the American record.

On Saturday Weir swam the leadoff leg of the United States' victorious women's 400-meter freestyle relay team that set an American and Pan Pacific Championships record with a time of 3:35.80.

The Pan Pacific Swimming Championships conclude on Monday with the 10-kilometer Open Water Race on Victoria's Elk Lake.

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