Larsen Jensen Wins 1650y Free Pac-10 Title
Feb. 24, 2007
Senior Larsen Jensen won his second conference title in three days and senior Viktor Bodrogi and junior Brandon Lovell finished second and third, respectively, in the 200y fly to pace the No. 7 Trojans on the final day of the 2007 Pac-10 Men's Swimming Championships at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way, Wash., on Saturday (Feb. 24).
The Trojans have now won at least two individual Pac-10 titles every year since 1997.
Jensen, who won his first career title Pac-10 title by dominating the 500y free on Thursday night and who swam in his first conference final of the 200y free on Friday, posted a virtual wire-to-wire win in the 1650y free timed final for the title. It was USC's first in the event since Ous Mellouli won it in 2004.
A year ago, Bodrogi broke Stanford's Pablo Morales's Pac-10 record en route to the 200y fly title. He swam a fine race on Saturday and posted a season best 1:45.46, second behind Cal's Patrick O'Neil (1:45.00). Bodrogi swam the heat's fastest final 50 yards to carve more than a second off of O'Neil's lead, but couldn't catch him down the stretch.
Lovell, making his second straight Pac-10 final appearance in the 200y fly, swam a personal best 1:46.39 in prelims to qualify first. He then re-set his own personal milestone with a third-place 1:46.02. Lovell moved from fifth to third over the last 50 yards, Bodrogi's 27.34 over that distance the only time faster than his 27.52. Lovell was eighth in the race last year.
Senior Joon Youm repeated as a finalist in the 200y breast. Eighth in it a year ago, he finished seventh in a season best and NCAA consideration 1:59.74.
Senior Mihaly Flaskay won the consolation final of the 200y breast and finished ninth overall in a season best 1:59.94. Sophomore Kazu Miyahara was 10th (2:00.16) and freshman Tyler Schlenker was 12th (2:02.51). His 2:01.99 in prelims was a season best.
Sophomore Evan Marcus, 18th in the 1650y free last year, took eighth in the mile in 15:34.16, a season best and just off the NCAA consideration standard.
Freshman James Martin swam in the consolation final of the 200y back, taking 12th and posting a personal best 1:48.41. In the bonus final, senior Vanni Mangoni took 17th (1:47.93) and freshman Shane Tusup took 19th (1:52.06).
In the 400y free relay, USC's quartet of Masson, senior Gergely Meszaros, Jensen and Bodrogi finished sixth (3:02.55).
USC will next compete in the 2007 NCAA men's swimming championships March 15-17 in Minneapolis, Minn.
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