Soni Wins U.S. National Title In 200 Breast

Aug. 1, 2007

USC's Rebecca Soni broke the U.S. Swimming Summer National Championships meet record en route to a title in the 200m breast while former Trojan Erik Vendt did the same in the 1500m free on the first day of the 2007 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships on Tuesday (July 31) in Indianapolis.

Soni, who will be a junior this fall, won her title in 2:23.62 to break the meet record. Soni's swim is the third fastest 200m breast time in the world this year.

'I was hoping to have a best time,' said Soni, who is the two-time defending NCAA champion in the 200y breast. 'That was it, so I am happy with it. I felt really good. I was struggling to finish the final 50 meters. I was pushing for [the American record]. It is definitely a goal.'

Vendt defended his national title in the men's 1500m free, winning the race by more than 16 seconds. Vendt's time of 14:57.01 is the sixth-fastest time in that event this year and Vendt's best time since the 2000 Olympic Team Trials.

'I love this pool,' Vendt said. 'I've only swum one meet here, but it has a lot of history, a lot of mystique. I come out here and see my name on the wall - great memories.'

American record-holder and recent USC graduate Larsen Jensen took second in 15:13.94.

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