Trojans Host Pac-10 Rivals California, Stanford

Feb. 7, 2008

The USC men's swimming team completes its dual meet season against traditional Bay Area Pac-10 rivals No 11 California and No. 3 Stanford on Friday (Feb 7. 25) at USC's McDonald's Swim Stadium at 1 p.m. Saturday's meet is the final home event for the Trojan seniors.

The USC men's squad enters the meet 2-3 overall, 1-3 in the Pac-10. Cal and Stanford are both 3-1, 2-1.

Cal is led by senior Dominik Meichtry, the 2007 Pac-10 champion and NCAA runner-up in the 200y free, and junior David Russell, the 2007 Pac-10 winner in the 200y back. Stanford has seven returning All-Americans, including Jason Kornfeld, second at the 2007 NCAAs in the 200y breast, and junior Jason Dunford, a three-time All-American last year.

The Trojans are led by their lone returning All-American Vanni Mangoni and senior co-captains Richard Gosper and Bryce Elser.

The USC men have broken three school records this season, all coming at the 2007 Husky Invite in December.

Gosper broke the USC record in the 50y free in 19.54, bettering USC's school record of 19.62 set by Sean Sussex last season. He later tied the school record in the 50m free in 23.21, matching Chris Jennings' 1995 effort.

Junior Ankur Poseria inked his name in the school record books with a 53.68 in the 100m fly, erasing Dave Cadermartori's 1987 mark of 54.15, which had been the oldest individual USC men's record.

Gosper's 19.54 is an NCAA automatic qualifying time, as is Elser's personal best 46.96 in the 100y fly. Trojans who own NCAA consideration times include Gosper in the 100y free (44.01), Mangoni in the 200y (1:47.21) and 400y IM (3:49.94) and the 200y breast (2:00.12), senior Brandon Lovell in the 100y fly (48.23), junior Ankur Poseria in the 100y fly (53.68 scm) and Elser in the 200y fly (1:47.48). USC also has `B' cuts in the 200y free relay, the 400y free relay and the 200y medley relay.

Several Trojans own marks currently listed among the top 25 in the nation (through this past weekend).

Among the men's team, Gosper's 19.54 in the 50y free is tied for fourth and his 44.01 in the 100y free is 24th; Mangoni has the top times in the country in the 200y IM (1:44.87) and 400y IM (3:44.45) and is 23rd in the 200 back (1:45.36), all times converted from races in meters, and is tied for 25th in the 200y breast (2:00.12); Poseria is fourth in the 100y fly (a converted 46.59); Elser is eighth in the 100y fly (46.96).

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