DePaul Wins Silver At 2009 World University Games

July 6, 2009

USC's Lyndsay DePaul won a silver medal at the 2009 World University Games on Sunday (July 5) while former Trojan Ous Mellouli recently completed a huge run at the 2009 Mediterranean Games to help kick start a summer in which USC swimmers will be in action throughout the world.

In addition to the World University Games now underway, Trojans will be in action Tuesday through Saturday (July 7-11) at the 2009 U.S. World Championship Trials in Indianapolis. From there, American qualifiers will join the rest of the world at the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Italy, July 26 through Aug. 2.

DePaul, an All-American who will be a junior in the fall after transferring from UC Irvine, took second in the 400m IM in 4:41.94 at the World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia. Fellow American Ava Ahlgren took first in 4:40.61. DePaul was also second in prelims with a 4:44.96. Click here for 2009 World University Games results.

Mellouli, a 2008 Olympic gold medalist in the 1500m freestyle, used the 2009 Mediterranean Games in Pescara, Italy, as a tune up for the upcoming World Championships by winning five gold medals and narrowly missing the world record in the mile. Mellouli won his signature event in 14:38.01, setting an African record and coming within striking distance of Grant Hackett's world mark of 14:34.56 (the only time faster than Mellouli's swim).

In addition to winning the 1500m free, he also took firsts in the 200m and 400m IM and the 200m and 400m free. His time of 4:10.53 in the 400m IM and 3:42.71 in the 400m free made him the fifth-fastest ever in both races.

Trojans accompanying Mellouli, who will be competing for his native Tunisia, at the 2009 World Championships will be senior Zoltan Povazsay and sophomore Katinka Hosszu (both from Hungary), sophomore Ania Kowalczyk (Poland) and freshman Richard Charlesworth (Great Britain).

Highlighting the Trojans looking to join the above group in Rome is Rebecca Soni, the six-time NCAA champion and 2008 Olympic gold medalist who graduated from USC in May. She is the top seed in both breaststroke events and a clear favorite to make the U.S. squad going to Italy.

Sophomore Tanya Krisman is competing in both butterfly events and is the fifth-fastest qualifier in the 200m fly. She will be joined by a host of incoming freshman including Jessica Schmitt, Yumi So, Haley Anderson, Jordan Danny, Justin DiFederico as well as transfer Presley Bard. Former Trojan Hayley McGregory is also racing.

There is live television coverage of the U.S. Trials on Universal Television scheduled for July 7 and 8, beginning at 6 p.m. EDT. Click here for information on where to find Universal Television in your area. NBC will package the remainder of the meet in taped segments over two days - July 11 from 1-3 p.m. and July 12 from 2-3 p.m.

Also, all prelims and finals sessions will be webcast live on Swimnetwork will also be hosting a 'pre-game show' each evening as an in-venue and webcast lead-up to the finals.

For more information on the 2009 U.S. World Championships Trials, click here.

For more information on the 2009 World Championships, click here.

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