Lefert Wins Twice In Pac-10 Opener At Arizona

Nov. 13, 2009

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Freshman Clement Lefert, a 2008 French Olympian, got his first taste of the Pac-10 as he led USC with two wins and a second place during a 177-123 loss to Arizona on Friday (Nov. 13) in Tucson. USC dropped to 6-1 overall, 0-1 in the Pac-10.

Lefert won the men's 1000y free in 9:16.64 to kick off the individual events while junior Kevin Little was third.

Senior Zoltan Povazsay won the 200y free in 1:38.25, an NCAA `B' cut, while sophomore Patrick White was fourth in the race.

In a tightly fought men's 100y back, less than a second separated first from fourth. Freshman Alex Lendrum swam a great race and was not far from an NCAA `B' time, but was fourth in 49.93 while Arizona's Bryan O'Connor led a 1-2-3 Wildcat sweep in 49.17.

Junior Dillon Connolly was third in the men's 100y breast (56.87) to lead USC in that event while.

Lefert was second in the 200y fly (1:49.28), just 0.24 out of first, while sophomore Josh Joiner (1:52.38) and freshman Justin DiFederico (1:52.55) were third and fourth, respectively.

Junior transfer Emmett Walling, a promising first-year sprinter for the Trojans, was second in the 50y free (20.58) and White was third in the 100y free (45.59). Senior James Martin led USC in the 200y back with a 1:48.79, fourth overall.

Povazsay won the 500y free in 4:31.50 while White (4:40.72) and Little (4:40.94) were third and fourth, respectively.

Lefert won the 100y fly in 49.18, a half second ahead of O'Connor. Martin (4:01.85) and Lendrum (4:04.96) then took second and third, respectively, in the 400y IM.

USC's 400y free relay of Povaszay, Walling, White and sophomore Jeff Daniels was second in 3:01.22.

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