Trojans Win 800y Free Relay At SMU Classic
Jan. 15, 2010
Freshman Clement Lefert, sophomores Patrick White and Richard Charlesworth and senior Zoltan Povazsay won the 800y free relay to highlight USC's first day at the 2010 SMU Classic in Dallas on Friday (Jan. 15).
USC is in fifth through the first day of the two-day event against some of the nation's top teams. Michigan is in first (161) and is followed by SMU (146), Florida (142), club team Swim MAC (138), USC (127.5) and Purdue (113.5). Scoring is based on two swimmers per event for each team, one placed in the A final and one in the B final.
The Trojans won the 800y free relay in 6:30.54, thanks in part to Lefert's top opening leg and Povazsay's ability to stave off Michigan's Andre Schultz on the anchor leg.
Junior Dillon Connolly was USC's top individual finisher on the night, touching second in the 100y breast (54.98).
Povazsay posted a third in the 200y free (1:37.45) while Lefert was also third in the 100y fly (47.74). Lefert's effort was just off his season-best 47.40.
Freshman Alex Lendrum tied for fourth in the 400y IM (3:56.23) and was fifth in the 100y back in 49.28. Senior James Martin was eighth in the 400y IM (3:55.13), his B final time slightly better than Lendrum's in the A final. Sophomore Jeff Daniels was fifth in the 50y free in 20.91, though White's B final time was better at 20.79.
Action concludes Saturday, beginning at 5:30 p.m. PST.
In other action, USC men's and women's swimmers participated in the first day of the Southern California Grand Prix at Belmont Plaza in Long Beach. Freshman Haley Anderson (9:44.56) and junior Ellie Doran (9:54.91) were third and fourth, respectively, in the 1000y free while sophomore Julian Bonse was USC's top men's finisher in eighth (9:36.93).
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