Women Swimmers Win U.S. Spring National Team Title
April 1, 2001
USC sophomore Erik Vendt won his second individual national title of the meet when he took the 1500-meter freestyle and Troy's women's 400-meter medley relay was also victorious on Sunday (April 1), the final day of the 2001 U.S. Spring National Championships in Austin, Texas.
USC's women's team finished first in the combined scoring to win the team title with 187 points, edging second-place Auburn by a half-point (186.5). Texas was in third with 144.
The men's squad took second overall with 314 points, behind only Auburn (357). Combined, USC's men's and women's team finished second with 501 points, also behind only Auburn (543.5).
Vendt, who won the 400m IM earlier in the meet and was also part of USC's 800m freestyle relay title-winning team, touched first in the mile in 15:13.00, setting a USC record. The previous record holder was Dan Jorgensen, who swam a 15:23.85 in 1987. Vendt edged second-place Robert Margalis by 3.45 seconds.
Vendt (400m IM) and freshman Klete Keller (200 free) both earned spots on the 2001 U.S. World Championship team, joining Trojan alum Lindsay Benko, who qualified in the 100m and 200m free and the 200m back.
The only other top eight finish for USC on Sunday came from John Abercrombie, who took eighth in the 100m fly in 55.00.