USC Men's, Women's Swimming, Diving Hosts Texas

Oct. 22, 2001

LOS ANGELES - The USC men's and women's swimming and diving teams open the 2002 dual meet season by hosting Texas on Friday and Saturday (Oct. 26-27) at USC's McDonald's Swim Stadium. Friday's competition will feature a men's tri-meet that includes California at 1 p.m.. USC, however, will only score against Texas. On Saturday, the Women of Troy face the Longhorns at 12:30 p.m. The men's teams from USC, Cal and Texas will also compete in a 'double-distance' exhibition that starts at 9 a.m. The Texas men's team is the defending national champions while its women's team was third at last year's NCAA Championships. For Schubert, the meet will mark the first time he has coached against the Longhorns' women's team since leaving the school in 1993. In four years in Austin, Schubert led Texas to a pair of women's NCAA titles (1990 and 1991) and two second-place finishes (1989 and 1992). In addition, USC assistant coach Erika Hansen was an All-American at Texas under Schubert.

HEADLINERS - Among USC's top returning swimmers on the men's side is sophomore Klete Keller, a two-time NCAA title winner, junior Erik Vendt, an NCAA title winner as a freshman who had three Top 3 finishes at last year's NCAAs and junior Jeff Lee, a four-time All-American last year who is Troy's fastest butterflyer ever. For the women, junior Michala Kwasny, like Vendt, posted three Top 3 finishes last year at the NCAAs and she and sophomore Jana Krohn earned four All-American honors apiece, highs for the team. Senior All-Americans Kristin MacGregor and Katie Meyer are key returners, as are senior diver Kellie Brennan and sophomore diver Nicci Fusaro, both All-Americans last year.

2001 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS - Both of USC's men's and the women's teams remained among the elite in the nation in 2001. The men's program took fourth place at last year's NCAAs (its highest finish ever under Mark Schubert) and the women's team finished sixth. The men's team featured nine swimmers who earned a combined 23 All-American honors, highlighted by Klete Keller's NCAA titles in the 200y and 500y freestyles. The women's squad came away with nine All-Americans who earned a combined 20 All-American honors. Michala Kwasny was the top women's performer, posting three top three finishes in the 200y IM, 400y IM and the 200y Fly. She also earned All-American honors in the 400m medley relay.

2001 PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS - The USC men's team finished second and the women took third at the 2001 Pacific-10 Conference Championships. For the men, Klete Keller won titles in both the 200y and 500y free while Erik Vendt took firsts in the 400y IM and 1650y free. Ryosuke Imai won the 100y breast and the 800y free relay team of Rodrigo Castro, Jeff Lee, Tamas Kerekjarto and Keller set a Pac-10 Meet record in its win. For the women, diver Kellie Brennan brought home titles on both the 1- and 3-meter springboard while Michala Kwasny was USC's only swimming winner, finishing first in the 400y IM. Kwasny was also fourth in the 200y fly and sixth in the 200y IM. Other Trojan three-time finalists included Corrie Murphy (second in the 400y IM, sixth in the 500y free and seventh in the 1650y free), Melissa Deary (third in the 1650y free, sixth in the 200y free and seventh in the 500y free), Katie Meyer (fourth in both backstrokes and eighth in the 500 free) and divers Brennan and Nicci Fusaro.

MARK SCHUBERT - USC Coach Mark Schubert is in his 10th year at Troy. A year ago, he finished a stint as head coach of the U.S. men's swim team at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. It was his sixth consecutive USA Olympic coaching position. Since he has been at USC, the men's and women's swimming programs are a combined 114-28 (.803 winning percentage). In his 32 years of coaching, Schubert has placed 28 swimmers on U.S. Olympic teams, these athletes have won 18 gold and eight silver medals, plus five world championship titles.

HONGPING LI - An NCAA champion and two-time Olympian, Hongping Li is in his third season coaching USC's men's and women's divers. Li, the winner of the 1998 and 1999 United States Olympic Committee's 'Diving Developmental Coach of the Year,' award, came to USC after serving as the head coach of the Mission Viejo (Calif.) Nadadores Diving Team since 1993. Li has had immediate success in his first two years at USC. Most recently, he guided Kellie Brennan to a pair of All-American honors (and her third consecutive Pac-10 1-meter title) and Nicci Fusaro to her first All-American honor last year at the 2001 NCAAs. Both also reached the top three at the 2001 U.S. Indoor Championships.

SUMMER ACTION - USC swimmers and divers, as usual, had a busy and fruitful summer. At the 2001 World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, sophomore Klete Keller (third in the 200m free and 800m free relay), junior Erik Vendt (second in the 400m IM), freshman Kaitlin Sandeno (third in both the 200m fly and 800m free), all Americans, and Blythe Hartley (first in the 1-meter) of Canada won a combined six medals. Rodrigo Castro of Brazil and Ryosuke Imai of Japan also competed. At the 2001 World University Games in Beijing, China, American Jennifer Parmenter (firsts in the 400m and 800m free relays), Imai (second in the 100m breast) and American Mark Warkentin (second in the 800m free relay) won a combined four medals. Hungarian Tamas Kerekjarto just missed medalling with two fourths. Elsewhere in the world, Asa Sandlund won two Swedish National titles. Trent Staley and Hartley won a combined three Canadian titles and Castro won a Brazilian national title.

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