Men's Swimming, Diving Falls To Cal

Feb. 8, 2002

Despite a pair of wins by senior Tamas Kerekjarto and wins by Erik Vendt, Jeff Lee, Klete Keller and Rodrigo Castro, the No. 8 USC men's swimming and diving team fell to No. 4 California, 167-131, on Friday (Feb. 8) at USC's McDonald's Swim Stadium.

USC fell to 4-4 while Cal improved to 6-1.

Kerekjarto won the 200y fly in 1:46.63 and took the 200y IM in 1:48.91. Vendt won the 1000y free (9:22.20), Castro was first in the 200y free (1:37.15) and Keller finished first in the 500y free (4:32.59). Lee won the 100y fly in 48.76.

The Trojans actually placed 1-2-3 in the 200y fly with Mike Gausman (1:48.30) and Erik Tolmachoff (1:49.85) finishing behind Kerekjarto.

Mark Warkentin placed second behind Keller in the 500y free (4:34.01) while Keller was second in the 200y free (1:38.63) behind Castro. Vendt was also second in the 200y back, posting an NCAA B cut in 1:46.39.

Cal winners included Mattias Ohlin (100y back, 49.13), Daniel Kim (100y breast, 55.53), Duje Draganja (50y free, 20.25), Anthony Ervin (100y free, 44.10), Alex Lim (200y back, 1:45.72) and Peter Aronsson (200y breast, 2:01.51). The Bears also won both relays.

USC was virtually swept in the diving competition because of injuries, which helped provide Cal with its margin of victory.

USC faces top-ranked Stanford on Saturday at 1 p.m. at McDonald's Swim Stadium.

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