Vendt, Keller Lead USC Group To Short Course World Championships

April 2, 2002

Fresh off their triumphs at the 2002 NCAA Championships, USC junior Erik Vendt and sophomore Klete Keller will lead an international Trojan contingent at the 2002 Short Course World Championships Wednesday through Sunday (April 3-7) in Moscow, Russia.

Vendt won NCAA titles in the 400y IM and the 1650y freestyle while Keller won a title in the 500y free. Vendt, who was also second in the 500y free, was the high-point scorer of the meet and named National Swimmer of the Year. Keller also swam on USC's NCAA-title winning 800y free relay that broke the NCAA, U.S. Open and USC record.

Vendt holds short course USC records in the 400m free (3:42.81), 800m free (8:01.27), 1500m free (14:31.02, also the American record) and the 400m IM (4:09.35).

Vendt will swim the 400m IM and the 1500m free while Keller will swim the 200m free and 400m free.

Other current Trojans that will be competing in Russia are senior Rodrigo Castro of Brazil (100m and 200m free and relays) and senior Ahmad Al-Kudmani of Saudi Arabia (100m and 200m breast).

Former Trojan great Lindsay Benko will be in competition, competing for the U.S. women's team in the 100m free and 200m free and the 200m back. She may also swim on relays. Fellow former Trojan Mark Kwok will compete for Hong Kong in the 200m free and the 200m fly.

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