Janet Evans Invitational Day Four Finals

July 21, 2002

Trojan Club teammates Erik Vendt and Lenny Krayzelburg won the 1500m freestyle and the 100m backstroke, respectively, both in convincing fashion, to highlight the final day of the ninth annual Janet Evans Invitational on Sunday (July 21) at the USC McDonald's Swim Stadium in the meet hosted by USC and presented by Speedo.

Vendt broke his third meet record of the weekend when he dominated the competition with a meet record 15:06.70. Krayzelburg, meanwhile, continued to show his return to elite competition is right on schedule when he won the 100m back in 55.00.

Vendt defeated the American record holder in the 1500m free, Chris Thompson, who was second in 15:15.90. Vendt and Thompson are the only two Americans ever to go under 15 minutes in the 1500m free. Krayzelburg, second to his chief rival Aaron Peirsol in the 200m back on Friday, beat him on Sunday as Peirsol went 55.18. Randall Bal (Stanford), who led after the first 50 meters, dropped back to third (55.98).

Both Vendt and Krayzelburg were more than pleased with their in-season progress.

'I was really surprised,' Vendt said. 'I'm not rested or anything. But I think I can make huge improvements on these times at Nationals (in August). I'm right where I should be.'

As for Krayzelburg, he said his win in the 100m back reaffirmed the confidence he got from his 200m back swim on Friday.

'This is a good time going into Nationals,' he said. 'On Friday, I wasn't sure where I stood. Now, I feel like this sets me up for the next two years. I'm getting that feeling of excitement again that I had before the Olympics.'

Natalie Coughlin, the American record holder in the women's 100m back (1:00.18), came close to her U.S. mark by winning the event here in a meet record of 1:00.52. Hannah McLean (New Zealand) was second in 1:02.69 while Haley Cope (Cal) was third (1:02.85).

Hayley Peirsol, who opened the meet by winning the 800m free on Thursday, won the 1500m in a meet record and personal best 16:27.78. North Baltimore teammates Meghan Sackett and Claire Hutchinson finished second (16:40.10) and third (16:54.10), respectively.

Mary Descenza (Academy), who took first in the 200m butterfly on Friday, won a tightly contested 100m fly on Sunday by finishing in 1:00.48, barely ahead of second-place Bethany Goodwin (Irvine Novaquatics, 1:00.50). Miranda Shald was third (Sun Devils, 1:02.59).

Michael Phelps (North Baltimore) not only won his second butterfly event of the meet by taking the 100m fly in 53.44, but also won the 200m IM in 2:20.60. USC All-American Jeff Lee was second in the 100m fly 55.06 while Nick Sheeran of New Zealand was third (55.31). Dan Trupin (Champaign) was second in the 200m IM (2:04.25) while Dean Kent of New Zealand was third (2:04.97).

Former Trojan All-American and Japanese native Ryosuke Imai won the 100m breast in 1:03.15, less than a second ahead of second-place David Denniston (Irvine Novas), who went 1:03.91. Kevin Zakrzewski (Wisconsin) was third in 1:04.87.

Tara Kirk (Metwest) won the women's 100m breast in 1:08.51. Staciana Stitts (Cal) was second (1:09.86) and Amanda Beard (Ford) was third (1:10.11).

Maggie Bowen (Auburn) squeaked out a win in the 200m IM in 2:15.33, edging Gabrielle Rose (Irvine Novaquatics), who was second in 2:15.43. Beard, shortly after completing the 100m breast, took her second third of the night in 2:19.03.

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