Trojans Trail Texas After First Day Of Meet

Oct. 24, 2003

Sophomore Ous Mellouli and freshman Larsen Jensen both posted swimming wins and freshman Michael Hilde won in diving, but USC still trailed a strong Texas team, 102-65, after the first day of a two-day meet begun on Friday (Oct. 24) at McDonald's Swim Stadium.

Mellouli won the first individual event of the day, taking the 400m IM in 4:22.22, followed by USC senior co-captain Trent Staley (4:25.95) and Texas junior John Nabors (4:27.32).

Jensen, an American record holder, won his first USC event of his career by taking the final individual race of the day, the 400m free, in 3:51.72, barely out-touching teammate Mellouli, who was second in 3:51.73.

The Longhorn men, who feature three world record holders on the squad, swept the 100m free, led by senior Dony Diers' first-place mark of 50.99.

One of the world record holders, sophomore Aaron Peirsol, won his specialty, the 200m back, in a breezy 1:58.39. Staley was third in 1:59.87.

Another world record holder, Brendan Hansen, won the 200m breast in 2:14.17 and was followed by teammate Christian Schurr (2:17.68). Mellouli was third in 2:21.47.

Senior Ian Crocker, Texas' third world record holder, won the 100m fly in an easy 53.75, leading another Texas sweep in the event.

Hilde joined junior Ray Vincent to go 1-2 on the 3-meter springboard. Hilde won with 554.30 while Vincent had 526.85. Texas' Jonathan Linette was third with 524.15.

The meet finishes on Saturday (Oct. 25) at 11 a.m. at USC.

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