Men Sweep Arizona, ASU; Women Tie ASU

Nov. 20, 2004

LOS ANGELES - USC's No. 2 men's swimming and diving completed victories against No. 6 Arizona and No. 19 Arizona State while the Trojan women finished with a rare tie against the No. 19 Sun Devils at the USC McDonald's Swim Stadium on Saturday (Nov. 20).

The Trojan men, who trailed the Wildcats after Friday's first half of the two-day meet, rallied to win, 182-170, and rolled past the Sun Devils, 262-91, to improve to 3-0 in dual-meet action.

The USC and ASU women's teams tied at 150-150, prompting USC Coach Mark Schubert, a longtime collegiate veteran, to say, 'It's the first time I've seen it in college.'

It would have been a USC loss if not for Trojan freshman Rhi Jeffrey, who erased almost a two-second deficit on the final 50 yards of the women's 400y free relay to give the Trojans a victory in the race and the necessary points to catch the Sun Devils.

USC junior diver Blythe Hartley swept the springboard events for the second consecutive day and was complemented by wins by senior Joanna Fargus (200y free, 1:50.04), sophomore Cait Connealy (200y fly, 2:02.46), Jeffrey (50y free, 23.51), freshman Renee Viveros (200y back, 2:05.27), sophomore Kristina Sieper (200y breast, 2:18.13) and freshman Whitney Hentzen (500y free, 4:54.49).

Larsen Jensen kicked off the individual men's events with a win in the 1650y free (15:25.01) and was followed by first-place swims by sophomore Viktor Bodrogi (100y back, 48.61, and 200y fly, 1:47.00), sophomore Mihaly Flaskay (100y breast, 54.21) and junior Ous Mellouli (200y IM, 1:49.27).

USC is next in action at the Texas Invitational in Austin, Texas, Dec. 2-4.