Trojans Strong At Texas Invite

Dec. 3, 2004


Sophomore Larsen Jensen (4:15.43) and junior Ous Mellouli (4:15.43) stretched their distance muscles in precise time, tying for second in the 500y free in NCAA automatic qualifying swims, barely out of first, to highlight USC's efforts on the first day of the Texas Invitational in Austin, Texas, on Thursday (Dec. 2).

Jesen and Mellouli, both 2004 Olympians, both were just off of another Olympian, Peter Vanderkaay, who won in 4:15.32. Mellouli actually led for much of the race, but Vanderkaay inched ahead for the win just as Jensen caught up to his teammate.

USC's Kalyn Keller was third in the women's 500y free (4:47.34) while freshman teammate Whitney Hentzen was sixth (4:50.37).

USC teammates Sam Masson (48.21) and Gergely Meszaros were sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 100y fly (both NCAA consideration times).

USC sprinter Sean Sussex turned in an excellent swim in the 50y free, taking third in 20.15, an NCAA consideration time, while first-year Australian transfer Richard Gosper was eighth (20.63, 20.39 in prelims).

Other USC finalists included senior Paul Fahey in the 200y IM (1:50.56, eighth), freshman Rhi Jeffrey in the 50y free (23.12) and junior Marisa Kozak in the 100y fly (54.96, seventh).

In the team scoring, USC is third on the men's side, fifth for the women.

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