Jensen Swims Blistering Race in 1650y Free Win

Dec. 4, 2004

USC sophomore Larsen Jensen, the fastest American distance swimmer ever and a silver medallist in the 1500m free at the 2004 Olympics, showed he's still in fine shape with a blistering race and victory in the 1650y free on the final day of the Texas Invitational in Austin, Texas, on Saturday (Dec. 4).

Jensen won the mile in 14:44.89, an NCAA automatic qualifying time. Fellow 2004 American Olympian and distance specialist Peter Vanderkaay remained about two to three seconds behind Jensen the entire race but was never able to make a substantial move. Jensen's junior teammate Ous Mellouli was third (15:08.03). Jensen's time so early in the season signals he may challenge Erik Vendt's school record in the mile of 14:29.85.

Jensen's swim was one of many fine Trojan efforts which included senior Joanna Fargus' second-place finish in the 200y back (1:55.74) and freshman Rhi Jeffrey's third-place race in the 100y free (49.23). Both times are NCAA automatics.

Freshman Whitney Hentzen was strong in the women's mile, finishing fourth in 16:33.56 for an NCAA consideration time.

Three women reached the final of the 200y fly as Marisa Kozak took third (1:58.32), freshman Emily Goetsch touched fourth (1:59.37) and sophomore Kalyn Keller finished seventh (2:01.82). Kozak's and Goetsch's times were NCAA consideration marks.

Sophomore Sean Sussex was sixth in the 100y free (44.21), senior Paul Fahey was sixth in the men's 200y breast (1:58.80), Sam Masson was fourth in the men's 200y fly (1:46.91) while sophomore Kristina Sieper was seventh in the women's 200y breast (2:16.98). Again, all four times were NCAA consideration marks.

USC finished third in the men's team scoring, fifth among the women.

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