Mellouli, Jensen Post All-American Performances At NCAAs

March 24, 2005


Led by All-American individual performances by junior Ous Mellouli and Larsen Jensen as well as an All-Ameridan relay, USC opened strong on the first day of the 2005 NCAA men's swimming and diving championships at the University of Minnesota on Thursday (March 24).

Mellouli, third in the 500y free as a freshman in 2003, took sixth on Thursday in 4:16.86. Jensen earned his first NCAA All-American honor, finishing eighth (4:19.31). Mellouli's and Jensen's final appearances marked the fourth time in the last five years USC featured two swimmers in the distance freestyle event final.

Later in the evening, the relay unit of sophomores Viktor Bodrogi, Mihaly Flaskay, Sam Masson and Mellouli finished eighth in 3:11.69 as USC returned to the championship final of the event after not making any relay finals in 2004.

Sophomore sprinter Sean Sussex didn't earn a second swim in the 50y free, but he did become the fourth fastest Trojan ever in the event, touching in 19.87 (good for 25th overall in a very fast NCAA field). It was the fastest mark at Troy since 2001 and made him only the seventh Trojan ever to go under 20.00.

Senior Paul Fahey was 23rd in the 200y IM (1:47.99) while Bodrogi was 44th in the race (1:50.46). Senior Ray Vincent was 19th on 1-meter springboard (284.85) while sophomore Michael Hilde was 23rd (273.45).

USC's 200y free relay took 14th as Sussex, Flaskay, Masson and Bodrogi swam a 1:20.54.

The meet continues Friday and Saturday with prelims at 12 p.m. and finals at 7 p.m. (CST).

Full results can be found at the NCAA Championships host site.

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