USC's Jeffrey Wins At JEI; DeJong, Peirsol Also Post Big Wins

July 15, 2005


Trojan sophomore and 2004 Olympic medal winner Rhi Jeffrey won the women's 100m freestyle while Club Wolverine's Chris DeJong dominated the men's 200m backstroke to highlight the second day of the 2005 Janet Evans Invitational at USC's McDonald's Swim Stadium on Friday (July 15).

Jeffrey, who won gold in Athens as part of the U.S. 4x200m free relay (she raced in the prelims of the event), won the 100m free in 56.84. She came from behind in the final 50 meters to defeat Courtney Cashion (Ford), who took second in 57.35. Florencia Szigeti (Sun Devil) was third in 57.46.

Club Wolverine's Chris DeJong, fourth in the 200m back at both the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials and the 2005 U.S. World Championships Trials, outclassed the field in the same distance on Friday, winning in 1:58.76 (the time is sixth fastest in the world this year according to's world rankings, updated through July 3). Stanford's Sun Hongzhe was second (2:02.67) while Omar Pinzon (unattached) was third (2:03.85). DeJong will swim the race at the 2005 World University Games next month in Turkey.

Great Britain's Simon Burnett (Ford) won the men's 100m free in 50.27, well ahead of second-place Chad Hankewich (Team Saskatchewan, 51.17) and William Copeland (CAL, 51.81).

Dana Kirk (Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics), a 2004 Olympic semifinalist in the 200m fly, breezed through the event here, gliding to 2:11.96. UCLA's Kim Vandenberg, who will also compete at the 2005 WUGs, was second in 2:13.58 while Club Wolverine's Katie Carroll was third (2:15.15).

In a battle of international Olympians, former Trojan and Hungary native Tamas Kerekjarto reeled in Mexican Juan Veloz in the men's 200m fly, winning 2:00.72 to 2:00.79. Veloz, a semifinalist in Athens last summer in the race, held a slight lead (0.15) with 50 meters to go, but Kerekjarto, a 2004 Summer Olympic semifinalist in the 200m IM, passed him in the final 20 meters for the win.

Irvine Novaquatics' Amy Terakawa won the women's 200m back in 2:12.70 out of Lane 3 while Helen Silver of Cal Aquatics was second (2:13.91) and Joanna Fargus (Trojan) was third (2:14.08).

Hayley Peirsol (Irvine Novaquatics) became the first two-time winner of the meet, following her 800m freestyle win on Thursday with a win in the 400m free, bettering Trojan Kalyn Keller for the second evening in a row. Peirsol won in 4:13.53 to Keller's 4:16.18 while Blake Hayter (North Coast Aquatics) was third (4:17.27).

Tyler DeBerry (Ford Aquatics) won the men's 400m free in 3:57.81, defeating Thursday's 800m free winner Ryan Cochrane (Team British Columbia), who touched just behind in 3:58.53.

The meet continues Saturday and Sunday (July 16-17). Prelims begin each day at 9 a.m. while finals start at 5 p.m.

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