Brunelli, Headed To World Championships, Wins 50 Free At JEI; Trojan Swim Club Wins 800 Free Relay

July 16, 2005


Nick Brunelli, headed to the 2005 World Championships later this month in Montreal, won his specialty, the 50m freestyle, to highlight the third day of the 2005 Janet Evans Invitational at USC's McDonald's Swim Stadium on Saturday (July 15).

Brunelli, who will represent the U.S. in Canada a year after he just missed qualifying for the 2004 Olympics, is ranked third in the world this year in the 50m free. Third at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials, Brunelli, who swims for Sun Devil Aquatics, won tonight in 22.64, topping Simon Burnett (Ford, 23.15) and Evan Lane (CAL, 23.62).

Hayley Peirsol (Irvine Novaquatics) became the first three-time winner of the meet, following wins in the 400m and 800m freestyles with a victory in the 400m IM on Saturday. Peirsol and Club Wolverine's Katie Carroll swam practically stroke for stroke for most of the race with Peirsol out-touching her at the wall, 4:48.50 to 4:48.67.

The 50 meters was the second race of the night for the British Burnett, who earlier in the night won the 200m free after winning the 100m free on Friday. Burnett won Saturday in 1:49.70, defeating second-place Chris DeJong of Club Wolverine (1:50.80) and third-place Brian Johns (UBCD, 1:51.09).

Courtney Cashion of Ford Aquatics, who opened the evening's events by singing the National Anthem, later won the women's 50m free in 25.90, ahead of Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics' Brooke Bishop (26.11) and USC's Rhi Jeffrey (26.28).

The women's 200m free featured four swimmers touching within 0.40 seconds of each other, but first and second came down to a battle of Cal Aquatics swimmers as Lauren Medina out-reached Ashley Chandler, 2:01.96 to 2:02.10. Maya Beaudry (UBC Dolphins) was third in 2:02.16 while Club Wolverine's Katie Carroll was fourth (2:02.36).

Yi Ting Siow (BSS) won the women's 200m breaststroke in 2:31.72. Fifteen-year-old Stephanie Gabert (Aquazots) was second (2:32.72) and Staciana Winfield (formerly Stitts) with Irvine Novaquatics took third (2:32.76).

Canyon Aquatics' John Criste, 16, won the men's 200m breaststroke in 2:20.08, more than a body length ahead of second-place Mikey Larmoyeux of Bolles (2:21.71) and third-place Paul Zaich of Aquazots (2:21.87).

Former Trojan All-American and Hungary native Tamas Kerekjarto won his second race of the meet, complementing his win in the men's 200m fly on Friday with a first place in the men's 400m IM. Kerekjarto, a 2004 Olympian, won in 4:26.20, tracking down second-place Chuck Sayao (TOR, 4:27.09).

Trojan Swim Club members Kalyn Keller, Cait Connealy, Emily Goetsch and Jeffrey, all current USC swimmers, won the women's 800m free in 8:22.47.

The meet concludes Sunday (July 17) with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

Full results can be found at

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