Peirsol Cruises In 1500m Free For Fourth Title At JEI; Trojan Swim Club Wins Second Relay

July 17, 2005


Hayley Peirsol of Irvine Novaquatics won her fourth event, breaking meet and pool records in the 1500m freestyle in the process, to highlight the final day of the 2005 Janet Evans Invitational at USC's McDonald's Swim Stadium on Sunday (July 17).

Peirsol, set to compete for the U.S. at the 2005 World University Games next month in Turkey, entered the last evening of racing with wins already in the 400m and 800m freestyles and the 400m IM. She added to her stash with a dominating performance in the mile, finishing in 16:13.64.

The time broke a 16-year old McDonald's Stadium pool record of 16:14.12 set by Julie Kole (July 31, 1989) and a JEI meet record set by USC's Kalyn Keller in 2004 (16:19.34). The time, according to FINA's rankings, is the second fastest in the world this year.

Keller was second to Peirsol for the third time of the meet, finishing in 16:48.19 while Stephanie Carr (Bolles School) was third (16:57.85).

Former Trojan All-American and Hungary native Tamas Kerekjarto, winner of the 200m fly and 400m IM earlier in the meet, pulled off the trifecta with a win in his specialty, the 200m IM. A 2004 Olympic semifinalist in the race and swimming his second race of the night, Kerekjarto won in 2:03.46, edging Brian Johns (UBC Dolphins), who was second in 2:03.81, and Stanford's Hongzhe Sun, third in 2:04.77. Kerekjarto was the only man to win three events at the meet.

Dana Kirk, a 2004 U.S. Olympian racing for Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics, won her second event of the meet, taking the 100m fly in 1:00.64, almost a full second ahead of club teammate Brooke Bishop (1:01.60). USC sophomore Emily Goetsch was third (1:01.87).

Club Wolverine's Ben Michaelson won the men's 100m fly in 54.70, leading wire-to-wire over second-place Kerekjarto, who touched in 55.08. Team Saskatchewan's Chad Hankewich was third (55.84).

Aya Terakawa of Irvine Novaquatics complemented her win in the 200m backstroke with a victory in the 100m back, winning easily in 1:01.91. Bishop, about 20 minutes after swimming the 100m fly, raced again and was good enough for another second, this time in 1:03.20. Helen Silver (Cal Aquatics) was third (1:02.98).

Stanford's Peter Marshall, third at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 100m back, won the event Sunday in 55.39, holding off Club Wolverine's Chris DeJong (55.67) and club teammate Hongzhe Sun (55.83).

Staciana Winfield (formerly Stitts), a 2000 Olympic medal winner swimming for Irvine Novaquatics, won the 100m breaststroke in 1:09.89, coasting to a lopsided win. Bristish Columbia Dolphin teammates Haylee Johnson (1:12.11) and Annamay Pierse (1:12.99) were second and third, respectively.

Ivan Barnes (City of Plano Swimmers) won the 100m breaststroke in 1:03.94, defeating UBC Dolphins' Chad Thiessen (1:05.73) and Canyon Aquatics' John Criste (1:05.95), who won the 200m breast earlier in the meet.

Yi Ting Siow (Bolles School), winner of the women's 200m breaststroke on Saturday, won the 200m IM in 2:17.99. Club Wolverine's Katie Carroll was second (2:18.47) while Courtney Kilkuts, swimming unattached, was third (2:18.81).

Ryan Cochrane, 16 from Team British Columbia, won the 1500m free in 15:47.59 after opening the meet with a win in the 800 meters. Chris George (Bolles School) was second in 15:50.90 while Mexico's Ivan Lopez was third (15:55.82).

Trojan Swim Club women's squad won its second relay was former Trojan Joanna Fargus joined current USC swimmers Kristina Sieper, Emily Goetsch and Rhi Jeffrey to win in 4:16.44.

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