Keller Wins 500y Free At Texas Invitational

Dec. 1, 2005

Texas Invitational

Junior Kalyn Keller won the 500y free while men's swimmers Ous Mellouli and Sam Masson each broke USC records on the first day of the 2005 Texas Invitational at the Joe Jamail Swim Center in Austin, Texas, on Thursday (Dec. 1).

Kalyn Keller won the women's 500y free in 4:43.97, an NCAA automatic qualifying time. She beat the next closest finisher by more than four seconds.

Sophomore Rhi Jeffrey posted another NCAA automatic qualifying time, taking fourth in the 50y free in 22.86.

Sophomore Emily Goetsch (fifth, 54.17) and freshman Kristen Lahey (ninth, 54.91) both posted NCAA consideration times in the 100y fly. Lahey's 23.56 in the 50y free was also an NCAA `B' cut.

Freshmen Rebecca Soni (10th, 2:01.83) and Katy Houston (11th, 2:02.91) and senior Stacy Vazhenin (14th, 2:03.93) each posted NCAA consideration times in the 200y IM.

Mellouli won the 500y free in 4:12.18, breaking former Trojan and U.S. Olympian Klete Keller's 2002 NCAA-title-winning time of 4:12.83. Mellouli edged Michigan's Peter Vanderkaay (a U.S. national team teammate of Keller's), who touched in 4:12.35.

Masson finished second in the 100y fly in 46.60, going under former USC All-American Jeff Lee's 2001 time of 46.70, also set during an NCAA Championships. Masson finished only behind Olympic gold medallist Ian Crocker, one of the world's fastest ever in the specialty.

Sophomore Viktor Bodrogi posted two NCAA `B' cuts, taking fifth in the 100y fly (47.96) and fourth in the 200y IM (1:48.69). Junior Sean Sussex also posted an NCAA `B' Cut, 10th in the 50y free (20.15), as did Will Antisdale in the 500y free (4:26.19).The meet continues Friday and Saturday. Prelims begin at 8 a.m. and finals begin at 4 p.m. (PST) both days.

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