USC's Ous Mellouli and Stanford's Hongzhe Sun Named Pac-10 Men's Co-Swimmers of the Month
Dec. 16, 2005
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - USC'S Ous Mellouli and STANFORD's Hongzhe Sun have been named Pac-10 Men's Co-Swimmers of the Month for November, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Mellouli, a senior from Tunis, Tunisia, posted three wins for the Trojans in each of their November meets. In USC's dual-meet season opener versus No. 6 Texas, Mellouli posted wins in the 1,000-yard freestyle (9:01.83), the 500-yard freestyle (4:23.00), and the 400-yard individual medley (3:57.11). In a non-scoring distance meet against Texas, Mellouli won individual medley races at 100 (51.52), 300 (2:53.67) and 600 (6:00.83) yards. At No. 5 Arizona, the 2004 Olympic finalist won the 1,000-yard free (9:06.16), the 500-yard free (4:30.22), and the 200-yard IM with an NCAA consideration time of 1:48.91. The following day at Arizona State, Mellouli won the 200-yard (1:39.07) and the 500-yard free (4:28.92), in additon to his NCAA consdideration performance in the 400-yard IM (3:50.31), to help the Trojans capture their first victory of the season.
Sun, a junior from Ewa Beach, Hawaii, was dubbed the Most Oustanding Athlete of the Meet at the UC Irvine Speedo Cup, after shattering a meet record and setting a new lifetime best in the 200-yard IM (1:46.08). His time was also the best in the country for the season. Later in the meet, Sun recorded the second-best time in the nation in the 100-yard backstroke, winning the race in 47.29. He then set another meet record in the 200-yard backstroke with an NCAA 'A' time of 1:42.82. Earlier in the month, Sun won the 100-yard (48:35) and 200-yard backstrokes (1:45.19) at the Stanford/California Triple Distance Meet.
This is the first monthly honor for Mellouli and Sun, respectively, as well as USC and Stanford's first Swimmer of the Month honor all-time.
2005-06 PAC-10 MEN'S SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Oct. - Jonas Tilly, Jr., CAL.; Nov. - Ous Mellouli, Sr., USC and Hongzhe Sun, Jr., STAN.