Swimmers, Divers Host CS Bakersfield, Pacific

Jan. 12, 2006

The No. 9 USC men's swimming and diving team (3-2) and the No. 11 women's team (2-2) compete for the second straight Saturday (Jan. 14) when they host the Cal State Bakersfield men's and women's teams and the Pacific men's team. Competition begins at 1 p.m. at USC's McDonald's Swim Stadium.

WOMEN'S TOP TIMES (From CollegeSwimming.com) - Freshman Rebecca Soni's 2:08.54 is the top 200y breast time in the nation, an NCAA automatic qualifying time and a school record. Her time in the 100y breast (1:00.35) is currently second fastest in the country and is also an NCAA automatic and school record. Her time of 4:17.14 in the 400y IM is eighth and her time of 2:01.83 in the 200y IM is 17th ... Sophomore Rhi Jeffrey's 22.63 (NCAA `A' cut) in the 50y free is seventh fastest in the nation and her 1:47.40 (NCAA `B' cut) is 10th fastest ... Junior Kalyn Keller's 16:15.05 (NCAA `A' cut) in the 1650y free is third fastest in the country and her 4:43.97 (NCAA `A' cut) in the 500y free is sixth fastest ... Freshman Kristen Lahey's 54.78 in the 100y back is 13th fastest ... Freshman Melissa McIntyre's 1:01.50 (NCAA `A' cut) in the 100y breast is seventh fastest and her 2:15.44 (NCAA `B' cut) in the 200y breast is 19th ... Freshman Katy Houston's 2:15.10 in the 200y breast is 16th fastest ... Sophomore Emily Goetsch's 54.17 (NCAA `B' cut) is 11th fastest and her 1:59.80 in the 200y fly is 13th fastest.

MEN'S TOP TIMES (From CollegeSwimming.com) - Senior Ous Mellouli's 4:12.18 in the 500y free is a school record, is the fastest time in the country this year and is an NCAA automatic qualifying time. He also holds the top time in the 400y IM in 3:43.66 (NCAA `A' cut) and his 14:50.07 (NCAA `A' cut) is second fastest in the nation. He is also 16th in the 200y IM (1:48.91) ... Sophomore Viktor Bodrogi is third in the country in the 200y fly (1:44.78) and seventh in the 100y back in 47.78 (NCAA `B' cut). His 1:44.96 (NCAA `B' cut) in the 200y back is ninth, his 47.96 (NCAA `B' cut) in the 100y fly is 12th and his 1:48.69 (NCAA `B' cut) in the 200y IM is 14th ... Junior Sam Masson's 46.60 in the 100y fly is a school record, the top time in the country and an NCAA `A' cut. His 1:46.18 (NCAA `B' cut) in the 200y fly is fifth in the country and his 48.71 (NCAA `B' cut) in the 200y back is 20th ... Junior Mihaly Flaskay's 53.73 (NCAA `B' cut) in the 100y breast is fourth fastest in the country, as is his 1:58.23 in the 200y breast (NCAA `B' cut) ... Junior Joon Youm's 1:58.59 (NCAA `B' cut) in the 200y breast is seventh fastest ... Junior Sean Sussex's 20.15 (NCAA `B' cut) is tied for 15th fastest and freshman Vanni Mangoni's 3:53.23 (NCAA `B' cut) in the 400y IM is 15th ... Sophomore Brandon Lovell's 1:47.74 (NCAA `B' cut) in the 200y fly is 16th and junior Mike Kauffman's 1:48.01 (NCAA `B' cut) in the 200y fly is 21st.

2005-2006 SO FAR - USC opened the 2005-2006 season at the Pacific Invite in Stockton, Calif., where women's winners included Cait Connealy and freshmen Kristin Lahey and Rebecca Soni. Ous Mellouli won four times for the men's squad ... At the 2005 Trojan Diving Invitational (Nov. 11-12), Blythe Hartley won the 1-meter competition while junior Kenny Jenkins led the men's team with a win on platform ... Also that weekend, USC's men's team hosted No. 6 Texas and was edged, 157-143. Ous Mellouli won three races (500y and 1000y free and 400y IM) while junior Sam Masson (100y and 200y fly) won twice in the loss ... USC opened Pac-10 competition at Arizona and Arizona State on Nov. 18 and 19, falling in Tucson to the Wildcats, but sweeping the Sun Devils in Tempe the following day. Senior Ous Mellouli for the men and freshman Rebecca Soni for the women each won three events apiece at ASU. Soni posted USC's first NCAA automatic qualifying time of the season, crushing the field in the 200y breast (2:10.95) ... On Dec. 1-3, USC competed at the Texas Invitational, Soni stole the show, winning both breaststroke events in school record times (100y breast, 1:00.35; 200y breast, 2:08.54). Mellouli set a school record in the 500y free (4:12.18) and won the 400y IM while Masson set a school record in the 100y fly (46.60) ... On Jan. 7, USC hosted the UC Santa Barbara men's and women's teams as well as the Texas A&M men and the Texas women. The Trojans swept the Gauchos and the men's team also beat the Aggies, while the women fell to the Longhorns. Junior Larsen Jensen made his 2006 debut after recovering from knee surgery and won the 500y and 1000y freestyles in his first showing. Bodrogi won both back events for the men as well. For the women, Soni swept the breaststroke events and senior Blythe Hartley did the same on the springboard events.

MEN'S RETURNING ALL-AMERICANS - The Trojan men are looking to improve upon their ninth-place finish at the 2005 NCAA Championships and are led by six returning All-Americans. Ous Mellouli was a four-time All-American as a 2005 junior, reaching the finals of the 500y and 1650y free in addition to his title in the 400y IM and his spot anchoring the 400y medley relay. Larsen Jensen was a two-time All-American, winning the 1650y free and making the final of the 500y free. Junior Mihaly Flaskay was a three-time All-American, finishing second in the 100y breast (finishing out of first by 0.24) while swimming on USC's championship final 200y and 400y medley relays. Juniors Sam Masson (fly) and Viktor Bodrogi (back) also swam on USC's NCAA medley relays to each earn a pair of All-American honors while junior Sean Sussex earned his All-American nod as the anchor of the 200y medley relay. The only All-American not returning is graduated diver Ray Vincent, who reached the platform final three consecutive seasons.

WOMEN'S RETURNING ALL-AMERICANS - Like the men's team, the USC women are ready and poised to improve upon their 10th-place 2005 NCAA finish and feature four returning All-Americans. Senior Blythe Hartley won her third career NCAA title in 2005, winning the 3-meter springboard. She also won the 1-meter and platform titles in 2002. She has never finished lower than fifth in any NCAA Championship diving competition. Also in 2005, Hartley won her second career World Championships title, winning on 1-meter. She has six career Pac-10 crowns. Junior Kalyn Keller, a 2004 Olympian, was an All-American in 2005 after winning an NCAA title in the 1500m free in 2004. Junior Cait Connealy and sophomore Emily Goetsch are also returning All-Americans (both earned the honor as part of the 800y free relay). USC is without two 2005 All-Americans who finished their eligibility, Joanna Fargus (a current undergrad coach) and Marisa Kozak.

USC AT THE 2005 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - Larsen Jensen won a pair of silver medals at the 2005 World Championships in the 800m (re-setting his own American record) and 1500m free while Ous Mellouli won two bronze medals in the 400m IM and 400m free. Blythe Hartley won her second career title on 1-meter.

TROJANS SCHEDULED TO COMPETE AT THE 2006 SHORT COURSE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - Jensen, freshman Rebecca Soni and former Trojan and current volunteer coach Kaitlin Sandeno have been selected to represent the United States at the 2006 FINA Short Course World Championships (25m), April 5-9, in Shanghai, China. In addition, USC Coach Mark Schubert will serve as an assistant coach on the women's team.

USC IN ANY LANGUAGE - The Trojan swimming and diving teams have featured diverse rosters for years and this season is no different. The men's squad includes swimmers from Tunisia (Mellouli), Hungary (Viktor Bodrogi, Mihaly Flaskay and Gergely Meszaros), Italy (Vanni Mangoni), Guatemala (Evan Marcus) and South Korea (Joon Youm). Blythe Hartley on the women's team is from Canada while Head Diving Coach Hongping Li is Chinese and sophomore Renee Viveros has competed for the Mexican national team.

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