Bodrogi Breaks 20-Year-Old Pac-10 Record In 200y Fly

March 4, 2006

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USC junior Viktor Bodrogi won the 200-yard butterfly for his first Pac-10 title, breaking the conference record as he led a quartet of Trojan finalists in the event that included second-place junior teammate Sam Masson to lead USC's efforts on the final day of the 2006 Men's Pac-10 Swimming Championships on Saturday (March 4) at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

Stanford won the team title with 880 points and was followed by Cal (796), USC (530), Arizona (519), ASU (352) and Washington (188).

Bodrogi won the crown in 1:42.35, breaking Stanford legend Pablos Morales' 1987 Pac-10 record of 1:42.60. His time also topped USC's school record of 1:42.94, set by Jeff Lee in 2002.

The Hungarian's effort paved the way in a final dominated by Trojans as Masson took second (1:45.10), senior Mike Kauffman finished sixth (1:46.90) and sophomore Brandon Lovell finished eighth (1:48.51) in his first Pac-10 finals appearance. Bodrogi was second in the race last year.

A pair of Trojans also reached the final of the 200y breast as junior Mihaly Flaskay finished third (1:57.53, season best) and junior Joon Youm took eighth (2:00.39).

Senior Ous Mellouli, coming off a pair of titles in the 500y free and 400y IM, was USC's highest finisher in the 1650y free, taking fifth (15:09.94). Junior Larsen Jensen, second in the race last year, was ninth (15:17.53).

Senior Tyler Panos posted a season-best and NCAA consideration time en route to winning the consolation final of the 200y back in 1:46.90. It was his first time swimming the race at Pac-10s. Freshman Vanni Mangoni's consolation swim of 1:48.67 was also an NCAA 'B' cut.

USC's 400y free relay of Sean Sussex, Masson, sophomore Bryce Elser and Mellouli finished fourth in 2:58.94. Cal won in 2:51.27.

The men's team is next in action at the NCAA Championships, held March 23-25, in Atlanta.

FOX Sports West 2 will broadcast a one-hour recap of the meet at 3 p.m. PST on March 11. It will air again on FOX Sports West on March 12 at 12 p.m. Refer to your local cable or satellite TV guide for further information.

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