Mellouli 2nd, Jensen 4th In NCAA Championships 500y Free

March 23, 2006


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Senior Ous Mellouli finished second and junior Larsen Jensen was fourth in the 500-yard freestyle and Troy's 400-yard medley relay broke a school record to highlight No. 9 USC men's swimming and diving team's efforts on the first day of the 2006 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday (March 23) at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta.

USC is in seventh with 63 points. Auburn led after the first day with 178.5 points and was followed by Arizona (136.5), Stanford (132), Florida (97), Texas (82), California (72) and USC.

Mellouli posted his best career finish in the NCAA 500y free, taking second in 4:12.92. Michigan's Peter Vanderkaay won the event in an American record of 4:08.60.

Jensen also posted his NCAA best as well as a personal best in his fourth-place swim, touching in 4:13.90.

Troy's 400y medley relay quartet of juniors Viktor Bodrogi, Mihaly Flaskay, Sam Masson and Melliouli broke the school record set earlier this season against California, taking sixth in 3:09.60. It was the eighth time in the last 10 years USC reached the final in the event.

Junior Michael Hilde scored individually in the 1-meter springboard for the second time in his NCAA career, taking 14th with 289.85 points. He was 13th as a freshman. Teammate Kenny Jenkins, making his NCAA Championships debut, was 28th (266.95).

The meet continues Friday and Saturday (March 24-25) with prelims starting at noon and finals at 7 p.m. (EST).

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