Weir Takes Silver in 100 Free at Pan Pacific Championships

Aug. 18, 2006

Swimmer Amanda Weir, who transferred to USC from Georgia this year, finished second for the United States in the women's 100-meter freestyle on the second day of competition at the 2006 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Victoria, British Columbia, on Friday.

Weir, who had come into the Pan Pacific Championships off an American-record performance in the event at the USA Swimming National Championships, was closing in the final half of Friday's race but came up .05 seconds short of American winner Natalie Coughlin. Weir had beaten Coughlin when setting the American record of 53.58 seconds earlier this month, but Coughlin was able to turn the tables on Weir on Friday. Coughlin won in 53.87 seconds with Weir clocking 53.92 seconds. It was more than a second back to third-place finisher Melanie Schlanger of Australia.

Other USC highlights from the second day of competition at Saanich Commonwealth Place included former Trojan Klete Keller's anchoring the United States' victorious men's 800-meter freestyle relay team and former Trojan Erik Vendt's winning the consolation finals of the men's 400-meter individual medley.

The team of Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Peter Vanderkaay and Keller set an American record with a time of 7:05.28.

Vendt had posted the third-fastest qualifying time in the event but could not compete in the finals because only two swimmers from each country are allowed to race in the finals, and the two qualifiers faster than Vendt were American. So Vendt, who silvered in the event at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics, made easy work of the consolation finals, winning by almost five seconds in a time of 4:16.72. That time would have placed the 2003 USC graduate third overall had he swum in the finals.

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