No. 6 Trojans Travel To No. 4 Cal, No. 2 Stanford

Jan. 25, 2007

Three of the top 6 men's swimming and diving programs in the country will be in action this weekend when No. 6 USC takes on No. 4 California on Friday (Jan. 26) in Berkeley and No. 2 Stanford on Saturday (Jan. 27) in Palo Alto. Both meets being at 1 p.m.

The Trojans are 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the Pac-10. The Bears are 1-1 in the Pac-10 and Stanford is 2-0.

Cal, which returned 10 All-Americans from last season, features a strong freestyle corps along all distances. They are led junior William Copeland, Jernej Godec and Dominik Meichtry ... Stanford, the Pac-10 team champs for the past 25 years, are led by senior Shaun Phillips, who has NCAA automatic qualifying times in the 200y, 500y and 1650y free, and senior Hongzhe Sun, who has NCAA automatics in the 200y fly, 200y IM and 100y and 200y back ... Last year, host USC upset Stanford at McDonald's Swim Stadium, 123-120, its first win over the Cardinal since 1997. USC lost to Cal last year, 134-109. The Trojans haven't defeated the Bears since a 125-118 win in 1999.

Only senior Larsen Jensen has clocked an NCAA automatic time, a 4:17.59 in the 500y free, and his 15:28.19 in the 1650y free is an NCAA `B' cut and a team best. His 1:37.57 in the 200y free is also a `B' cut.

Junior Richard Gosper's 50y free of 19.85 at the Georgia Fall Invite is an NCAA consideration mark and the fastest by a Trojan in five years. Senior Sean Sussex has `B' cuts in the 50y (20.00), 100y free (43.92) and 200y free (1:37.93).

Sophomore Vanni Mangoni has USC's top times in both the 200y (1:48.40) and the 400y IM (3:48.59), both NCAA consideration times.

Senior Sam Masson, USC's record holder in the 100y fly, has the top time in the event this year (NCAA consideration, 47.39) while junior Bryce Elser has an NCAA `B' cut there as well (48.23). Junior Brandon Lovell (1:47.24) and Pac-10 record holder Viktor Bodrogi (1:47.36) have NCAA consideration times in the 200y fly.

USC 100y breast record holder Mihaly Flaskay has NCAA `B' cuts in the 100y (54.13) and the 200y breast (2:00.28) while sophomore Kazy Miyahara has the top time in the 200y breast (1:59.60).

Bodrogi (48.28) and Masson (48.44) each have NCAA `B' cuts in the 100y back and Bodrogi also has one in the 200y back (1:45.67).

USC All-American diver Michael Hilde and fellow NCAA championship qualifier Kenny Jenkins have also been consistent dual-meet scorers, challenging for first in both springboard events in each meet.

The Trojans, seventh at the 2006 NCAA Championships and third at the 2006 Pac-10s, return seven of its eight All-Americans from last season, which includes junior Bodrogi (200y butterfly finalist), Flaskay (relay), Jensen (500y and 1650y free finalist), Masson (100y butterfly finalist), Sussex (relay), Hilde (3-meter springboard finalist) and Elser (relay).

According to, Gosper's 19.85 in the 50y free is the ninth fastest time in the country this year while Sussex's 20.00 is 12th fastest. Sussex's 43.92 (a relay leadoff at the Georgia Invite) in the 100y free is 15th best in the country ... Jensen's 4:17.59 in the 500y free is fourth fastest in the country ... Mangoni's 1:48.40 in the 200y IM is 14th best and his 3:48.59 in the 400y IM is third fastest ... Masson's 47.39 in the 100y fly is eighth fastest ... Lovell's 1:47.24 in the 200y fly is 12th fastest and Bodrogi's 1:47.36 is 15th fastest ... Flaskay's 54.13 in the 100y breast is seventh fastest ... Miyahara's 1:59.60 in the 200y breast is 16th fastest ... Bodrogi (48.28) and Masson (48.44) are 12th and 13th, respectively, in the 100y back while Bodrogi's 1:45.67 in the 200y back is 11th fastest in the nation ... Both of USC's medley relays, a 1:27.62 in the 200y and a 3:12.75 in the 400y, are third fastest in the country.

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