Vendt Highlights Comeback with Triumph in 1,500 Freestyle

IRVINE, California, August 5. JUST a few months into his comeback after retirement, Erik Vendt earned top honors in the 1,500 freestyle at the United States Nationals on Saturday night. Vendt touched the wall in 15:05.41 to defeat Olympic silver medalist Larsen Jensen (15:11.11).

Vendt decided to exit retirement a few months back and has been training at Club Wolverine. Apparently, it hasn't taken him much time to begin regaining the form that made him a silver medalist at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics in the 400 individual medley. Still, he isn't yet satisfied.

"I'm still working on my stroke," said Vendt, who made the Pan Pacific Championships team. "I don't think my stroke is all the way there yet, but I'm looking for big things. I wanted to make a team."

Vendt's teammate at Club Wolverine, Peter Vanderkaay was third in the distance free with a time of 15:14.78. Fourth place went to Robert Margalis in 15:16.74.

Event 30 Men 1500 LC Meter Freestyle
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World: W 14:34.56 7/29/2001 Grant Hackett, AUS
American: A 14:45.29 8/21/2004 Larsen Jensen, USA
U.S. Open: O 14:48.34 4/6/2003 Grant Hackett, AUS
LC Nationals: M 14:59.11 8/16/2000 Erik Vendt, Ocean State Squids
Oly. Trial: 15:53.59
Sum. Nat Cut: 16:06.49
US Open Cut: 16:18.59
Meet Qualifying: 16:06.49
Name Age Team Prelims Finals FINA
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=== Championship Final ===

1 Vendt, Erik 25 Club Wolverine-M 15:13.46 15:05.41 946
r:+0.63 27.79 58.45 (30.66)
1:29.05 (30.60) 1:59.77 (30.72)
2:30.55 (30.78) 3:01.41 (30.86)
3:32.34 (30.93) 4:03.16 (30.82)
4:33.81 (30.65) 5:04.47 (30.66)
5:35.16 (30.69) 6:05.60 (30.44)
6:36.08 (30.48) 7:06.47 (30.39)
7:36.39 (29.92) 8:06.54 (30.15)
8:36.43 (29.89) 9:06.29 (29.86)
9:35.92 (29.63) 10:05.76 (29.84)
10:35.38 (29.62) 11:04.84 (29.46)
11:34.24 (29.40) 12:03.96 (29.72)
12:33.82 (29.86) 13:03.90 (30.08)
13:34.27 (30.37) 14:04.89 (30.62)
14:35.57 (30.68) 15:05.41 (29.84)
2 Jensen, Larsen 20 Trojan Swim Club 15:15.52 15:11.11 929
r:+0.77 27.85 58.10 (30.25)
1:28.36 (30.26) 1:58.93 (30.57)
2:29.59 (30.66) 3:00.14 (30.55)
3:30.60 (30.46) 4:01.29 (30.69)
4:31.86 (30.57) 5:02.46 (30.60)
5:33.29 (30.83) 6:03.85 (30.56)
6:34.23 (30.38) 7:04.63 (30.40)
7:35.03 (30.40) 8:05.27 (30.24)
8:35.52 (30.25) 9:05.45 (29.93)
9:35.90 (30.45) 10:05.74 (29.84)
10:35.62 (29.88) 11:05.52 (29.90)
11:35.27 (29.75) 12:06.41 (31.14)
12:37.16 (30.75) 13:08.66 (31.50)
13:38.99 (30.33) 14:10.48 (31.49)
14:40.92 (30.44) 15:11.11 (30.19)
3 Vanderkaay, Pet 22 Club Wolverine-M 15:22.13 15:14.78 917
r:+0.80 27.41 57.18 (29.77)
1:27.87 (30.69) 1:58.54 (30.67)
2:29.30 (30.76) 3:00.13 (30.83)
3:30.80 (30.67) 4:01.70 (30.90)
4:32.69 (30.99) 5:03.69 (31.00)
5:34.48 (30.79) 6:05.36 (30.88)
6:36.21 (30.85) 7:07.10 (30.89)
7:38.05 (30.95) 8:08.88 (30.83)
8:39.61 (30.73) 9:10.47 (30.86)
9:41.35 (30.88) 10:12.18 (30.83)
10:43.24 (31.06) 11:13.71 (30.47)
11:44.43 (30.72) 12:15.34 (30.91)
12:45.83 (30.49) 13:16.52 (30.69)
13:46.83 (30.31) 14:16.77 (29.94)
14:46.49 (29.72) 15:14.78 (28.29)
4 Margalis, Rober 24 Saint Petersburg 15:18.24 15:16.74 912
r:+0.67 28.02 58.49 (30.47)
1:28.73 (30.24) 1:59.59 (30.86)
2:30.24 (30.65) 3:01.47 (31.23)
3:31.96 (30.49) 4:02.93 (30.97)
4:33.47 (30.54) 5:04.29 (30.82)
5:34.83 (30.54) 6:05.70 (30.87)
6:36.31 (30.61) 7:07.11 (30.80)
7:37.50 (30.39) 8:08.14 (30.64)
8:38.34 (30.20) 9:09.04 (30.70)
9:39.22 (30.18) 10:09.93 (30.71)
10:40.26 (30.33) 11:10.98 (30.72)
11:41.46 (30.48) 12:13.00 (31.54)
12:44.68 (31.68) 13:16.79 (32.11)
13:47.38 (30.59) 14:18.39 (31.01)
14:48.07 (29.68) 15:16.74 (28.67)
5 La Tourette, Ch 17 Mission Viejo Na 15:22.86 15:18.96 905
r:+0.79 28.02 58.06 (30.04)
1:28.60 (30.54) 1:59.29 (30.69)
2:30.05 (30.76) 3:00.80 (30.75)
3:31.53 (30.73) 4:02.48 (30.95)
4:33.25 (30.77) 5:03.92 (30.67)
5:34.70 (30.78) 6:05.45 (30.75)
6:36.19 (30.74) 7:07.06 (30.87)
7:37.97 (30.91) 8:08.88 (30.91)
8:39.92 (31.04) 9:10.75 (30.83)
9:41.93 (31.18) 10:12.73 (30.80)
10:43.85 (31.12) 11:14.68 (30.83)
11:45.67 (30.99) 12:16.48 (30.81)
12:47.42 (30.94) 13:18.35 (30.93)
13:49.15 (30.80) 14:19.92 (30.77)
14:50.41 (30.49) 15:18.96 (28.55)
6 Klueh, Michael 19 Longhorn Aquatic 15:19.05 15:19.43 904
r:+0.80 27.51 57.78 (30.27)
1:28.25 (30.47) 1:59.09 (30.84)
2:29.82 (30.73) 3:00.91 (31.09)
3:31.60 (30.69) 4:02.35 (30.75)
4:32.95 (30.60) 5:03.90 (30.95)
5:34.50 (30.60) 6:05.09 (30.59)
6:35.83 (30.74) 7:06.54 (30.71)
7:37.40 (30.86) 8:08.16 (30.76)
8:39.13 (30.97) 9:10.07 (30.94)
9:41.21 (31.14) 10:12.06 (30.85)
10:43.13 (31.07) 11:14.20 (31.07)
11:45.15 (30.95) 12:15.99 (30.84)
12:46.92 (30.93) 13:17.91 (30.99)
13:48.87 (30.96) 14:19.88 (31.01)
14:50.31 (30.43) 15:19.43 (29.12)
7 Peterson, Charl 18 Una Ncac-NC 15:22.14 15:21.08 899
r:+0.95 28.04 58.26 (30.22)
1:28.65 (30.39) 1:59.25 (30.60)
2:30.17 (30.92) 3:00.90 (30.73)
3:31.36 (30.46) 4:01.66 (30.30)
4:32.42 (30.76) 5:02.81 (30.39)
5:33.66 (30.85) 6:04.03 (30.37)
6:34.92 (30.89) 7:05.59 (30.67)
7:36.05 (30.46) 8:06.60 (30.55)
8:37.50 (30.90) 9:08.59 (31.09)
9:39.74 (31.15) 10:10.59 (30.85)
10:41.71 (31.12) 11:12.89 (31.18)
11:43.81 (30.92) 12:14.75 (30.94)
12:45.90 (31.15) 13:17.25 (31.35)
13:48.70 (31.45) 14:20.18 (31.48)
14:51.23 (31.05) 15:21.08 (29.85)
8 Koucheravy, Tho 21 Sea Devil Swimmi 15:17.09 15:27.73 880
r:+0.76 27.46 57.26 (29.80)
1:27.69 (30.43) 1:58.26 (30.57)
2:29.07 (30.81) 3:00.00 (30.93)
3:31.06 (31.06) 4:01.97 (30.91)
4:33.02 (31.05) 5:03.92 (30.90)
5:34.86 (30.94) 6:05.67 (30.81)
6:36.59 (30.92) 7:07.40 (30.81)
7:38.43 (31.03) 8:09.23 (30.80)
8:40.26 (31.03) 9:11.39 (31.13)
9:42.60 (31.21) 10:13.80 (31.20)
10:44.95 (31.15) 11:16.27 (31.32)
11:47.55 (31.28) 12:18.96 (31.41)
12:50.30 (31.34) 13:21.74 (31.44)
13:53.18 (31.44) 14:24.87 (31.69)
14:56.49 (31.62) 15:27.73 (31.24)

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