THIS SEASON: The top American distance freestyler and on the short list of the world's best, 2007 senior Larsen Jensen -- a 2006 Short Course World Championship medalist, 2005 NCAA champion, two-time 2005 World Championship silver medalist, 2004 Olympic silver medalist and the American record holder in the 800m and 1500m free - is once again 100% healthy and ready to make another run at NCAA titles in the 1650y free and 500y free. He is also strong in the shorter freestyle distances ... He holds USC records in the 800m free (lcm) and 1500m free (lcm) and the 1000y free. He is USC's second-fastest ever in the 1650y free and fifth best in the 500y free.
2006: Jensen missed most of the fall semester recovering from ACL surgery, but was still a three-time All-American despite swimming at less than full strength as a 2006 junior. At the 2006 NCAA Championships, Jensen was third in the 1650y free (14:44.89) and fourth in the 500y free (4:13.90). He also was part of USC's eighth-place 800y free relay ... At the 2006 Pac-10 Championships, Jensen was eighth in the 500y free (4:23.26), ninth in the 1650y free (15:17.93) and 14th in the 200y free (15:17.93) ... After the NCAA Championships Jensen raced for the U.S. at the 2006 Short Course Championships, where he was fourth in the 1500m free (14:50.55), seventh in the 400m free (3:46.42) and helped the U.S. to third in the 800m free relay ... Later in the summer, Jensen was second in the 1500m free (15:11.11) at the 2006 U.S. Summer Nationals, third in the 400m free (3:48.01) and 10th in the 200m free (1:49.98) ... During the NCAA season, Jensen set McDonald's Stadium pool records in the 500y free (4:17.09), 1000y free (8:48.34) and the 1650y free (14:50.39).
2005: Jensen won his first career NCAA title in the 1650y free, out-dueling 2004 U.S. Olympian Peter Vanderkaay to win in 14:32.01. It was the second-fastest time in school history behind only Erik Vendt ... Jensen also earned All-American honors in the 500y free, finishing eighth in 4:19.31 and swam on USC's 800y free relay ... At the 2005 Pac-10 Championships, he was second in the 1650y free (14:58.30) and ninth in the 500y free (4:17.24) ... Jensen qualified for the 2005 World Championships after winning the 800m and 1500m freestyle at the U.S. World Championship Trials ... At the World Championships, Jensen set the American record in the 800m free for the third time, becoming the third-fastest man ever in the race en route to a silver medal (7:45.63). He continued his strong swimming by winning another silver in the 1500m free in 14:47.58, not much off his American record ... Also a fine student, Jensen was tabbed a 2005 Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention selection.
2004: Jensen began his 2004 freshman season with the Trojans, but left school after the fall semester to concentrate on training for the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials. The move paid off for Jensen, who won a silver medal in the 1500m free (14:45.29) in Athens in a historic race and just missed another medal by finishing fourth in the 400m free (3:46.08). Jensen's time in the mile obliterated his own U.S. record, was the sixth-fastest ever and made him the third-fastest person ever in the event behind only Aussie distant legends Grant Hackett and Keiren Perkins. Jensen won the 1500m free at the Olympic Trials in a then-U.S. record 14:56.71 and was second in the 400m free (3:46.56). He also raced in the 200m free.
HIGH SCHOOL: Jensen prepped at Mission Viejo (Calif.) High ... He set the American record in the 800m free before his senior year when he won the silver medal at the 2002 Pan Pacific Championships. He also won the bronze medal in the 1500m free at the same meet ... Jensen continued his international medal count with a silver in the 800m free at the 2003 World Championships, resetting his own American record ... One of the youngest members of the U.S. men's national team, he won his first national title when he finished first in the 800m free (7:54.86) at the 2003 U.S. Spring Nationals. He was also second in the 400m free (3:51.13) ... He won two more titles at the 2003 U.S. Summer Nationals, taking the 800m free (7:57.35) and the 1500m free (15:11.81) ... He finished 2003 ranked second in the world in both the 800m and 1500m free behind Australian Grant Hackett ... He was second in the 1500m free and fourth in the 400m free at the 2002 U.S. Summer Nationals and was fourth in the 1500m free and fifth in the 800m free at the 2002 U.S. Spring Nationals, earning Rookie of the Meet honors ... He finished the 2002 season ranked second in the world in the 800m free and fifth in the 1500m free.
PERSONAL: He was born on Sept. 1, 1985 ... He is a political science major and a business minor.
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