THIS SEASON: One of the most talented freestylers in the nation who has two Olympic medals, two World Championship medals and two NCAA titles to his credit, 2002 sophomore Klete Keller is the backbone of USC's freestyle corps and is a potential NCAA title winner in any event he enters. Keller is the Trojans' second-fastest ever in both the 200y free (1:34.43) and the 500y free (4:14.67) and the sixth fastest in the 1650y free (14:56.85).
2001: Already an Olympic medallist, Keller added a pair of NCAA titles, Pac-10 titles and World Championships medals to his resume during his 2001 freshman season. The 2001 Pac-10 Men's Swimmer and Newcomer of the Year, Keller won both the 200y free (1:34.43) and the 500y free (4:14.67) and anchored USC's second-place 800y free relay at the NCAA Championships. He also took sixth in the 1650y free (14:56.86) ... Keller then won his second career U.S. national title by taking the 200m free and also swam on USC's winning 800m free relay ... At the 2001 World Championships, Keller won a pair of bronze medals, taking third in the 200m free as well as in the 800m free relay. His time of 1:47.10 in the 200 made him the second-fastest American ever in the event ... At the 2001 Pac-10s, He won both the 200y free (1:34.99) and the 500y free (4:16.65) and anchored USC's title-winning and Pac-10 meet record-setting 800y free relay (6:24.77). He also was second in the 1650y free (15:01.39).
HIGH SCHOOL: Keller prepped at Arcadia High in Phoenix, Ariz. ... Then a relatively new star in U.S. swimming, Keller won a bronze medal at the 2000 Olympics in the 400m freestyle and a silver as part of the United States' second-place 800m free relay ... At the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials, Keller won the 400m free (3:47.18) and set an American, U.S. Olympic Trial and U.S. Open record in the process. He also was fourth in the 200m free (1:48.31) ... At the 2000 U.S. Spring Nationals, Keller was third in the 400m free and sixth in the 200m free ... At the 1999 Pan Pacific Championships, Keller won the 5K ... At the 1999 Spring Nationals, he was second in the 800m free, third in the 1500m free and fifth in the 400m free. He also finalled in four events at the 1999 Summer Nationals ... He broke onto the U.S. scene in a big way in 1998, earning Rookie of the Meet honors.
PERSONAL: He was born on March 12, 1982 ... He younger sister, Kalyn, was a member of the 1999 Pan Am team ... His older sister, Kelsey, swims at Washington ... His mother swam at Arizona State ... As a kid, he once fell into a walrus pit at Sea World and got lost on a trip to Alcatraz.
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