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    Ous Mellouli
    Ous Mellouli

    Position:
    Volunteer Assistant (3rd Year)

    11/30/2011

    No. 5 Women, No. 8 Men At Texas Invitational

    Hosszu, Morozov lead strong contingent headed to Austin.

    11/09/2011

    USC Set For Desert Meeting At Arizona, ASU

    Trojans face Wildcats Friday at 2 p.m., take on Sun Devils Saturday at 11 a.m.

    10/19/2011

    Swim Teams Kick Off Season

    Women at Washington State for two-day meet while men host CSU Bakersfield.

    10/19/2011

    Swim Teams Kick Off Season

    Women at Washington State for two-day meet while men host CSU Bakersfield.

    Ous Mellouli, the world's reigning Olympic and World Championships gold medalist in the 1500m freestyle and a former NCAA champion and All-American at USC, is in his second year as a graduate swimming coach with the Trojans.

    Mellouli remained among the world's top swimmers in 2010. His season was capped by four medals at the 2010 Short Course World Championships in Dubai, UAE, including a gold in the 1500m free. He also won silver in the 400m IM and bronse in the 200m and 400m free.

    In 2009, Mellouli, swimming for his native Tunisia, became the second-fastest person ever in the 1500m free when he won the gold medal at the World Championships in 14:37.28. He added to his gold by winning silver medals in the 400m and 800m free. Mellouli got warmed up for the world stage by winning five gold medals weeks earlier at the 2009 Mediterranean Games.

    At the 2008 Olympics, Mellouli became the first person to defeat Australia's Grant Hackett in the 1500m in 11 years, winning the gold medal for Tunisia's first ever swimming Olympic title. Mellouli won the gold despite battling two herniated disks in his back that limited his training leading up to the Games.

    Mellouli, a 2007 USC graduate with a degree in computer engineering and computer science, was a 16-time All-American, a 2005 NCAA champion and a seven-time Pac-10 title winner during his four years at USC (2003-06). He still owns USC records in the 400 IM (scy, scm) and the 400y medley relay and the 800 free relay (scm). As a senior in 2006, Mellouli was a five-time All-American who finished second in the 500y free and the 400y IM and seventh in the 1650y free at the 2006 NCAA Championships. He also won conference crowns in the 500y free and 400y IM.

    Mellouli won the NCAA title in the 400y IM at the 2005 NCAAs, setting the USC record in the event (3:39.19). He was also sixth in the 500y free, seventh in the 1650y free and helped USC to eighth in the 400y medley relay. At the 2005 World Championships, Mellouli won bronzes in the 400m free and 400m IM and took fifth in the 800m free. Prior to the World Championships, Mellouli won three golds at the 2005 Mediterranean Games (400m and 800m free and 400m IM).

    In 2004, Mellouli posted a pair of second-place finishes (400m and 1500m free) as a sophomore at the NCAA Championships, coming within less than a second of winning each race. At the 2004 Pac-10 Championships, Mellouli won there conference titles, taking first in the 400y IM, 500y free and 1650y free. At the 2004 Olympics, Mellouli was fifth in the 400m IM and 14th in the 1500m free. At the 2004 Short Course World Championships, Mellouli won gold in the 400m IM and bronze in the 200m IM. The gold was the first swimming world championship for Tunisia and the second in any sport.

    As a freshman in 2003, Mellouli proved to be an immediate force for the Trojans, establishing himself as one of the top swimmers in the country. He earned a team-high five All-American honors, three individually and two on relays, at the NCAA. He posted three top five finishes individually, taking third in the 500y free, fourth in the 400y IM and fifth in the 1650y free, good for 45 points, the fourth highest total in the meet. He also swam second on USC's fifth-place 800y free relay and anchored the sixth-place 400y medley relay. At the 2003 Pac-10 Championships, Mellouli, the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year, was second to teammate Erik Vendt in both the 400y IM and the 1650y free and was also sixth in the 200y IM. At the 2003 World Championships, Mellouli won a bronze medal in the 400m IM.

    He also competed at the 2002 Short Course World Championships and made his Olympic debut for Tunisia in 2000.