No. 6 USC Men, No. 1 Women Sweep Arizona
Nov. 9, 2012
Senior Haley Anderson and sophomore Andrea Kropp won three races apiece while junior Jack Wagner and sophomore Chad Bobrosky won twice each as the No. 1 USC women's swimming and diving team and the No. 6 men swept visiting Arizona in Pac-12 dual-meet action Friday at USC.
The Trojan women improved to 4-0 overall, 3-0 in the Pac-12 with a 155-134 win over the Wildcats (4-1, 1-1) while the USC men moved to 2-0, 1-0 with a 181.5-109.5 win over Arizona (3-1, 0-1).
Arizona's women's 400y medley relay won in 3:36.96 to open the meet, edging USC's unit of freshman Kendyl Stewart, senior Kasey Carlson and freshmen Jasmine Tosky and Kasia Wilk (though Troy was later DQ'd for an early start during the race).
In the men's race, USC junior Chase Bloch used his fly leg to overtake the Wildcats while sophomore Cristian Quintero held off Arizona's Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or to give the Trojans first (times were unofficial in the race).
Anderson, USC's distance stalwart, turned the 1000y free into a one-woman race between her and USC's 1984 pool record in the event (9:42.80, held by Carol Peterson). Slightly off the pace past the halfway mark, Anderson turned it on and touched in 9:42.37 to break the 28-year-old mark. Freshman Nikki Chang took second (10:02.94) while junior Lynette Lim was third (10:05.45).
USC freshman Ted Singley controlled the men's 1000y free virtually the entire time and won in 9:07.50, good for a top 10 time in the country. Junior Nick Johnson was second (9:13.02) while sophomore Cary Wright was third (9:13.42).
Tosky battled Arizona All-American Margo Geer in the 200y free and the freshman came back to win over the final 15 yards, 1:46.44 to 1:46.58. Senior Kate Shumway claimed third (1:48.39).
Bobrosky took out the men's 200y free in quick fashion and was never challenged, winning in 1:37.05, a USC best this season and an NCAA `B' cut. Quintero followed in second (1:38.56) while Trojan junior Sean Mulroy took third (1:39.39).
Arizona's Lauren Smart won the 100y back in 54.30 with Stewart taking second (54.70). On the men's side, USC sophomore Luca Spinazzola won the 100y back out of lane 2 in 48.36 (USC best this year, NCAA `B' cut) while senior teammate Alex Lendrum took second (48.53).
Kropp, a 2012 Olympic Trials finalist in the 200m breast, won the women's 100y breast in a season-best and NCAA `B' cut 1:01.14 with Carlson second (1:02.05) and Arizona's Chelsey Salli third (1:02.08). USC senior Jessica Schmitt's 1:02.09 was a hair back in fourth in a strong early-season effort for the 200 specialist.
The men's 100y breast finished as a tie as USC freshman Morten Klarskov and Arizona's Carl Mickelson each touched in 54.77 (a season-best and NCAA `B' cut for Klarskov). Trojan sophomore Sergio Lujan-Rivera was third (55.01, `B; cut).
Anderson doubled up by winning the 200y fly in 2:00.13, USC's second-best time of the season and just off a `B' cut. Arizona's Ashley Evans was second (2:02.21) and senior Yumi So was third (2:02.22).
USC senior Justin DiFederico won the men's 200y fly in 1:47.32 while sophomore teammate Dakota Hodgson was second (1:47.58) and freshman Maclin Davis took third (1:50.49). DiFederico and Hodgson both set season-bests to improve NCAA `B' cuts.
Geer, second at the 2012 NCAAS in the 50y free, won the event here in 22.97 while Tosky took second (23.02), senior Christel Simms (23.34) was third and Wilk was fourth (23.62). In the men's 50y free, Wagner won in 20.34 while freshman Fred Abramyan was second (20.66) and freshman Zach Wagner was third (20.82).
Following the diving break, the meet resumed with the women's 100y free. Geer out-touched Carlson, 49.17 to 49.64 while Simms took third (50.75). Geer was third last year in the race at the NCAAs.
In the men's 100y free, Jack Wagner won again in a season-best 44.80 with Quintero second (44.95) and Shapira Bar-Or in third (45.23).
Arizona's Bonnie Brandon won the women's 200y back in 1:56.35 with Stewart second (1:57.42). Lendrum won the men's 200y back in 1:44.61 (season best, NCAA `B' cut) with Bloch second (1:46.63).
Kropp won her second event with a 2:10.30 in the women's 200y breast with Schmitt second (2:14.16) and Salli third (2:13.91). Mickelson won the men's 200y breast (1:58.07), coming back on Klarskov, who was second in 1:58.54.
Anderson won for the third time with a 4:45.69 in the 500y free with Brandon, back in the pool quickly, taking second (4:47.73). Bobrosky won for the second time with a 4:26.81 in the 500y free, edging Quintero in second (4:28.75).
Arizona's Smart won the 100y fly in 54.32 while So was second (54.73). In the men's 100y fly, Bloch touched first in 47.64 with Arizona's Giles Smith second (48.23) and Davis third (48.72).
Kropp tripled up with a big win in the 400y IM, taking the race in 4:15.48 while Schmitt was second for the third time in 4:17.75. Wright swam a great race to touch first in the men's 400y IM in 3:54.33, just under the NCAA `B' cut.
Arizona's women's team won the 200y free relay in 1:31.82 to USC's 1:33.26. USC's men's team won the men's 200y free relay in 1:21.30 to Arizona's 1:21.44.
Sophomore diver Haley Ishimatsu swept the 1-meter (260.70) and 3-meter (277.50) springboard events. She edged Arizona's Ashley Herrera (250.43) on 1-meter and freshman teammate Sam Adams on 3-meter (271.05).
USC will host the ASU men and women on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.