Colupaev, Lendrum Lead Big Day For Trojans At Texas Invitational|
Dec. 2, 2011
Senior Katinka Hosszu broke two school records - and neared the NCAA record in the 400y IM - while sophomore Kasey Carlson approached rarefied air in the 100y breast, sophomore Dimitri Colupaev dropped the hammer in the 200y free and junior Alex Lendrum almost cracked the long-held 200y back mark to lead a fantastic day of Trojan swimming at the 2011 Texas Invitational on Friday (Dec. 2) in Austin, Texas.
Hosszu, who became just the second woman ever to go under 4 minutes in the 400y IM when she won the race at the same pool at last year's NCAA Championships, bettered her title effort from a year ago on Friday with a 3:58.86. She won the 2011 NCAA title last year with a 3:59.75. She is within striking distance of Julia Smit's world mark of 3:58.23 set in 2010.
"I am very happy with the time," Hosszu said. "Coming into the meet, I just wanted to swim my best time. The whole team is doing really well this weekend. I am so proud to be a Trojan."
Sophomore Stina Gardell, who was Troy's second-fastest in the event last year, took third in 4:05.82, just off an NCAA `A' cut as well. Meghan Hawthorne, second in prelims (4:10.14), finished fourth with a 4:08.99 (NCAA `B' and a PR) while junior Haley Anderson, a surprise scorer in this event at last year's NCAAs, finished fifth in 4:09.90 (`B').
Junior Spencer Di Dio made the final of the men's 400y IM and finished seventh (3:53.72, `B'). Other Trojans to notch `B' times in the race were sophomore Sean Mulroy (3:54.11, PR) and freshman Cary Wright (3:54.41, PR).
Hosszu, in a prelim swim, erased her 200y free USC record with a 1:44.01 (`A' cut), though she bowed out of the final. Sophomore Lynette Lim (1:46.41), junior Haley Anderson (1:47.25) and senior Amanda Smith (1:47.46) all record `B' times in the B Final
Colupaev, USC's second-fastest ever in the 200y free, earned the top seed in the final with a prelim 1:34.35. He backed that up with a 1:33.49 (`A') to win the race, 0.37 off of USC's school record. Freshman Chad Bobrosky also reached the final and finished fourth in 1:35.67 after going 1:36.34 in the morning. Also in the event, sophomore Mike Godbe (1:36.61, PR) claimed a `B' cut.
Carlson set a person best in the 100y breast in prelims in 58.69 and then lowered it to 58.46 (`A'), within a breath of the 58.10 school record set by former Trojan great and the current top breaststroker in the world Rebecca Soni. The 58.46 would have been second at last year's NCAAs.
Other Trojans to clock `B' cuts in the race were Schmitt (1:01.66), senior Ania Kowalczyk (1:02.09, PR), Danny (1:02.28) and Krisman (1:02.41).
Sophomore Vladimir Morozov used a morning 100y breast swim to break into USC's all-time top 10 in the event with a 54.86 (NCAA `B' cut). Freshman Sergio Lujan Rivera matched the time in finals while freshman Andrew Malone got a `B' cut with his 55.28. Junior Christel Simms snagged her first `B' cut of the year in the 100y back with a 53.91 while junior Yumi So improved her `B' cut to 53.22 (PR).
In the men's 100y back, Lendrum just missed Lennry Krayzelburg's 14-year-old record (46.55) with a third-place 46.71 (PR) after going 46.87 in prelims. He I now the second-fastest Trojan ever in the race. Morozov came back to finish fourth (47.18, `B') while junior Nick Karpov was fifth (47.67, `B').
Lendrum, Morozov and Karpov are three of USC's five fastest ever in the event. Sophomore Chase Bloch joined the top 10 Trojans in the race when he posted a PR in prelims (48.15, `B') and finished eighth in the final (48.42). Freshman Luca Spinazzola (48.46) also got a `B' cut.
USC's women's 200y medley relay of Simms, Carlson, So and junior Kate Shumway took third in 1:37.69 (`B'), 0.68 out of first.
The men's 200y medley relay lowered its 2011 school record as Karpov, Colupaev, sophomore Matt Voell and Morozov clocked a 1:25.83 for second place. They erased the 2011 time of 1:26.01.
Troy's women's 800y free relay of Hosszu, Smith, Lim and Anderson took second in 7:03.85 (`B') wile the men's 800y free relay of Colupaev, Bobrosky, Wagner and Godbe was also second in 6:23.26 (`B').
The meet concludes Saturday with prelims at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. (CST).