Carter, Kropp, Stewart Lead USC To Open Texas Invitational|
Dec. 4, 2014
Senior Andrea Kropp posted a PR in the 200y IM to take second, junior Kendyl Stewart just missed a win in the 100y fly and both helped USC's 400y medley relay to a victory and an NCAA `A' cut while sophomore Dylan Carter reached the final of the 100y fly to lead the Trojans' men's and women's teams at the UT Invitational at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center on Thursday (Dec. 4) in Austin.
Kropp lowered her personal best in the 200y IM to 1:56.99 for second in the A final, behind only former teammate and current Trojan Club swimmer Stina Gardell's 1:55.79.
Stewart almost captured the 100y fly, touching in 51.99, 0.06 out of first and 0.09 from an NCAA `A' cut. Junior Jasmine Tosky was fifth (53.15) and junior Lucy Worrall was eighth (53.85). Tosky (53.01) and Worrall (53.46) went slightly faster with `B' cuts in prelims.
Kropp and Stewart later both swam on USC's win in the 400y medley relay, joining freshman Hannah Weiss and junior Kasia Wilk to win in 3:33.23, edging Texas by 0.34 and posting an NCAA `A' cut. Weiss' leadoff 52.52 was a season-best.
USC opened the first day of finals with a third in the 200y free relay as sophomore Evan Swenson, Tosky, Wilk and Stewart went 1:30.12. The men's quartet was fourth as Carter, freshman Ralf Tribuntsov, senior Luca Spinazzola and sophomore David Morgan Jr. went 1:18.97, a season best and just off an NCAA `A' cut.
Sophomore Maggie D'Innocenzo took seventh in the 500y free final with a season-best 4:51.23 with junior Joanna Stenkvist eighth (4:51.32). Freshman Pawel Furtek topped USC's men's efforts in the 500y free with a 4:23.77. His prelim 4:23.38 was an NCAA `B' cut and a season-best.
Carter, whose 46.16 100y fly prelim effort was 0.07 off the 2006 USC record, finished fifth in the final with a 46.74. Spinazzola was eighth (47.78) after a 47.22 in prelims.
Di'Innocenzo made her second final appearance and was sixth in the 200y IM in 2:02.55 after a `B' cut in prelims (2:01.25). Junior Morten Klarskov was USC's top finisher in the 200y IM (15th, 1:47.79, B cut).
Swenson won the `B' final of the 50y free (22.81) with Wilk fifth in the heat (23.02). Carter earned a trip to the 50y free final with a season-best 19.61 in prelims but did not swim in the final.
USC closed the meet with a third in the men's 400y medley relay as Spinazzola, Klarskov, Carter and Tribuntsov went 3:10.21. Spinazzola led off with a season-best 46.99.