Mar. 20, 1997
USC Women's Swimming in Fifth at NCAA Championships
INDIANAPOLIS - The USC women's swimming and diving team, led by sophomore Lindsay Benko's NCAA title in the 500 free, stand in fifth place after the first day of the NCAA Championships.
Stanford, the defending title holder, leads after day one with 132, followed by Arizona at 124.5, SMU at 115, Georgia at 112 and USC at 106.
Benko, the defending title holder in the 500 free, set a USC record in winning it again in 4:41.85. It was USC's only win on the first day, but one of six school records set nonetheless.
Senior Kristine Quance, the top point scorer at last year's championships, took second in the 200 IM despite swimming a personal best and school record 1:56.85. Quance won the event last year and will be defending her titles in the 400 IM and 200 breast later in the meet.
USC sophomore diver Dorte Lindner took third in the one-meter diving with a score of 428.95.
USC's 400 medley relay team of senior Hope Gittings, Quance, sohpmore Karen Campbell and Benko took second in 3:36.82, another school record. USC's other school record came in the 200 free relay (1:32.65), on Campbell's 50 free time of 22.97 and on Gittings' 100 back time of 54.00, which came on the opening leg of the 400 medley relay final.
USC coach Mark Schubert after the first day:
"I was really pleased with Lindsay Benko. She swam a great race despite fighting through an illness. Kristine Quance also swam a great race in the 200 IM. She didn't win, but to still be setting records and improving as a senior is great.
"We set records in six races today and our best days here are still to come, so I'm very pleased with where we are right now."
USC, which has never finished higher than third at NCAAs, took fourth last year.
The meet continues Friday and Saturday with prelims at 11 a.m. and finals at 7 p.m. Both times are EST.