Hosszu, Anderson Win Again To Close Pac-12s
Feb. 25, 2012
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Senior Katinka Hosszu dominated the 200y fly for her third title in as many days - to give her seven for her career - while junior Haley Anderson was virtually unchallenged en route to her third straight title in the 1650y free to lead the Trojans at the Pac-12 Women's Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday (Feb. 25) at the Weyerhauser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.
USC, which also posted three second-place finishes on the final day, finished third (1225) for the third year in a row. It marked the first time Troy posted three straight top 3 finishes since 2001-03. The Trojans also finished with seven individual titles in the meet after getting eight in 2011 and six in 2010. Cal finished first (1389.5) with Stanford in second (1341.5). Arizona was fourth (1171) and was followed by UCLA (1087.5), ASU (790.5), Utah (485), Oregon State (326.5) and Washington State (239.5).
"This year's Pac-12 meet was the most competitive meet in the past five years and we were in the hunt all the way," USC head coach Dave Salo said. "Our team goal was to challenge Cal and Stanford for the team title then focus on NCAA's.
"Our women did a great job and we had special performances from Katinka Hosszu, Haley Anderson, Tanya Krisman and the diving crew was awesome behind the performance of Tory Ishimatsu. Our team has come along way over the past five years and are knocking on the door to a Pac-12 team championship and NCAA team title."
Hosszu won her third straight title in the 200y fly by clocking a 1:52.26 while fellow senior Tanya Krisman finished a career-best second in the race in 1:54.78. Hosszu led the race from start to clinch her seventh career conference title.
Krisman entered the Pac-12s with one final appearance but posted her second in a row tonight. She was in third entering the final 50 but overtook Cal's Sara Isakovic to take second in a season-best 1:54.78. So made her second career finals appearance in the race (earning the berth in prelims by 0.05) and finished eighth in a season-best 1:57.52. Senior Amanda Smith earned a second swim and finished 12th (1:57.52).
Anderson, who won ser second straight 500y free final on Thursday, broke her school record and the Pac-12 meet record in the 1650y free with a national season-best 15:41.52 that came within less than three seconds of Janet Evans' 1990 NCAA and Pac-10 record (15:39.14). Anderson's next closest competitor was ASU's Tristin Baxter (16:05.50), who had almost 50 yards to go when Anderson finished the race.
With the win, Anderson became the first woman to win the 1650y free three years in a row since Stanford's Jessica Foschi (2000-02). Anderson, who also set USC's 1000y free record in the process (9:31.58), now has five conference titles. Trojan sophomore Lynette Lim took sixth in a season-best effort (16:32.49).
Ishimatsu, fresh off winning her fourth career 3-meter title and her third 1-meter in a row, claimed a career-best second (282.45) on platform while freshman Jessica Warren earned a surprise finals berth as well, taking seventh (204.00). ASU's Elina Eggers won with 308.35.
Sophomore Stina Gardell led four Trojans who reached the final of the 200y breast. She registered her third top 4 finish in as many days in the event, taking second in a season-best 2:09.48 (she was third in the 400y IM and second in the 200y IM). Cal junior Caitlin Leverenz won the race in 2:05.49.
Schmitt, in her second straight 200y breast final, finished a career-best third (2:10.57). Junior Jordan Danny made her second final appearance in as many days (the first two of her career), and also posted a career-high finish, taking fifth in 2:11.39, just off her PR. Rounding out the quartet was sophomore Meghan Hawthorne, who made her third final of the championships. In her first 200y breast final, she finished seventh in 2:14.48 after establishing a PR (2:13.01) in prelims.
Sophomore Kasey Carlson entered the 200y breast as one of the top seeds but missed qualifying for the final by 0.29. Senior Ania Kowalczyk swam with Carlson in the consolation final and took 11th (2:14.80) for her highest conference finish of her career while Carlson was 14th (2:15.70). Senior Ella Kidron earned a second swim and was 24th (2:18.56).
USC closed the meet with a sixth-place 400y free relay as Hosszu, Simms, Lim and Carlson went 3:19.51.
In the Pac-12 Men's Diving Championships, USC freshman Jordan Gear reached the final of the men's platform, taking fourth (298.95).