Stewart Wins 2nd Career Pac-12 Title In 100-Yard Butterfly|
Feb. 27, 2015
Junior Kendyl Stewart won her second career title in the 100y fly in school-record fashion with while six other Trojans competed in `A' finals to highlight USC's efforts on the third night of the 2015 Pac-12 Women's Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday (Feb. 27) in Federal Way, Wash.
USC remained in first after three of four days of racing while Cal remains in first and Stanford is in second.
Stewart won the 100y fly in 51.10, 0.04 ahead of Cal's Farida Osman. Osman was 0.04 faster than Stewart in prelims, but couldn't make up the 0.38 deficit she faced at the halfway mark of the final race.
Stewart first won the 100y fly Pac-12 title as a 2013 freshman, when her 51.32 broke Lindsey DePaul's 2011 record time of 51.34. That 2011 DePaul swim, in fact, won Troy's first ever conference crown in the event.
With the 51.10, Stewart broke her school record in the race for the second time in two weeks. She had just dropped it to 51.25 against UCLA on Feb. 13.
"The race felt strong and sharp from the beginning," Stewart said. "I'm happy to have a best time under my belt heading into NCAAs in a couple of weeks, especially not being fully rested. It's also awesome to score some big points for the team to help secure a top 3 finish."
Junior Lucy Worrall was a two-time finalist in the 100y fly at the ACC Championships while swimming for Miami and returned to a conference final tonight, taking eighth in the event in 52.74, a season best.
Sophomore Chelsea Chenault repeated as a Pac-12 finalist in the 200y free and finished third for the second year in a row in 1:43.17, just 0.02 off of Katinka Hosszu's 2012 school record and good for an NCAA A cut. Chenault's time lowered her PR for the second time of the day after she first did it in prelims with a 1:43.68.
Sophomore Maggie D'Innocenzo, in her first career Pac-12 final, finished fourth in the 400y IM in 4:13.95. Like Chenault, her final time was her second PR of the day after she went 4:14.46 in prelims, finishing fifth in the morning swim.
Senior Andrea Kropp swam in her third straight 100y breast final and finished a career-best fifth in 1:00.55. USC didn't have anybody in the `B' final but sophomores Kelsey Kafka (1:02.38, B cut), Jamie Christy (1:03.09), Blair Carnes (1:03.32) and Riley Hayward (1:03.90) went 1-2-3-4 in the C final.
Freshman Hannah Weiss, from nearby Mercer Island, Wash., and swimming in her hometown pool, made her Pac-12 final debut with a fourth in the 100y back in 52.39. She finished fourth in prelims in 52.70.
Sophomore Sidney Cooke and Stewart swam in the `B' final of the 100y back after finishing in 10th and 11th, respectively, in prelims. Stewart won the `B' final in 53.67 while Cooke was third in the heat in 54.46. Sophomore Diana Chang was also in the `B' final and was fifth (54.98).
Junior Joanna Stenkvist, after reaching the finals of the 500y free Thursday, swam in the `B' final of the 200y free and took eighth (16th) in 1:47.05. She went 1:47.11 in prelims.
Senior Haley Ishimatsu competed in her eighth straight Pac-12 final and finished sixth on 1-meter with 53.75 points. Junior Sam Adams was 14th (268.20), sophomore Katherine Van Winkle was 17th (261.70) and junior Natalie Kalibat was 19th (257.10).
USC closed the evening session by taking third in the 400y medley relay as the quartet of Weiss, Kropp, Stewart and Wilk finished in 3:33.74.
Meanwhile, in the Pac-12 Men's Diving Championships held concurrently with the women's meet, the Trojans sent all four of its participants into the 3-meter A final as senior Jordan Gear, junior Deon Reid, junior Collin Pollard and freshman Dashiell Enos grabbed fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth in prelims.
In the final, Pollard took fifth for the second year in a row with 396.15 points while Enos was sixth with 368.60. Reid, who transferred from Duke this year, was seventh (359.40) and Gear was eighth (337.80) in his first career final in the event.
The championships conclude Saturday with prelims at 11 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.