Anderson Wins 500 Free As USC Moves Into 2nd At Pac-12s
Feb. 28, 2013
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USC senior Haley Anderson became the first woman in conference history to win the 500-yard freestyle three consecutive years while the No. 1 Trojans placed seven other swimmers and divers in `A' finals to highlight the second night of the 2013 Women's Pac-12 Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday (Feb. 28) at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.
USC, after its first Pac-12 title, moved from third to second place with 454.5 points, within striking distance of first-place Stanford (491.5). Arizona is third (407.5) while defending conference champion Cal is fourth (384.5). UCLA is fifth (313) and is followed by ASU (308), Oregon State (158), Utah (117) and Washington State (54).
"We had a strong evening session after a bit of a subpar morning session today," USC Coach Dave Salo said. "After a swimmer's-only meeting called by senior Jessie Schmitt, the team came to life tonight and had some great races. Diving had an outstanding night with a formidable yet very young squad. Sam Adams and Haley Ishimatsu did a great job on the boards. "
Anderson entered the night tied with Jessica Foschi (2000-01) and Janet Evans (1990-91), who won the 500y in back-to-back years for Stanford. Anderson established the Pac-12 first with a wire-to-wire win in 4:38.79, holding off Arizona freshman Bonnie Brandon (4:38.93) over the final 25 yards. Brandon kept within about a half second for most of the race and charged late, but couldn't beat Anderson to the wall.
Anderson now has six career Pac-12 titles, including three in the 1650y free. She will try to become the first woman in the conference to win it four years in a row on Saturday. USC has now won at least one conference title in 19 of the past 20 seasons.
Juniors Stina Gardell (1:55.04) and Meghan Hawthorne (1:56.94) and sophomore Andrea Kropp (1:58.82) finished third, fifth and eighth, respectively, in the 200y IM final. Cal freshman Elizabeth Pelton won the race in 1:54.29, upsetting her senior teammate Caitlin Leverenz (1:54.31), the defending NCAA champion in the event.
For Gardell, it was her third straight final in the race, all top 5 finishes while her time was a season-best and just off her P.R. Hawthorne raced in her second straight 200y IM final, taking fifth for the second time in a row. Kropp, a 2011-12 transfer from Princeton, tied for fourth in the 200y IM at the 2011 Ivy League Championships.
Senior Jordan Danny earned a spot in the `C' final of the 200y IM for the second year in a row and finished 22nd overall in 2:02.15.
Junior Kasey Carlson finished a career-best tied for third in the 50y free with a 22.22 in tonight's final while freshman Kasia Wilk made her debut in a Pac-12 final with a seventh-place finish in 22.49. Arizona's Margo Geer won the race in 21.78 while Stanford sophomore Maddy Schaefer hung on for second in 22.12.
Senior Christel Simms tied her P.R. in the 50y free and set a season-best with a 22.81 to finish second in the `C' final and 18th overall. Senior Kate Shumway took 20th in 23.07 while fellow senior Lindsay Parrish was 24th (23.30). It was Parrish's fourth trip to the `C' final of the event at the Pac-12s. Shumway was a `B' finalist in 2010 and a `C' finalist in 2011 while Simms was a `B' finalist in 2010.
USC sophomore transfer Haley Ishimatsu, an ACC champion on platform in 2011, made her Trojan debut at the Pac-12s with a fourth place on 3-meter springboard (311.85). Freshman teammate Sam Adams also earned a trip to the 1-meter final (she was seventh in prelims), finishing eighth (283.55). Freshman Natalie Stahl was 16th (239.55), freshman Natalie Kalibat was 17th (238.20), sophomore Celia Pinczower was 22nd (201.95) and freshman Katherine Van Winkle was 24th (174.75). With scoring through 24 spots, the deep diving effort provided a big boost.
The Trojans finished Thursday night by breaking the school record in the 200y free relay, the group of Carlson, Tosky, freshman Kendyl Stewart and Wilk taking second in 1:28.50. Arizona won the race in 1:27.93. The old USC school record was 1:29.21 set earlier this season.
The meet continues Friday and Saturday with prelims at 11 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.
The Pac-12 Men's Diving Championships is being held concurrently with the women's swimming and diving event. Sophomore Jordan Gear finished 11th (310.60) on 1-meter while freshmen Spencer Madanay (275.40) and Adam Payne (213.95) were 16th and 18th, respectively.
Men's 3-meter prelims will follow the prelim lineup Friday while the women's 1-meter prelims and finals will begin at 3:30 p.m. that day. The men's 3-meter final will take place before Friday's final relay. The women's platform prelims begin at 10 a.m. Saturday with finals before the evening's final relay. The men's platform prelims and finals will begin at 1:15 p.m. Saturday.