Ishimatsu Wins Pac-12 Title On 3-Meter
Feb. 28, 2014
Haley Ishimatsu won the 3-meter springboard while seniors Kasey Carlson and Stina Gardell and sophomore Kendyl Stewart all turned in second-place swims on another strong night for No. 2 USC at the 2014 Pac-12 Women's Swimming and Diving Championships in Federal Way, Wash., on Friday (Feb. 28).
USC finished the third night in third place with 896 points. Cal took over first with 1019.5 while Stanford is in second (967). UCLA is fourth (619.5) and is followed by Arizona (614.5), Utah (473), Arizona State (299.5), Washington State (262) and Oregon State (209).
The Trojans sent nine swimmers and divers into A finals and came away with six top 3 finishes as freshman Chelsea Chenault was third in the 200y free and sophomore Sam Adams was third on 3-meter. Stewart was a double finalist, also taking sixth in the 100y back, while sophomore Kasia Wilk was seventh in the 100y free and junior Andrea Kropp was eighth in the 100y breast.
"We had a strong evening with the women swimming a little faster," USC Coach Dave Salo said. "If we are going to challenge for top 2, we are going to have to have a strong morning tomorrow. Haley and Sam were exceptional tonight. Given their tough training conditions this year, they've really done a nice job."
Ishimatsu, the defending champion on platform, won her first conference springboard title at USC with 347.25 in a tight battle. She bested Stanford's Stephanie Phipps (338.50) while Adams, in a career-best finish, was third with 337.70. Ishimatsu's win was USC's 27th Pac-12 diving title and the 12th on 3-meter.
"Haley reestablished herself as a true champion tonight after finishing first both in prelims and in finals on 3-meter," USC head diving coach Hongping Li said. "Sam Adams' bronze was golden to her and a huge confidence boost."
Said Ishimatsu, who will try to defend her platform title on Saturday: "I'm super excited to win 3-meter and I'm looking forward to platform tomorrow. I'm just really glad to help contribute to the team and I'm hoping for a great day tomorrow."
Gardell, in her fourth 400y IM final at the Pac-12s, took second in 4:04.27 behind Stanford winner Maya Dirado (4:01.72). A pair of Trojan freshmen won the B and C finals as Maggie D'Innocenzo won the former (4:15.41) and Kelsey Kafka won the latter (4:17.36). D'Innocenzo was just off her PR while Kafka lowered hers by more than a second. Sophomore Brianna Weinstein, 24th last year in the race, finished 16th (4:21.94).
Stewart, the defending champion in the 100y fly, was involved in a two-woman battle for first with Stanford senior Felicia Lee, who nipped her at the wall, 51.26 to 51.36. Stewart lowered her season-best time by 0.03 and was 0.04 off her school record set in last year's win.
Sophomore Jasmine Tosky was third in the `B' final (11th overall) in 53.32. She was in a three-way tie at 52.97 for the final two spots after prelims but was third in the swim-off and stuck in the B final.
Chenault, third in the 500y free Thursday, took third again in the 200y free in 1:43.91 while Wilk, also in her first final in the race and the second in two days, was seventh in 1:45.43. Both times were PRs. Chenault's time was 0.76 off Katinka Hosszu's school record in the distance. Cal freshman Missy Franklin won the race in 1:42.29 while Stanford's Lia Neal was second (1:43.62).
Senior Lynette Lim was fourth in the `B' final (12th overall) of the 200y free in 1:46.32 while freshman Lexie Malazdrewicz was sixth in the heat (14th overall) in 1:46.71. Sophomore Nikki Chang also scored in 21st (1:48.71). She did not swim the race at Pac-12s last year.
Carlson, the defending Pac-12 champion in the 100y breast coming off a win in the 50y free on Thursday, took second in 59.44, 0.27 back of Stanford junior Katie Olsen. It was Carlson's fourth top 3 finish in the race at the Pac-12s. Kropp was eighth in 1:02.16 in her second straight final in the event.
Freshman Riley Hayward took fourth (12th overall) in the `B' final of the 100y breast in 1:01.99 (PR) while Kafka came back to swim again the `C' final and took third (19th overall) in 1:02.85. Weinstein also doubled up and claimed the final scoring spot, taking 24th (1:04.28).
Stewart came back in the 100y back final to finish sixth in 53.09 after finishing 10th last year. Cal's Rachel Bootsma won the race in 51.19. Sophomore Joanna Stenkvist was 15th (54.42) while freshman Sidney Cooke also scored in 20th (55.41).
USC closed the night with a fourth-place in the 400y medley relay as Stewart, Carlson, Tosky and Wilk posted a season-best 3:33.02. Cal won the race in 3:29.23.