Carlson, Stewart Win Titles As No. 1 USC Vies For 1st At Pac-12s
March 1, 2013
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Freshman Kendyl Stewart (100y fly) and Junior Kasey Carlson (100y breast) each won titles, junior Stina Gardell led four finalists in the 400y IM with a third-place finish and sophomore diver Haley Ishimatsu took second on 1-meter springboard to lead No. 1 USC's strong team effort on Friday (March 1) of the 2013 Women's Pac-12 Swimming and Diving Championships at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.
USC, seeking its first Pac-12 title (Troy won it four times in the WCAA, last in 1985), is still in second place with 945.5 points, but only eight behind first place Stanford (953.5). Defending champion Cal is third (883.5) and is followed by Arizona (775), UCLA (614.5), ASU (572), Utah (232), Oregon State (212) and Washington State (128).
"The team has been swimming with great enthusiasm. It was great winning two titles tonight with Kasey and Kendyl leading the way," USC Coach Dave Salo said. "In diving, Haley fell just short of a third title for the Trojans and looks great for a run at the platform title. We have been having a great time racing and look forward to the last day of racing and challenging for the Pac-12 title."
Stewart won just USC's second-ever 100y fly crown with a wire-to-wire win in 51.32, a national-leading time and breaking the school record of 51.34 set by Lyndsay DePaul in her 2011 Pac-10 title swim. Fellow freshman Jasmine Tosky also reached the final and took eighth in 52.34.
Senior Lindsay Parrish finished a career-best 10th in the 100y fly in 53.11, lowering her P.R. by almost a second. Senior Yumi finished 13th (53.43).
Carlson won the 100y breast with a 59.22, not as quick as her blistering 58.92 prelim, but plenty fast enough to capture USC's first title in the race since Rebecca Soni won it for the third time in 2009. Arizona senior Ellyn Baumgardner was second in 59.52.
"I'm very excited about how our team is performing," Carlson said. "With a close battle for first, every race counts and I just wanted to win for my team. My race felt good and it was great to finally win a Pac-12 title of my own after watching our amazing freshman and Haley before me.
"Looking towards the team battle, everyone is excited to swim fast on the last day and to be able to be in a close battle for our first Pac-12 title as a program is just a great experience. Also looking forward to NCAAs at the end of the month to perform at our best and hopefully keep the momentum going."
Senior Jessica Schmitt, not long after swimming in the 400y IM final, posted another sixth-place finish with a 1:00.68 in the 100y breast, her best result among three career finals in the race. Sophomore Andrea Kropp, eighth in the 200y IM Thursday, was seventh in the 100y breast in 1:00.75.
Gardell led a 3-4-5-6 finish in the 400y IM with a 4:05.05 and was followed by junior Meghan Hawthorne (4:06.76) in fourth, senior Haley Anderson in fifth (4:10.97) and Schmitt in sixth (4:11.31). For Gardell, it was a career-high finish in her third Pac-12 final in the event while Hawthorne repeated her fourth from 2012 and Anderson did the same in fifth. Schmitt's sixth place, like in the 400y IM, was a career best in her third final in the event. Gardell and Hawthorne were third and fifth, respectively, in the 200y IM Thursday, while Anderson was coming off her title in the 500y free.
Ishimatsu posted her second straight final appearance, finishing second on 1-meter with 314.05 points, 20.30 behind ASU winner Morgan Weller. Ishimatsu, younger sister of USC's seven-time conference champion Victoria, was in third before climbing into second place on her final dive.
USC didn't have anyone in the `A' final of the 100y back, but it made the most of its four swimmer in the `B' final, taking the top four spots, led by So, who won the heat in 53.21 (she won the `B' final last year, too). Stewart followed her win in the 100y fly with a 10th in the 100y back (53.27) while freshman Henriette Stenkvist made her Pac-12 scoring debut in 11th in 53.58 (after posting a P.R. 53.45 in prelims). Senior Christel Simms was 12th (53.76). Junior Ashely Brewer added scoring in the `C' final, taking 22nd (55.62).
USC didn't have anyone in the `A' final of the 200y free either, but junior Lynette Lim tied for first in the `B' final in 1:46.45, a season-best swim. Senior Kate Shumway was 11th in 1:47.11, posting a career-best finish in the race with her second P.R. of the day (she went 1:47.68 in prelims). Freshman Kasia Wilk, a finalist in the 50y free, won the `C' final in 1:48.25.
The Trojans closed the night with a third place in the 400y medley relay as So, Carlson, Stewart and Wilk swam a USC season best 3:30.57, 0.75 off the school record. Arizona won the race in 3:28.91 with Cal second (3:30.18).
Freshman Brianna Weinstein scored twice in `C' finals, taking 21st in the 100y breast (1:04.76) and 24th in the 400y IM (4:23.26). Senior Jordan Danny scored in the 100y breast, taking 18th (1:03.24).
The meet concludes Saturday with prelims at 11 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.