No. 1 USC Breaks Its Pac-12 Points Record, Finishes Close Second
March 2, 2013
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Senior Haley Anderson set conference history with her 1650y free title while sophomore Haley Ishimatsu continued a family legacy with a win on platform, pacing a No. 1 USC team that scored a school-record 1418.5 points but came up just short of first as the 2013 Women's Pac-12 Swimming and Diving Championships concluded Saturday (March 2) 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), finished second, 21 points behind first-place Stanford (1439.5) in the closest finish in conference history. It was a point closer than Stanford's 22-point win over Cal in 2011. Defending champion Cal took third (1333.5) and was followed by Arizona (1128.5), UCLA (998,5), ASU (786.5), Utah (347), Oregon State (297) and Washington State (189).
The Trojans' 1418.5 points topped their previous 2011 high, a third-place total of 1309.5. The closest USC had previously been to first was in 2002, when it finished second to Stanford by 123 points, which was also the last time it was second.
"The women did a great job this weekend. Part of this journey is learning how to win a team championship, and we are closer each year," USC seventh-year Coach Dave Salo said. "My first year we scored 826 points - so we have come a long way. Our collective disappointment was not winning the championship for a great senior class. But it is a senior class that leaves knowing they have given the underclass a path to follow.
It was great to see the Pac-12 Championships come down to a battle between three great teams."
Anderson became the first woman in conference history to win the 1650y free four years in a row, claiming her final title in 15:58.59, safely ahead of ASU's Tristin Baxter (16:02.86). The title is Anderson's seventh to go with three 500y free titles, including one on Thursday night.
Anderson, though clocking the third slowest time of her four Pac-12 wins in the mile, was in command the entire. Junior Lynette Lim took 13th (16:40.37), sophomore Andrea Basaraba took 15th (16:41.74), freshman Nikki Chang was 17th (16:48.06) and senior Chelsea Wild finished her USC career by scoring in 24th (17:14.83). Lim's and Chang's times were season bests.
Ishimatsu won the platform with 310.35 points, well ahead of second-place Emma Ivory-Ganja of UCLA (273.90). Ishimatsu's older sister, Victoria, won seven conference titles, including two last year, but never on platform. Freshman Sam Adams joined Ishimatsu in tonight's final, finishing seventh (237.95).
Junior Stina Gardell pocketed her third top 3 finish of the meet with a second place in the 200y breast in 2:08.22, a P.R. Sophomore Andrea Kropp secured fourth with a 2:08.68 while senior Jessica Schmitt took seventh in 2:11.15, both swimming in their third finals of the meet.
Junior Kasey Carlson reached her third final of the meet and took seventh in the 100y free in 48.96 while freshman Kasia Wilk was 14th in 49.57. Senior Christel Simms won the `C' final in 49.49, a season best, while senior Kate Shumway also scored, in 22nd with a P.R. (49.81).
Freshman Joanna Stenkvist, who was 11th in the 100y back on Friday, reached her first conference final Saturday in the stacked 200y back and finished fifth with a P.R. of 1:54.16.
Freshman Kendyl Stewart, the 100y fly champion from Friday, shaved more than three seconds off her prelim time to win the `B' final in 1:53.44, a time good enough for fourth in the `A' final. Junior Ashley Brewer (19th, 1:58.88) and Basaraba (24th, 2:10.65) also scored out of the `C' Final. Basaraba swam it directly after the 1650y free.
Freshman Jasmine Tosky, fifth in prelims of the 200y fly, moved up to third in the final in 1:55.49, just 0.04 out of second and 0.52 out of first. Senior Yumi So swam in her third 200y fly final and was eighth for the third time (1:58.81).
USC's 400y free relay finished fourth as Carlson, Stewart, Tosky and Wilk swam a 3:16.62, just 0.33 off the season-best.
Freshman Natalie Kalibat led four other divers who scored in 10th (204.70) while freshman Natalie Stahl was 16th (178.35), freshman Celia Pinczower was 18th (171.90) and freshman Katherine Van Winkle was 21st (162.80).
USC will now prepare for the 2013 NCAA Championships, March 21-23, in Indianapolis.