Hosszu, Ishimatsu Pace Trojan Efforts Midway Through NCAA Championships
March 16, 2012
Senior Katinka Hosszu secured a spot in the final of the 400y IM, led the Trojans' 200y medley relay to a final's berth while Victoria Ishimatsu made the final in the 3-meter springboard to highlight No. 7 USC's efforts during the second day of prelims at the 2012 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday (March 16) at Auburn's James E. Martin Aquatics Center in Auburn, Ala.
USC will enter tonight's middle finals session tied for second with Stanford with 118 points behind defending champion California (132). Arizona rounds out a Pac-12 dominated meet in fourth.
Hosszu, who was out-touched at the wall in the 200y IM by 0.03, took the first step in defending her 400y IM title by qualifying for the final with the fourth-fastest time in prelims in 4:04.63. Ahead of her is Florida sophomore Elizabeth Beisel (4:01.57), who was the top seed entering the meet, Indiana senior Allysa Vavra (4:02.81) and Cal junior Caitlin Leverenz (4:04.04), who edged Hosszu in the 200y IM.
Beisel, Leverenz and Hosszu are three of the four fastest ever in the race while Vavra and Stanford sophomore Madeline Dirado, also in the final, are among the top 10.
Three Trojans also earned second swims in the 400y IM as sophomores Stina Gardell (4:07.10) and Meghan Hawthorne (4:08.03) and senior Tanya Krisman (4:09.79) finished ninth, 12th and 16th, respectively, in prelims. Gardell missed a spot in the championship final by 1.04. She was 12th in the race last year.
Hawthorne, who like Gardell was a finalist last night in the 200y IM, didn't even race in this event at last year's meet but set a PR today along with Gardell. Meanwhile, Krisman continued her strong meet. After becoming a Pac-12 finalist in the 400y IM in her first postseason effort, she clinched her second individual scoring effort in as many days, doubling her previous NCAA total entering the meet. Krisman still has her best event to go, the 200y fly on Saturday.
Sophomore Jessica Schmitt finished 21st with a 4:11.78 while junior Haley Anderson took 23rd (4:12.06). Anderson, fresh off a title in the 500y free Thursday, will be the top seed in the 1650y free Saturday.
Ishimatsu followed her win in the 1-meter springboard on Thursday by finishing as the third seed in the finals of 3-meter with 355.55 points, marking the second time in her career she's reached the finals of the event at the NCAAs. She was less than three points out of first in prelims.
A four-time Pac-12 winner on the board, Ishimatsu claimed a career-high fourth on 3-meter as a sophomore. She had to withdraw from the event last year after hitting her foot on the board during a dive in prelims. She was 25th as a freshman. She will try to become the first USC diver to win both springboard events in the same championships since Blythe Hartley did it in 2006.
USC's 200y medley relay qualified for a berth in the final tonight as junior Yumi So, sophomore Kasey Carlson, Hosszu and junior Christel Simms posted a season-best 1:36.97. It was the sixth-fastest time of the morning.
Carlson, like Gardell, finished ninth in prelims in the 100y breast (59.63), denied a berth in the final by 0.02. In fact, only 0.06 separated the sixth-place finisher and Carlson in ninth.
So finished 25th in the 100y fly in 53.22 while junior Lindsay Parrish was 39th (54.05), lowering her PR by more than half a second in her first NCAA individual swim. So also swam in the 100y back, finishing 26th (53.40) while Simms was 32nd (53.56).
Finals begin tonight at 5 p.m. PT. The meet concludes Saturday with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m. PT.
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