Trojans Turn In Strong Morning At NCAA Saturday Prelims
March 17, 2012
Seniors Katinka Hosszu and Tanya Krisman reached the final of the 200y fly, sophomore Stina Gardell snared a spot in the 200y breast final and the Trojans' 400y free relay earned a finals berth as well to highlight No. 7 USC's efforts during the final morning of prelims at the 2012 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday (March 17) at Auburn's James E. Martin Aquatics Center in Auburn, Ala.
USC will enter tonight's final session tied for third with Arizona with 226 points. Defending champion California (311) is in first with Georgia second (247). Stanford is fifth (222).
Hosszu, not much more than a half day removed from smashing the NCAA record in the 400y IM during her title swim, finished as the top seed in the 200y fly with a 1:52.84. The defending champion in the race, Hosszu was almost a second ahead of the second-closest finisher, Cammile Adams of Texas A&M (1:53.76).
Krisman qualified for her first career NCAA final in her last NCAA event, posting a season-best 1:54.72 to qualify fourth overall. Krisman, who was second in the 200y fly at the 2012 Pac-12 Championships, reached the 200y fly consolation finals the past two years at the NCAAS. Her finals appearance tonight will mark her third individual scoring effort this meet after she posted consolation swims in the 200y and 400y IM.
Senior Amanda Smith, who scored in the 500y free on Thursday, earned a spot in the consolation final of the 200y fly with a 1:56.68. It clinches her first NCAA scoring appearance in the event.
Gardell, a finalist in the 200y IM who finished ninth in the 400y IM, squeaked into the 200y breast final with a season-best 2:09.28, 0.01 ahead of ninth-place finisher Michelle McKeehan of Georgia (2:09.29). Gardell's efforts marks USC's first final slot in the 200y breast since Rebecca Soni won the last of her four straight NCAA titles in the race in 2009.
Junior Jessica Schmitt qualified for her second consecutive consolation final swim in the 200y breast after a 2:09.91, 0.01 off her season best.
The Trojans closed the prelim session by breaking the school record in the 400y free relay to nab the final spot in the championship final. The quartet of Hosszu, junior Christel Simms and sophomores Lynette Lim and Kasey Carlson recorded a 3:14.83 to break the school mark set last year of 3:15.39.
Additionally, Hosszu broke the school record in the leadoff leg, clocking a 48.06 to erase Presley Bard's 2010 mark of 48.31. It is Hosszu's fifth individual record. She also owns USC records in the 200y and 400y IM, the 200y free and the 200y fly.
Junior Haley Anderson, already with a 500y free title to her credit from Thursday, will be the top seed in tonight's final heat of the 1650y free timed final.
Additionally, senior diver Victoria Ishimatsu will try to earn her first NCAA finals appearance on platform. She has scored on the board three times at the NCAAs, but her highest finish is 10th.
The meet concludes Saturday with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m. PT.
Click here for the 2012 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving home page.
WatchESPN.com will stream Saturday finals here.
There will also be a taped delay broadcast on ESPNU on March 21 at 4 p.m. PT.