Hosszu Wins Again, USC Takes 3rd At NCAAs
There will be a taped delay broadcast of the championships on ESPNU on March 21 at 4 p.m. PT.
Senior Katinka Hosszu won the 200y fly for her second title in as many days while senior Tanya Krisman, junior Haley Anderson and sophomore Stina Gardell also posted All-American swims as No. 7 USC finished third on the final night of 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 finished third for the second year in a row and for the third time ever at the NCAAs. It also marked its 10th time in the top 5 and its 24th in the top 10. The Trojans entered the night tied with Arizona for third and four points ahead of Stanford and combined for 101.5 final-day points to secure the top 3 finish. Cal repeated as champion with 412.5 and was followed in the top five by Georgia (366), USC (325.5), Stanford (318) and Arizona (299).
"It was a goal of ours before the year to improve, knowing that we lost two All-American seniors," USC sixth-year head coach Dave Salo said. "We believed we could get better despite losing all those points. To match what we accomplished last year, considering that, is awesome.
"We are only going to get better, but so are our rivals. I'm really proud of our performance. It wasn't a perfect meet, but we came up with some big swims when we needed it most."
Hosszu, a day after smashing the NCAA record in the 400y IM during her title swim, defended her championship in the 200y fly with a 1:51.32, winning by more than a second over Texas A&M's Cammile Adams (1:52.40). She was in fourth after 50 yards but moved ahead by a half second at the 100. Adams closed to within 0.21 at the 150 before Hosszu pulled away with the win.
Hosszu's five NCAA titles are tied for third-most ever at USC behind Kristine Quance's eight and Rebecca Soni's six. Hosszu earned the maximum seven All-American honors at this year's meet, the first Trojan to do so since Quance did it in 1997. She finishes with 20 for her career. The last Trojan to finish a career with more was Lindsay Benko (21 from 1996-1999).
Hosszu finished the 2012 NCAA Championships with 57 individual points, tied for the most with Cal's Caitlin Leverenz.
Krisman, in her first NCAA final, finished fifth in the 200y fly in a season-best 1:54.64. A consolation finalist in the 200y fly the past two years, Krisman qualified for the final with a 1:54.72. She also scored individually this week in the 200y and 400y IM.
Senior Amanda Smith tied for fifth in the consolation final of the 200y fly (tied for 13th overall) with a 1:56.32 in her first NCAA scoring appearance in the event. Her time was 0.06 off her PR. She earned the second swim with a 1:56.58 in prelims.
Anderson turned in her second-fastest time ever in the 1650y free to place third in the timed final in 15:43.44. Anderson, who won the 500y free Thursday for a pair of top 3 finishes, led the final heat for the first 700 yards before three-time defending champion Wendy Trott edged in front at the 750 mark. But North Carolina sophomore Stephanie Peacock took the lead at the 800 mark and went on to out-touch Trott at the wall, 15:38.79 to 15:38.94, the pair both going under the 1990 NCAA record of 15:39.14 set by Janet Evans.
Gardell, a finalist in the 200y IM who took ninth in the 400y IM on Friday, finished sixth in the 200y breast with a season-best 2:08.67 in her first career final in the race. Gardell squeaked into the championship heat with a then-season-best 2:09.28 in prelims, 0.01 ahead of ninth. Gardell is the first Trojan to reach the final of the 200y breast since Rebecca Soni won the last of her four straight NCAA titles in 2009. Soni is the NCAA record holder in the race with a 2:04.75, a standard that Cal's Leverenz nearly erased in winning the race tonight in 2:04.76.
Junior Jessica Schmitt, in her second consecutive consolation final swim in the 200y breast, finished fifth in a season-best 2:09.49 after qualifying for the second swim with a 2:09.91 in prelims.
The Trojans closed the meet needing just to finish the race without a DQ to clinch third and swam a safe race. The group of Hosszu, Simms and sophomores Lynette Lim and Kasey Carlson broke the school record in prelims with a 3:14.83 to earn the finals spot, which proved to be huge. In the final, Simms, Carlson, junior Lindsay Parrish and Simms finished eighth in 3:21.47.
Senior diver Victoria Ishimatsu finished a career-best-tying 10th on the NCAA platform. Her 282.05 points in prelims was tantalizingly close to the 284.40 from Virginia Tech's Kaylea Arnett, who claimed the eighth and last finals spot. In the 'B' final, Ishimatsu finished with 294.95 for 10th. She finished her NCAA career as a five-time All-American, winning her first NCAA title on Thursday on 1-meter.
USC won four titles overall, its most since also winning four in 1997. Troy's three winners (Hosszu in the 400y IM and 200y fly, Ishimatsu in the 1-meter and Anderson in the 500y free) ties its most individual titlists in one season (1980).
Hosszu set her fifth USC individual record in prelims during the leadoff of the 400y free, a 48.06. She also owns USC's top marks in the 200y and 400y IM, the 200y free and the 200y fly.
2012 USC All-Americans (NCAA titles in bold)
NCAA consolation finalists
USC records broken at the NCAA Championships