USC 3rd, Hosszu Swimmer Of Meet At NCAAs|
March 19, 2011
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Junior Katinka Hosszu became just the second Trojan woman to win three NCAA titles in the same year while senior Lyndsay DePaul finished her career as a 2011 three-time finalist, as USC finished third overall on the final day of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at Texas' Jamail Swim Center in Austin on Saturday (March 19).
USC finished with 351 points, behind only first-place Cal (424) and second-place Georgia (394.5) and comfortably ahead of fourth-place Stanford (272) and fifth-place Arizona (266). USC, which began the day with more points through two days than it had after three last year, claimed its first top 3 finish since taking third in 2003. The finish is also USC's ninth top 5 NCAA finish and 23rd in the top 10.
The Trojans did it thanks to a deep NCAA squad that featured eight All-Americans and 10 individual point scorers (and another swimmer who scored on a relay).
"Back in September, I thought we had a chance to be top 5 and battle for No. 1," USC head coach Dave Salo said. "I'm into big visions and laying out a strategy and to see your hopes come to fruition is rewarding - though I'm not surprised. We've got to get used to this, but it's great to be excited. We haven't done this well in some time and it's good to get USC back to where it belongs.
"There were times when a couple kids could've broken down when things weren't going well, but they stopped and rallied around the team. That's what USC athletics is all about and what the Trojan Family is all about. This team got that."
Hosszu, who earned 2011 NCAA Swimmer of the Meet honors, led the Trojans with victories in the 200y and 400y IM plus Saturday's win in the 200y fly, which equaled Trojan Kristine Quance's three-win total from 1994 and 1996.
Hosszu's final win was not without drama. She trailed by 0.07 to Cal's Sara Isakovic after 50 yards and was 0.18 behind Cal's Amanda Sims after 100 yards. Simms still led by 0.09 after 150 yards but Hosszu, second last year in the race, exploded over the final 50 yards to win going away in a pool-record 1:51.69. Texas A&M freshman Cammile Adams moved up for second (1:52.93) and Arizona junior Alyssa Anderson took third (1:53.79).
"I'm just really proud to be part of this team," Hosszu said. "We came so far. I'm proud of everyone. We did really well. It was a really tough meet and one of the fastest NCAAs. It's great to finish third.
"I swam two best times (200y and 400y IM) and was close in the 200y fly. I'm really happy with my performance and also happy it helped the team."
DePaul, third in the race last year, finished fourth in 1:53.81, finishing the NCAAs as a three-time finalist. She was also eighth in the 200y IM and third in the 100y fly.
Said DePaul after the race: "I'm just proud to be a Trojan. It was always my dream to be an (individual) All-American three times and it came true."
Senior Presley Bard qualified for the NCAA 200y back final by 0.05, eighth overall. Once in the `A' final, the senior finished sixth in 1:52.76, 0.06 off her season best. Wisconsin's Maggie Meyer won in 1:50.76 with Missouri's Dominique Bouchard second (1:51.54). Bard was also third in the 100y back Friday, earning a pair of individual All-American honors for the second year in a row.
Freshman Haley Anderson fought a tough field in the 1650y free timed final and finished third in 15:48.63, 0.01 under her personal best and moving up one spot from her fourth at the 2010 NCAAs. Georgia's Wendy Trott won the race in 15:40.32, just off the NCAA record as she pulled away in the final quarter of the race. Towson's Meredith Budner edged Anderson for second (15:44.26).
Anderson's finish complemented her sixth in the 500y free and, including her `B' final in the 400y IM, gave her three individual scoring efforts. Also in the mile, she broke her own school record over 1000 yards, going 9:32.35 to open the race, lowering her old mark of 9:32.96.
After taking 10th in prelims, USC's 400y free relay of Bard, sophomore Christel Simms, Carlson and Hosszu won the consolation final in 3:15.60. Troy was second after Bard's leg and, after slipping to fourth, Carlson brought USC back to second. Hosszu, similar to her burst in the 200y fly, reeled in Virginia's Emily Floyd over the final 50 yards to win the heat.
Junior Tanya Krisman, in her second NCAA `B' final in the 200y fly, finished fifth (13th overall) in 1:56.89, the same time as her prelim effort. She was eighth in her heat with 50 yards to go but gained three places over the final two lengths of the pool. Sophomore Yumi So just missed the consolation final, finishing 20th (1:57.54).
Freshman Kasey Carlson, fifth in the 50y free and fourth in the 100y breast, scored again in the 100y free, this time out of the `B' final. After going 48.48 in prelims, Carlson went 48.59 for sixth in the consolation final, 14th overall.
Competing in her first consolation final at the NCAAs, sophomore Jessica Schmitt swam a 2:10.15 to finish fourth in the race (12th overall). Schmitt was eighth in the race at the midway point but rallied to fourth over the final 100 yards. She went 2:10.60 in prelims. Freshman Stina Gardell tied for 19th in the event in 2:11.55, 0.42 out of the top 16.
USC's 2011 All-Americans
Trojans in individual consolation finals
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