Four Trojans Earn Final Berths To Open NCAA Championships|
March 21, 2013
Senior Haley Anderson and juniors Stina Gardell, Meghan Hawthorne and Kasey Carlson all earned `A' final berths, as did USC's 200y free relay, on the first morning of the 2013 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at the IU Natatorium/IUPUI Sports Complex in Indianapolis, Ind., on Thursday (March 21).
The Trojans, third at the NCAAs the past two years, opened the meet by breaking the three-week-old school record in the 200y free relay as Carlson and freshmen Jasmine Tosky, Kendyl Stewart and Kasia Wilk went 1:28.42 to qualify for the final with the fifth-fastest morning swim. The quartet went 1:28.50 at the Pac-12 Championships. Carlson opened with a 22.03.
Anderson began the pursuit of her second consecutive 500y free title by qualifying with the fourth-fastest prelim swim, clocking a 4:37.03, 0.16 off her seed time. Anderson is coming off her third straight title in the event at the Pac-12s, but she will be battling a strong field, including top seed Amber McDermott of Georgia, one of three Bulldogs in the final.
Gardell clinched her second straight NCAA final in the 200y IM with a 1:55.01 (just of her PR of 1:54.90) to qualify third while Hawthorne repeated as a finalist as well, nabbing the seventh spot in prelims with a 1:55.84, lowering her PR by 0.09.
Sophomore Andrea Kropp claimed her first NCAA scoring opportunity by earning a spot in the `B' final of the 200y IM with a 1:57.16 (PR), 15th overall in prelims.
Carlson qualified for her second 50y free final with a 22.18. She was fifth in the event as a freshman. Freshman Kasia Wilk earned a berth in the `B' final with a 22.36, just 0.08 off her PR.
Tosky finished 19th in the 200y IM in 1:57.82, 0.15 out of the final spot for the `B' final, while senior Jessica Schmitt was 28th in 1:58.47. Freshman Joanna Stenkvist was 54th in the 500y free (4:49.52).
The prelim session ended on a sour note as USC's 400y medley relay was disqualified during one of the relay exchanges.
Finals begin at 4 p.m. PST