Carlson, Gardell, 200 Free Relay Earn NCAA Final Spots
March 22, 2013
Juniors Kasey Carlson (100y breast) and Stina Gardell (400y IM) claimed finals berths while the 200y medley relay earned the top seed in tonight's final with a school record to highlight USC's second morning of prelims at the 2013 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at the IU Natatorium/IUPUI Sports Complex in Indianapolis, Ind., on Friday (March 22).
The session opened with the quartet of senior Christel Simms, Carlson and freshmen Kendyl Stewart and Kasia Wilk, swimming in the final of four prelim heats, touching in 1:35.72, breaking the school record of 1:36.03 set against UCLA in February. Cal earned the second seed in 1:35.96 with Arizona third in 1:36.03.
Gardell earned her first finals berth in the 400y IM thanks to a 4:06.73, the fifth-fastest swim in prelims. Junior Meghan Hawthorne finished ninth in 4:08.08, just missing a spot in finals while senior Haley Anderson followed her title in the 500y free with her second career spot in the `B' final of the 400y IM, taking 14th in 4:09.57.
Carlson, the Pac-12 champion in the 100y breast, posted a season-best 58.66 to nab the second seed in the final behind only Texas A&M's Breeja Larson. The defending champion clocked a 58.03.
Freshman Kendyl Stewart earned her first individual scoring berth, though it will be in the `B' final of the 100y fly after her 52.26 missed the `A' final by 0.01. Similarly, freshman Jasmine Tosky finished 17th in the event, missing a spot in the `B' final by 0.25.
Senior Jessica Schmitt tied her career best of 19th in the 400y IM (4:10.89) and sophomore Andrea Kropp's 1:00.28 in the 100y breast was a PR by 0.30 and 0.18 out of the `B' final. Other USC finishers included Stewart in the 100y back (24th, 53.24), senior Yumi So in the 100y fly (40th, 53.83) and the 100y back (44th, 54.15) and freshman Joanna Skenkvist in the 100y back (tied for 31st, 53.63).
Sophomore Haley Ishimatsu will compete in the 3-meter springboard prelims in between prelim and finals sessions.
USC will also compete tonight in the timed final of the 800y free relay.
The finals start at 4 p.m. PT.