Ishimatsu, Chenault Help No. 1 USC To Lead At SMU Classic
Oct. 18, 2013
Junior Haley Ishimatsu (1-meter) and freshman Chelsea Chenault (200y free) each won events while Chenault led off USC's win in the 800y free as the nine-woman contingent of the No. 1 USC women's swimming and diving team helped kick off its season with the lead after the first day of the 2013 SMU Classic in Dallas on Friday (Oct. 18).
Meanwhile, in Pullman, Wash., the balance of the top-ranked Trojans defeated Washington State, 146-116, also on Friday in a Pac-12 meet.
In Dallas, USC finished first after nine events with 158 points, just ahead of second-place Indiana (153.50). North Carolina was third (144) with Louisville fourth (137), SMU fifth (133.50) and Miami sixth (89).
Chenault, a U.S. national teamer, won her first individual event of her collegiate career in exciting fashion, staving off Indiana senior and 2013 Big Ten Swimmer of the Year Lindsay Vrooman, 1:47.61 (NCAA `B' cut) to 1:47.62, to win the 200y free while North Carolina's Danielle Siverling wasn't far back in third (1:47.82). Sophomore Jasmine Tosky took fourth in the `B' final (1:48.49).
Ishimatsu, the 2013 NCAA winner on platform, claimed the 1-meter springboard by a wide margin with 304.90 points.
Senior Kasey Carlson finished second in the 50y free (22.92, B), 0.14 out of first, while Wilk won the `B' final in 23.30. Hawthorne took fourth in the 400y IM `A' final (4:13.80, B) while Gardell won the `B' final (4:13.56, B).
Tosky was fourth in the 100y fly (53.98, B) while fellow sophomore Kendyl Stewart won the `B' final in 53.48 (B). Stewart then finished third in the 100y back (54.42, B) while Hawthorne claimed third in the `B' final in 55.86.
Carlson was fourth in the 100y breast (1:02.46, B) though junior Andrea Kropp was disqualified in the `B' final.
USC's 400y medley relay of Stewart, Carlson, Tosky and Wilk took fourth (3:40.59). The final day of competition begins at 6:30 p.m. PT.
In Pullman, sophomore Nikki Chang (10:12.41) and junior Andrea Basaraba (10:23.10) went 1-2 in the 1000y free while sophomore Joanna Stenkvist (1:50.84) and senior Lynette Lim (1:51.15) also went 1-2 in the 200y free.
Freshmen Riley Hayward (1:06.17) and Kelsey Kafka went 1-2 in the 100y breast (1:06.33) while freshmen Maggie D'Innocenzo (2:01.59) and Evan Swenson (24.18) won the 200y fly and 50y free, respectively.
Stenkvist came back to win the 200y back (1:59.88) to lead a top 3 sweep and Lim posted a win in the 500y free (4:58,47). D'Innocenzo won again in the 200y IM (2:04.63).
USC closed the meet with a win in the 400y free relay in 3:28.73.