Six Trojans Earn Spots In Thursday Finals At Pac-12s
Feb. 28, 2013
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Two-time 500y free champion senior Haley Anderson earned the right to defend her titles with a morning fourth-place swim while freshman Kasia Wilk and junior Kasey Carlson snared spots in the 50y free final and three Trojans did the same in the 200y IM to highlight the prelims of the 2013 Women's Swimming and Diving Pac-12 Championships on Thursday (Feb. 28) at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.
USC entered the second day of the meet in third after a two-event kickoff on Wednesday.
Anderson, trying to become the first woman in conference history to win the 500y free three years in a row, turned in an easy 4:43.00, fourth-best overall in the prelims. Anderson's seed time of 4:36.87 is four seconds faster than the next closest entry, Tristin Baxter of ASU. Baxter qualified for the final in second in 4:42.10 while Arizona freshman Bonnie Brandon was first in 4:41.79. Anderson set the Pac-12 meet record in her winning swim last year (4:36.52).
Junior Lynette Lim just missed making the 500y free final by 0.34, finishing 10th overall (4:44.88) in prelims and will swim in the `B' final. Lim was a finalist last year, taking eighth. Freshmen Joanna Stenkvist (4:51.04) and Jasmine Tosky (4:51.15) will swim in the `C' final.
Juniors Stina Gardell (1:56.37) and Meghan Hawthorne (1:57.33) and sophomore Andrea Kropp (1:57.68) qualified for the 200y IM final in fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively. Gardell will be making her third appearance in the final of the event. She was second in the race last year and tied for fifth in 2011. Hawthorne is a repeat finalist after taking fifth last year. Kropp, who swam at Princeton in 2011, tied for fourth in this event at the 2011 Ivy League Championships.
Senior Jordan Danny earned a spot in the `C' final with a 2:01.46. She finished a career-best 21st in the race at last year's meet.
Carlson entered the day as USC's top seed in the 50y free, but it was Wilk who went second-fastest in the field, clocking a season-best 22.28 behind only Arizona junior Margo Geer's 21.86. Carlson qualified for the final in fifth in 22.45. She was also a finalist in the event as a freshman, finishing fifth.
Seniors Christel Simms (23.05) and Lindsay Parrish (23.24) swam season bests to earn spots in the `C' final of the 50y free while senior Kate Shumway also qualified for the heat with a 23.15. It is Parrish's fourth trip to the `C' final of the event at the Pac-12s. Shumway was a `B' finalist in 2010 and a `C' finalist in 2011 while Simms was a `B' finalist in 2010.
The Pac-12 Men's Diving Championships is being held concurrently with the women's swimming and diving event.
Women's 3-meter is scheduled to follow the swimming prelims on Thursday while the men's 1-meter prelims and finals begin at 3 p.m. and the women's 3-meter final will begin before the final relay that night. Men's 3-meter prelims will follow the prelim lineup Friday while the women's 1-meter prelims and finals will begin at 3:30 p.m. that day. The men's 3-meter final will take place before Friday's final relay. The women's platform prelims begin at 10 a.m. Saturday with finals before the evening's final relay. The men's platform prelims and finals will begin at 1:15 p.m. Saturday.