No. 1 USC Marches On With Strong Prelims On Pac-12's Day Three
March 1, 2013
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No. 1 USC qualified nine swimmers into finals, including four in the 400y IM and the top qualifiers in the 100y fly and the 100y breast, during prelims on Friday (March 1) of the 2013 Women's Pac-12 Swimming and Diving Championships at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.
USC, after its first Pac-12 title (Troy won it four times in the WCAA, last in 1985), is in second place with 442.5 points. Stanford leads with 491.5 while Arizona has 407.5 and defending champion Cal 396.5.
Juniors Meghan Hawthorne (4:08.51) and Stina Gardell (4:09.78) and seniors Haley Anderson (4:11.01) and Jessica Schmitt (4:12.53) finished third, fourth, fifth and eighth, respectively, in the 400y IM prelims to earn berths into finals. It is the third final in the event for Gardell and Schmitt and the second each for Hawthorne and Anderson.
Freshman Brianna Weinstein clinched her first postseason scoring opportunity by earning a spot in the `C' final with a P.R. 4:19.86, just off an NCAA `B' cut.
Freshman Kendyl Stewart was the top qualifier in the 100y fly with a 51.92, just off her season-best 51.89. Fellow frosh Jasmine Tosky was fifth in 52.40. Seniors Yumi So (53.66) and Lindsay Parrish (54.13) each qualified for the `B' final. For Parrish, it guaranteed her a career-best finish in the race.
Junior Lynette Lim led USC in the 200y free as the top seed in the `B' final with a 1:46.90, just 0.10 off an `A' final appearance. Senior Kate Shumway also earned a spot in the `B' final with a 1:47.68, also guaranteeing a career-best in the event. Freshman Kasia Wilk, a finalist in the 50y free, earned a berth in the `C' final of the 200 with a 1:49.15.
Junior Kasey Carlson threw down her best effort in the 100y breast (58.92) since 2011 to grab the top seed in the event while sophomore Andrea Kropp (1:00.58) qualified third and Schmitt qualified fifth (1:00.79) to earn her second final bid of the day. Carlson was second in the 100y breast at the Pac-10s in 2011 and third in the race last year at Pac-12s and will try to win USC's first race in the event since Rebecca Soni won it for the third time in 2009. Schmitt is also making her third trip to the final with a career-best finish of seventh.
Senior Jordan Danny will swim in the `C' final after going 1:02.66 while Weinstein earned another `C' final with a 1:03.65.
USC placed four swimmers in the `B' final of the 100y back as freshman Henriette Stenkvist (53.45), senior Christel Simms (53.70), Stewart (53.83) and So (54.22) finished ninth, 10th, 11th and 14th, respectively. Stenkvist, who set a P.R. in the race, missed a finals spot by 0.18. Junior Ashley Brewer will swim in the `C' final after going 55.32.
Women's 1-meter prelims begin at 3:30 p.m. The 400y medley will also be swum at the end of Friday's session, which starts at 6 p.m.