Hawthorne, Anderson Swim In Olympic Trials Finals|
June 25, 2012
USC rising junior Meghan Hawthorne and Trojan senior-to-be Haley Anderson finished sixth and eighth, respectively, in the 400m IM on the opening night of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha on Monday (June 25).
Hawthorne, who became a first-time All-American at the 2012 NCAAs as a sophomore in the 200y IM, dropped more than five seconds off her PR in the 400m IM prelims to earn her first-career Olympic Trials final with a 4:40.00. She finished sixth in the final in 4:41.75.
Anderson, meanwhile, finished eighth in 4:46.12, earning a finals berth in her least strongest event of the week (she went 4:43.17 in prelims). Anderson, in fact, has already qualified for the Olympics in the open water 10K (known as marathon at the Olympics) and is among a handful of favorites for one of the two spots in the 800m free.
Two Trojans made the semifinal of the 100m fly. Outgoing senior Tanya Krisman, stronger in the 200m fly, earned her semifinal swim after winning a swim-off for the final spot with a 59.42 and finished 15th in the semifinals (59.44). Incoming freshman Jasmine Tosky was 11th overall (59.01) after going 59.31 in prelims.
Former All-American Lyndsay DePaul was 19th in the 100m fly (59.99) while incoming freshman Kendyl Stewart was 25th (1:00.28).
Former Trojan great Rebecca Soni will highlight USC swimmers in action Tuesday in the 100m breast.