No. 1 USC Opens Season At SMU Classic, At WSU
Oct. 16, 2013
The USC women's swimming and diving team, ranked No. 1 in the College Swimming Coaches Association of America's first poll, opens the 2013-14 season with two events this week with a small group competing at the SMU Classic Friday and Saturday (Oct. 18-19) in Dallas while the rest of the team takes on Washington State in Pullman on Friday (Oct. 18).
The Trojans, under eighth-year head coach Dave Salo and coming off of a seventh-place finish at the 2013 NCAA Championships, will take eight All-Americans to the six-team meet in Dallas, including seniors Kasey Carlson, Meghan Hawthorne and Stina Gardell, juniors Andrea Kropp and diver Haley Ishimatsu and sophomores Kendyl Stewart, Jasmine Tosky and Kasia Wilk. The ninth member of the team going is freshman and U.S. national team member Chelsea Chenault.
USC will compete against host SMU, Indiana, Louisville, Miami and North Carolina. Events begin each day at 6:30 p.m. CT. Live stats are available here.
Each team may use only eight swimmers and one diver in the uniquely scored meet with one swimmer per team allowed in the `A' final and `B' final of each event. Friday's events include the 400y medley relay, 400y IM, 200y free, 50y free, 1-meter springboard, 100y fly, 100y back, 100y breast and 800y free relay. Saturday's schedule includes the 200y medley relay, 500y free, 200y breast, 200y back, 3-meter springboard, 100y free, 200y fly, 200y IM and 200y free relay.
Troy won the meet last year with 366 points, 73.5 points ahead of second place North Carolina.
In addition to the eight All-Americans competing in Dallas, USC also features a ninth returning All-American in Lynette Lim.
USC lost two All-Americans from last year who graduated, including three-time NCAA title winner Haley Anderson (she won the 500y and 1650y freestyles last year at the NCAA Championships) as well as relay stalwart Christel Simms. Other NCAA point scorers who graduated include Jessica Schmitt and Yumi So as well as relay contributors Lindsay Parrish and Kate Shumway.