Trojans Sweep Wisconsin To Open 2016 Action|
Jan. 12, 2016
Sophomores Hannah Weiss and Jon Knox swept the backstroke events and freshman Riley Scott swept the 100y and 200y breast to lead the USC men's and women's swimming and diving teams to wins over visiting Wisconsin in a rare Tuesday (Jan. 12) meet at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center.
The No. 4 USC women defeated the No. 16 Badgers, 174.5-124.5 while the No. 17 Trojan men downed the No. 15 Wisconsin men, 186-113. Both USC teams improved to 6-1 this year. It was the fifth straight year USC and Wisconsin squared off in January action. The Trojan women have won all five meetings, the men four times as they avenged a one-point loss from last season.
Weiss won the 100y back in 53.86 with freshman Hanni Leach taking second in 54.98. Weiss came back to dominate the 200y back in 1:56.14, winning by 2.30 seconds. Knox won the 100y back in 48.70 and doubled up in the 200y back with a victory in 1:48.00.
Scott took first in the 100y breast in 1:02.14 and then ran away with the 200y breast in 2:12.80.
Four Trojan men's freshmen made their season debuts today and three of them became first-time winners as Carsten Vissering won the 100y breast in an NCAA `B' cut of 54.75, Patrick Mulcare claimed the 400y IM in 3:54.68, just off a `B' cut, and Alex Valente won the 100y fly in 48.98. Freshman Tim Wynter posted a second in the 100y back (49.21) and a third in the 200y back (1:48.49).
Junior Reed Malone won the 200y free in 1:37.67 while Mulcare hit the wall a hair later for second in 1:37.97, good for a `B' cut. Junior Chelsea Chenault won the women's 200y free in 1:49.43.
Junior Anika Apostalon won the women's 100y free in 49.61, out-touching Wisconsin's Chase Kinney (49.72). Kinney won the 50y free (22.71) ahead of Apostalon (23.12). Junior Michael Domagala took first in the 200y fly (1:48.50).
A handful of Trojan vets saw their first action of the 2015-16 season, including senior Kendyl Stewart, who won the women's 100y fly in 53.85 (B), and sophomore Ralf Tribuntsov, who took the men's 50y free in 20.55, winning by 0.01.
Other Trojan winners included senior Morten Klarskov in the 100y free (44.97), junior Steven Stumph in the 200y breast (2:00.05), freshman Destiny Nelson in the 400y IM (4:18.93), freshman Madison Witt on 3-meter springboard (311.18) and senior Deon Reid on men's 3-meter (359.78). Senior Sam Adams just missed a win in women's 1-meter, her 263.33 less than a point out of first.
USC's women's 200y medley relay of Weiss, Scott, Stewart and Apostalon won in 1:40.30 while the men's squad of Tribuntsov, Klarskov, Domagala and David Morgan Jr. won in 1:28.88. Troy closed the meet with wins in the 400y free relay.
USC divers are in action Friday through Sunday at the Bruin Diving Invitational. The women's swim team hosts Cal on Jan. 29 and Stanford on Jan. 30 before wrapping up at UCLA on Feb. 12. The men host Cal on Feb. 5 and Stanford on Feb. 6 before finishing the regular season at Utah on Feb. 20.
"Wins over Wisconsin marked a good start to the championship phase of the season for both the men's and women's teams," USC Head Coach Dave Salo said. "We wanted to avenge our loss to Wisconsin last year in the men's meet.
"From the get go we had some strong finishes especially in the opening races. Our relays (200 medley and 400 free relay) were strong today against Wisconsin's best efforts. They were clearly on the top of their game in December and we knew we had to be exceptional if we were going to beat them.
"The 200 freestyle victories by Chelsea and Reed set the tone early on and we followed up with fight-on efforts throughout the meet, winning the tight ones like the men's 50 free with Ralf, the 200 back with Jon along with women's 100 free with Anika.
"It was great to have our forces at full strength today with the return of Kendyl Stewart and Kasia Wilk on the women's side along with Ralf on the men's side, with the addition of freshmen Carsten, Patrick, Alex and Tim. The freshmen signaled a great future for USC.
"We now will turn our attention to preparing for upcoming meets against Cal and Stanford in the next few weeks while we tune up for the Pac-12 Championships next month."