USC Sweeps Wisconsin To Open Second Half Of Season|
Jan. 13, 2017
Freshman Louise Hansson and sophomore Riley Scott won twice each and sophomore Patrick Mulcare won three times to lead the USC men's and women's swimming teams to wins over Wisconsin on Friday (Jan. 13) at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center.
The USC women defeated the Badgers, 137-120, to improve to 5-0 while the men won, 143-114, and moved to 5-1. This was the sixth straight year the Pac-12 and Big Ten rivals met at USC in January action.
Sophomores Hanni Leach and Scott, Hansson and senior Anika Apostalon won the opening 400y medley relay in 3:37.01 while USC also claimed the men's race as junior Ralf Tribuntsov, sophomore Carsten Vissering and juniors Dylan Carter and Santo Condorelli won in 3:14.67.
USC freshman Becca Mann and Wisconsin's Cierra Runge battled throughout the 1000y free and Runge, the transfer from Cal, won in 9:48.49, holding off Mann's 9:49.74. Badger Matt Hutchins took command of the men's 1000y and won in 9:05.61 to Trojan junior Pawel Furtek's 9:13.70.
Hannson, who entered today's meet with an eye-popping four NCAA A cuts in her pocket, won her first individual race, claiming the 200y free in 1:45.41 while fellow freshman Tatum Wade (1:46.60) was second. In the men's race, backstroke stalwart Mulcare, who has shown himself to be a strong 200y free swimmer this season, won the event in 1:37.39 while Badger Brett Pinfold was second (1:38.41).
Leach won the women's 100y back in 53.63 to Wisconsin's Jess Unicomb's 54.51. Tribuntsov (46.64) and fellow junior Jon Knox (49.27) then went 1-2 in the men's 100y back.
Scott (1:00.90) and senior Riley Hayward (1:02.38) swept the women's 100y breast while senior Ridge Altman (55.99), out of lane 8, led a 1-2-3 finish in the men's race as senior Steven Stumph (56.15) and Vissering (56.27) followed him to the wall.
Sophomore Maddie Wright continued her strong work in the 200y fly to win her first 2017 race with a 1:57.53 while freshman Catherine Sanchez took second (1:59.78). Senior Michael Domagala, a co-captain with Steven Stumph, won the men's 200y fly in 1:48.50 while sophomore Cash Deloache was second in 1:49.58.
Wisconsin's Chase Kinney (22.54) held off a charging Apostalon (22.85) to capture the women's 50y free. Carter dominated the men's sprint, touching in an impressive January time of 19.69 while Condorelli was second in 20.50.
Following the diving break, Apostalon out-touched Kinney, 49.34 to 49.61, to reverse the order from the 50. Badger Cannon Clifton claimed the men's race in 43.99, beating Tribuntsov (44.18) to the wall by 0.19.
Badger Beata Nelson came back on USC's Hannah Weiss to out-touch the Trojan junior, 1:57.68 to 1:57.70. Leach was third in 1:58.68. Mulcare, the USC record holder in the 200y back, used a great back half as well to win in 1:45.50. Badger Todd McCarthy was second (1:47.30) with Knox third (1:47.75).
Hayward opened her final semester with a win in the 200y breast in 2:15.79 with Wisconsin's Maria Carlson second (2:16.45) and senior Kelsey Kafka third (2:17.48). Stumph, two-time defending Pac-12 champ in the 200y breast, won the event today in 1:59.21 to Altman's 2:00.32.
Wade, USC's top swimmer in the 500y free this year, threw down an impressive come-from-behind win in the event to win in 4:45.94, just out-touching Wisconsin's Danielle Valley's 4:45.98.
Hutchins completed his distance sweep with a win in the 500y free in 4:21.54 with Badger teammate Victor Goicoechea second (4:28.53). Furtek was third (4:28.71).
Hansson comes back to win 100y fly in 53.00 with Sanchez second again in 54.63. Sophomore Alex Valente (47.98) and Domagala (48.25) also went 1-2 in the men's 100y fly.
Scott, following the second break, dominated the women's 400y IM in 4:15.36, just off her USC season-best time. Valley was second in 4:18.36 with Mann, finishing a grueling three-event set, took third (4:21.79). Mulcare posted his third win of the day with a 3:52.17 to win the 400y IM, coming back over the final 100 of freestyle to pass Badger Cooper Hodge (3:53.34).
The USC women closed the meet as freshman Stanzi Moseley, Hansson, Apostalon and sophomore Kirsten Vose won in 3:19.41. The Trojan men finished with a first as Tribuntsov, Condorelli, Domagala and Carter touched in 2:55.44, edging Wisconsin's quartet by 0.17.