No. 4 USC Wins 7 Events, But Falls to No. 2 Cal, 165-135, For First Loss|
Jan. 27, 2017
Sophomore Riley Scott and freshman Louise Hansson won two races apiece among seven Trojan event wins, but it wasn’t enough as No. 2 California handed No. 4 USC its first loss of the season, 165-135, Friday (Jan. 27) in Berkeley.
USC, which had been riding a two-meet win streak over the Golden Bears, fell to 6-1 overall, 5-1 in the Pac-12 while Cal improved to 6-1. 5-0.
Sophomore Elizabeth Stinson led three Trojans in the 1000y free, finishing second in a season-best 9:56.86. Junior Allie Wooden also posted a season-best en route to third (9:59.83) while freshman Becca Mann was fourth (10:01.49).
Hansson won her first race by taking the 200y free in 1:44.86. The freshman is ranked fifth in the country in the race and beat Cal freshman Abbey Weitzeil to the wall (1:45.01). Freshman Tatum Wade was third (1:47.95).
Cal swept the top two spots in the 100y back while USC junior Hannah Weiss took third (53.74) and Leach finished fourth (54.36).
Sophomore Riley Scott led a pair of two straight wins by touching first in the 100y breast in 1:00.88 with senior Kelsey Kafka third (1:02.61), sophomore Kirsten Vose fourth (1:02.83) and senior Riley Hayward fifth (1:03.20).
Sophomore Maddie Wright followed with a win in the 200y fly in 1:55.16, 0.61 off her season best and 0.46 ahead of Cal’s Katie McLaughlin. Freshman Catherine Sanchez was fourth (1:58.93). Apostalon then took third in the 50y free with a 22.77 to break up Cal’s top four finishers headed into the diving break.
Hansson turned in a huge win coming out of the break with a 48.77 in the 100y free to edge Weitzeil again, the Bear freshman touching in 48.88. Apostalon took third again in 49.34 while freshman Stanzi Moseley touched fifth (50.32). In the 200y back, Weiss (1:58.47) and Leach (1:59.49) took third and fourth, as they did in the 100y back.
Scott repeated as a winner by claiming the 200y breast in dominating fashion, winning in 2:10.37, almost four seconds ahead of Cal’s second-place finisher. Kafka was third (2:17.25) and Hayward fourth (2:17.27).
Wade led USC’s racers in the 500y free with a third in 4:51.89. Wooden was fifth (4:56.59), Stinson sixth (4:58.26).
Cal took the top three spots in a tight 100y fly won by Noelle Thomas’ 52.35. Hansson was fourth in 53.47, 0.26 back of second, while Sanchez was fifth (54.13).
Gowlett led USC divers to another win, taking first on 1-meter with 277.35, edging Cal’s Hayden Tavoda by three points. Souza was fourth (257.33) with Witt fifth (242.40).
USC closed the meet with a second in the 400y free relay with Apostalon, Moseley, Wade and Vose going 3:22.01.
The Trojans will square off against top-ranked Stanford on Saturday at noon in a meet televised lived by Pac-12 Networks.