No. 6 USC Wins 10th Straight Over No. 20 UCLA|
Feb. 10, 2017
Senior Anika Apostalon, sophomore Riley Scott and freshman Becca Mann won two events apiece to lead the No. 6 USC women’s swimming and diving team to a 172-128 victory over No. 20 UCLA for the Trojans’ 10th straight win in the series.
USC improves to 7-2 overall, 6-2 in the Pac-12 and extends its lead in the overall series to 27-16. The teams combined to break eight Peter Daland pool records (six by USC swimmers) and lowered six meet records and tied one (five by Trojan swimmers).
USC freshman Becca Mann crushed the pool and meet record in the 1650y free in 15:52.30, lowering Haley Anderson’s 2013 time of 16:11.26 by almost 20 seconds. UCLA’s Sandra Soe was second in 16:13.17. In the process, Mann also re-set the mark in the 1000y free in 9:33.77, erasing the old time by 0.10.
UCLA made it two in a row as Linnea Mack won her specialty, the 100y back, with a pool and meet record of 51.61 while Leach was second (52.00) and junior Hannah Weiss third (52.63).
Scott continued her dominance of the 100y breast with a 1:00.16 with sophomore Kirsten Vose third (1:01.09) while fellow soph Maddie Wright won the 200y fly by two seconds with a PR and NCAA A cut of 1:53.47.
Apostalon, in the final race before the first diving break, re-set the pool and meet records in the 50y free with a 22.08, lowering recent grad Kasia Wilk’s pool (22.37) and meet (22.24) marks.
Apostalon came back after the break to ink her name into the record books again with a pool record win in the 100y free (47.78, previously set by Stanford’s Lia Neal, 48.36) while tying the meet record set by former Trojan Kasey Carlson. Hansson was also under the old pool record with her second-place 47.99.
UCLA’s Eloise Belanger swept the springboard events, winning 1-meter with 296.10 and 3-meter with 319.80. Trojan freshman Naomi Gowlett was second on 1-meter (282.30) and third on 3-meter (310.05).
Leach lowered the pool and meet records in the 200y back with a 1:52.28 with Weiss third (1:55.00). Leach broke Weiss’ pool mark of 1:53.83 and former teammate Kendyl Stewart’s meet standard of 1:53.54.
Scott completed her breaststroke sweep with a 2:09.44 in the 200 with seniors Kelsey Kafka (2:12.43) and Riley Hayward (2:15.35) third and fifth, respectively. Mann won her second race as well with a 4:44.60 in the 500y free with sophomore Allie third (4:50.90).
Katie Grover captured the 100y fly with a 52.56 while freshman Catherine Sanchez took second (52.72) and Wright third (53.42).
Hansson erased the final pool and meet records of the meet with a 1:56.35 to win the 200y IM. She lowered USC’s Stina Gardell’s meet record by 0.01 and Stanford Julia Smit’s 2010 pool record by 0.05.
The Trojans closed the meet with a come-from-behind win in the 200y free relay as Apostalon, freshman Tatum Wade, Moseley and Vose won in 1:29.83, edging UCLA by 0.10.
USC will begin the defense of its 2016 conference title at the 2017 Pac-12 Championships, Feb. 22-25.