USC Posts Two School Records To Kick Off First Day Of Pac-12 Championships|
Feb. 22, 2017
No. 5 USC kicked off its defense of its 2016 conference title with two school records and almost had a third on the first day of the 2017 Pac-12 Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Federal Way, Wash., on Wednesday (Feb. 22).
The Trojans finished the two-event first day in third with 108 points. Stanford, which won both relays tonight, is first (128) with Cal second (112). UCLA and Arizona are tied for fourth (102) and are followed by ASU (96), Washington State (90), Utah (90) and Oregon State (84).
Sophomores Hanni Leach and Riley Scott, freshman Louise Hansson and senior Anika Apostalon swam to a Trojan record 1:35.18 in the 200y medley, good for third place. The effort broke the 2013 school mark of 1:35.72 set by Christel Simms, Kasey Carlson, Kendyl Stewart and Kasia Wilk. The Trojan quartet finished 0.84 back of first-place Stanford, 0.74 behind second-place Cal.
Hansson joined freshman Tatum Wade, sophomore Kirsten Vose and Apostalon as the foursome just missed a school record in the 800y free relay in 6:54.24, 0.40 off of the 2016 standard. Hansson’s leadoff leg of 1:42.10 (third fastest in the NCAA this year) broke senior Chelsea Chenault’s 2015 200y free record of 1:42.53.
“It was an outstanding first night,” USC Coach Dave Salo said. “The Pac-12 demonstrated again we are the league of champions with some incredible swimming. We posted our fastest times of the season in our relays and the results of the medley relay and the 800 free relay tonight were Trojan Pac-12 meet records.
“Louise found her groove leading off the 800 relay and looks like she is off to a great start in her freshman championship campaign.”
In the first day of the Pac-12 Men’s Diving Championships, held concurrently with the women’s championships, junior Dashiell Enos finished a career-best fifth with 324.95. Freshmen Henry Fusaro (284.20) and Caleb Dixon (283.35) just missed the A final, finishing ninth and 10th, respectively, in the prelims, while freshman Nick Mamola was 12th (247.10).