Hansson, Gowlett Lead Trojans On Pac-12 Championships Second night|
Feb. 23, 2017
Freshman Louise Hansson (200 IM) and Naomi Gowlett (1-meter) each posted third-place finishes third while sophomore Kirsten Vose, freshman Tatum Wade and senior Anika Apostalon also swam in A finals to lead No. 5 USC on the second day of the 2017 Pac-12 Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Federal Way, Wash., on Thursday (Feb. 23).
After two days, the Trojans are fourth with 351 points. Stanford leads with 546 and is followed by California (490), Arizona (376), USC, UCLA (336), ASU (274), Utah (165), Washington State (148) and Oregon State (130).
Hansson took third in the 200y IM in a PR 1:53.72, lowering her season-best time of 1:55.00 and making her the second-fastest Trojan ever in the event behind school record holder Katinka Hosszu. Stanford’s Ella Eastin (1:52.34) and Cal’s Kathleen Baker (1:52.74) finished 1-2 with the top two times in the country this year. Vose, in her second straight 200y IM A final, took fifth in 1:55.91, just off an A cut.
Gowlett registered a season-best 328.15 to take third in the 1-meter final, just 10.20 back of first place Kassidy Cook of Stanford and 7.60 behind second-place Maria Polyakova of UCLA. Gowlett turned in one of her most consistent lists of the season, highlighted by her second and sixth dives, both of which scored 57.60.
Wade posted a PR 4:42.18 to qualify for her first career A final in her first attempt and followed it with another PR during the final, a 4:41.12 en route to eighth. Freshman Becca Mann just missed the A final with her 4:42.64 prelim swim and took fourth in the B race (4:42.44). Sophomore Maddie Wright made her second trip to the Pac-12 500y free B final, finishing seventh in the heat (4:43.49) after a PR 4:43.30 in prelims. Sophomore Allie Wooden also scored, finishing 23rd (4:48.63).
Apostalon finished seventh in her second consecutive 50y free A final. She went 22.19 in prelims to her the eighth seed and posted a 21.91 in the final, 0.17 off her PR. Freshman Stanzi Moseley, in her fist conference scoring swim, finished 12th in the B final in 22.32, the same time she went in prelims.
“It was a good night for the Trojans but we have to be better over the next two days of we want to secure a top three position,” USC Coach Dave Salo said. “Our divers were outstanding with Naomi scoring a strong finish. We had strong efforts in the finals of each of tonight's individual events with Louise beginning her tune up for NCAAs with a third in the 200 IM. Our 200 free relay finished up with a solid fourth place finish with a whole new lineup and holding our NCAA A cut. We are going to have to dig harder for some big swims tomorrow morning if we want to move up the standings.”
The Trojans closed the first full day of the Pac-12s with a fourth-place finish in the 200y free relay as Apostalon, Moseley, Wade and Vose swam a 1:28.77. Apostalon’s leadoff 21.75 was 0.12 off Kasey Carlson’s school record and 0.01 off her PR. The championships continue Friday and Saturday with prelims at 10:30 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.