Hansson Wins Pac-12 Title In 100 Fly|
Feb. 24, 2017
Freshman Louise Hansson won USC's fourth conference title in the 100y fly by 0.01, sophomores Riley Scott and Kirsten Vose finished second and third, respectively, in the 100y breast and Troy's 400y medley relay obliterated the school record to highlight 10 overall Trojan A finalists on the third night of the 2017 Pac-12 Women's Swimming and Diving Championships in Federal Way, Wash., on Friday (Feb. 24).
After two days, the Trojans moved into third with 762 points. Stanford leads with 1,126 with Cal second at 953. Following USC is Arizona (744), UCLA (640), ASU (491), Utah (309), Washington State (235) and Oregon State (184).
Hansson, a 2016 Swedish Olympian, twice broke the school record en route to her 100y fly title Friday, the second time in 50.39 in the final to edge Cal senior Farida Osman by 0.01 and Stanford junior Janet Hu by 0.20. Hansson's prelim effort of 50.70 first broke Kendyl Stewart's 2015 100y fly school record of 50.92.
Hansson, whose time is the second fastest in the nation this year, joins other USC 100y fly Pac-12 winners Stewart (2013 and 2015) and Lyndsay DePaul (2011). Sophomore Maddie Wright earned her first Pac-12 100fly A final with a PR 52.19 in the morning and just missed the time in the final, taking eighth in 52.30.
Freshman Catherine Sanchez posted a PR 52.54 to finish 10th in prelims and took third in the 100y fly B final with a 53.03. Sophomore Lily Dubroff finished fourth in the C final in 54.94 in her first time swimming the event at Pac-12s.
Scott finished second in the 100y breast for the second year in a row, crushing her PR with a finals time of 58.92, while sophomore Kirsten Vose, racing in the event for the first time at Pac-12s, tied her PR en route to third in 59.58. Senior Kelsey Kafka repeated as an A finalist and finished seventh in 1:0076.
Sophomore Hanni Leach nailed down her first Pac-12 A final with a 52.03 in the 100y back in prelims and parlayed that into seventh in the final in 52.56. Junior Hannah Weiss swam in the B final and finished seventh in 53.55 while Abby Miller took fourth in the C final in 54.90 for a PR.
Freshman Stanzi Moseley, in her first A final, and freshman Tatum Wade, in her second in as many days, finished sixth (1:43.98, PR) and seventh (1:44.83), respectively in the 200y free final. Moseley earned the A final after a 1:45.09 for eighth in prelims. Wade went 1:44.81 in prelims.
Freshman Naomi Gowlett finished seventh (293.35) in the 3-meter A final to complement her third-place finish on 1-meter on Thursday. Sophomore Maddie Witt made a repeat trip to the 3-meter final and took eighth (285.30). Freshman Carly Souza was 16th (236.05).
Scott warmed up for her 100y breast final by winning the 400y IM B final in a PR of 4:09.80 after a 4:13.18 in prelims. Freshman Becca Mann finished 16th overall in 4:17.00 after a 4:13.13 in prelims.
USC closed the night as Leach, Scott, Hansson and Apostalon broke the 2016 school record in the 400y medley relay with a 3:27.88, lowering the old mark by almost two seconds, good for the third-fastest time in the country this year, behind only Stanford's winning time 3:26.74 and Cal's second-place 3:27.38.
The meet finishes Saturday with prelims at 10:30 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.
"Our women took it to heart when we challenged them to race hard in this morning's prelim heats," USC Coach Dave Salo said. "With some strong swims in the morning it positioned us to move ahead of Arizona for third in the team race.
"Tonight the women answered the call to rise up and not settle or be content and came away with some great swims. Riley Scott was a workhorse tonight, swimming three finals. She swam the 400 IM - probably the most grueling race - with the sole purpose to score points for her team. Her win in the "B" final at the outset was the spark to ignite the team's effort the rest of the night.
"Riley Scott, Kirsten Vose and Kelsey Kafka turned in great efforts in the 100 breast and Hanni Leach continued the finals efforts with a seventh in the 100 back. With the help of two diving finalists, we moved ahead of the Arizona for third.
"We nearly pulled off an amazing upset in the 400 medley relay, but still turned in a fabulous effort, lowering our record by almost two seconds and recording the third fastest time in the country this season."
Men's Diving Recap
Junior Dashiell Enos took fourth on platform in his third final in as many days while freshman Nick Mamola made his conference final debut and finished eighth on the last day of the 2017 Pac-12 Men's Diving Championships on Friday (Feb. 24) in Federal Way, Wash.
Enos, who won his second straight Pac-12 title on 3-meter on Thursday after reaching his first 1-meter final on Wednesday, reached his second straight Pac-12 platform final today, finishing fourth for the second year in a row with 335.95 points.
Mamola earned a spot in his first final in eighth in prelims and also finished eighth in the final with 291.20. Freshman Henry Fusaro was ninth in prelims (269.85) and freshman Caleb Dixon was 11th (252.95).
The Pac-12 Men's Swimming Championships will be held in Federal Way, March 1-4.