Riley Scott Wins 200 Breast Title, USC Finishes 3rd At Pac-12 Championships|
Feb. 25, 2017
Sophomore Riley Scott won a Pac-12 title in the 200y breast, sophomore Maddie Wright was second in the 200y fly while freshman Louise Hansson (100y free) and sophomore Kirsten Vose (200y breast) posted third-place finishes to lead No. 5 USC on the final night of the 2017 Pac-12 Women's Swimming and Diving Championships in Federal Way, Wash., on Saturday (Feb. 25).
The Trojans, Pac-12 champions last season, finished third with 1250.05. Stanford won the Pac-12 team title (1587.5) and was followed by Cal (1392), USC. Arizona (1075.5), UCLA (1002), ASU (709.5), Utah (484), Washington State (334) and Oregon State (237).
Scott crushed the 200y breast with a PR 2:06.20, coming back on teammate Vose for the win. It's her first Pac-12 title after a pair of second-place finishes in the 100y breast and a second last year in the 200y breast. It is USC's seventh title in the event and first since Andrea Kropp won it in 2015.
Vose, in her second straight 200y breast final, took third in 2:07.65 after finishing seventh last year and became a three-time finalist for the second year in a row. Senior Riley Hayward won the B final in a PR 2:10.29 while senior Kelsey Kafka was 12th in 2:13.64. Sophomore Olivia Ontjes was 20th (2:16.13) and freshman Piper Brockley was 23rd (2:17.29).
Wright led three Trojans in the 200y fly A final with her second PR of the night, racing to second in 1:52.67 behind Stanford's Ella Eastin's 1:51.85. She posted a then- PR 1:53.26 to earn the top seed in prelims. Freshmen Catherine Sanchez, who had a PR 1:56.60 in prelims, took seventh in 1:57.97, while freshman Tatum Wade, in her third A final of the meet, finished eighth in 1:58.05.
Hansson, a night after she won the 100y fly title, tied for third in the 100y free with Cal's Farida Osman in 47.36. Hansson beat Osman by 0.01 in the 100y fly Friday. Senior Anika Apostalon repeated as a 100y free finalist and finished sixth (47.80) while freshman Stanzi Moseley, in her second A final, finished eighth (48.22).
USC finished the meet with an incredible 400y free relay as Hansson, Vose, Moseley and Apostalon finished second in a school record 3:09.57, under the previous mark of 3:09.69 that won the NCAA title last year. Hansson broke Kasey Carlson's 2014 100y free school mark of 47.22.
"We had another strong day of swimming and I am really proud of our women for battling back from the first day when we were looking at a fourth-place finish," USC Coach Dave Salo said. "Hanni Leach and Hannah Weiss did a great job to get the team going with wins in their 200 back consolation heats.
"Stanzi, Anika and Louise gut us back into third with great swims in the 100 free. And the breaststroke crew upped their game with outstanding swims by Riley Hayward, Kirsten Vose and Riley Scott with her first Pac-12 title. Maddie Wright also led a great group in the 200 fly with another PR.
"I'm really proud of this group of women. We came up a little short in the 400 free relay but did break our team record from last year. I'm just so proud of how this group bounced back and focused on being one collective team."
Sophomore Maddie Witt repeated as a platform finalist and took fourth (259.40) after finishing fifth last year. Freshman Carly Souza made her first Pac-12 diving final and finished eighth (212.15). Freshman Naomi Gowlett just missed a third A final, taking ninth on platform with 231.75 while sophomore Tabby Krebs was 16th (198.70).
Sophomore Hanni Leach, a 100y back A finalist, led USC in the 200y back with a win in the B final in 1:54.40 while junior Hannah Weiss won the C final in 1:55.87. Senior Chelsea Chenault took 15th in the 200y fly in 1:59.83 after a season-best 1:59.27 in prelims.